A Note from Scott and Marsha
February 17, 2022
Okay y'all, it's that time of year where I have been known to hijack the newsletter without Marsha knowing. I checked with Kennedy and she confirmed Marsha had already written her story and provided a photo for this week; Kennedy agreed to hold it for next week. You will see I am not the accomplished writer Marsha is, so I will try to keep it brief.

You may have heard me say this is a busy week every year, and it is. It starts with Marsha's birthday on the 13th, then Valentine's Day on the 14th, and then our anniversary on the 16th (This year marks 31 years!). We took a few days to get away together last week and it was fantastic. This past Sunday our family came to the house for an amazing brunch spearheaded by Spencer and Erica, which left us all in a food coma – a welcome coma, but still.
We have a tradition of going around the table at birthdays and having everyone say something they really appreciate about the person we are celebrating. Usually a theme emerges and this year was no exception. The consensus was that Marsha is always "all in". Over and over, I heard it said she always goes above and beyond to make her family feel special and serve them in any way. She is one of the busiest people I know, but even in the middle of the coordinated chaos, she is always the first to volunteer if someone needs something. I admire that, as I am naturally way more selfish and it challenges me. If you’ve been following along, you know Marsha always has multiple projects going at once, and yet, her family feels she always has them at the forefront. That is a gift, and one we are so grateful for this year and every year. 
The newest recipient of Marsha's affection is Halle, our granddaughter. She will be one in March and we are both wrapped; she is the best. As she grows up, I believe she will also think Grandmommy is the best and makes her feel special.
We all agree: we love you, Marsha. Enjoy this week… because next week is back to normal and that is alright too.
Tropical Tuesday
Every Tuesday in February all houseplants & succulents
are 10% OFF!
If there was ever a plant that’s perfect for people who are terrible with plants, it’s Heartleaf Philodendron. A fast-growing, easy, vining plant that has glossy heart-shaped leaves that trail gracefully on long stems. Not only are they easy to keep healthy (seriously, they’re harder to kill than to keep alive), but they come in a variety of beautiful shades and varieties. Some popular ones that we carry include Micans, Lemon, and Brasil! You’ll have tons of fun decorating your home with the bushy vine as this full, trailing plant is perfect on top of bookshelves or in a plant hanger where its vines can ‘spill’ out.
When the rest of your garden goes to sleep in the fall, this special winter-blooming perennial, hellebore, wakes up! We love seeing the evergreen leaves throughout the year and excitedly waiting for the flowers to emerge during a season when there is little else in bloom. With a wide array of colors and varieties, it is easy and fun to find the perfect hellebore for your garden. They enjoy shade or part shade and are even deer resistant! It’s a gift someone is sure to enjoy! And let's not forget, they self-sow dropping seeds to germinate next winter or carried off by the wind to grow elsewhere. And that is a beautiful thing.
Prized for its vibrant pink flowers that welcome the warmer months, the Cercis Canadensis Redbud marks the change from winter to spring. In fact, it’s one of the first trees to bloom each year and it blooms on old wood, offering a breath of fresh air after the cold season. Even better is the Redbud’s ability to fit into smaller landscapes. Regardless of the space in your garden, you get the Redbud’s blankets of blooms, vibrant foliage, and unique spreading silhouette. Nothing can stop the Redbud from delivering blazing color in spring, summer, and fall. We have upright and weeping varieties such as Forest Pansy, Carolina Sweetheart and Lavender Twist! 
Upcoming Classes & Events
Saturday, February 19, 10am

Your houseplants are doing well and you are ready to take your new hobby (or obsession) to the next level! FGS Plant Coach, Debbi Barrett, will address both the environmental and cultural needs of houseplants. Horticultural practices will be discussed so you can better choose plants to fit your lifestyle. We will also review potting options and how to spot and fix common problems. Be sure to bring your questions and concerns!

Fee is $15/person; includes a watering tool

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

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach
Thursday, February 24, 6PM

Interested in advanced techniques of multiplying your plants? We’ve got you covered! In this second level course we will cover methods like leaf cuttings, air layering, and division in a more advanced overview of propagation techniques. We will go over the ins and outs of how to keep your propagations alive and how to transition them to their final growing medium.

Fee is $15/person; includes plant clippings

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

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Joey Pierce, FGS Plant Coach

Spring Seasonal Positions

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! Eager to learn? No experience necessary!

We are hiring for the following roles: Cashier, Plant Care Associates, Plant Coaches, and Bartenders. If you are interested in any of these positions, we would love to meet you!

CLICK HERE to apply!

Please note these are seasonal position lasting from early spring to early summer.
Best of Durham 2022
Have you heard the news?! We've been nominated for Best Landscaper in Durham!

We are so honored to be considered for this and are asking for your help! Please show your support by voting for your favorites in Durham Magazine's annual Best of Durham poll before March 1! We hope you'll vote for us!

Here's how to vote:
-Head to the link
-Click on Services and Scroll Down to Best Landscaper
-Cast your vote for us and for all your Durham favorites!
Landscape Design and Installation
At FGS, your vision is our creation. From garden pathways to perfectly situated patios, we can give you the yard you’ve been missing. We combine your vision with the natural context of your environment and present you with an outdoor living space that fits your needs and wants!

Plant Tip of the Week: Evergreen Perennials
Perennials – I think most of us know that they come back year after year, which is why we love them so much, but a lot of people falsely presume that all perennials are deciduous. Actually, many perennials are evergreen and will provide color all year long.  Check out our blog post, where we suggest some perennials that promise year-round color!
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