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Publisher FESTIVAL SEASON IS UNDERWAY Thank you so much for picking up a copy of the Fall 2017 issue of Alpha Milton Magazine. We’re thrilled you’re here and can’t wait for you to dive into our pages to see all the fabulous happenings around 30004 and 30009 in these next three months. This issue of Alpha Milton Magazine’s cover story features Milton-based Veronica Stone Salon’s unique perspective providing exceptional hair services as well as training up new local stylists (p8). We hope you are as excited as we are about what we like to call, “festival season” in Alpharetta and Milton. This Fall, you might as well clear your calendar now because there are so many fun (and mostly FREE!) festivals right down the street: Milton’s Literary Festival Crabapple Fest Wind & Wood Alpharetta Songwriter’s Festival Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest Milton Wine Festival Alpha Milton Magazine is published quarterly, 4X per year—please continue to send us your events, updates, articles and images which showcase the best of downtown Alpharetta and Milton. You can view all of our past issues and articles on ALPHAMILTONMAGAZINE.COM. The Winter 2017-18 issue will publish December 1st! Live locally! Warm Regards,

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Veronica Stone Styling in North Fulton


Since high school, Veronica Stone has practiced hair cutting and coloring nurtured a sincere love for hairstyling. under some big (award-winning) During these years she enrolled in names in the industry. cosmetology school, where she real“I have 23 years in the hair world, and I have a passion to pass it on. I grew up in the Chicago area learning from elite ized just how perfect of a career fit it hairstylists and excelled through the salon I was working at. was. At age 17, she became a licensed I built my clientele so fast and became part owner at the age professional and began further train- of 24.� And by the age of 26, she decided to move to the south. ing at Vidal Sassoon. There she 8

e Salon “Every time I would visit Georgia, I felt like it was my new home, so I moved to the suburbs of Atlanta and continued my education at a very well-known salon.” With what seems like an ever-growing level of expertise, she started an upscale business catering to Roswell and nearby Atlanta suburbs. Veronica Stone Salon first opened in 2006, then relocated to a larger facility in 2013. They are located on the corner of Highway 9 and Bethany Bend (< 1 mile from Cambridge High School and Kings Ridge). At her salon, Veronica has numerous specialties such as hair color and foiling, men’s business cuts, blowouts, keratherapy

(keratin treatment), Great Lengths hair extensions, long hair, product prescribing and personal haircare lessons. “As a way to pass on the many techniques I have learned as well as my own, I created VSS Academy for stylists to master techniques in my salon. My signature foiling technique is like no other. With this technique, I have taught my stylists to create beautiful looks of all shades and color corrections.” Veronica is joined by Kathy, a long time VSS stylist who “has picked up many of [her] techniques and made her own with such creativity.” Kathy specializes in men’s cuts, balayage, short/trendy haircuts, product prescribing, hair 9

(pictured above) Veronica Stone Salon color bar. Veronica explains, “My focus is creating the best experience for my customers by having a highly-trained team that continues to perform unique methods of hair color and cuts.”

color/foiling techniques, keratin treatments, long hair and scalp massages.

hair up at home with styling tips and the correct products for their hair.”

“The most challenging thing is having to do everything as a salon owner. It is hard when I am busy doing hair and I cannot get to other issues that need my attention. I have tried several different schedules to balance my time and the balance has not been perfect, but I am happiest doing hair. So I have recently extended my hair schedule. As well as promoting my front desk associate, Megan, to manager/ customer service expert.”

She admits to missing her first, smaller location, which she traded for a larger, more prestigious, street-visible salon. But no matter where this venture takes her, Veronica has a vision that remains steady.

