A Note from Scott and Marsha
June 3, 2021
The weather has been pretty spectacular this week after last week's weather whiplash. Only in North Carolina can the temperature fluctuate 50 degrees in 32 hours. I mean, 93 degrees on Friday to 48 degrees on Sunday morning seems a bit extreme... but who am I to judge? Just trying to keep up.

I’m always amazed at the interactions I have with people who read my stories each week. I am either pleasantly surprised by how encouraging people are, or I’m utterly mystified by how offended people can be when I certainly never meant to offend anyone.

A couple of weeks ago, when I shared about the passing of Chip, our beloved family member and FGS therapist, one of our customers emailed us and said if we needed a replacement, she had someone special. 

Amanda, our Executive Assistant who bosses me every day, forwards me the email and runs downstairs yelling. She insists I have to read my email and to call the customer “right now.” (Amanda is the one who checks the email responses to our newsletter...and yes, she reads every one.) She has been wanting to get a dog for a while, but for different reasons, it hadn't worked out yet.

The email came from one of our customers who shops with us and is a very warm and kind person. I made the call to find out more about the "special someone".  She fills me in on “Tux.” Tux is a Goldendoodle who needed to be re-homed to a loving family with lots of space for his energy. Since Amanda has a full-fledged garden, compost area, chickens and land/woods to disappear in, I thought she and her family might actually be a perfect fit! 

Turns out, I was right! Tux is in love and so are the Henry’s. Amanda's patience has paid off and she is finally a dog mom! I’m so happy to have played a small part. And I'm sure Chip is, t00. :) Honestly, sometimes I feel like a genie in a bottle! 

Now what are your three wishes? I can’t provide everyone puppies and kittens. But we can provide plants and beautiful pots to put them in. And obviously they are slightly easier to care for, and they don’t lick your face! 
The Georgia Peach Truck rolls in Tuesday, June 8 3:00pm-4:30pm!

They sell delicious, sweet, juicy peaches by the box ONLY as well as pecans. If you preorder, you can save 10% on your purchase with the code FGS10!!


You can walk-up and order peaches (by the box) the day of as well. Per FGS style, we are making an afternoon of it! The Potting Shed will be open, and Gussy's food truck will be here. Plan to have a peachy keen afternoon with us!
Saturday, June 12
6PM -9PM

Performing Live!

The Potting Shed will be open and Off the Hog food truck will be here! This is a ticketed event. Click here for more information and to order tickets!

Please note: The Garden Center will operate NORMAL HOURS (9am-5pm) and will NOT be open during the concert.
We love ALL the plants--but when it comes to summer and flowers that tolerate the heat, well, we admit...we're partial to a few. Lantana, Vinca and Angelonia are the annuals we recommend for handling the heat and dry summers we experience around here. Lantana even comes in a perennial variety--Miss Huff! You can't go wrong planting these beauties in your garden or containers.
You many not know this, but bonsai trees need to be outside to thrive and do well. Although many may be intimidated by the idea of shaping a Bonsai, all you need is patience and an artistic eye. Place in a spot where it can get bright light, and plan to leave it outside in the winter so it can experience winter dormancy.
Many Japanese Maple varieties thrive in part-sun or even shade, but there are a few varieties that show their stuff in the sun! Some that we love and currently have in stock include Bloodgood, Sango Kaku and Emperor. When planted in full sun, they will thrive, unlike their more delicate, shade-loving cousins.
Potting Shed & Food Truck Schedule
The Potting Shed
Friday 12-4:30p
Saturday 12-4:30p
Sunday 12-4:30p
If we have inclement weather, we will close The Potting Shed, so make sure to follow our social media (Instagram or Facebook) for updates!

Food Trucks
El Jefecito
Saturday, May 29, 11AM-3PM
Enjoy tacos, burritos, quesadillas, guacamole, pico de gallo, and pupusas done right (aka, DELICIOUS!).

Meet Tess Huffman!
Role: Human Resources Assistant
Started at FGS: November 2020
Ice Cream: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
TV Show: Parks and Rec
Plant: Maidenhair Fern
Last Book Read: The Happiest Baby on the Block, by Harvey Karp
Food: Pizza

Tess's degree and experience working in horticulture made her an ideal candidate for joining our Human Resources team! She has long been a lover of plants and all things green which made her perfect for helping us find the best and the brightest in the plant world. She and her husband, Ryan are expecting their first child in July, and we are so excited for them. Tess always sees the best in a situation and is super-positive. She LOVES ice cream and pizza (and doesn't even mind if it's in that order). If you apply for a job with us, she will be the one you talk to...so maybe just apply just so you can see how sweet she is. ;)
Refreshing Your Summer Plantings
Saturday, June 12, 10AM-11AM
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 $15.00 (includes class and a 4-inch annual)
Registration without payment will be disregarded.
Propagation Station 102
Thursday, June 17, 6PM-7PM
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. Cuttings/materials will be included in price of ticket.
Fee is $15.00 (includes class and clippings)
Registration without payment will be disregarded.
Presenter: Joey Pierce, FGS Plant Coach
Plant Tip of the Week:
Take Your Houseplants Out!
A lot of houseplants love our humid summers and enjoy being outside! However, don't forget that if you decide to take your houseplants outside, acclimate them to the outdoors gradually. Don't take them out for the first time on a day when it is 95 degrees. And for most houseplants, keep them out of direct sunlight. A covered porch or patio is a great spot to keep them during the summer.
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