A Note from Scott and Marsha
July 14, 2022
Sigh. What a wonderful week it's been. Despite the slow crowd on Sunday at the Garden Center, I don't think anyone complained about the 70 degree weather and the much needed rain. And Monday with the low 80s? If you weren't enjoying that then clearly you weren't outside last week when everything and everyone was melting.

I'm melting today over this picture of our sweet grandbaby Halle. She is growing so fast and this is her being introspective on a Monday.

The good news is her parents moved from Holly Springs to South Durham, six minutes from the Garden Center and ten minutes from us. Yes - SIX MINUTES. Insert my googly eyes here.

Erica uses the Garden Center as a morning outing at least once a week now. Halle is getting to know the goats, chickens, and ducks. She also loves to swing and everything is quite entertaining to her.

This past week, Halle zipped by the play area and headed to the offices. Erica texted and told me to look out my window after sending this picture of Halle. I immediately jumped from my chair and ran outside to find them. I had five minutes before our leadership meeting. I had "plenty" of time for a kiss.

Halle wasn't having it when she saw me start to leave. So Erica scooped her up and handed Halle her phone before a complete meltdown. No, Halle, I'm not babysitting today. Geez.

We chatted for a minute or so before Halle was done; done with the phone that is.

I heard it first. I heard the knock of the phone on the pipe. Please tell me that was not the open pipe that runs excess lake and rain water down into the creek area. Picture this pipe like a water slide. Now picture our faces when Erica and I looked at one another. Really, what were the chances when the pipe was at least 7' from where we were standing?

Well *&%^. I immediately trampled down through the weeds, small trees, and piles of last fall's leaves to rescue the phone, praying it didn't actually go into the water slide pipe. I looked around everywhere then fished around at the bottom of the pipe but I didn't find it. Erica was telling me her phone is water proof and it's probably gone.

I looked down and realized I was standing in poison ivy and had successfully climbed through poison ivy all the way down to the bottom of this open pipe. I climbed back up. My phone went off with a text alert - Lizzie was asking if I'm coming to the meeting. Was now officially late.

What the heck were we going to do? I couldn't go back down there with a skirt and covered shoes. What did I do? I called John, of course.

I called in a panic and he magically appeared. He walked down the hill in his long pants and boots, reached the bottom, and immediately found the phone....in the water. Just like that! He barely had to try.

Crisis mostly averted, I kissed Halle and Erica goodbye, gave a thankyouthankyouthankyou to John, and rushed into the house to wash my legs with Dawn dish soap and warm water in case any poison ivy oils were on my skin. I successfully arrived 15 minutes late and felt itchy the entire meeting, knowing I was going to be covered in poison ivy. I just knew it.

Today, I can report no poison ivy rash. Lesson of this story: Do not rush into the woods to retrieve a phone without first checking your surroundings.

But we can encourage you to rush to the Garden Center for all things green and blooming. Even on hot or rainy days, you can pick up a new houseplant or four (the indoor section is air-conditioned, thank goodness). I swear Joey keeps adding more variety and we are all running out of room at home, but remember- you don't need less plants, you need more shelves! See you soon!

Azaleas and Cleyeras are 25% off!

25% off marked trees & shrubs

Multiple discount tables throughout the Garden Center, including annuals, pottery, and houseplants!
Meet Lizzie!

Role: Events & Marketing Manager
Started at FGS: April 2021
Favorite Plant: Marble Queen Pothos
Favorite Snack: Reese's
Currently Watching: The Owl House
Favorite Local Restaurant: Elmo's Diner
This year, I'm looking forward to: doing as many fun & festive things during the Christmas season as possible!
Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia: Pizza is the perfect food because it can be anything you want it to be.
Even beginner plant lovers can recognize this succulent! It is known to help with burns. From a slip of the hand while cooking all the way to nasty sunburns from the NC beaches, Aloe Vera has soothing properties to cool the pain away.

These succulents love bright, indirect light and don't require frequent watering. The leaves hold a lot of their moisture, so plan to water them deeply and infrequently.

Pro tip: DO NOT ingest the aloe leaves, and keep them out of reach of children and pets! The cooling gel is meant for topical use, but always do your research before using a plant for medicinal purposes.