Veronica also has two talented and trained stylists, Milissa and Jazmin. Milissa is well versed in the beauty world, having done hair professionally for over 30 years. She specializes in thinning hair, color, and haircuts, and is a L’Oréal Professionnel artist. Jazmin specializes in eyelash extensions, facial and body waxing, men and women’s cuts, foiling, and scalp massages. In addition, she has two new talent stylists, Alexis and Sydney, who are furthering their education under the VSS Academy. Clients come to her from near and far, and Veronica’s goal is to make all of them confident in their hair. Her favorite compliment to receive from happy customers is, “Can I take you home with me?” “This means to me that I achieved their hair goal above and beyond. So, I do my best to teach them how to keep their

“In the future, I would love a smaller upscale boutique salon and hope to always keep training a staff under ten. My focus is creating the best experience for my customers by having a highly-trained staff that continues to perform unique methods of hair color and cuts.” Veronica belongs to the Beauty Underground team, a group of hugely talented hairstylists from across the nation. This summer, she has styled hair live on stage in Las Vegas for the 2017 North American Hair Styling Awards. “I am honored to be working with these Elite hair stylists, make-up artists, and photographers. I plan to bring back the excitement and knowledge that I experienced and share it with my staff and clients. I also want to continue to recruit new stylists coming to the industry and train them to be the best they can be.” Veronica Stone Salon has partnered with the Paul Mitchell Esani School of Roswell, from which they also recruit cosmetology students.




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“This is a very successful program offered by WellStar Health System and we’re excited to offer it here at North Fulton,” said Hunt Anderson, M.D., medical director of North Fulton’s cardiology program. “Oftentimes we know that big events like heart attacks or strokes could have been prevented if risk factors had been addressed, so it is important to take a proactive approach.” The screening uses a combination of basic labs and a cardiac CT scans to identify heart disease before someone shows any signs or symptoms. The labs look at things like inflammation and cholesterol which can be indicators of heart disease. The cardiac CT calculates a calcium score. This low radiation scan looks at the calcium buildup in the walls of coronary arteries supplying the heart. Calcium may

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Shawn Mullins

An American singer-songwriter who specializes in folk rock, instrumental rock, adult alternative, and Americana music. He is best known for the 1998 single “Lullaby”, which hit number one on the Adult Top 40 and was nominated for a Grammy.

Matthew Sweet

and Tears for Fears.

Randall Bramblett

Randall Bramblett is playing with his band and he’s written songs for and performed in bands with Stevie Winwood, Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, and Shawn Mullins to name a few.

Seth Walker

Sweet emerged in 1991 as the leading figure of the American power pop revival. Sweet adhered to traditional songcraft, yet subverted the form by adding noisy post-punk guitar and flourishes of country-rock. Matthew’s latest album Tomorrow Forever has been universally praised by critics saying Sweet “strikes power-pop gold again.”

Over the past 10 years, Seth Walker has become recognized as one of the most revered modern roots artists in the United States. His latest studio album, Gotta Get Back, produced by Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, is yet another masterwork that further expands upon this reputation. A three dimensional talent combining melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice.

James McMurtry

AJ Ghent Band

An American folk rock/americana singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor. McMurtry’s critically lauded first album Too Long in the Wasteland (1989) was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill Records. His album Childish Things released in 2005 spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart throughout 2006.

Allen Stone

Allen Stone exploded on the scene in 2010 hailing from the state of Washington creating an original style of soul and r&b. His popularity has grown over the last 8 years and he has sold out center stage, terminal west, and multiple nights at city winery Atlanta. He is just coming off a tour with Hall & Oates

AJ Ghent is a third generation singer songwriter and lap and pedal steel guitar player. He was the front man in Colonel Bruce Hampton’s band, and was the #1 performing band for the Atlanta Braves in 2015. He has gone on to headlining dates across the country.

Amy LaVere

Amy Lavere and her band are one of the most popular bands at 30A Songwriters Festival. She comes back at popularity demand every year, and Amy stands out in a crowd even at 5 feet 2 inches as a commanding player of a upright bass with a beautiful voice and a collection of unique songs.

Michelle Malone

Michelle Malone is a favorite in the Atlanta market which she 15

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emerged into in the 1980â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and founder of SBS Records. She is making a rare appearance at Wire & Wood in support of her brand new record out this fall.

Gary Nicholson

himself as the second coming of James Taylor, a gentler Damien Jurado. Over the past decade, Robby has established himself as an international touring artist and has received many prestigious performing songwriters awards.

Gary is one of the premier songwriters in Nashville. Nicholson has more than 500 recordings and is best known for his work with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Ringo Starr, BB King, Fleetwood Mac and Billy Joe Shaver.

