A Note from Scott and Marsha
March 10, 2022
Welcome to March madness and no, it isn't the basketball type madness. It's weather madness and just when you are ready to tuck all your sweaters and boots away, it drops like that. For real though, the cool season veggies are loving it as well as the early spring bloomers. As for us? Yeh. Not so much. 

Speaking of cool things, I believe I met the coolest ladies on the planet back in early December. It was a day we didn't have anyone to work The Potting Shed so I said, "Shoot. It's cold but I'll do it. What the heck!"  

As I sat working on my computer and patiently waiting for someone, anyone, to want a cold drink or slush on a cold day, these two cuties showed up.  

"Do you have coffee or cider?" they inquired.  

"Funny you should ask," I replied. I then launched into all the reasons why we should have all the things hot to drink during the cold season. I explained this is something I repeatedly bring to Scott's attention. I also said maybe it would help if I had an adorable picture of two people asking for coffee and how I had to turn them away, along with the OTHER SIX people that approached asking for something hot to enjoy. I lobbied for all of them to email scott@fgsdurham.com as nothing would bring my heart more joy than being a barista...in the garden center...serving all you beautiful people and watching you shop for flowers.  

The silver lining to this story is The Potting Shed does open this weekend and we are pretty hyped to officially kickoff Spring!! Even though the temperatures might be a tad chilly this weekend, we don't care. We are here for the music, the food trucks and of course, THE PLANTS! Bring your blanket and come chill with us! And maybe if everyone floods Scott's email begging and demanding Marsha's Coffee Shop, he will concede to all my brilliant ideas. Help a girl out.
Share the luck of the Irish with our lush Oxalis shamrock plant! With four leaf clovers that open and close throughout the day, the Oxalis appears to dance in response to bright light in the daytime and low light in the nighttime. With lively leaves and dainty white-pink flowers — if given enough bright light — this plant is great for those looking for a fun and easy-going houseplants .It’s also the perfect gift to wish friends and family good health, good luck, and happiness on St. Patrick’s Day or any day!
A truly classic garden plant, geraniums have been a gardener's favorite for well over a century! The variety of flower colors, leaf shapes, colors, and growth habits make this plant ideally suited for home landscapes. These versatile plants are excellent as annual bedding plants, in hanging baskets, and in containers. Geranium blooms are some of the first annual blooms to appear in the spring. You will enjoy geranium blooms well into the fall with the proper care. If temps drop below 40 degrees, we recommend bringing them inside. And remember, the more you deadhead spent blooms, the more blooms you'll receive!
Dogwood trees are flowering stunners that provide a show of beauty year-round! In the springtime, they dazzle with white flowers; in the summer they reveal glossy green leaves; in the fall, they grow crimson berries; and in winter their textured bark steals the show. Unfussy in its care requirements, the Dogwood grows quickly and readily thrives in landscapes. It's a great small trees for shady or semi-shady yards and native and non-native cultivars all do well in NC climate and soils.
Upcoming Classes & Events
The Potting Shed
Opening Weekend
Friday - Sunday, March 11-13
12 PM - 4:30 PM

GET READY – The Potting Shed is re-opening for the season on March 11, so mark your calendars, grab your friends, and come on out to help us kick off the start of our spring season!

New plants, new friends, new drinks – what’s not to love?!

Saturday, March 12: music by Eric Heinzman (11am – 2pm)
Sunday, March 13: music by Alice Osborn (11am – 2pm)

Food trucks:
March 12 – Paddy Wagon, 11AM-2PM
March 13 – Gussy’s, 11AM-2PM

Want to win a free supply of Sunset Slushes for the 2022 season? Don't miss our giveaway on Instagram! Follow us @fgsdurham and enter to win!
Saturday, March 12, 10am


This will be repeated materials from the previous classes.
Join Alfredo Salkeld and Jackson Brinkley—professional beekeepers from Buddha Bee Apiary—as they dive deep into the fascinating world of bee behavior. We all know they’re important for the environment, but there’s a lot more to bees than meets the eye. By the end of the class, you’ll know about bee “dances”, secret clubs where queens go to get lucky, what challenges bees face, and how you can help.

Fee is $20/person; includes honey-sweetened mimosas!

This class will be held in The Robin’s Nest.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Alfredo Salkeld and Jackson Brinkley, Buddha Bee Apiary
Saturday, March 19, 10 AM

Let’s plant an easy care succulent bowl to enjoy in your favorite bright indoor space! We’ll have color options for your ceramic bowl and many succulents to choose from.

Fee is $55/person; includes all necessary materials and supplies

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach

For Garden's Sake is looking for new faces to join our team this spring season! 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 Spring Seasonal roles: Cashier, Plant Care Associates, and Plant Coaches. If you are interested in any of these positions, we would love to meet you! Please note these are seasonal position lasting from early spring to early summer

CLICK HERE to apply!

We are also looking for full-time, non-seasonal Landscaping members! Love to work outside and be part of a small team? Have no experience but are willing to learn? Looking for a change of career? If this sounds like you or anyone you know, apply today!
Landscape Design and Installation
An outdoor living space should provide function as well as reflect your lifestyle. Whether you like entertaining family and friends on the weekends or wish to create a relaxing space where you can be refreshed and renewed, the team at FGS will create an outdoor space you can enjoy for many years!

Our spring schedule is booking fast, so don't wait to put in your request for a consultation! Check out our website for more info and to schedule a spring consultation.
Plant Tip of the Week: Spring Container Gardens
With all the warm weather we’ve been experiencing, I’m sure you’re aching for spring flowers and color like we are. Finally, it is time to fill our shelves with bright annuals and lush perennials! Whether you have a shady porch, or sunny patio, there are annuals to brighten up your space. Containers are great because they can be moved and changed out frequently with the season, so you always have a stunning centerpiece at your entrance or in your outdoor living area. Check out this blog post for a few ideas for early spring container gardens to try this year! Also keep an eye out for Spring container workshops!
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