2011 marks our 4th year for this very fun, family October tradition of ours. My husband’s “The Pumpkin Man” and always tries to beat his last year record.
The kids adore watching the silly go down, my husband gets a kick out of it and I love the idea of instant, festive, eco decor and color splash for under $20.
If you haven’t tried this endearing deal, totally give it a go. Armstrong Garden Centers offers All You Can Carry Pumpkins—the large size for $18.99. It’s at all their locations. Because I’m pregnant this year, I didn’t assist in loading so kind Kent from Laguna Niguel was our Pumpkin Assistant. We got 9 this year by the way. The pumpkins normally run about $8 each, so would have cost us $72. More valuable though are my kids’ memories of the day for life, which, yes, is priceless.
We’re fans of Armstrong year-round really, as I have a passion for plants and fountains. And I also like that Armstrong is a big community business, helping schools in the area and how they have a family-feel even though they are definitely a large-scale operation.
So pop by. You still have a few weeks to pumpkin partake in the deal. And by the way, they have a LA event going down this weekend if you’re in the area: Jamie Durie, HGTV star, will be speaking at their Torrance store (Saturday, October 15 at 9am) with a book signing from 10am to noon. Tickets are being sold in all Southern California Armstrong Garden Centers and at www.armstronggarden.com. Tickets are $25 each and include Jamie’s presentation, book The Outdoor Room and book signing.
Happy Halloween decorating. How will you display your pumpkin score? We line our sidewalk every year and everyone knows us as The Pumpkin House (I hear the happy moniker when the kids come for trick or treat).