A Note from Scott and Marsha
June 9, 2022
Happy Almost Official Summer! Just a couple more weeks and we can celebrate Summer Solstice! If you stand on one foot and rub your belly, something magical happens on this day. Nope. Nope. Just made that up. But it is the day the sun will travel the longest path in the sky, translating to the longest day of the year!

I know everyone is ready for summer and a break from the normal routine. Last days of school and graduations are here, summer vacations and more are happening; we celebrate all these with you!

Speaking of celebrating, meet Hannah. Hannah is our FGS Executive Assistant to Scott. She has been working with him over three months and truly hit the ground running! She jumped in, absorbing and learning as much as she could and has truly been a God-send. Hannah started off a bit shy and quiet as she was adapting to her surroundings and learning all the personalities at FGS. (Our vibe has been compared to Parks & Rec, a sitcom from years back. I have yet to watch it and honestly, I'm scared to know which characters we might be. Whether you've seen the show or not, know we're not exactly what you'd describe as a quiet workplace.)

One of Hannah's goals was to become a Notary Public. This involves sitting for an 8+ hour video course filled with interesting facts, findings, and regulations. Hannah sat on the edge of her seat, non-stop taking pages and pages of notes, memorizing information like Section 101b:247 and such. She drank her water and popped popcorn and a few times I even think I heard laughter. Nope. Nope. Just made all that up except the 8 hour video class and the water.

When asked what her favorite part of the course was, she smiled and said, "When it was over." When I asked if she wanted to bludgeon her eyes out, she smiled again and nodded emphatically.

But look at her smiling now. She shared in our weekly meeting: "My best professional news is I earned a PERFECT SCORE on my exam and received my Notary certificate. It's hanging in my office; you are welcome to come bask in its glory."

Let's just say she is getting comfortable and she is wicked smart. Add her wit, humor, and spunky spirit - she is giving Scott a run for his money and he's having a good time! She really has been a blessing to everyone and we are grateful to have her at FGS.

If you would like to bask in her achievement, she will be happy to show you to her office. If the image above is enough, then skip the certificate and come bask in all the beauty of our blooms at the Garden Center! It's still magical, and with the warmer temperatures over the weekend, it's even better with a Sunset Slush or your favorite local brew in hand!
FGS Concert Series Presents: PETER LAMB & THE WOLVES

Saturday, June 11, 7PM-9:30PM
Doors Open at 5:30 PM

They're back at FGS! Local jazz band Peter Lamb and The Wolves will be performing for us once again on Saturday, June 11!

Peter Lamb and The Wolves have been serenading America since 2008, when they debuted at President Obama's Inaugural Ball. Since then, they've released three albums, been named Best Jazz Band in the Triangle twice, and won several awards - and our hearts!

Tickets are $20 each!
Children 12 and under are FREE

Food truck: Info coming soon!

The Potting Shed will be open to serve this event, but please note the Garden Center will be CLOSED for shopping. DON'T FORGET to bring a blanket or lawn chairs - seating is not provided!
Meet Sydney!

Role: Events & Marketing Assistant
Started at FGS: January 2022
Favorite Plant: String of Hearts
Favorite Snack: Buffalo Chicken Dip
Currently Reading: Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Favorite Local Restaurant: Vivo Ristorante
This year, I'm looking forward to:  what fall looks like at FGS!
Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia: Someday I'd like to travel to Greece
Quite possibly the most popular large houseplant, Ficus are loved far and wide. They make a dramatic, show-stopping addition to your home decor. With tons of varities such as Tinkeke, Ruby, Lyrata, Benjamina, and Creeping (Pumila) to choose from, you're sure to find just what you need to complete your dream interior design look!

Ficus love humidity and bright, indirect light. You can let them dry out a bit between waterings, but make sure they don't get dry enough to wilt!

Pro tip: Ficus do not like to be chilly! They will not tolerate cold drafts. If they're unhappy, they'll drop their leaves, so make sure to give these drama queens the attention they deserve to keep them happy!
We've been obsessed with Caladiums this season. These foliage annuals are full of color and add a striking dynamic to your container gardens and shady garden beds. The arrow-shaped leaves are eye-catching and give off tropical vibes.

Caladiums are easy-care and thrive in humid climates like ours. You can even keep them as houseplants in the right conditions! Just make sure not to overwater them.

Pro tip: Caladiums are beautiful but extremely toxic. Keep them out of reach of kids and pets. The sap in the stems can also cause minor skin irritation, so handle them with gardening gloves!

Looking for a beginner-friendly bush to add to your garden this season? Stop by and pick up a Rose of Sharon! They are blooming right now! These flowers come in a range of pinks, blues, and whites.

Rose of Sharon can handle poorly-draining soils and prefer full sun (even the full, harsh NC sun). Watering deeply but less frequently will help establish deep roots. Rose of Sharon is also drought-tolerant and doesn't require pruning.

Pro tip: You can train your Rose of Sharon along a fence or up a trellis for a classic and magical garden look!
Upcoming Classes & Events

Sunday, June 11, 10AM-11AM
Location: The Potting Shed

Create an outdoor succulent bowl that requires very little maintenance but delivers a whole lotta love! It will be the perfect piece to brighten up your sunny outdoor living space.

Fee is $60/person; includes all necessary materials and a mimosa.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach

Friday, June 17, 10AM-11AM
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.

For Friday's Sake

Friday, June 17, 5PM - 8PM
Location: Garden Center

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

The Potting Shed will be open and serving beverages and Sunset Slush, so come and enjoy the ambiance on the patio and take in the sunset.

Featuring the musical talents of Heather Rogers!

Food Truck: Info coming soon!

Admission is free, so invite your friends, family, neighbors, first dates, and coworkers! Seating is limited - don't forget to bring a blanket or a lawn chair.
Refreshing Your Summer Plantings

Saturday, June 18, 10AM - 11AM
Location: The Potting Shed

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/person; includes a 4in annual.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach
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We are hiring for the following roles:
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Tip of the Week: HEEEEERE'S JOHNNY
The Japanese Beetles have arrived! We've already started our pest management here at the Garden Center, and we want to make sure you know how you can control the beetle population and save your garden from looking like the set of a horror flick.

In case you missed it a few weeks ago, we shared a blog post on Japanese Beetles. We're sharing it again so you can look for the signs of an infestation, know how to identify the beetles, and learn how to take care of them effectively.

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