A Note from Scott and Marsha
October 13, 2022
Are you counting down to Halloween? Maybe you are trying to decide what your costume will be. Or maybe this year, you are dressing up your dog along with the other 40,695 people who got a dog during COVID and will venture out for some weekend fun. Either way, the Garden Center is open late this Friday and, if you are looking for a shopping experience that allows a costume test run, we are here for it at our spin on For Friday's Sake: Monster Mash.
Memory lane, Week 2! This image is the front of the Garden Center current day. We found ourselves needing to expand a bit into the parking area. We also had to remove some trees that were dying. My favorite part of this was having our maintenance team bring back loads and loads of Crape Myrtle limbs that were pruned in winter. Yes, sometimes we need to "Crape Murder," as Southern Living's Grumpy Gardener calls it. Sorry Mr. Grumpy Pants.

But I really wasn't that sorry. All I had to do was sketch out what I wanted and then off John went, setting posts and building a huge natural archway! He worked on this for about a week off-and-on, attaching limbs and picking the tallest ones first so he would have the longest limbs to work with and intertwining the branches for the arch. Then we had fun deciding how to make a "Welcome" sign (that has occasionally needed lifting when it starts to droop)!
But this image? Wow. I'm looking at this and really sad. Growth has it's cons and now, I may just have to create a new vision for 2023.

This throwback has to be a 2013 time frame. First of all, the two large trees in the image are no longer there and the fence has been adjusted. I do believe the entrance is in a similar spot. Does anyone remember this? We have so many newcomers to the area that they never would have seen this. I'm sure our long-term customers remember. We have such fond memories of this season! Sigh ... one customer visited a couple weeks ago from out of town. She had not been back in over 10 years. She was floored to say the least, and that makes it all worth while. We love surprises!

Another old memory was a car driving between the fence posts and getting as close as they could to the white house. They literally drove their car right up into the garden. This has actually happened several times. We chuckled and said, "They must not understand personal space." In the end, we didn't care. We just enjoyed helping them get what they needed and not having to carry the plants nearly as far!

There's a silver lining in every situation. You just have to look for it. Our silver lining is we are loving the cool weather AND counting down to flipping the space for live Christmas trees, wreaths, and all things red and green! PSA: It's coming whether you like it or not!

The frost date will be here in the blink of an eye! Don't wait any longer to get your plants in the ground before it gets too cold.

This week we are putting our rose bushes on sale so you can enjoy more roses this spring! Knockout Roses are disease-resistant and relatively easy to grow. They do require some pruning but it's easy to get the hang of it!

Stop by this weekend and take three home with you for the price of two!
If you love color, the Croton is definitely for you! Crotons have perfect fall colors all year round. They can live outside during warmer months, as they are a tropical houseplant, but can come indoors when it turns cold. Make sure to give them lots of bright light and do not let them dry out. If they aren't getting enough light, new leaves will not have as much color. Be aware that the sap in the stems is not safe for humans or pets!

Also known as Flowering Kale and Cabbage, these cool-season annuals are perfect for container gardens and adding a "wow" factor to your garden beds! The color in their extravagantly ruffled and feathered leaves gets more intense with cooler weather. Make sure to plant them in full sun and don't let them dry out!

Did you know you can grow your own tea leaves?! Camellia Sinensis is used to produce white, green oolong, and black teas, and you can plant it right in your back yard. This shrub is a compact, vigorous evergreen with a long bloom time throughout fall and winter. The small pink or white blooms are popular with bees and other pollinators.

Camellia Sinensis thrives in partial shade and prefers consistent moisture, so you'll want to keep this one on a watering schedule and moniter it regularly. Being able to make tea with the leaves and bark certainly makes the extra work worthwhile!

Friendly Reminder: If you plan to ingest a plant, please make sure to do your research first!

Thursday, October 13, 6PM-7PM - TONIGHT!

Location: The Robin's Nest

Take a deep dive into the world of honey with a professional beekeeper from Buddha Bee Apiary. The class will begin with a presentation on how bees make honey and how it’s harvested from the hive. You’ll then be guided through six different varietals of North Carolina honey. By the end, you’ll have a new appreciation for this superfood as well as knowledge about how to properly taste and describe honey!

