A Note from Scott and Marsha
January 20, 2022
Winter has finally arrived with a vengeance. I don’t have anything nice to say about it or words for young ears so I’ll just keep my thoughts to myself.

We actually have more than goats at FGS. I was sitting at my desk the other day and saw movement out of the corner of my eye. I glance over and there is a tail moving from inside a manila folder. I look a bit more closely and realize it's the tail of a lizard. He was quite big. I have decided his name is Freddy and I will let him stay. He can manage the bugs and gnats from all the houseplants in my office.  

Freddy and I were chilling at my desk in the sunshine and I hear Kennedy, Nick, and AmberLeigh having lunch. I look at Freddy and said, "You should probably meet the team."  

So I capture Freddy and hold him gently behind his front legs and he immediately acts dead. "Freddy, chill. No need to be so dramatic and play dead."  

I walk in their office where they are chatting and I ask, "Do you want to say hi to Freddy and give him a little pat?" as I get a bit closer so they can see what I am actually holding.  

AmberLeigh is slightly bothered but politely passes. Nick doesn't mind lizards. Kennedy? 

Kennedy is our new Digital Marketing Specialist. What I love most about her is her youth and style. She walks in every day right from a fashion magazine yet loves thrift stores. She is cute as a button and everyone on the team has loved her as she hit the ground running before Thanksgiving and is soaking up all she can.  

Kennedy is now laughing. But it wasn't her normal laugh. It was a nervous laugh followed by tears and hunching over in her chair slinking and rolling slowly away. I continue to approach closer and asking, "But do you want to meet him and pet him?"  

More laughter, even more tears. Crying/laughing tears and now we are all crying and laughing with her! It was absolutely hysterical. Needless to say, she and Freddy aren't necessarily going to be good friends but acquaintances from afar.   

As for me? I went back in my office and made him a nice drop of water on my desk so he can stay hydrated. He stopped playing dead and went back to basking in the sunshine.  

Lizards. Tree frogs. Houseplants, oh my! You never know when you pick a plant at FGS what sort of hitchhiker you might find. We try to think of everything. You're welcome! 
James O'Kelly was born in Tidewater Virginia in 1736. I was curious to know where Tidewater was and found out some consider it to be the part of Virginia, east of the Fall Line, west of the Chesapeake Bay and between the James and Potomac rivers. 
Click here for a map of the area! This made me realize that I'm grateful I know where I was born rather than a region.

 O'Kelly was 23 years old when he married his wife, Elizabeth Meeks and they had two sons, John and William. The family lived in Mecklenburg County, Virginia from the early 1770s to 1787. It was in 1787 that O'Kelly moved to Chatham County and he was 51 years old. I wonder what his wife was like?  
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A rare type of plant that is becoming increasingly sought after is Schismatoglottis Sarawak. We can definitely guess why as it's one that is sure to catch your eye! The paddle like leaves show a speckled silver throughout. The variegation sits atop a very distinct silvery-green leaf that grows in a compact fashion. Relatively easy to care for, they make for the perfect exotic plant to add to your collection! Native to Borneo, this "scindapsus lookalike" prefers medium bright indirect-light and to stay evenly moist soil. Higher humidity also helps!
You'll be hard-pressed to find another plant that offers the dramatic year-round color and excitement of the Arctic Fire Dogwood! From the showy red bark in winter to the soft white blooms of spring to the unique white berries of summer and stunning red fall foliage, you will love watching this plant transform your landscape all year long. Perfect for just about any landscape, this dogwood grows to half the height of most varieties, making it easy to fit just about anywhere. Great in perennial or shrub borders, or used in flower arrangements!
With arching stems and delicate leaves, ferns are a must for adding lush texture! Instead of colorful blooms, ferns offer graceful, delicate fronds and a refreshing greenness. We have many varieties in stock right now like Autumn Brilliance Fern, Tassel Fern, and more! You're sure to find one you love. Plant in the ground in a shady or partly shady location, mixes great with hellebores! Many fit perfectly in planters too! These perennial evergreen ferns will keep their leaves through most of the winter cold temperatures, may get a little damage if it goes down in the teens.
Upcoming Classes & Events
Thursday, January 27, 6PM

Is your plant dying and you want to save it? Do you want to multiply your plants without spending money on new ones? Do you love watching plants thrive under your care? Then learning how to propagate your plants is just what you need! This class will cover the basics of propagating different types of plants from existing plant material that you already own! We will cover several methods of propagating in different mediums using different parts of the plant. Cuttings will be provided to show examples of different methods. Come learn the basics of multiplying your plants at the PROPAGATION STATION.

Fee is $15.00; includes plant cuttings

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

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Joey Pierce, FGS Plant Coach & Houseplant Department Lead
FGS Book Club
Sunday, January 30, 11AM-1PM

We are so excited to be offering this new event series at FGS! Join us for a once-a-month discussion covering titles ranging from classics to gardening books and pretty much everything in-between!
Please note that during the colder-weather months, we will be holding this event indoors at The Robin’s Nest.
January’s title: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This event is FREE to attend and open to ages 21+

For more information and to let us know you'll be attending, please check out our Events webpage by clicking here.
Landscape Design and Installation
Give your backyard or front lawn a fresh look this year! Whether you want to focus on increasing your curb appeal with a reimagined front yard, create a backyard retreat with dining and entertaining areas, or both, get the landscape you've always dreamed of!

Check out our website for more info and to schedule a consultation. Our spring schedule will fill up fast, so don't delay!
Plant Tip of the Week: Caring for Houseplants in Winter
You may have read that houseplants go dormant in the winter, and while many of them do, this does not mean that they don’t still need care! In fact, many houseplants die in the winter due to improper care. Check out our blog to insure that your houseplants survive this winter happy and healthy!  
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