“Cool” Containers

You have likely heard it before… we at GW wear many hats. I traded in my landscape architect hat for a custom winter container designer hat the week of Thanksgiving. Well, 90% of the hat anyway. I still had 10% of my brain with crews buttoning up client gardens for the winter and ideas brewing in the back of my mind for design plans yet to mature on paper this winter. After week 3 of a whirlwind of winter-themed revitalized home entries, it’s now a steady pace counting down to the soon-to-come deep freeze of winter. There is still time to perk up your pots. Containers are a simple way to welcome the change of season and we at Goldner Walsh Garden and home have all the supplies you need to spark some fresh new energy into your home entrance. We have basic to extravagant, edgy modern, jazzy fun to classic traditional. It’s all about style. Your containers not only complement your home but your personality. I’ve had a great time pulling together combinations for clients. I start my day gathering treasures like a kid in a candy shop (in the flower shop), for my day outings…what could be better? No two installations are exactly alike…the possibilities are truly endless.

The day we had the early taste of winter I was out installing and my hands were ice. Though, I must say it really got me in the holiday and winter creative mindset. Now I am saying along with my two sons, “Where is our snow?”

Pictured left: Port Oreford Cedar, mixed greens wreath overlay, White Pine accent, Sugar Pine cones, dried Hydrangea flowers, Magnolia, Curly Willow sticks, with a touch of silver ribbon waving through says festive.


In downtown Birmingham, Phoenicia was one of our first installations. The key to branches and sticks staying where you want them in a container is a piece of floral foam in the top. Loose soil below is ideal so taller items can “root in.” Mandy and I were lucky enough to have lunch to go after our install this day, thank you Samy! The Lentil soup and Lamp wrap was absolutely delicious. If you haven’t eaten at Phonecia, stop in and tell Samy that Amy and Mandy from GW sent you.

Pictured below: Birch Poles, Birch Ice twigs, and three green varieties from bottom-up Port Oreford Cedar, Magnolia accents, and White Pine. These definitely make a statement from the curb and frame the view from the inside as well.

Dress up the greens with a little glitz!
Pictured above: glass ornaments, 3 fabric bows, berry pics, glitter sticks, and gold leaf feathers complement the homeowner’s wreath theme. These pots are also lit with a strand of small white lights in the center to give them a nice glow in the evening hours.

Often you can cut greens from your own yard to supply a base or we offer greens by the bunch in the flower shop and in Telly’s at Goldner Walsh as well. The frosting on the cake is when the fun begins. Come check out our ribbon, pics, sticks, ornaments, and “fluff”. Whether you are feeling conservative or outlandishly artsy we have the supplies for you. The flower shop can make a bow(s) and add to your decor by reflecting your pot choices in a coordinating wreath or swag. Containers make a statement and welcome not only guests but you! Just think of it as a really long-lasting floral arrangement. You deserve it. It’s totally worth the time, price, and energy. Stop in and see us soon and get busy! You will be glad you did. ~Amy

559 Orchard Lake Rd.
Pontiac, Michigan 48341