A Note from Scott and Marsha
May 6, 2021
I have a serious question this week. Does anyone else work out of boxes in their head? Do you create lists to work off of and the list grows longer before you can even check one off? Do you find the lids to your boxes are always opening and slamming shut throughout the day and it's hard to keep them all closed to work in one box?  I realize I might have ADHD. For real. This is not helping with the spring season AND turning 50. I think it's getting worse. I bring this up because in my conversations, almost everyone else feels exactly the same way! I know I sound like an infomercial right now and you are waiting for the pitch. I honestly don't have one.  

Last week, Scott was meeting with a dear friend who leads a business group that Scott is part of. Will has been an awesome sounding board, challenger, mentor and quasi "board member" at FGS. We are grateful for God putting our paths together.  

Scott was sharing with Will (again for like the 7th time) the "growing pains" we have experienced this past year overall. When we bring that up, people are very excited for us. We are excited, too, but we also know fast growth isn't always the easiest to manage. It is hard to keep up with and doesn't always allow people to grow at the same pace.  

Will's suggestion after listening was, "What if you picked a day to close the garden center? You are running 7 days a week. Maybe it's okay to pick a day and re-group for the sake of sanity?" As Will walked out leaving Scott feeling incredibly encouraged, he also said, "And Scott, if you are going to close one day to re-group, now is the time. Don't wait until after spring is over and your staff is on the ground!"  

With that, you may have noticed on social media our announcing the garden center will be closed on Mondays. Wwwwwhhhhaaaatttttt? I know right? It's a bold decision. It was a fast decision. Yes, it is stepping out of our comfort zone and trusting. But, it's the right decision.

If you could have seen the faces of our staff when we announced it, you would understand. There were smiles, a few cheers and relief. The one thing we need is a day to work ON the business, not always IN the business. Everyone was genuinely excited and we hope they feel cared for and loved. We love serving our customers but it will not be on Mondays. Serving our staff is just as important, if not more. So don't be trying to sneak in here and look at plants acting desperate for just one bag of soil. LOL. We can't help you!!!  As much as we love you ...

We appreciate your support to FGS in so many ways. And we hope you will enjoy bringing your green home Tuesday-Sunday. When you stop by on Tuesdays, our smiles will be wider and our steps a bit lighter.  For Sanity's Sake, we hope you see and feel the difference this week and just in time as you roll into celebrating someone special this Mother's Day weekend. We have the perfect blooming plants and pottery. We even ordered amazing weather for you to enjoy outdoor shopping with Mom, lunch and a drink at The Potting Shed. See you this weekend!  
Show Mom Some LOVE
HANGING BASKETS
Gorgeous hanging baskets are a great way to show a mom in your life some love. We have many varieties to choose from--Petunia, Geranium, Loeblia, Boston Fern, Begonia, and MORE!
ANTHURIUM
Anthurium is the Peace Lily's less dramatic relative. In addition to heart-shaped leaves (I mean, what else says love like heart-shaped leaves), Anthurium has beautiful blooms that last not days or weeks, but MONTHS--making them an excellent alternative to cut flowers. We have many Dutch varieties available.
TALL OUTDOOR POTTERY
Pottery makes a plant POP! And these tall planters are quite the show stopper. We have multiple colors and sizes, so you are sure to find the right pot and plant to delight mom. Not sure what to pair with your pot? No worries! Our helpful associates are available to help you pick the perfect combo.
Potting Shed & Food Truck Schedule
The Potting Shed
Friday 12-4:30p
Saturday 12-4:30p
Sunday 12-4:30p Mother's Day!
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
Saturday, May 8 – 11am-3pm
Umami
With years of experience in Japanese cuisine, the chefs from Umami Bistro roll out their restaurant favorites to food truck guests all over the Triangle. Umami specializes in hand rolled sushi, teppan bowls and other Japanese favorites.

Sunday, May 2 – 11am-3pm (Mother's Day)

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK
Meet Courtney Bruce!
Role: Plant Sales Associate
Started at FGS: August 2020
Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip
Movie: Phantom of the Opera
Plant: Paperbush (Edgeworthia Chrysantha)
Last Book Read: Braiding Sweetgrass
Food: Tacos

Courtney started with us as a cashier, but she has learned so much about plants, she was promoted to a Plant Coach a couple of months ago. She is super patient and loves helping customers find the right plants. She always has a positive attitude and is the go-to for any cashiers who have questions. She can be your go-to for many plant questions! :)
Happy, Healthy Houseplants – Level 2
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: $10
Plant Tip of the Week:
Fertilize Your Annuals
If you want your annuals to really thrive this summer, don't forget to fertilize them!! We love Flowertone. You use it when you plant and then once a month through September. Make sure to read the directions. But you just sprinkle it around the base of your plants like you would salt and pepper on your food. If Flowertone is not for you, pick a fertilizer that is. But don't forget this important step! Flowers love food as much as we do!
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