Ross Newell (of Mulligan Brothers)

Bill Sheffield

Alex Guthrie

Eliot Bronson

Jessie Albright & Foster Blues

Robbie Hecht

Everything about Bill Sheffield is authentic. He proves this in his intense, transcendent way he finger picks his guitar with hints of John Hurt and Blind Blake. We are glad to have him back at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wire & Wood festival. Award-winning singersongwriter Eliot Bronson is touring behind his new record produced by Dave Cobb (producer of Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, and Jason Isbell). Eliot has agreed to perform with his band Friday night and solo acoustic Saturday night. Nashville singer-songwriter Robby Hecht has distinguished

Ross Newell can usually be seen and heard as the lead singer and songwriter in his band The Mulligan Brothers from Mobile, AL. His songwriting weaves heartfelt tales of love and loss into complex yet comforting storytelling. Alex Guthrie is an Atlanta-based soul singer, songwriter, and guitarist. You may have seen him in the American Insurance company commercial with Jennifer Hudson. A powerful, soulful voice and insightful lyrics. Jessie Albright is a Vermont raised singer songwriter, selftaught guitarist, and formed Jessie Albright & Foster Blues in the fall of 2015. They cultivate the soul-filled and eclectic Blues/Rock sound, and play shows across the greater Atlanta area.



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On Saturday, November 11, 2017, Milton City Hall will host two very important community events: a Veterans Day breakfast and the Milton Literary Festival. The annual Veterans Day celebration begins at 8:00 a.m. with a free continental breakfast. The event speaker will be retired Brigadier General A. J. “Tony” Tata, who served 28 years in the United States Army and regularly appears on many of the national news networks commenting on national security matters. In keeping with the literary theme of the day, General Tata is also the author of several novels including Foreign and Domestic and Three Minutes to Midnight. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., the third annual Milton Literary Festival kicks off into high gear as more than 40 best-selling authors participate in 12 various panels and workshops. Sessions include historical fiction, veterans as authors, mystery/ suspense, women’s fiction, new authors, and tips. Several New York Times best-selling authors will participate including Bret Witter, Mary Kay Andrews, Karen White, and Joshilyn Jackson. Milton Community Builder Wayne Boston confirms there will be a little something for everyone at this year’s event including several sessions where authors creatively perform scenes from their books. Wayne adds that one of the last sessions of the day, Book an Author, includes authors chatting about their

work in unique, three-minute rapid-fire presentations. This event allows a wonderful opportunity for local book clubs to connect with local authors. The festival will conclude with a Literature Live Cabaret across the street at the Olde Blind Dog, where participating authors bring their characters to life. The Milton Literary Group’s (MLG) primary purpose is to discuss, plan and support literary activities of its members and the community. For more information, please contact Wayne Boston at or 678-242-2512 or visit 2017 Milton Literary Festival Planning Committee Courtney Spriggs: Festival Program Co-Director Wayne Boston: Festival Program Co-Director Jeremy Logan: Author Selection/Program Committee Annell Gerson -Author Selection/Program Committee Bookmiser: 2017 Festival Bookseller Barbara Peck - Volunteer Coordinator Tori Bailey: Book an Author Committee Suzanne Rosenwasser:Children’s Book Trail Brenda Sevcik: Festival Promotions Coordinator Bill Purdie: Milton Cultural Arts Committee Liason T. M. (“Mike”) Brown: Festival Planning Committee Marsha Cornelius: Festival Planning Committee Doug Dahlgren: Festival Planning Committee Lee Gimenez: Festival Planning Committee Rona Simmons: Advisor


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Craftsman Russell Orrick has developed his love of quality, one-of-a-kind furnishings into a thriving local business based in downtown Alpharetta. Within his custom furniture and design store West of Main he builds assorted unique pieces, such as kitchen and dining tables, barn doors, shiplap and reclaimed wood accent walls, entry tables, and popular farm tables with matching benches. What is evident to us and shown through his demeanor is his methodical, concentrated work-style and attention to detail. As CEO, Russell allows clients to witness and contribute to the realization of a reclaimed diamond in the rough. Russell’s building career began as a pastime he picked up during his early childhood. Although he did not come from a family of classically trained craftsmen, Orrick learned a lot of what he knows about building from his father, a handyman in his own right. “Growing up, my father built furniture as a hobby,” says Orrick, “I learned at a very young age how gratifying it was to work with your hands to create something.” About two years ago, Orrick’s wife was surfing the internet in search of a new dining room table. Before purchasing the piece of furniture she had decided on, Russell proposed an alternative. “When she showed me the picture from a popular big retailer, I said ‘I can build that,’ so I did.” This piece became one of Russell’s favorite projects and became his first informal advertisement for his company when his wife shared a picture of it on social media. “Soon, I had orders for 20 21

