A Note from Scott and Marsha
November 26, 2020
I hope this finds you well, surrounded with your loved ones (socially distanced and under ten people, of course) this Thanksgiving. I'm wishing someone had told us, "Buckle up, butter cup!" It has been an absolute wild ride as I'm sure you have felt the same way we have.  

Last week, I was at our desk in the Garden Center working away. Josh, our new Garden Center Administrative Assistant was at his desk nearby.  I hadn't spent a lot of time with Josh. We mostly pass each other on the sidewalk, smile behind our masks, greet and keep moving forward.  

The phone rang for probably the third time in a few minutes, and I was listening to his conversation. The others were very brief, but this conversation lasted a bit longer. I will let you in on a little secret. If you have not called the garden center, stop what you are doing on Friday after Thanksgiving and call. Why? I can't even describe to you the authentic, warm tenderness of his voice. I literally wanted to lay my head down on my desk and take a nap listening to him. His voice has to be one of the most soothing voices ever.  I'm not even kidding.  

When he finished his phone call, I complimented him and asked if he could possibly record bed time stories because I would seriously listen to them. He laughed and you won't believe what he said. He says softly, "I just talk to everyone like I talk to my grandmother."    

No, you can't have him. No, you can't adopt him. And if you even tried, you can get in line behind the rest of us.   We feel so privileged to have him at FGS and he has been a sponge. He is learning far more than he imagined in such a short time. Answering the phone will certainly do that for you!  

So in the midst of a busy or quiet holiday weekend, from our FGS family to yours, we wish you a beautiful weekend. We have so much to be grateful for in the midst. Here's hoping we see you soon for all things red and green. We love the changes from season to season and look forward to helping you with all the trimmings. Happy Thanksgiving!  
The Potting Shed days and hours have changed!
The Potting Shed is open Friday-Sunday 12-5PM.
Our poinsettias are simply stunning this year! We love the different varieties--whites, pinks, variegated, reds, rosettes...they are magnificent! Poinsettias can look fantastic throughout the entire holiday season if you care for them properly. We share best practices in this blog post. Most people are decorating early this year, so get your poinsettias soon for the best selection!
Deodar Cedar are large, graceful trees prized primarily for the weeping habit of their branches. They are used most often as specimen trees or for privacy along a property line. When you plant, you will want to give them plenty of room to spread out. Full sun locations that don't get a lot of wind are the best choice for these beauties. Thankfully, they do well in our clay soil, as long as they have appropriate drainage.
We have a variety of wreaths including Fraser Fir, Boxwood, and a mixture of Fraser Fir, Boxwood and White Pin. Decorate wreaths with natural or store-bought accents, or simply enjoy the green boughs as they grace your doors, windows or walls. We also have bows you can purchase. Fresh wreaths are the perfect accent for your holiday decorating!
Saturday, November 28, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Join us as we welcome Sterling Scott back to the Garden Center. Enjoy a drink from The Potting Shed as you sit back and relax while he plays his guitar to artists such as Elton John and Ed Sheeran. Our Christmas trees, wreaths, garland and poinsettias will be here too, so come and make a day of it! There is no cost for this event. Ty’s All Natural will be here 11am-3pm with some good-mood food from farm to truck to enjoy while you watch the show.
Keeping your fresh holiday plants beautiful is possible, but does require some effort and attention. This week, read our post that shares how to properly care for your poinsettias. Your poinsettias can last all season and beyond if you love them well.

If you are buying a fresh Christmas tree this year, we have compiled suggestions for how to best care for your Christmas tree. You can find that post here.
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