City of Helena Christmas Ornaments Available At Local Merchants

Thanks to the generosity and support of local merchants, the Helena Beautification Boards Christmas ornaments are now available at two local shops.

Helena Christmas Ornaments $5 each at local retailers

Helena Christmas Ornaments $5 each at local retailers

If you didn’t have an opportunity to buy one at First Friday, then stop by one of these shops in Old Town and pick one up $5 each.
All proceeds go to the Helena Beautification Board.


southern elegance

Southern Elegance is an exclusively stylish gift, home decor, tween clothing and women clothing shop located in the heart of Old Town Helena.


buck creek stained glass

Buck Creek Stained Glass specializes in the design, construction and restoration of stained glass windows, stained glass doors, and architectural leaded glass and Tiffany-style glass for residential, commercial, and church settings. Located in Old Town Helena.

Thanks to these merchants and thanks to all who help make Helena Beautiful.

1,000 Daffodils

The Helena beautification board along with volunteers planted 1000 daffodil bulbs at the Welcome Center on Saturday. “This is a part of our overall beautification effort in the city” said Beautification Board Secretary Ana Baker. “Daffodils are among the easiest to grow bulbs are low maintenance and bring a big splash of color. We are encouraging every Helena resident and business to plant daffodils in their front yards and at their businesses. Come Spring, stand back and behold the color!”


Together, We make Helena Beautiful! Pictured L to R: Leslie Bartlett, Laura Joseph, Christina Levio, Chris VanCleave, Ana Baker, Patrick Wright and Peggy Holly


Helena City Councilwoman Leslie Bartlett with volunteer Larura Joseph chat during the bulb planting event at the city’s welcome center



“Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the cities beautification efforts” – C. VanCleave, Helena Beautification Board Chairman


Together, We make Helena Beautiful

Plant Bulbs NOW for Spring Blooms

Fall is a great time to begin thinking about spring flowers. October and November are prime bulb planting months in Helena so I would encourage you to order and plant spring flowering bulbs now. Local garden shops also have a great selection of bulbs to choose from. Daffodils are an old favorite, are easy to grow and provide a burst of much needed color after the long months of winter.

Spring Daffodils in Alabama

Spring Daffodils in Alabama

Plant daffodil bulbs in well draining soil in an area that receives a good amount of sunshine. I plant my bulbs 3-4 inches below the surface. Many catalogs advise 5-6 inches but that is really for colder climates.  I add a slow release fertilizer and water in. Sit back and wait for signs of spring.

The Helena Beautification Board will be planting 1,000 daffodil bulbs this fall in the city. Planting days will be Saturday October 25 from 8-12 noon and Saturday November 1. We will meet at the caboose in Old Town and will divide up into groups to begin planting. Gardening experts will be on hand to answer questions and to help everyone get started. We’ll even answer questions about growing bulbs in your own garden. Come out and join us


Coming Soon! The Greatest Southern Gardening Book of All Time!

The revised Southern Living Garden Book will be released in January 2015. Be sure to check it out. You might find the name of a Helena resident you recognize in the credits…..

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Southrn Living Garden Book 

Incredibly wise gardeners who bought the last Southern Living Garden Book (above) published in 2004 are always asking me: “When are you going to revise it? A lot has changed in 10 years.” Grumpy has heard your pleas. And he is delighted to announce that an all-new, completely revised edition will set the world on its ear in January 2015!!!

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The Worst Plant in the World

Southern Living’s Grumpy Gardening has a word to the wise

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Chameleon PlantPhoto: www-baumschule-horstmann-de

This plant sure looks pretty, doesn’t it? Kinda like English ivy with kaleidoscopic leaves of red, pink, yellow, and green. It sports pretty white flowers too. DO NOT PLANT IT! If you do, you will be sorrier than Angelina Jolie after she married Billy Bob Thornton.

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5 Reasons to Brake for Roadside Stands

Great post today from the Southern Living Blog on Roadside Stands.

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e9ca54d27ba3b665#7804_7194No region has mastered the roadside stand like ours. From boiled peanuts to sun-ripened peaches to made-to-order po’boys, our highways and byways boast an astonishing variety of just-picked, hand-canned, fresh-caught, hot-fried foods.

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