A Note from Scott and Marsha
November 7, 2019
Happy November, friends! We survived another month and thank you very much for some cooler weather. October was insane around here, and we had such a blast. Special thanks to everyone that participated and came to our fall fun days. Our staff is amazing and well, you made it amazing, too (so amazing we are doing another one full of winter fun!!). What would we do without all of you? I can tell you it would probably involve thumb sucking, a lot of whining and tons of tissues.  

You know what else would cause baby responses in me? Boot camp. In my younger days, right after graduation, I tried to talk Scott into joining the service with me on the buddy system. This was prior to us dating/marrying and he was my best friend. So why wouldn't we do this? I told him we could travel all over together, serve in the military and see the world. And I had convinced myself it would be fun, a real adventure. At heart and in the right situations, I'm an eternal optimist. "I Will Survive" was playing in my head and I was all for it. Scott wasn't necessarily opposed to serving, but he was opposed to the flying part and being yelled at during boot camp. He was so patient with me while I jabbered non-stop about this  wonderful opportunity  and then of course, it passed. God had other plans, but that doesn't mean our dreams of adventure go away. Sometimes they just look different than what we created in our minds!  

What hasn't passed is our respect for everyone who serves and has served in our military. We both have grandfathers who served in the Navy and their stories were always fascinating to me. I have an uncle who just shared about his time in Vietnam and how he would wake up early to make coffee and begin cooking for the troops, but had to keep the pilot light hidden by boxes to avoid injury. We have good friends who served. And our very own FGS gnome, Josh, who is in this picture, is a Marine. He used to check his vehicle when he was overseas because he never knew if someone had attached a bomb to it. So every time he went to start his car, he would say, "Well? Hope you didn't miss anything Jarhead!" He would cross his fingers and  hoped it wouldn't blow up when he turned the key . I don't know about you, but this has NEVER been my reality, not one day EVER.  

We are so thankful. Blessed. We celebrate our military every day and are grateful for the freedoms we have because of them. We may not agree on all things, but we can agree we are grateful for what we have today because of the men and women who serve, past, present and future. Stop by and show us your military ID on your cash and carry purchases in our Garden Center, and we will share a 10% discount with you as our thanks. Bring your green home along with your red, white and blue!   
We have many great savings going on in the Garden Center right now!
Also, we are offering FREE DELIVERY (within 10 miles) for Outdoor Pottery purchases over $100!
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
Join us for a winter fun-filled day in the Garden Center. You will find fresh Christmas trees, wreaths, poinsettias, garlands, gifts and more for you to purchase in the Garden Center. Fun activities will be going on all day,starting at 11AM! Kids can ride the train to the North Pole , get their faces painted , and enjoy story time with Elsa and Olaf .  We’ll have food trucks , carolers and of course the bar will be open for some adult fun as well. You can shop in our Arts and Crafts Market from multiple vendors. We will end our event with a Christmas Tree lighting at 5:30PM. You don’t want to miss this event!  
Echeveria is a rosette-shaped succulent that is low maintenance and easy to care for. In the winter months, you can probably get away with watering it only once a month! Just make sure it has great drainage. Judy chose it this week due to its pet-friendly nature as well. And, lucky for you (and your cat), right now you can save 20% on echeverias and any of the succulents we have.
Besides having a name that is really fun to say, the Goshiki Osmanthus is a low-maintenance shrub with beautiful variegated pale green and yellow holly-like leaves. It is small and only grows to about 3 feet. Its cousin, the Osmanthus Fragrans, is blooming now and will bloom again in the spring. It smells like heaven has come down to earth when in bloom.
Brandywine Red Maple is best known and appreciated for its brilliant reddish-orange fall foliage. During the summer, you will enjoy the shade this tree will offer. And no worries if it is small now! These trees are fast-growing. They can tolerate full sun or part shade and should do well in a variety of soil types. Brandywines can grow as tall as 50 feet and 40 feet wide.
CORA is an organization that works tirelessly to feed those with food insecurity in Chatham County. They also provide a service called SNACK! that provides food for children in summer months who usually get free-reduced meals during the school year. You can help provide for these families in need by donating items to our Food Drive. Please donate items like canned fruits and vegetables, healthy pantry items, or paper products. Find a more detailed list of needs here. Bring your donations and we will match all of your donations and deliver the items on December 2. Please help us care for our community in this way!
November 9, 2019
10AM – 11AM
Make a cheerful pansy container garden that will last through winter into spring and delight you with blooming tulips, daffodils, or hyacinths in springtime! Fee includes all supplies to create a 12” container garden. Fee: $35  REGISTER NOW! Presenter: Debbi Barrett, For Garden’s Sake

December 7, 2019
10AM – 11AM
Decorate a 20” Fraser Fir Wreath with natural and festive elements to make it your own and finish it off with a red velvet bow. Fee includes 18-20” wreath, natural and artificial decorations, design instructions and bow making instruction or a pre-made bow. Fee: $35   REGISTER NOW!
Presenter: Debbi Barrett, For Garden’s Sake
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