“The majority of my clients are right here in Milton and Alpharetta.” Russ Orrick

more furniture and decor installations than I could keep up with,” Russell says. “Eventually, I decided to leave my 12year career in law enforcement to open my own business.” Russell was born in New Jersey but eventually ended up relocating to Alpharetta, graduating from Milton High School (1999) and Georgia Southern University (2003). Now that he is back in North Fulton, Russell has been able to capitalize on Alpharetta’s quickly developing downtown area; he has nestled his current store on Milton Avenue so that residents in his community can have access to a reliable craftsman without stepping outside of their neighborhood. Although there is always pressure for small businesses to expand to increase the quantity of clients they service, Russell finds that the quality of the work produced is what brings in new clients and keeps old ones raving over handcrafted pieces they will cherish for years. “I have chosen to keep my business small to ensure the quality of my work is consistent and my pieces continue to stand-out, differentiating me from other custom furniture builders. “The majority of my clients are right here in

Milton and Alpharetta.” During a project’s conception, Russell meets with his clients either in his shop or at their home to design furniture or decor, respectively. “In the growing society of instant gratification and "Amazon Prime", I have chosen to only work with clients who take the time to meet in person and understand and respect that each piece is handmade.” To ensure his customers continue to be pleased with the product they played a role in helping create, Russell discourages exclusively discussing the project through text or email. “I have found that miscommunication often occurs when trying to design a piece for someone I haven’t met with face-to-face.” Reclaimed wood recovered from old barns and specialty woods from North Georgia saw mills are Orrick’s primary medium, as he says that the “finished product has a patina and feel that you cannot replicate with hardware store lumber.” He picks each piece of wood specifically for the concept


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The first ever Milton Wine Festival takes place on Friday night, September 22nd at 5:00PM at Milton City Hall. Milton Wine Festival will offer the finest wines from around the world. Each guest will receive a beautiful monogrammed glass for tasting, wine information and a Milton Wine Festival commemorative shirt. There will be music and a VIP area. A portion of the net proceeds will benefit Milton-based non-profit Children’s Charities and the All-Inclusive Play Park that will be constructed in The City of Milton.

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The Chamber is excited to announce their 3rd annual full-scale golf tournament at Crooked Creek Club on October 23rd. They are lining up fantastic giveaways, events and prizes for a day filled with great food, networking, and of course - golfing. It is sure to be the highlight of “tournament season”. Get your foursome together and sign up for this annual favorite! The Mission of the Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce is to advance and promote the economic environment for business, and to advocate responsive government and quality education, while preserving Alpharetta’s unique community,



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Carvin’ in Crabapple Sunday, October 22nd , 2:00pm - 5:00pm

BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) and meet us at Broadwell Pavilion (12615 Broadwell Road) for Carvin’ in Crabapple on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 2-5 p.m. We’ll have carving kits and painting supplies to create spooky or silly jack o’ lanterns for Halloween, pumpkin bowling, storytelling and more! Presented by the Crabapple Community Association and the City of Milton.

Alpharetta Wedding Showcase Sunday, September 24, 2017: 1:00pm-4:00pm Presented by the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau at The Metropolitan Club, 5895 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta, Georgia 30005 , 678/2972811 Here's the scoop: Over 40 vendors in one location for couples to find all the essentials for their wedding day! Find event venues, see floral and gift ideas, taste catering specialties and secure hotel accommodations!

Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest September 30th; 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Milton Avenue in downtown Alpharetta. This event is rain or shine. The cost for a table of eight is $130, table of six is $100, and individual tickets are $10.

