A Note from Scott and Marsha
April 8, 2022
Can we just stop for a hot minute and acknowledge it has rained on Wednesdays or Thursdays for the last 3 weeks? Can we also stop and give a round of applause to the Garden Center staff who wear raincoats, rain hats, and sometimes waterproof pants just to unload all the blooming things for you?

But hey, let's talk about pollen. If I could make a weather request, my request would be that it rains hard for 9 minutes and 32 seconds at 6:05am each morning for the next four weeks. Because we all know what pollen does and nothing and no one is safe. Rain, pollen, wind, and smells. No one is safe.

Smells? About that. Monday morning, I arrive to work and walk in. The front door and porch windows are wide open, which is unusual considering the pollen from the pines are covering everything minute by minute.

I walk in to greet Nick and AmberLeigh and before I could open my mouth to say hello, instead, I say, "Oh my god. What the heck is that smell?"

Insert three sets of eye-rolls here. "Yes, we checked all the trash cans. Yes, we checked the break room. Yes, we checked the kitchen," as they spoke in unison.

"Ok, then something has seriously died somewhere in or under this house," I say, gagging.

There was a moment when we contemplated drawing straws on who would need to go under the house. What would we find? Is it a dead possum? A raccoon? A really large python that has once again escaped a home in Raleigh? What if it's a body and we end up on WRAL?!! Publicity is good but we don't need that kind of publicity.

I text John and casually mention the smell and ask if there is any chance at all he could, maybe, peak his head under the house for me. Please? Pretty please? Pretty, pretty please with sugar on top?

His response: "I spoke with an older gentleman about the smell under the house. He suggested that what you might want to do is buy a buzzard and send it under."

Me: "I mean, I'm for that but where would I find one? And why do animals have to literally go and die in the worst places? Why can't they just go out into the woods and die and become part of the circle of life like they are supposed to? So rude."

The next day, John located the dead animal. It was a rabbit. And that made me sad. I like rabbits. And then I asked him for one more small favor: "John, can you please toss the rabbit in Doug's car? P.l.e.a.s.e."

The rabbit was carefully laid to rest in a better location for those of you who just gasped. I was kidding. But if you know Doug and I, it would be something we would both consider doing to one another.

All jokes aside, you really should hop on over, skip if you have to. It's spring in the garden y'all and it's time to play... I mean, PLANT!
Trucks continue arriving as we stock and restock weekly. It's always nice to share again support to our locals!

Meet Joel! Joel is co-owner of Plantworks, another local grower in Rougemont, NC. What makes it even more fascinating is he is also full-time Captain at Orange Rural Fire Department in Hillsborough. When I think of the word well-rounded, I will now see his face. Loves beautiful blooming things AND fights fires?
This easy care plant prefers medium to bright light and is excellent for beginners. It will tolerate being negelcted, but make sure not to leave it in a low-light spot or it will start looking sad! Some varieties have pink or red stems, adding to their beauty. Algaonema is a great plant if you're looking to add color to your home!
It can be hard to find the perfect perennials for your landscape design, but the Columbine is a great choice. They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes! They are deer resistant and thrive in both bright and shade gardens. The delicate, bell-shaped flowers are so pretty in the springtime, and the dark foliage gives this perennial curbside appeal throughout the year.
There's nothing quite like the taste of freshly-picked blueberries on a summer day. Truly a wonderful pick for anyone looking to plant something edible, these bushes prefer full sun, acidic soil, and regular watering. They come in several sizes - even small enough for a hanging basket! The time, effort, and care you put into these bushes will certainly pay off when you cook, bake, and savor these delicious berries - we recommend blueberry crumble coffee cake!
Upcoming Classes & Events

Saturday, April 16, 10AM

Join us for an informative session on everything houseplants. We will cover how to choose the right plants for your home and how to care for them so they stay happy and healthy. You will learn about air-purifying plants and pet-friendly plants! Every houseplant needs a home and every home needs houseplants!

Fee is $15/person; includes a spray bottle and microfiber cloth

Location: The Potting Shed

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach
Saturday, April 16, 10AM-2PM

Did you miss out on last week's workshop? We're doing another one! This is a small-group style workshop so don't wait to register!

This engaging class is for those interested in learning about this fascinating horticultural art form. The class and hands-on workshop will teach the aesthetic aspects of classical bonsai along with the technical and horticultural fundamentals you'll need to enjoy this wonderful hobby. The class will cover bonsai styles, design, pruning, wiring, container selection, potting, and care.

Fee: $75/person; includes all workshop materials you'll need to create your very own bonsai, an introductory bonsai book, a detailed after care guide for your new tree, and light hors d'oeuvres

Location: The Robin's Nest

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Ken Hallatt, owner of Carolina Bonsai

Ken Hallatt, bonsai artist, educator, and owner of Carolina Bonsai is past President of the Triangle Bonsai Society. With over 40 years of experience Ken has trained with many gifted, international bonsai artists and enjoys sharing this "growing art" with others.

For Garden's Sake is looking for new faces to join our landscape team! If you like to work hard and have fun at the same time, these positions could be for you!

We are hiring for the following roles: Landscape Installation Manager, Landscaper - Installation, and Landscaper - Maintenance. These positions are full-time, year-round, with benefits.

CLICK HERE to see the full job descriptions and apply!
Landscape Design and Installation
Our designers, Doug and Billy, love to turn your lawn and landscape into a gorgeous and usable outdoor space! From beautiful plant design to drainage solutions to fire pits and patios, our team can take your outdoor living space to the next level. 
We are booking for late April appointments so don't wait to put in your request for a consultation! Click here to submit an online request!
Plant Tip of the Week: BUG OFF!
Are you struggling with pests bothering your houseplants? Fungus Gnats are fairly common but extra obnoxious. Luckily we have some tips on how you can get rid of them and help your houseplants relax! This brand-new blog post was written by our very own Caro, so make sure to tell them thank you next time you stop by!
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