A Note from Scott and Marsha
May 28, 2020
What a glorious weekend we had after the four gloomy days last week! We hope you had a wonderful weekend with family and friends remembering our military heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our beautiful country.  

We certainly enjoyed the weather at The Potting Shed and with the food trucks on Saturday and Sunday. I'm not from Brooklyn, but I am definitely a Brooklyn Boy's Pizza fan after trying them! I think what brought the most joy was watching everyone. Y'all. It's been a long 10 weeks. It was a privilege to watch our community come together and simply "be" in the sunshine, enjoying something normal again and sharing in conversations. That was one of my favorite parts of the weekend.  And Scott and I serving at The Potting Shed.

We also met some new garden center customers. They visited us for the first time and I think we may have some new fans. They recently moved from Virginia. They had such a great time on Saturday, they returned on Sunday! I visited with them for a bit and shared some history of For Garden's Sake. I asked them what they thought and her response was, "Twice a year, my neighbor and I would make the trek to Merrifield's. This place is like a mini Merrifield's Garden Center and I can't believe it's just 15-20 minutes away!" I wanted to cry right there on the spot. Merrifield's is like the #goal for garden centers. I mean, every garden center is amazing and unique in its own way. But Merrifield's is dreamy . To give FGS that kind of compliment? It was the highest compliment, and I didn't have words. Considering we are 90% outdoors and making use of the space the best we can? Sigh ..... 

We have come such a long way. Scott started at FGS 10 years ago, and it has been like raising a child with growing pain after growing pain. There are many exciting things we have dreamed and envisioned. It just takes time and resources. But after this weekend, we can see the vision continue to grow. We loved watching people strolling with a drink in hand and shopping, sitting under the trees, children enjoying the goats, jumping boulders and swinging. The unique opportunity we have to share what we do is a blessing. We are grateful for every moment, even when it's really hard. None of this is possible without our managers and staff. It is something everyone can be proud of. And in the middle, we have fun.  

Come have fun with us. I promise it will be green. It probably will be flowering. And it might even be in a can, on a plate or in a class! Good times are ahead and we can't wait to enjoy it with you! 
"THE POTTING SHED" will be open this weekend serving beer, wine, cider, seltzer, mimosas and Sunset Slush!! Sunset Slush is a smooth Italian ice that can be enjoyed by all ages! It is dairy-free, gluten-free, full of flavor and amazingly refreshing! Adults can enjoy Sunset Slush topped with white wine or champagne for a cold and delicious adult treat! We will have multiple flavors available. Enjoy a cold beverage as you shop with plenty of space for social distancing!

We will have a food truck on Saturday as well if you want to grab food to go (details below). We can be your one-stop shop this weekend! We can't wait to see you. :)
Fiori Trattoria Food Truck
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Pennisetum Hameln Grass is a dwarf fountain grass that only grows to about 3 feet. It grows easily and best in full sun, but can handle some shade. In too much shade, you'll enjoy fewer flowers. In the fall, the foliage transitions into a gorgeous golden yellow. This Pennisetum variety can tolerate medium to wet soils, so it can be used in a rain garden or in an area prone to erosion. Often, this beauty is used as a border along sidewalks or paths.
We have a new tree variety--the Chinese Pearlbloom Tree (Poliothyrsis sinensis). It will grow to 40' tall x 25' wide, so plant where it will have plenty of room to spread out. We especially love the fragrant blooms come in late summer when pollinators may be running short on blooms to choose from. The long leaves emerge as a reddish bronze, then transition to an emerald green, and then golden yellow in the fall.
We love this deciduous shrub for its fragrant spring blooms. The blooms start as pink buds and then burst into white. Plant Korean Spicebush in part shade and well-drained soil. During the high heat of summer, they do best where they receive afternoon shade. They are drought-resistant once established, but prefer to be watered weekly in dry periods. Enjoy green foliage during the summer and a red to purple color in fall!
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Join us for a succulent container class on Wednesday evening June 17th in the Garden Center from 6-7:30pm. One of our talented plant coaches will walk you step by step in how to create a beautiful container garden for yourself or to give as a gift. The cost of the class is $45 and includes your container, succulents, soil and supplies. We will also send you home with instructions on how to properly care for your succulents. The Potting Shed will be open if you'd like to purchase a glass of wine, cider, beer or hard seltzer. Get some friends together and join us for a night of fun, we will have plenty of space for social distancing. Register here !
The Georgia Peach Truck is coming with fresh, juicy, delicious Georgia peaches on Tuesday, June 16 from 2:30-4PM. You will be able to pre-order your peaches or stop by and grab a box. We will have The Potting Shed open and a food truck here, so plan to make an afternoon of it! Stay tuned for more details and links to pre-order. We will share more information here and on Facebook and Instagram .
Choosing plants for your garden can be daunting sometimes, especially if you are new to gardening. Start with plants that are easy to grow! We share which annuals and perennials are easy to care for in this post !

Did you miss our post about bees in danger? They are a vital part of our food supply, so we need to do all we can to make sure they survive and thrive. This post shares ideas for what you can do to help save the bees !
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