Presented by the Alpharetta Business Association and the City of Alpharetta, Brew Moon Fest is a local favorite, now gracing us twice a year! Downtown comes alive for this annual beer fest with great food, beer and live entertainment. Enjoy live music. Bring your own chairs or tables available for purchase. Learn more at or 26


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Saturday, September 30

10:00am - 2:00pm Get those creative juices flowing and Join in for the annual Scarecrow Harvest!


The annual Scarecrow Harvest Event is a time when our community comes alive with colorful and creative life-size scarecrows across downtown. Accredited K-5 schools design and create over 120 scarecrows each year which are displayed throughout downtown Alpharetta. In addition to the students, they invite businesses, non-profit organizations, civic groups, neighborhoods, families and individuals to design and display their own scarecrows.

Work with Alpharetta’s trusted team of plumbing repair and installation experts. Call us today at (678) 616-2782 to request your next appointment and receive a free quote. We work around your schedule! Design and display your scarecrow in front of a building, hiding behind a bush, washing a window or even climbing a tree. The event is absolutely free and only requires your creativity! This free family fall festival includes live music, hay rides to the Log Cabin, quirky face painting, festival food, artsy activities, stimulating story-telling and engaging inflatables. Prizes will be given to accredited K-5 schools classroom. Barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs and more from Smokejack and other fall treats will be offered.

CrabappleFest Oct 7, 2017, 10:00am - 5:00pm The first Saturday in October in Milton means festivals, football, food and fun at CrabappleFest! This arts festival featuring over 100 juried, local antique and art vendors, kids' activities, local musicians, fantastic food, and more. Spend the day shopping for one-of-a-kind items and enjoying all Milton has to offer! The annual event, which typically draws more than 30,000 attendees, will include vendors, children’s activities, local food and or 27


September September 1-2

Home by Dark with Tony Arata & Danny Mitchell, 8PM-9:30PM, Chukkar Farm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road.

September 2

zon Amphitheatre.

Verizon Amphitheatre.

September 9

September 23

Breeze Kings, 8:30 PM. Matilda’s Music Under the Pines, 377 South Main Street.

Diane Durrett 8:30 PM. Matilda’s Music Under the Pines, 377 South Main

Grilling and Gridiron, 3:30 PM - 8 PM. Old Roswell St. in Downtown Alpharetta.

Kicks 101.5 Country Fair featuring Darius Rucker & More, 5:30 PM.. Verizon Amphitheatre.

Alpharetta Farmer’s Market, 8:30 AM - 1 PM. Also Sep. 9,16, 23 and 30.

September 10

Trumpeter Matt Cappy, 7-10 PM, The Velvet Note,

Alpharetta Art in the Park, 9AM4PM, Corner of Main St. & Milton Ave. Find them on FB

Michelle Malone, 8:30 PM. Matilda’s Music Under the Pines, 377 South Main St.

September 14

September 24

September 15

September 28

RUB-A-DUB-DUM, 7 PM. Publix Apron’s Cooking School, 4305 State Bridge Road. Call 770-751-7991.

September 6

Let’s Get Crafty, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM. American Girl at North Point Mall,

September 7

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley, 5 - 9 PM. Also, Sep. 14, 21 and 28. Old Roswell Street in Downtown Alpharetta. Find on FB.

September 8

Lady Antebellum 2017 Country Megaticket , 7:30 PM - 11 PM. Veri-

Noon to Night: Fall Fashion Benefit at Avalon, 6-10 PM, 2200 Avalon Blvd. Divas, 8-11 PM, Chukkar Farm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road. Visit

September 16

European Market on Milton Avenue, 10AM - 6PM. Between Main st. & Roswell/Canton St., Visit Donna Hopkins, 8:30 PM. Matilda’s Music Under the Pines, 377 South Main St. Star Wars and More, The Music of John Williams With ASO, 8 - 11 PM.


Alpharetta Wedding Showcase, 1-4pm The Metropolitan Club, 5895 Windward, Forks and Corks at Avalon, 5:30 PM - 10 PM, 2200 Avalon Blvd.

September 29

Miles of Stone, 8:30 PM. Matilda’s Music Under the Pines, 377 South Main St.