Thinking about what your garden will look like this fall? If you included Muhly Grass in your landscape design, you'll definitely have a show-stopping result! This 3-4 foot tall clumping ornamental grass puts on beautiful white or pink feathery heads in the fall; an excellent contrast to the dark green foliage.

Muhly Grass is a deer-resistant, drought tolerant, low-maintenance perennial that is native to North Carolina. Muhly Grass is an excellent foundation plant for sunny landscape spots.

Pro tip: While each plant is striking on its own, you can maximize that show-stopping quality by planting multiples.

Truly a classic! The Crepe Myrtle name covers a large variety of tree and shrub varieties, all easily recognizable by their unique bark texture and blooms that last all summer long. Smaller varieties can even be grown in containers! Make sure to plant in full sun with proper soil drainage, as this friend is susceptible to root rot. Prune in winter or early spring; new flowers will bloom on new wood!

Pro tip: If you want to see more of the unique bark, prune back some of the lower-hanging branches!
Upcoming Classes & Events
Story Hour with Petunia

Location: The Potting Shed

Did you know we have a fairy living in our Garden Center? Her name is Petunia and she helped us build the Little Free Library! We call it "Petunia's Pages by the Pond."

Now that school is out for the summer, Petunia has offered to come by on Friday mornings and read us a story!

We'll open The Potting Shed early so you can get some delicious Sunset Slush to eat while you listen!

Perfect for ages 3-6 but open to all ages. Grown ups must stay with their kiddos during this event.

Let us know you're coming! Please sign up for each date you'd like to attend. See you soon!

For Friday's Sake

Friday, July 15, 5PM-8PM
Location: Garden Center

Need more time to shop? Well you're in luck, because we are extending the Garden Center hours until 8PM!

The Potting Shed will be open and serving beverages and Sunset Slush until 8PM as well. Come and enjoy the ambiance on the patio and take in the sunset. Don't forget to bring lawn chairs or a blanket for seating - the patio tables go fast!

Featuring music by: Josh Branch

PLEASE NOTE: We will not have a food truck at this event. We highly recommend bringing a picnic to enjoy or stopping by your favorite restaurant and grabbing takeout on your way to FGS! Please note that we only permit outside Non-Alcoholic beverages, but we have a variety of drinks available at The Potting Shed.

Admission is FREE, so bring your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers and enjoy the evening... For Friday's Sake!

Saturday, July 16, 10AM-11AM
Location: The Robin's Nest

Escape to a magical world with our guided Secret Garden Terrarium Workshop! We'll present terrarium soil building, design principles, and maintenance so your Secret Garden can thrive. Your instructor will guide you every step of the way as you visualize, plant, and decorate your terrarium.

Fee is $60/person; includes a drink, light snacks, and all necessary materials and supplies.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach

Thursday, July 21, 6PM-7PM
Location: The Robin's Nest

Have you wanted to grow your houseplants up moss poles but don't know where to start? Come learn all about the benefits of growing plants with moss poles and how to create your own in this "Build your Own Boss Moss Pole" workshop. You will learn what materials work best, how to use moss poles, and how to create one with your own hands!

Fee is $45/person; includes all necessary materials and supplies.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Joey PIerce, Houseplants Lead
We're Hiring!
For Garden's Sake is looking for new and smiling 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:
  • Garden Center Manager
  • Client Care Associate (Customer Service)
  • Lawn Maintenance Foreman
  • Landscape Installation Operations Manager
  • Landscaper - Installation Crew Member/Driver

These positions are full-time, year-round, with benefits. CLICK HERE to see the full job descriptions and apply!
Landscape Design and Installation
Need a beautiful paver patio? Steppers? Fresh and vibrant landscape or simply a vision for your home? Our designers love to turn your lawn and landscape into a gorgeous and usable outdoor space! Our team can take your outdoor living area to the next level. We have available appointments in August!

Tip of the Week: CALATHEA CARE
We have been noticing an upward trend: Calathea is so "in" right now! If you have swung by the Garden Center to hop on this trend, you should know that the Calatha can be a bit of a diva. Yes, they are GORGEOUS, but they require a bit more care than a Pothos.

Need a bit of advice on how to care for Calathea?

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