A Note from Scott and Marsha
September 9, 2021
Y'all. It happened this morning at 8am. The pumpkin truck arrived, and we are single-handedly turning all things orange at FGS! We are so excited and pumpkin spice lattes for everyone! YAHOO!!!!!!  

Do you know what else is exciting? Remember when our Garden Center admin, Josh, left us and moved to Atlanta?  Fortunately for FGS, we had the perfect person sitting in the wings. Who knew?!!!  Meet Morgan. She has stepped into Josh's large, left-behind shoes and is running just as fast as he did.  

Morgan started with us last spring in the garden center as a cashier. She quickly learned all the ins and outs, taking care of plants, watering and was working her way into a Plant Coach role. For some reason, we have been blessed with amazing teachers at the garden center who share all the knowledge they have. If you are a sponge, all you need to do is sit under their little fountains! And Morgan is a quick learner. 

When Josh announced he was leaving, we hoped Morgan might be interested and would be the perfect fit. And sure enough, low and behold, we replaced an angel with an angel. Morgan has a very calming way about her and is incredibly helpful to everyone she interacts with. When you call the Garden Center, she often will interact with you so be sure you congratulate and thank her!  PS. She might also be a goat whisperer.

As we get to know her even more, I'm sure we will have something fun to share. So far, I think she understands our systems better than I do. The old saying, "Use it or lose it" is very true. This includes memory, cooking skills and such. I won't cry if I lose my house cleaning skills. Who's with me on that?  

If you are old school and it's time to do a little fall cleaning as we head into the holidays, we really are all orange and green!!  Tackle those outdoor chores and come see us. We will have all the fall things you need to make your outdoors spectacular this year!  And don't forget your pumpkin spice latte. Woot woot!!!
Friday, September 17, 2021
Mark your calendars!

Friday, September 17, 2021
5-8 PM

Sterling Scott and Storm Adams will be here providing Live Music!
We're looking forward to an awesome night!
Gorgeous mums are occupying our tables and waiting for you to take them home to decorate your porches and patios. We have pinks, oranges, yellows, whites...so many colors. While most of them are not blooming yet, their blooming season is right around the corner. Get ahead of the fall decorating game!
Alocasia has striking and unique foliage. We have a few varieties in stock including Ivory Coast, Safari, Black Velvet and Pink Dragon. Alocasia needs bright, indirect light. They love humidity, so consider placing it in your bathroom or near a sink. You can also mist it frequently. Make sure it has good drainage and allow soil to be dry to the touch before watering.
Camellias have the most fantastic flowers, and we are so excited it is nearly time for some of them to burst into bloom. Sasanqua Camellias are fall bloomers that are evergreen, part-shade loving, and come in different colors. Other Camellia varieties will bloom in winter, and some in early spring. For flower-producing shrubs, you can't go wrong with Camellias.
Meet Billy Balton!
Role: Landscape Designer
Started at FGS: June 2020
Ice Cream: Chunky Monkey by Ben and Jerry's
TV Show: Breaking Bad
Currently Watching: Somebody Feed Phil
Last Book Read: The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach
Plant: Heuchera/ 'Coral Bells'
Food: Pad Thai
Restaurant: Gringo A Go Go

Billy started with us last year as our second landscape designer fresh out of graduate school at NCSU. He hit the ground running and has been designing amazing landscapes for our clients ever since. He is super easy to talk to and quick to laugh. He loves playing soccer whenever he gets the opportunity. He and his lovely girlfriend Kimmy also enjoy hiking wherever a good trail will take them. He has two dogs, Chloe and Bernie. Ask him about Bennie and the peanut butter. It will leave you in stiches! We are so glad that he is a part of our team!
Plant Tip of the Week:
We originally wrote this blog post for starting seeds in late winter, looking forward to spring, but now is the time to start seeds for your fall/winter garden. Seed starting might seems simple, but there are best practices you can use to make sure you are successful. We included those best practices in our Seed Starting blog post.
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