A Note from Scott and Marsha
December 23, 2021
Well, here we are rolling into the last day at FGS for 2021. We are officially closing the doors December 23rd for a long, overdue winter's nap. We will be back in full swing January 3rd with the Garden Center opening Tuesday, January 4th. If you hear a rumbling from the distance, it's all of us racing out the door with joy, joy and more joy. Y'all. It's been another long year.  

In case you have not driven by FGS at night, this happened. Yes, that is correct. This is not a stock image. This is O'Kelly Chapel, the historic church on the corner of O'Kelly Chapel Road and Hwy 751. It's a Christmas miracle!  But for real.  

This is a labor of love. When Scott and I were approached with the opportunity to purchase the church and land it sat on, my "vision" psycho side went full tilt! It has been sitting and patiently waiting for "a time such as this."  

I won't bore you with all the renovation details just yet. I will save this for 2022. But I will tell you the ideas and vision I have are slowly coming to fruition. Scott has worked tirelessly behind the scenes as we still have some navigating to do with the state and county. We truly hope to have these details worked out so we can add this space at FGS.  

After 50+ years of this gem sitting dark, we hope this holiday season you find a light of peace, hope and love to warm your heart. Someone said to me that it looks like it should be part of her Christmas village on her table. I couldn't agree more.  

For all there is to anticipate and hope for in 2022, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are grateful for the small part we may have played in your world in 2021 and we wouldn't have wanted to do any of this without you.  Blessings to you and yours.
Our company will be CLOSED
December 24-January 3.
The Garden Center will reopen
Tuesday, January 4.
If you are looking for a plant for the holidays but want something a bit different, take a look at the Frosty Fern! These beautiful houseplants look like they have been kissed by soft winter snow. Not really a fern, but rather a clubmoss, it got its frosty name because the end of the leaves have a distinct white or frosted look making it a perfect plant for the winter and holidays. It prefers bright, indirect light and moist soil so water when the soil starts to feel dry on top or the pot feels light. In our winter heated homes, plan on watering every few days.
Hundreds of exceptional evergreens exist, but one among them truly stands out. This evergreen is Radicans Cryptomeria. It is a wonderful  tree to create a dramatic focal point when planted. It can also be used as a screening tree offering privacy and an interesting texture and foliage color. A perfect choice when you are looking for something a little unusual to include in your garden. Growing to be 30-40'H and 15/20'W, it prefers full sun to partial shade. This evergreen is also quite drought tolerant once established. Even better? It’s disease resistant!
Get ready to dress up your indoor jungle! We have the cutest indoor plant pots you can buy. Find ideas for every stylefrom boho to modernwe have an array of colors and varieties! You can’t go wrong with any of these fun planters. Then once you've got your pot, the fun of finding a plant for it begins! They also make the perfect gift for all the plant lovers on your shopping list!
Upcoming Classes
Thursday, January 13, 6PM

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 $20.00; includes local mead samples
This class will be held in The Robin’s Nest.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructors: Alfredo Salkeld and Jackson Brinkley, Buddha Bee Apiary
Saturday, January 22, 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 $15.00; 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

Landscape Design and Installation

Stop dreaming and let us make your 2022 landscape goals a reality! There is no reason to wait till spring to schedule your design appointment. We are booking for January and February now! Check out our website for more info and to schedule a consultation.
Plant Tip of the Week:
Keeping your fresh holiday plants beautiful is possible, but does require some effort and attention. Check out our post that shares how to properly care for your poinsettias. Your poinsettias can last all season and beyond if you love them well.
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