A Note from Scott and Marsha
August 27, 2020
Lots of sharing happens around For Garden's Sake. Whether it's laughter, tears, stories of family and sometimes the occasional frustrations like most workplaces, one thing stood out to me this past week as I was standing in front of the refrigerator. Sometimes you have to draw a line in the dirt. Preferably topsoil.  

Amanda started a fairly overachieving garden this year at her home to make the rest of us feel bad about ourselves. (Insert eye roll here.) Then to top it off, she starts showing up with jars of homemade canned pickles. Some spicy, some regular, some sweet. I realized after several jars made their way into the hands of other employees, I never received a jar, so I made a special request and gave her a hard time about how someone goes about getting these special pickles.  

A couple days later, and after a lot of nagging, she delivered the spicy pickles and they were delicious. I left them in the fridge to munch on IN MY TIME, not hers, as apparently she thinks I was supposed to eat them all in a day.  

After a month or so, I went to the group kitchen to get a snack and found there were only about three pickles left. I immediately thought, "WHAT A JERK! Scott ate all the pickles!" I dramatically stood there complaining and turned around to find Dylan with this incredibly guilty expression and large smirk on his face. 

He said, "I ate a few." What the heck?  

I turned around and caught Viridian with her head down, smiling, but not looking at me. And I said, "You too? For real?" She burst out laughing.  

AmberLeigh piped up from her desk yelling, "Marsha, I had one as well, and it was really good." She was laughing.  

Angela pokes her head around the other corner sheepishly and admits she had some as well.  

Seriously?! I told them they were all the worst pickle stealing employees EVER and could not be trusted any further. They thought it was absolutely hysterical and worth every bite at my expense.  Squinty eyes.  

Needless to say, I enjoyed AmberLeigh's guacamole and chips today (pictured), some hummus from the fridge I found unopened, apricots on the counter Monday, and I'm still waiting to steal something from Viridian's lunch. I'm telling you. NOTHING is safe in this office.  

What is safe? Stopping by for plants and taking them home to your house to be cared for and loved under lock and key. As for here? If it isn't nailed down, "apparently" it's a free-for-all. Hope you're canning and freezing all your green you've grown this year. You must start sharing your harvest via @fgsdurham on Instagram and Facebook! I mean, feel free to share a jar with me as well, or everyone for that matter!  
Watch for an update to Dan and Sally's story in next week's newsletter, but for now please consider donating to help Don and Sally, our Garden Center neighbors, who lost their home and cars in a devastating house fire. You can donate HERE.
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September 19-October 24
On Saturdays and some Sundays September 19-October 24, we will have food trucks here for you to enjoy! Pair a yummy meal with a cold beverage or treat from The Potting Shed, and you have the perfect combination for a fun fall afternoon. Enjoy here, or pick up a meal to take home after picking out pumpkins, pansies and mums at the Garden Center! Who's ready for fall?? See the Food Truck schedule here.
Wednesday, September 2, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Flower pots are a great way to display your favorite plants. So why not give them a “home” specifically designed by you? We will show you how to take a plain terracotta pot and turn it into something even more beautiful that’s a reflection of you. The cost of this class is $25 and includes a 6″ pot and all the supplies needed to create your masterpiece. Then feel free to browse our selection of houseplants to find a new plant baby for your newly decorated pot. The Potting Shed will be open selling wine, mimosas, beer, cider, hard seltzer and Sunset Slush so bring a friend and enjoy a fun evening in our Garden Center! Space is limited so register today.
Facilitator: Lynn Scott/FGS Register here today!
Thursday, September 24, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Do you love houseplants, but don’t really know how to take care of them? Have you recently caught the houseplant bug and discovered caring for them has been a challenge? In this class, you will discover the basics of houseplant care including lighting, watering, feeding, re-potting and more! You will also find out which plants are easy to care for. Come prepared with all your houseplant questions. The cost is $12 and participants will receive a 4-inch Pothos to take home and care for! The Potting Shed will be open selling wine, mimosas, beer, cider, hard seltzer and Sunset Slush. Bring a friend and enjoy a fun evening in our Garden Center! Space is limited so register today.
Presenter: Amanda Henry/FGS Register here today!
Wanting to plant a fall garden this year? Now is the time to get started! There is plenty to do to have a successful garden, so we have many suggestions from soil prep to what to plant in this fall gardening post.

Are you wondering what type of light you have in your landscape or garden to make sure you get the right plants? If you are unsure, you may find the answers you are looking for in this post about lighting.
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