A Note from Scott and Marsha
February 20, 2020
And there you go... gone are the consistent dry days and back into a rainy pattern. I'm currently sitting in my office soaking up every ounce of sunshine I can get and so is Chip, our four-legged HR/Office Therapist.  He is known to move from window to window just to enjoy some sunshine himself. Everyone loves to bask in the warm rays.  So as I write this, it's early Monday morning. The weather is predicting "mixed" conditions and rain all day Wednesday, and then possible snow on Thursday?! Thanks for that.  The daffodils hate you.

Why is rain a problem? It's this picture. We are currently in, "Hey, let's tear up the garden center for funsies in winter and make improvements again before spring. Heck yeh!"  SMH.   Why do I do this to myself?  Visions are awesome on paper but not quite as fun to implement until they are finished. But this improvement? While not as exciting as last year's "Sunshine Station" and pergolas, this one will continue to improve our retail check-out space. Having a beautiful paver area for our customers and our employees will make a huge difference. And our landscape team that came and worked all weekend to get it started  is the bomb . Oh, and guess what else?  

BARCODES. Do you remember checking out and us kneeling down to write all the codes and then entering it in the computer? Yeh.   Gone.  We finally moved to the 21st century with barcodes and scanners.  I think this might be the most epic and exciting thing ever. Seriously. We decided we will NOT go into spring the same. I have a confession to make. We hated watching you check out with us. We hated watching the writing. As much as I sometimes dream of living in the world of Little House on the Prairie and growing my own food with no electronics and computers, there is a small part of me that is 21st century. The amount of work that went into getting our information to our vendors and us entering their information was huge. This is a HUGE shout-out to Ann and Julia for making this happen. They are the DREAM TEAM at the garden center. The entire garden center staff are the wizards and unicorns that truly make your experience great.  

There are a couple more improvements on the horizon that I won't share yet. But we are shaking it up and moving in our little corner of Chatham, Durham and Wake County. Keep following along for the excitement and let us help you enjoy your green at home.  Did I mention I'm up to over 70 houseplants? It's not my fault.  
You asked. We answered. We are unpacking TONS of outdoor pottery that we are 99.95% sure that you are going to love. Regardless of the size or color you need, you'll find the pot (or pots) you're looking for. And trust us. Glazed outdoor pottery is worth the investment. Compared to cheaper pots made from plastic or ceramic, these pots are less likely to crack with weather change, so they last much longer and maintain their color better.
The Crimson Candles Camellia is named for the candle-shaped bud that opens into a beautiful pink flower. This beautiful shrub is blooming now and will brighten whatever spot it claims in your landscape. They prefer part to full shade, and need plenty of room to grow. The Crimson Candles can grow as tall as 12 feet! It can also spread up to 8 feet. So if you need screening, this might be the perfect fit.
A tree with big pink blooms in early spring? Yes, please! Jane Magnolias deliver just that. This beauty is deciduous and will lose its leaves in the fall, unlike its evergreen cousin, the Southern Magnolia. The foliage in the spring, fall and summer is long beautiful dark green leaves. Considered a small tree with shrub-like habits, Jane Magnolia does not usually grow taller than 15 feet. Plant it where it receives morning sun and some shade in the afternoon.
CANDLE MAKING CLASS , Thursday, March 12, 2020, 6PM-8PM
Join us as Rachel Latson with  La Botella  teaches you how to make your own homemade 12 oz. soy candle. It will be the first day of Spring and what better way to bring the outdoors in than with candles scented like the very trees, plants and shrubs we will have available at the garden center! Scents like lilac, cherry blossom, magnolia, and more will be an option. Labels will be included as well. Enjoy light snacks, a complimentary glass of wine, hard cider or non-alcoholic beverage, and additional wine or cider will be available to purchase.  Limited space available, so don’t wait to  register ! Cost is $35 per participant. This is the perfect opportunity for a Girls or Guys Night Out!!

TREE PLANTING CLASS , Saturday, March 20, 2020, 10AM-11AM
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BONSAI FOR BEGINNERS , Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10AM-1PM
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HAPPY HEALTHY HOUSEPLANTS , Saturday, April 4, 2020, 10AM-11AM Click here for more information.
Spring is right around the corner which means all those lawn duties are coming up soon. If you would like us to take care of those tasks for you this year, we would love to. You can request a free estimate online or email us directly . You (and your lawn) will be glad you did!
Thinking about planting a flowering tree ? We suggest considering a Cherry Tree! You can find out more information about why and which ones we recommend in this post .

Speaking of trees, do you have a small space that needs a small tree? Not sure what tree is best? In this blog post , we recommend a variety of small trees for small spaces and include their best features.
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