A Note from Scott and Marsha
June 17, 2021
I know spring is so fun with cooler temperatures and waiting for all the flowers to burst forth with color after a dreary and sometimes gray winter. But summer? Come on! I love all the summer things too. I wait patiently for the sturdy and durable Crepe Myrtles to bloom, along with Scott's favorite summer blooming perennials like Coneflowers and Black-eyed Susans. My favorites are Shasta Daisies and Butterfly Bushes. But I really love them all and don't have time to name each one. Sigh..... 

Speaking of favorites, Doug the Designer USED TO BE my favorite. He is no longer my favorite. Why do you ask? Exhibit A. 

My morning starts at the doctor's office for my physical. There is nothing like having your yearly physical with one of your garden center shoppers. She and I are becoming fast friends because if she is going to know every intimate detail of my life as well as know me without my clothes on, the least she can do is shop with us. 

I arrived at work and my door is closed with a sign that says, "Have a nice day, Peanut." Odd. I open my door to Exhibit A. Are you serious right now? I recognized Doug's handwriting. Squinty eyes. I called him not a nice word and AmberLeigh and Angela chuckle.  

Styrofoam popcorn is NOT fun to clean up especially when the dogs thought every piece I dropped on the floor was a white cheddar cheese puff. And let me tell you when they have the packing peanut in their mouth, it becomes smaller and sticky. So now I have wet, sticky peanuts to deal with. Again, squinty eyes and not nice words.  

I filled two bags. I'm no quitter. I march out to Doug's car to see if the doors are unlocked.  Bingo.  I march back in to retrieve the two bags AND the sign. I open the trunk and dump both bags and his sign on top. I chuckle and close the trunk knowing that he may not even find these until he uses his trunk. 
Then I remembered something. There were SEVERAL boxes with the pottery order and I had only opened one box on the porch to see what was in it. So that was just ONE box . I call magical Mariah who orders the pottery and she has two BIG boxes FULL of packing peanuts.  "Can I have them?" I ask.  

"Sure. I'll bring them down," she replies.  

Exhibit B.  He should know by now he needs to a) decide if it's worth it, b) think to lock his car (duh), and c) be prepared for not being the favorite. Next time you see him, please, please, PLEASE ask him if it was worth it!  

We have packing peanuts as well as plants, pottery, pale ale, personality and pranks. Pop this way soon! 
THIS Friday, June 18

for live music and extended hours at the Garden Center!

We're open til 8PM!

The Potting Shed will be open serving cold beer, cider, wine, mimosas, Sunset Slush and more! El Jefecito food truck will be here as well!
Next week is National Pollinator week, so what better time to plant a pollinator friendly plant? Pollinators are an essential component to our food supply! If you have a vegetable garden, planting companion pollinators is an excellent idea! Coneflowers (echinacea), Bee Balm, Agastache and Salvia are some of our favorites!
Fresh squeezed lemonade anyone? From lemons from your OWN lemon tree? Why, yes, please! Lemon and lime trees are in stock now. The blooms are fragrant and the fruit is edible, so what's not to love? Unfortunately, citrus trees can't handle the cold of our winters, so plan to keep them in a pot. Leave them on a covered patio this summer and then bring them indoors to a sunny spot once the temperatures drop.
We have so many sizes and colors of gorgeous, frost-resistant (or proof) outdoor pottery. Outdoor pottery is a great investment that will house your plants for years to come. Whether you want plant a tree, shrub or a combination of annuals and perennials, you will be delighted with our outdoor pottery options!
today though Sunday!
4-inch pots
Gallon Containers
Hanging Baskets
Potting Shed & Food Truck Schedule
The Potting Shed
Friday 4:30pm-8pm
Saturday 12-4:30p
Sunday 12-4:30p
If we have inclement weather, we will close The Potting Shed, so make sure to follow our social media (Instagram or Facebook) for updates!

Food Trucks
Meatless Grease
Saturday, June 19, 11AM-3PM
Meatless Grease is a multi cuisine, Vegan/ Vegetarian food truck serving bold flavored menu items with plant based meats. It’s a vegan/vegetarian twist on some of the most iconic street foods like Burger, Street Tacos, Gyros and “Meat” over Rice.
Everything on our menu has a very unique flavor and meaty texture of real beef, yet made 100% with plants!

Off the Hog
Sunday, June 20, 12PM-4PM
Off the Hog will be here offering some good old-fashioned traditionally smoked meats.

Meet Shannon Yoder!
Role: Accounting Manager
Started at FGS: March 2019
Ice Cream: Chocolate Brownie
TV Show: This is Us
Plant: Pansies
Last Book Read: The Last Midwife of Hope River, Patricia Harman
Food: Mexican

Shannon has blessed FGS with her presence for the past 2+ years. She is an absolute whiz with the numbers and keeps us all straightened out--at least financially--around here. Shannon is always upbeat, positive and willing to lend a listening ear if needed. Her two teenage daughters, husband, and adorable labradoodle keep her busy when she isn't here with us at FGS. While you may not see Shannon around at the garden center very often, if you do have the pleasure, take the opportunity to meet this sweet soul!
Happy, Healthy Houseplants Level 2
Saturday, June 19, 10AM-11AM
Your houseplants are doing well and you are ready to take your new hobby (or obsession) to the next level! FGS Plant Coach, Debbi Barrett, will address both the environmental and cultural needs of houseplants. Horticultural practices will be discussed so you can better choose plants to fit your lifestyle. We will also review potting options and how to spot and fix common problems. Be sure to bring your questions and concerns!
Fee is $15.00 
Registration without payment will be disregarded.
Presenter: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach
Outdoor Succulent Bowl
Saturday, June 26, 10AM-11AM
Create an outdoor succulent bowl that requires very little maintenance but delivers a whole lotta love! The perfect piece to brighten up your sunny outdoor living space.
We will be building our bowls in the Robin’s Nest!
Fee is $60.00 and includes frost-resistant ceramic bowl, soil, succulents, planting instruction and care tips.
Registration without payment will be disregarded.
Presenter: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach
Plant Tip of the Week:
Who doesn't love the sight of butterflies flitting from flower to flower in the garden? In honor of National Pollinator Week, plant a butterfly garden to attract butterflies and other pollinators! To make sure you are on the right track, check out this post before you get started!
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