$17 for a enchanted garden and sleigh ride experience for two ($30 total value)
$30 for a enchanted garden and sleigh ride experience for four ($60 total value)<p>
Each person receives:
- Sleigh ride ($2.50 value)
- Participation in a reindeer craft project ($4 value)
- Apple cider ($3 value)
- Caramel apple ($3 value)
- Christmas cookie ($2.50 value)<p>
A number of activities are available at this holiday event, which Flamingo Road Nursery has been hosting for the past five years. Guests can begin by taking a sleigh ride behind a vintage 1947 Ford tractor. From 12-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, a live band will be performing, and Santa will be in the Enchanted Garden accepting wish lists and posing for pictures. Christmas cookies and caramel apples can be picked up in Candy Cane Lane, where 500 candy canes hang from the ceiling. The candy canes are available for $5, with all the proceeds benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Apple cider will be served in the Farmer’s Market, and guests can participate in the reindeer craft project in the Elves Workshop.
Flamingo Road Nursery
Flamingo Road Nursery owner Jim Dezell is used to the surprise on people's faces when they come to the nursery for the first time. "People commonly come in and say, ‘Wow, I never knew there was a garden center like this,’" he says. Maybe they're wowed by the park-like landscaping, complete with display gardens designed to inspire shoppers with ideas for plant combinations. Maybe they're blown away at the fountains, statues, and thousands of pieces of pottery. Or maybe they've just seen the pond surrounded by colorfully painted "shops" and palm trees. It's a "true experience" that's as much about shopping as it is about creating "memory and traditions", wrote Today's Garden Center in 2011, when it picked Flamingo Road Nursery as the most revolutionary garden center in the nation.
In addition to helping shoppers navigate the selection of flowers, trees, and other plants, the knowledgeable staff can also help them complete landscaping projects with outdoor artwork, waterfalls, and more. "It's professional advice here," says Jim. "We really try to understand our customers' needs and offer solutions that will both excite them and provide long-term enjoyment." He even recommends people bring in dimensions and photos of their space so the staff can get a better idea of what will grow well there. Flamingo Road Nursery offers delivery and complete installation services. Other garden-centric items, such as fountains and colorful adirondack furniture, give customers more chances to enjoy their outdoor living spaces.
The nursery also hosts an on-site Farmers Market shop, which hosts a large assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables, and artisan foods—some of the produce is even picked at the nursery itself. On the weekends, a beekeeper visits the store to explain how bees make honey to visiting kids, using the in-store observation beehive as a teaching tool. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, authentic southern BBQ including pulled pork, sausage, chicken, brisket and ribs that have been slowly smoked for 5–10 hours are served under the giant tiki hut. The nursery holds seasonal celebrations as well, including an annual fall festival with pumpkin patch and a Christmas festival replete with sleigh rides, Santa visits, and a Christmas tree forest.