Fee is $35/person, includes honey samples

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Alfredo Salkeld, Buddha Bee Apiary Operations Manager & Co-Founder
Monster Mash

Friday, October 14, 5PM-8PM
Location: The Garden Center

Extended hours just got spooky!

Join us for yet another twist on For Friday’s Sake – a Monster Mash Theme Night! Be ready to get your boogie (monster) on! We’ll have extended shopping hours at the Garden Center, seasonal drinks at The Potting Shed, live music, a food truck, and the best part is we want you to come in costume! (Costumes are encouraged but not required.)

This is a family-friendly event. Please keep costumes PG-rated and kid-friendly; this event is not intended to be scary.

Food Truck: Tha Birdman 919

Admission is FREE, so bring your ghoulfriends, werewolves, mummies, and vampires and enjoy the evening at THE MONSTER MASH!
Pumpkin Extravaganza

Sunday, October 16, 10AM-3PM
Location: The Garden Center

Celebrate all things pumpkin with us on Sunday, October 16! We’ll be hosting one more Pick & Paint Pumpkin Workshop! We’ll also be hosting a few local vendor booths where you can shop for pumpkin-themed decor and more! The Potting Shed will have a variety of pumpkin beers, ciders, and other seasonal fall drinks, as well as Sunset Slush. Don’t forget to grab a picture with your “gnomies” with our vintage blue Ford truck while you’re here. It will be the perfect day to pick out your pumpkins and have fun at your favorite Garden Center!

Food Truck: Tacos Garcia

Live Music byHeather Sarona (12PM-3PM)

Vendors at this event will be: Big Cakes Little Cakes and Drops of Color by Erin.

Special guest: Tricky Faces Face Painting (12PM-3PM)
With CASual Art Works

Sunday, October 16, 2PM-3:30PM
Location: The Robin's Nest

We are excited to team up with the ladies at CASual Art Works to bring you a sign crafting workshop!

If you love multi-purpose decor, this workshop is for you. Create a holiday sign with a pumpkin stack on one side and an adorable snowman on the other! You’ll be able to enjoy your creativity all season long. This workshop is great for crafters of all experience levels!

Fee is $50/person, includes all necessary materials and supplies, a mimosa, and light snacks.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Jennifer Sabatini, Owner of CASual Art Works
Save the Date!

Can you hear the distant jingle? Do you see holiday items hitting the store shelves? We are so excited because Christmas and the holiday season are coming! We wanted to remind you we have Wreath Making Workshops in November and December!

We will also be offering a limited number of private workshops to those who want to attend with a larger group of friends! These workshops will be for 12 participants (no more, no less) and we would love to help make the season more magical for your group this year!

If you are interested in claiming a private workshop spot, please CLICK HERE to get in touch with our events team!

Open workshop dates will be released tomorrow, October 14! Check out our website for more information.
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!

Full-Time Positions:

  • Landscaper - Installation Crew Member/Driver
  • Landscaper - Maintenance Crew Member/Driver

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

Part-Time Seasonal Positions:

  • Bartender at The Potting Shed

CLICK HERE to see the full job descriptions and apply!
Landscape Design and Installation
We are problem solvers! Whether that means solving a drainage issue, identifying specific ways you can properly utilize your outdoor space, or updating your landscape design to fit your current needs, we've got you covered!

The dormant months are the perfect time for hardscape projects like patios, walkways and pathways, raised beds, stone walls, and more! We are ready to help you make the transformation from house to home.

Ready to get started on your new project? We have available appointments in early December!

Tip of the Week: HELLO, PUMPKIN
Pumpkin season is in full swing! Whether you've had yours on your porch for a week or two or you're stopping by this weekend to pick yours out, we wanted to make sure to share some pumpkin preservation tips so you can enjoy them longer!

Painting or carving your FGS pumpkins? Make sure to tag us on your social media posts so we can see your works of art!

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