A Note from Scott and Marsha
February 24, 2022
What a beautiful week of weather we had last week but seriously, let's turn the sunshine back on! Last Saturday, I actually shopped like a customer at the garden center with two of my adorable friends, Nick and Kathy. Every now and then, I try to act like a normal person but it's so difficult. I overheard a customer say, "Gosh, I really want a job here."  

My normalcy went out the window and I immediately encouraged her to apply and work weekends! This is why they don't let me in the garden very often. LOL!  

Last week, Scott and I celebrated our anniversary. It's been 31 years. Thirty-one years. Treinta y uno. Trentuno. Trente et un ... 31. Some people will say, "We have been married 31 years and 3 of those were great years!"  

I would say we have had 31 years of adventure. You don't own a business, have three kids, three dogs, say goodbye to great friends, lose loved ones, celebrate milestones, raise teenagers, college students, marry them off, have a grandbaby, survive three decades and one pandemic in your lifetime and not call it an adventure. Scott has been my biggest adventure, even during the most challenging times of our life. One favorite person and mentor, Pat, has said to us many times, "Life is messy and like a mixture."  

You learn to live with triumphs and disappointments that all may happen within 15 minutes of one another.  The last two years have defined that statement perfectly.  

But I would say that our adventure has been all the sweeter with those around us at FGS. While we try to be encouraging and create a warmth in our culture for those we serve, our team (and tribe!) has only made our culture that much warmer. When interacting with customers and clients in person and on the phone, I hear warmth and care in their voices. I see smiles on their faces and the joy they experience educating and teaching the plant newbies. We feel the love from customers that are participating in our events/classes and make FGS part of their free time. We see emails come in from landscape clients that are experiencing real enjoyment in their new outdoor spaces the landscape team has built. We serve maintenance clients that now thank our team when they can text us and we respond to their needs. I enjoy listening to their laughter as they eat their lunch and as we all share in a prank. This is our adventure and we are so very grateful.   

Pop in for some warmth and love. Maybe even a hug. Maybe a plant? Or two?!
When it comes to choosing the perfect plant to decorate a corner of your home or to complement your favorite pot, choose the dracaena plant every time. With their far-reaching leaves and beautifully etched trunks, dracaena brings life, texture, color, and depth to any space. Not only does its dramatic foliage with beautiful color patterns make a great focal point in any room, but dracaena can also help improve air quality.  It claims a spot on NASA’s list of the world's top air-purifying plants! It is happiest with less frequent watering and can tolerate lower light. But in the end, it's out of this world!
One of our most elegant and showy trees is the deciduous Magnolia. Their big, waxy, glossy leaves juxtaposed with heady, fragrant flowers are familiar sights to Southerners. They bloom in a rainbow of colors, and while some species flower in the heat of summer, others bloom in late winter and act as harbingers of warmer weather to come. These are favorite trees for yards not only because of their perfumed blooms, which are always a draw for gardeners, but also because of their variety. Magnolias produce a wide range of foliage and bloom types with a wonderful diversity of appearance. Every gardener has their favorites, and we think there's a Magnolia species for every yard. Do you have one? 
Whether it’s a sun-warmed tomato or just-picked pepper, nothing compares to the satisfaction of growing, harvesting and eating vegetables from your own backyard! Whether you are a garden newbie or an experienced farmer, planting seeds is still as simple as digging a hole, dropping in a seed, and giving it time, water, and sun. With Spring just around the corner, it's the perfect time to plan your victory garden! We offer a wide selection of seeds and starting materials to help you get started!
Upcoming Classes & Events
TONIGHT - Thursday, February 24, 6PM

There are a few spots left!

Interested in advanced techniques of multiplying your plants? We’ve got you covered! In this second level course we will cover methods like leaf cuttings, air layering, and division in a more advanced overview of propagation techniques. We will go over the ins and outs of how to keep your propagations alive and how to transition them to their final growing medium.

Fee is $15/person; includes plant clippings

This class will be held in The Robin’s Nest.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Joey Pierce, FGS Plant Coach
Sunday, March 6, 2PM

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 $15.00/person; includes a spray bottle and microfiber cloth

This class will be held in The Robin’s Nest.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach
Saturday, March 12, 10am


This will be repeated materials from the previous classes.
Join Alfredo Salkeld and Jackson Brinkley—professional beekeepers from Buddha Bee Apiary—as they dive deep into the fascinating world of bee behavior. We all know they’re important for the environment, but there’s a lot more to bees than meets the eye. By the end of the class, you’ll know about bee “dances”, secret clubs where queens go to get lucky, what challenges bees face, and how you can help.

Fee is $20/person; includes honey-sweetened mimosas!

This class will be held in The Robin’s Nest.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Alfredo Salkeld and Jackson Brinkley, Buddha Bee Apiary

For Garden's Sake is looking for new faces to join our team this spring season! If you like to work hard and have fun at the same time, these positions could be for you! No experience necessary!

We are hiring for the following Spring Seasonal roles: Cashier, Plant Care Associates, Plant Coaches, and Bartenders. If you are interested in any of these positions, we would love to meet you! Please note these are seasonal position lasting from early spring to early summer

CLICK HERE to apply!

We are also looking for full-time Landscaping members! Love to work outside and be apart of a small team? Have no experience but are willing to learn? Looking for a change of career? If this sounds like you or anyone you know, apply today!
Best of Durham 2022
Have you heard the news?! We've been nominated for Best Landscaper in Durham!

We are so honored to be considered for this and are asking for your help! Please show your support by voting for your favorites in Durham Magazine's annual Best of Durham poll before March 1! We hope you'll vote for us!

Here's how to vote:
-Head to the link
-Click on Services and Scroll Down to Best Landscaper
-Cast your vote for us and for all your Durham favorites!
Landscape Design and Installation
Do you want to transform your lawn and turn it into a beautiful and functional landscape? Want a better space for entertaining? Or do you just want to add some diversity to your garden? Our designers and installation team can make that a reality for you! Our spring schedule is booking fast, so don't wait to put in your request for a consultation!

Plant Tip of the Week: Early Spring Vegetable Planting
Spring is almost here and we are dreaming of green grass, warm soil, fresh, crisp veggies and juicy, mouth-watering fruit. Now is a great time to get in the garden and start planting. We have many vegetables in stock, and recently received a shipment of so many seeds! After you come and take a look, check out our blog post that we wrote to help you get started!
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