September 30

Scarecrow Harvest, 10AM - 2PM, Milton Avenue. Alpharetta Brew Moon Octoberfest, 6:30 PM - 11 PM, Milton Ave., Visit

Thomas Rhett 2017 Country Megaticket, 7:30 PM. Verizon Amphitheatre. Villian Family, 8:30 PM. Matilda’s Music Under the Pines, 377 South Main Street.

October October 5

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley, 5 - 9 PM. Also Oct. 12 and 19. Old Roswell Street in Downtown Alpharetta. Visit Alpharetta Food Truck Alley on Facebook.

October 6

Across the Wide, 8:30 PM. Matilda’s Music Under the Pines, 377 South Main Street. Visit

October 6-7

Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival, 7-10pm, Downtown Venues: Smokejack BBQ, SMK Alley, Old Canton Street by White Dog Decor, Milton Ave., Brooke St Park & Ceviche.

October 7

Crabapple Fest, 10AM - 5 PM. Art Festival in the Heart of Downtown Milton at 12650 Crabapple Road. Visit Alpharetta Farmer’s Market, 8:30 AM - 1 PM. Also Oct. 14, 21 and 28.. Free Family Reunion Workshop, 10am-1pm, Alpharetta Marriott. Crockfest 2017 featuring Toby Keith, ZZ Top & More, 6pm, Verizon Amphitheatre. Swami Gone Bananas, 8:30pm. Matilda’s Music Under the Pines, 377 So. Main,

October 20

Atlanta Dance Party, Chukkar Farm, 1140 Liberty Grove Road.

Brian Cameron & The Saints, 8:30pm Matilda’s Music Under the Pines,

October 20-21

Florida Georgia Line 2017 Country Megaticket, 7 PM. Verizon Amphitheatre.

October 21

Milton Night Out - Public Safety Event, 4 PM - 7 PM. Family Fun. Milton Tour of Homes, October 21-22, Two days, four tours, Tickets $35,

October 22

Carvin’ in Crabapple, 2pm - 5pm, BYOP, Bring Your Own Pumpkin! Broadwell Pavillion.

October 28

Dead Affect, 8:30 PM. Matilda’s Music Under the Pines, 377 South Main Street.

November November 11

Veterans Day Breakfast, 8am9:30am, Milton City Hall, Milton Literary Festival, 10am-4pm. Milton City Hall Plaza

November 18

Bulky Trash Amnesty Day, 8 AM - Noon. Roswell Public Works, 1810 Hembree Road, Roswell.

November 23-24

Milton and Alpharetta City Halls Closed for Holiday Happy Thanksgiving! 29

Colorful Fall Plantings



After the long, hot summer what a pleasure it is to enjoy the cool crisp Fall temperatures along with beautiful hues of red, orange and gold. Fall is a great time to install your trees, shrubs and perennials since the cooler weather allows new plants to establish more easily plus the water requirements are less. In the Fall, plants direct energy to growing strong roots resulting in plants that will better withstand a potential heat wave next summer. Your local garden center should be able to provide you with a wide selection of plants for the season, along with advice on how to install and care for them. It is gratifying to install your own plants and watch them grow and thrive; but for those of you who would prefer to have others do it for you, your local garden center can provide this service.

With crisp weather and blue fall skies, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fun time of the year to be outdoors with your family. A trip to certain garden centers can be a great time not only to look at plants, but also to enjoy browsing around the pumpkin patch and watching the large trees change colors. Aside from orange jack-o-lanterns, pumpkins big and small, smooth or bumpy, are grown in a variety of shapes and colors, such as blue, white, striped, buckskin, pink, green or black. After selecting your pumpkins and fall decorations at the nursery, stay and relax on a hay ride, see the farm animals and enjoy some of your favorite Fall food, drinks and music. As fun as the Fall season is, we eagerly anticipate the next season, which is our favorite of all, our beloved Christmas season. More about this magical time of year in the next issue. Luca Gianturco Owner, Scottsdale Farms Garden Center


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Alpha Milton Magazine FALL 2017  

Alpha Milton Magazine is a glossy, local, lifestyle publication covering downtown Alpharetta and Milton, Georgia, zip codes 30004 and 30009.

Alpha Milton Magazine FALL 2017  

Alpha Milton Magazine is a glossy, local, lifestyle publication covering downtown Alpharetta and Milton, Georgia, zip codes 30004 and 30009.