A Note from Scott and Marsha
August 18, 2022
Did you enjoy that reprieve from the heat this past weekend? It seriously only takes a couple days under 62 degrees in the morning to make everyone's mood better! We all know North Carolina will experience three false falls before we officially settle into cooler weather. While some consider this an NC myth, it is actually quite accurate. Either way, 1 down and 2 to go is fine by me!
Since we are talking about the number 3 today, just look at these 3 adorable fans! Yep, that's right. This is the FGS fan club and, according to their mom, they are our biggest fans!

From left to right, meet Ally (6yo), Ewan (2yo), and Avery (8yo). If you are wondering what they are doing, they are watching our Landscape team work on their property!

We did a very large renovation to their back yard years back and a little birdy told me they watched out the window for long periods of time. One of them even went outside to check on the crew and inspect their work.

This image warms our hearts. You can learn so much from watching. Hands-on experience is helpful too, but they were mesmerized by the equipment, materials, and our team's smiling faces each day.

We can always be hopeful the next generations to come will still have an interest in gardening and landscaping! Without dedication, commitment, and the drive to work hard, well, we are all gonna be screwed! LOL! Y'all are out there digging your own patios and planting your plants with pick axes. So when you want to complain about the young ones, let's give them a chance and be willing to mentor and encourage!!

Now calling all moms, dads, friends, mentors, and more: give the kiddos a shovel, dirt, and some seeds for fall veggies and let them help put vegetables on the table! We have all you need to make your fall garden beautiful and healthy! We are also your biggest fan!
Meet Billy!

Role: Landscape Designer
Started at FGS: June 2020
Favorite Plant: Bald Cypress
Favorite Snack: Chips & Hummus
Currently Reading: re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Favorite Local Restaurant: Gringo A Go Go
This year, I'm looking forward to: my upcoming beach trip in September, where I'll be visiting family, paddleboarding, and kayaking.
Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia: My hot take is that McDonald's fries are better than Wendy's fries.

Yes, we know, it's not quite the end of summer. But with fall plants rolling in, the fall events and classes calendar about to hit the website, and the cooler weather inspiring us, we thought we would sweeten the deal even more with a Rare Houseplants Sale!

Have you been eyeing a rare plant but haven't made the jump to becoming a rare plant owner? Looking for a sign that you *should* buy that one plant? Well here's your sign!

Starting this Friday through the actual end of summer, you'll be able to snag select rare houseplants for 30% off! (We told you 3 is a magic number!)

All plants included in this sale will be clearly marked with a red sale price.

Stop by For Friday's Sake and pick up a new plant friend this weekend.
Looking for something light and airy for your indoor space? Need to soften up your living areas without adding more fluffy blankets? Your search stops at ferns! These tropical plants would love to grace your space with their gentle demeanor.

They are perfect for the kitchen or bathroom with plenty of window light because they love the humidity those areas provide. They don't require full sun but do need lots of bright indirect light to thrive! Don't let them get too dry - ferns love water. With a wide variety to choose from, we're here to help you pick out the perfect fern for your space!

If you are a lover of all kinds of creatures, you definitely need a bird bath in your garden! It can brighten up an outdoor space while also providing a crucial water source to your woodland friends. You'll be able to bird watch while they take a dip.

Bird baths also attract beneficial insects, so the overall health of your garden will improve as well - sort of like a natural pest control system. Or, if you have a pollinator garden, you can fill a bird bath with marbles or stones before adding in water, and all sorts of pollinators now have a safe place to land and enjoy a drink.


We have another excellent shrub for you this week: the Hetz Midget Arborvitae! It is native to North Carolina, drought tolerant, can survive in many types of soil, and grows to be 3-4ft tall. It is an evergreen shrub with a rounded shape and can be planted in a spot with full sun or partial shade. It makes a great companion shrub to other, more vibrant or colorful plantings and excellent in foundation beds.
For Friday's Sake

Friday, August 19, 5PM-8PM
Location: Garden Center

Need more time to shop? Well you're in luck, because we are extending the Garden Center hours until 8PM!

The Potting Shed will be open and serving beverages and Sunset Slush until 8PM, so come and enjoy the abiance on the patio and take in the sunset. Don't forget to bring lawn chairs or a blanket for seating - the patio tables go fast!

Featuring live music by: John Sierra Jr.

Admission is FREE, so bring your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers and enjoy the evening... For Friday's Sake!

Saturday, August 20, 10AM-11AM
Location: The Robin's Nest

It’s a great time of year to repot your houseplants!

Learn everything you need to know to up-pot and re-pot your plants for optimum health and growth in this lecture-based demonstration. Pruning tips will be discussed to improve the plant’s wellbeing as it thrives in its new pot!

The first 6 people to register will be able to bring a houseplant from home to be repotted in this demonstration! Look for an email to confirm your eligibility prior to the class date.

Fee is $15/person; includes a pair of pruners.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach

Sunday, August 21, 10AM-11AM
Location: The Robin's Nest

Is your plant dying and you want to save it? Do you want to multiply your plants without spending money on new ones? Do you love watching plants thrive under your care? Learning how to propagate your plants is just what you need!

This class will cover the basics of propagating different types of plants from existing plant materials you already own! We will cover several methods of propagating in different mediums using different parts of the plant. Cuttings will be provided to show examples of different methods. Come learn the basics of multiplying your plants at the PROPAGATION STATION.

Fee is $15/person; includes plant clippings.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Joey Pierce, FGS Houseplants Lead
We're Hiring!
For Garden's Sake is looking for new team members! If you like to work hard and have fun at the same time, these positions could be for you!

Potting Shed Seasonal Fall Positions:
  • Bartenders

Year-Round, Full Time Positions:
  • Lawn Maintenance Foreman/ Field Supervisor
  • Landscaper - Installation Crew Member/Driver

Full-time, year-round positions include the following benefits: paid holidays, matching 401k, discounts at the Garden Center, PTO, and health, dental, vision, and life insurance.

CLICK HERE to see the full job descriptions and apply!
Landscape Design and Installation
Whether you are a new homeowner, updating your outdoor living space, or need to solve a drainage issue, our landscape team would love to help you reach your goals! Our designers love to solve problems, curate perfect usable outdoor living spaces, and pair up all the plants that will make your new landscaping POP!

Ready to get started on your new project? We have available appointments in late October!

In case you missed it last week, the time to plant your fall vegetable garden beds is here! We wanted to leave this reminder here another week to help you get it in gear. Don't let the weather fool you into thinking you still have a month left - some seeds need to be planted within the next week or two! Make sure to do some research, decide what veggies you want to enjoy, and plan to plant by August 23 for veggies that need 10 weeks before the frost date to thrive.

We've got some tips and to-do's to prep your gardens and beds for fall veggies if you need a reminder or if it's your first year with a fall garden. Don't be intimidated - you got this!

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