A Note from Scott and Marsha
April 22, 2021
I don’t know why we even have a frost date if it isn’t ever going to be accurate. We did this exact same thing last year. It’s like how many false springs and false falls do we really have to have. What a joke is all we can say as we tuck in trays and trays of plants for safe keeping. When we say it’s a jungle inside, we really aren’t kidding!

So a few weeks ago, this happened. Our staff had our quarterly meeting offsite as we review first quarter and make sure we are all on track and planning accordingly for 2nd quarter. It’s nice to get offsite and enjoy lunch together until something unexpected happens.

About an hour after lunch, Jack, who is our Landscape Operations Manager, was contributing to an issue and he seemed a bit "off". We took a break and he stepped outside for some fresh air. When he returned, Amanda asked if he was feeling ok because his face was really red. He said he had a headache and needed some Tylenol. We got him some, and he disappeared to the restroom. Amanda, Momma Bear 2 at work, says, “I think he is having an allergic reaction. I’m running out to get Benadryl” and bolted with her car keys in hand.

I waited until Jack returned and he mentioned having a rash on his arms and shows me. Because I’m Momma Bear 1 and without thinking, immediately pulled up his shirt because that's what moms do. Sure enough, he was completely covered in hives! Houston, we have a problem.

Within seconds, I have googled and discover he had what we believed was food poisoning from the raw tuna in his poke bowl (and yes, googling for answers is always accurate, am I right?!). Amanda flies in with Benadryl, grabs water for him, and we wait and monitor and ask questions every 10 minutes because that's what moms do.

He was fine, thank goodness. But this is what we do around here. When we aren’t monitoring plants and being overbearing about water amid temperatures and care, then we are probably being overbearing about something else. We just can’t help ourselves and to be honest, we have about 15 Momma Bears here. Between us and Google, we can solve anything.

Need to feel some love and care? We have it for you. Need some Benadryl? We have that, too. Need more green? Ppppuuhhhh——llleeaaassseeeee. It’s everywhere this week!!!
Garden Center Features
Whether you know it or not, you are seeing Dogwood trees in bloom everywhere right now. The Dogwood is native to NC and in fact, its flower is the NC State Flower. We love the more common white Flowering Dogwood, but we also love this pink Dogwood--the Cherokee Brave. But there are many varieties and we have quite a few in stock!
We love that Begonias can add beautiful color to your shady spaces, but they can also tolerate part-sun as well. The foliage and flowers of the different varieties offer many options of size and color to choose from to create your perfect container, garden bed, or hanging basket.
Aglaonema are known for their gorgeous foliage that almost looks painted. Different varieties can handle different amounts of light, but overall they prefer medium light. We have many varieties in stock right now, including Silver Bay, Maria and Wishes. We have both 4-inch and 6-inch options available as well!
Potting Shed & Food Truck Schedule
The Potting Shed
Friday 12-4:30p
Saturday 12-4:30p (Check social media in case of inclement weather.)
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
Saturday, April 24 – 11am-3pm
Mr. Cheesesteak offers the best authentic cheesesteaks, wings, and fries in the Research Triangle Park area.
Sunday, April 25 – 11am-3pm
Off the Hog will be here offering some good old-fashioned traditionally smoked meats.

Meet Sean Swanson!
Role: Garden Center Associate
Started at FGS: September 2016
Ice Cream: Strawberry
Movie: Blazing Saddles
Houseplant: Any type of Philodendron
Favorite Shrub: Spicebush
Last Book Read: Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond
Food: Burritos

Sean has been at FGS for nearly 5 years! He is a walking plant encyclopedia and is excellent at plant ID. He is a favorite of the goats and ducks--they start running towards him whenever he comes near. Sean often has a fun story to share about his time in California. You may see Sean if you have plants delivered to your house, and you are sure to see him around the Garden Center, so say hello!
Propagation Station 101
Thursday, April 22nd, 6-7PM TONIGHT!!! We have a couple of spots left!
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. 
Presenter: Joey Pierce, FGS Plant Coach
Fee is $15.00 (includes class and three clippings)
Registration without payment will be disregarded.
Growing Tropicals on Your Balcony or Patio
Learn more about the world of tropical plants that you can add to your outdoor living areas! Give your balcony or patio the tranquil feeling of the tropics by growing these fun additions to your space. We will discuss tropical uses, care, and wintering over these easy but exciting plant for your home. Class is outdoors, but space is limited, so sign up soon!
Presenter: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach
Fee is $10.00 (includes class, gift, and coupon)
Registration without payment will be disregarded.
Happy, Healthy Houseplants – Level 2
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: $10
Plant Tip of the Week:
Did you know spring is the perfect time for repotting your houseplants? When you repot, there are many things you will want to take into consideration. If you aren't sure about best practices, we have share those in this blog post. Happy planting!
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