A Note from Scott and Marsha
June 2, 2022
Well folks, we made it to June, which means we're officially halfway through the year. Did anyone else blink and miss the last six months?

Now full disclosure, this week's newsletter story is brought to you by Lizzie, because Scott and Marsha have been whisked away to a magical (and hopefully relaxing) vacation to celebrate milestone anniversaries and birthdays and whatnot. We all hope they return safely, rested, and just a tad bit sunburnt. (Is it really a vacation if you don't get at least a little sunburnt?!)

With our fearless leaders getting some much-needed rest and the spring season winding down, the Garden Center has been a bit on the quiet side. However- there is one notable exception. These three ducks.

For the last two weeks, give or take a few days, these three ducks have been strutting the property like they own the place. Not super unusual, except that this tiny waddling gang has been trying to claim the front lawn of the offices as their new turf. While we agree the grass is beautiful we do prefer the ducks stay in their own territory.

During For Friday's Sake when the ducks were particularly stubborn about going back towards the lake, Doug decided to wrangle them back to the water. Luckily I snapped a photo because I thought it was hilarious. I don't get to interact with Doug as much day-to-day, so seeing him out of the office, chasing down three mischievous ducks, was a treat.

I've hit my one-year mark at FGS but to be honest I have never noticed the ducks being pushy (except when Sean goes on vacation... the animals all love Sean.) Then again, before the Waking April concert, Savvy had to wrangle the ducks back to the lake - but she had the idea to entice them with food. Not as funny of a photo op but definitely more effective. You know, come to think of it, maybe the ducks just don't like live music.

Unfortunately for them we have two amazing live music events in June, so if you'd like to meet these three waddling goofballs and enjoy the talent of local artists at the same time, make sure to check out the concert information (you can scroll down!!) Scott and Marsha will be back next week and I'm sure we'll get some more mischief going real soon.
Meet Amber!

Role: Head Plant Coach & Assistant for Annuals and Perennials
Started at FGS: March 2021
Favorite Plant: Serviceberry Tree & Coral Honeysuckle
Favorite Snack: Popsicle
Currently Watching: Any Disney movie with my children; favorite right now is Encanto!
Favorite Local Restaurant: NUVOTACO
This year, I'm looking forward to: Planting fall containers!
Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia: Walnuts are prehistoric, dating back to 7000 B.C.!
Pothos are very versatile and plant beginners turn to them because they are one of the easiest plants to grow! Pothos are known for thriving in bright light, but can also live well in low light conditions. They are exceptionally forgiving of both over-watering and under-watering, but prefer to dry out between watering.

Pro tip: These plants serve to purify your air: eliminating odors and alleviating eye irritation after long days of staring at screens.
Need a trellis for your climbing vine? Come check out the variety of designs and sizes we have at the Garden Center.

Pro tip: Not sure how to trellis a plant? Training a plant to trellis is simple: gently lift each of the stems and move them onto the trellis structure, using the plants natural curves and growing directions as a guide.

These carefree and easy to grow flowers bloom heavily and give us years of unfailing beauty with little attention. When planted in full sun, Azaleas will be dense and flourishing; when planted in partial shade, the flowers will last longer but won't be as plentiful. Grab some Azaleas from the Garden Center and make a statement in your garden!

Pro tip: They're on sale! For the whole month of June,
Azaleas are 25% off!!
Upcoming Classes & Events

Sunday, June 11, 10AM-11AM
Location: The Potting Shed

Create an outdoor succulent bowl that requires very little maintenance but delivers a whole lotta love! It will be the perfect piece to brighten up your sunny outdoor living space.

Fee is $60/person; includes all necessary materials and a mimosa.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach
FGS Concert Series Presents: PETER LAMB & THE WOLVES

Saturday, June 11, 7PM-9:30PM
Doors Open at 5:30 PM

They're back at FGS! Local jazz band Peter Lamb and The Wolves will be performing for us once again on Saturday, June 11!

Peter Lamb and The Wolves have been serenading America since 2008, when they debuted at President Obama's Inaugural Ball. Since then, they've released three albums, been named Best Jazz Band in the Triangle twice, and won several awards - and our hearts!

Tickets are $20 each!
Children 12 and under are FREE

Food truck: Info coming soon!

The Potting Shed will be open to serve this event, but please note the Garden Center will be CLOSED for shopping. DON'T FORGET to bring a blanket or lawn chairs - seating is not provided!
For Friday's Sake

Friday, June 17, 5PM - 8PM
Location: Garden Center

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

The Potting Shed will be open and serving beverages and Sunset Slush, so come and enjoy the ambiance on the patio and take in the sunset.

Featuring the musical talents of Heather Rogers!

Food Truck: Info coming soon!

Admission is free, so invite your friends, family, neighbors, first dates, and coworkers! Seating is limited - don't forget to bring a blanket or a lawn chair.
Refreshing Your Summer Plantings

Saturday, June 18, 10AM - 11AM
Location: The Potting Shed

10 Ways to Refresh Your Baskets and Containers in Summer!

When your pots and hanging baskets begin to look tired, give them some much needed attention to get them through the summer! Your plants will thank you and pay you back with healthy growth and more blooms.

Fee is $15/person; includes a 4in annual.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach
We're Hiring!
For Garden's Sake is looking for new 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:
  • Landscape Purchasing Assistant
  • Landscaping Client Care Associate
  • Lawn Maintenance Foreman
  • Landscape Installation Operations Manager
  • Landscaper - Installation Crew Member
  • Landscaper - Maintenance Crew Member

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 July! Click here to submit an online request!
Love fresh veggies and herbs but have no place in your garden to plant these tasteful plants? Don't worry: many vegetables and herbs thrive in containers! With lots of fun, classy, and unique containers to choose from you'll be sure to find the perfect thing for your porch or deck!

If this is your first time making an edible container garden, we have some tips and tricks for choosing the perfect plants, soil, and materials in our blog post below. Oh, and don't forget our tomatoes are still 50% off!

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