A Note from Scott and Marsha
June 16, 2022
Ok, I don't know who turned off the AC but this isn't funny anymore. It's bad. I stopped by a job this week and the guys were sopping wet at 9:30 AM. I asked if they had an irrigation issue. Ryan replied, "Nope. This is just sweat." I literally wanted to die for them. The next day, I ran to Sam's Club to stock up on Gatorade and we put them on ice for an end-of-the-day treat with their munchies. For real, it's just awful. We also keep the Garden Center staff cool with popsicles! Stay hydrated, people!

I don't know about you, but every now and then I need my love tank to be hydrated/filled. It seems easy to go weeks without encouraging our favorite person when we are knee-deep in the mundane of life.

It doesn't change, even after 32 years. Scott and I had the opportunity to take a 10-day stretch off work. I don't think we have done this in over 13 years. Since we didn't get to celebrate our 30th anniversary due to Covid, we finally had the chance to break away leaving FGS in the trusting hands of, well, everyone!

I've always said working together on a business has its ups and downs. Fortunately, we both have a very keen sense of humor that has helped us navigate it, along with great counsel!

We returned after this long break, and let me tell you, re-entry was ugly. We were ready to jump back in but sort of with our toes, and hoping to get a chance to warm up the water again. That really never goes according to plan and we basically plunged in head first. Or maybe belly-flopped.

After a few days of untangling, processing, and getting back on track, Scott sent me a text. I wasn't sure of the message he was trying to send to me: Die? Murder? Courage or intuition? I wasn't sure if this was a love note or death threat.

I sat back in my chair and seriously laughed out loud. Of course, how else was I supposed to respond except with, "I don't need your negativity this morning."

While some of you might be scratching your head and thinking, "How rude and mean," it really is the truth, and somewhere in both statements, I needed to be reminded (in a sick kind of way LOL). I can always trust Scott to bring me back around with love and humor.

I hope this brings a chuckle to your day and if someone isn't sending you love notes and texts, the least they can do is bring you something green and maybe even blooming!

And Happy Father's Day weekend to all the men out there who have parented or not parented but encouraged, loved, disciplined, taught, shared, fed, laughed with and brought joy to someone else's life. You are appreciated and loved!

Azaleas and Cleyeras are 25% off!
Meet Tess!

Role: HR/Administrative Assistant
Started at FGS: November 2020
Favorite Plant: Maidenhair Fern
Favorite Snack: Chocolate Chips
Currently Watching: Parks & Rec - again!
Favorite Local Restaurant: Presti Pizza
This year, I'm looking forward to: spending time at the pool with my son, Everett
Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia: I've locked my keys in my car seven times! My tidbit of advice is: always have a wristlet chain for your keys!
These lovely, easy-care succulents can last for years! They grow into shrubby trees. These sun-loving plants will turn red in direct sunlight, giving you a pop of color on your patio! Jade plants can go longer periods of time in between waterings; just look for soft, foldable leaves as a sign it's time for a drink!

Pro tip: Jade plants are easy to propagate! Not sure how to do that? Sign up for our Propagation Station 101 class!
Also known as Coneflowers, these sun-loving, summer-blooming perennials come in bright shades of lavender, white, yellow, red, pink, and orange! They are loved by butterflies and bees, which makes them a perfect addition to any pollinator garden.

Echinacea are relatively easy-care, requiring regular watering of an inch per week, and pruning is optional! They are drought tolerant and prefer to dry out between waterings.

Pro tip: Plant a mix of early-blooming varieties and late-blooming varities in your garden to get bright color all summer long!

Golden Euonymus gives an eye-popping dramatic flair to your landscaping! We also carry other varities, such as Emerald Gaiety and Manhattan, if you need something a bit different to complete your outdoor space.

These are upright, drought tolerant shrubs with minimal blooms, making them great options for those who deal with allergies from fragrance or bees. They grow thick foliage, which can provide privacy and a barrier of sorts against sound pollution.

Pro tip: Euonymus are a bit more needy for the first year after planting! Make sure to water them twice a week until they have established their root system.
Upcoming Classes & Events

Friday, June 17, 10AM-11AM
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.

For Friday's Sake - UPDATE

Y'all, it's HOT this week!

We've decided to postpone this month's For Friday's Sake event- there's currently a heat warning up for Friday and we don't want to you to wilt!

Stay tuned for a reschedule date for Heather Rogers.
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 4-in annual.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach

Saturday, June 18, 12PM-1PM
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
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:
  • Landscaping Client Care Associate
  • Lawn Maintenance Foreman
  • Landscape Installation Operations Manager
  • Landscaper - Installation 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 late July!

We haven't even hit the first day of summer yet, but boy, this heat is something else. Your garden, lawn, and landscaping will feel the effects of the heat, so make sure you stay on top of watering! While we hope the weather mellows out a bit before the truly hot months, some of the heat is here now! The silver lining? It's a good excuse to break out the sprinklers and play in the yard with your family!

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