A Note from Scott and Marsha
July 7, 2022
We hope you had a fabulous and safe Fourth of July! We are enjoying sunshine and the team is watering like a boss! Also, I believe they are pre-ordering all things for fall: mums, fall veggies, pansies, and of course pumpkins are essential! However, we will hold off on displaying these until the appropriate time, unlike the big box stores that are filling the shelves with fake pumpkins and fall flowers. Too soon, too soon.

So last week, we shared Nick is headed off to NC State to pursue an architect degree. We have a limited period of time with him so we continue to make the most of it with pranks, countdowns, and such.

Well, they are dropping like flies around here! Tess is headed off to experience all the joy of full-time motherhood! Insert my eye roll and audible sigh here.

Tess has been with us for one-and-a-half years and her smile in this picture reflects her personality. You won't find a more kind-hearted, loving, responsible, and loyal person than Tess. She is also quite funny; I often hear her and Scott upstairs laughing and he will tell me at home, "Tess is so witty," then share something funny she said.

On top of this, she is just a great mom to Everett. Her face lights up when she talks about him and his first steps, and she always has photos and videos ready for sharing. We feel truly privileged to have been a part of her life and world. AmberLeigh took a poll on who the nicest people are in the office and Tess was at the top, if that tells you anything. Everett is one lucky little guy to have his mommy home with him full-time and, oh, the memories that will be made. Sigh.

I stayed home with my own kids for years after a season of being a full-time working mom. So I wholeheartedly support all working moms and stay-at-home moms. I get both sides. I mean, I could start a playgroup at FGS for moms and grandmommies.

Some of my best memories and friends for life came from a Wednesday playgroup to various parks and play areas. Some of my now-adult children are still friends with those playmates. We could get together and let them play once a week, enjoy the animals, and pack picnic lunches (and I have the code to The Potting Shed)! Who's with me on this idea? Moms new to the area? Grands looking for something fun to do and meet new people with their own grandkids?

Look at me coming up with the silver lining! Tess has promised she will come frequently so maybe I can rope her in for my playgroup idea and then I will see her every single week! This is just a win/win all around.

Tess has an inbox on the wall with her name on it. I may or may not have written "Quitter" in Sharpie over her name, took a picture, and sent it to her the morning after she left. We then bantered back and forth and I shed a couple tears. I hate change, yet I create change all the time. Go figure.

Well, that's all I have to say about that except don't be a quitter ... on plants. And Tess, we love you. You are missed every day!

Azaleas and Cleyeras are 25% off!

25% off marked trees & shrubs

Multiple discount tables throughout the Garden Center, including annuals, pottery, and houseplants!
Meet Joey!

Role: Houseplants Lead
Started at FGS: January 2021
Favorite Plant: Philodendron and Aglaonema Chocolate
Favorite Snack: Crunchy Cheetos
Currently Watching: Only Murders in the Building
Favorite Local Restaurant: Shiki Sushi
This year, I'm looking forward to: moving to Durham and shortening my commute!
Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia: stop over-watering your plants!!
More commonly known as air plants, these funky-looking friends are actually easy to care for and require only a bit of attention each week. They enjoy medium/bright indirect light and LOVE humidity. If you place your air plant in a more humid enviornment, it will actually need less water!

Tillandsia can live for years and don't require any soil or growing medium to survive. You can use them as living accents to your decor! There are a variety of colors and sizes to choose from, and the ways to display them are (almost) endless.

Pro tip: We've linked a blog post about these guys in our Plant Tips section! Keep reading to learn more!

Is your Monstera growing out of its current pot? Want to switch up your patio or backyard vibe? Collected so many plants you're out of pots?? Our outdoor pottery selection should have just the thing you're looking for. We have lots of different sizes and colors to find the right match to upgrade your plant!

Pro tip: Our Aqua pots, Grey Glazed Pottery, and the pottery pictured above are all 25% off!


This brightly colored evergreen shrub is one of the faster growing Junipers. It will densely cover an area eight feet across, but only grow around 6 inches tall.

This Juniper loves full sun and well-draining soil, although it doesn't mind occassional wet feet. It is deer resistant and heat tolerant. An all-around great option for color all year round!

Pro tip: No pruning required!
Upcoming Classes & Events
Story Hour with Petunia

Location: The Potting Shed

Did you know we have a fairy living in our Garden Center? Her name is Petunia and she helped us build the Little Free Library! We call it "Petunia's Pages by the Pond."

Now that school is out for the summer, Petunia has offered to come by on Friday mornings and read us a story!

We'll open The Potting Shed early so you can get some delicious Sunset Slush to eat while you listen!

Perfect for ages 3-6 but open to all ages. Grown ups must stay with their kiddos during this event.

Let us know you're coming! Please sign up for each date you'd like to attend. See you soon!

Saturday, July 9, 10AM-11AM
Location: The Potting Shed

Join us for an informative session on everything houseplants. We will cover how to choose the right plants for your home and care for them so they stay happy and healthy! You will learn about air-purifying plants and pet-friendly plants. Every houseplant needs a home and every home needs houseplants.

Fee is $15/person; includes a spray bottle and microfiber cloth.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach
For Friday's Sake

Friday, July 15, 5PM-8PM
Location: Garden Center

Need more time to shop? Well you're in luck, because we are extending the Garden Center hours until 8PM!

The Potting Shed will be open and serving beverages and Sunset Slush until 8PM as well. Come and enjoy the ambiance on the patio and take in the sunset. Don't forget to bring lawn chairs or a blanket for seating - the patio tables go fast!

Featuring music by: Josh Branch

Food truck: Info coming soon!

Admission is FREE, so bring your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers and enjoy the evening... For Friday's Sake!

Thursday, July 16, 10AM-11AM
Location: The Robin's Nest

Escape to a magical world with our guided Secret Garden Terrarium Workshop! We'll present terrarium soil building, design principles, and maintenance so your Secret Garden can thrive. Your instructor will guide you every step of the way as you visualize, plant, and decorate your terrarium.

Fee is $60/person; includes a drink, light snacks, and all necessary materials and supplies.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach
We're Hiring!
For Garden's Sake is looking for new and smiling faces to join our landscape team! If you like to work hard and have fun at the same time, these positions could be for you!

We are hiring for the following roles:
  • Customer Service Representative/Admin
  • Lawn Maintenance Foreman
  • Landscape Installation Operations Manager
  • Landscaper - Installation Crew Member/Driver

These positions are full-time, year-round, with benefits. CLICK HERE to see the full job descriptions and apply!
Landscape Design and Installation
Need a beautiful paver patio? Steppers? Fresh and vibrant landscape or simply a vision for your home? Our designers love to turn your lawn and landscape into a gorgeous and usable outdoor space! Our team can take your outdoor living area to the next level. We have available appointments in August!

Tip of the Week: AIR-MAZING PLANTS
One of our highlights this week is the Tillandsia, or Air Plant! They can be a bit intimidating at first- why does this plant live in the air? Why is there no soil? How it is not dead?!

We get it! Great news - they are actually an easy-care plant and can add a ton of character to your houseplant collection! But if you want to do some research before you add this friend to your collection, we have a blog post that should do the trick! And remember, you can always bring your questions to us! We're here for ya!

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