A Note from Scott and Marsha
July 21, 2022
We hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer vacation or at least a respite from anxiety or stress in your world. We are plugging along through summer, dreaming of fall already. Blink and it will be here!

Blink again. Blink. Blink. Blink. Yes, you are seeing this picture correctly. And yes, again, another one flies the coop. Sigh.

Julia had been with us over three years and what began as a part-time role turned into so much more at FGS. Julia went through all the change and growth, taking each day in stride.

Julia was our Garden Center Manager and has departed to pursue her passion within the agriculture and farming industry. This is exciting for us to see our co-workers fly off into this great, big, world taking their honed skills with them. She will be missed, but living only a few minutes from the Garden Center just means she will pop in and never be a stranger! We consider this a win :)
I have to make this a two part story because I have written goodbye letters for three weeks now and well, departures are just as depressing as new beginnings are exciting. So how about this little cutie? Meet Harper. No, he isn't a new addition (even though I would add one tomorrow to replace Truman, who has the energy and yappy mouth of a two year old drinking Red Bull.)

Last month, I mixed up two client names when I was stopping by to say hi to the landscaping crews. I went to the wrong house and showed up with Scott's name tag on. Looking back, this client probably saw a stammering, nervous wreck wearing what was clearly the wrong name tag, asking for feedback on a project we hadn't started yet, all because I grabbed the wrong file. This resulted in them calling the office to check if I was a real person who works at FGS and had indeed stopped by. Insert my eye roll here because I'm an idiot. I was a whole month early.

We are now on the job so I stopped by again this week at the right install time AND with the right name tag. So when Mrs. L stepped outside on her porch, she invited me in and we had a lovely visit discussing Harper, her tri-color Cavapoo, and I received all the puppy kisses I could get. Seriously, he was the sweetest dog ever and Edison and Truman would have LOVED him :) He is also a special little pup because he has a perfect white belt around his neck which makes him even more unique! These are the things that bring joy: furry, four-legged anything with sweet eyes and free kisses.

While we humans don't offer free kisses, we do offer free smiles and freely educate and help you raise the best plants in your life. And sometimes you can catch Edison and Truman trotting around the Garden Center looking for someone to kiss!! Be on alert at all times :)

Summer Shrub Sale: 25% off marked trees & shrubs


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

Monday, July 25

We adore Christmas at FGS- so we thought we would celebrate a bit early by throwing a Christmas in July sale!

For one day only, get $10 off any purchase $75 or more, store-wide!*

*This promotion does not apply to The Potting Shed or Landscaping or Lawn Maintenance services.
Meet Tim!

Role: Cashier
Started at FGS: April 2021
Favorite Plant: Hostas and Diffenbachia
Favorite Snack: Sushi
Currently Watching: Stranger Things
Favorite Local Restaurant: Harvest 18
This year, I'm looking forward to: Selling Christmas trees and really the whole Christmas season at FGS!
Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia: Don't second-guess yourself!
This indoor tropical houseplant, also known as the Umbrella Tree, has gorgeous oval leaves. The umbrella nickname comes from the way the leaves droop dramatically and gracefully. They usually live indoors, thriving in a more humid enviornment, but can live outdoors in North Carolina for a few of the warmer months.

Schefflera have an easy-going care routine. They can dry out pretty well in between waterings, but make sure to water thoroughly. Don't neglect them for too long! Neglecting this plant will result in new foliage coming out brown. For lighting needs, pick a spot that gets direct morning light, or a few hours of direct sunlight with indirect sunlight the rest of the day. Too much direct sunlight can burn the leaves!

Pro tip: All parts of this plant are mildly toxic to humans and more seriously toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. Make sure you have a good place for this plant picked out before you bring it home to keep your furballs and kiddos safe!

Love the look of glazed pottery but can't deal with the weight? These fiber clay pots are a great lightweight option! Made from fiberglass combined with clay and a composite, they are perfect for citrus and even houseplants that move indoors and outdoors seasonally.

Pro tip: On a budget? These pots tend to be on the more cost-effective side, so you can get the look you want without the investment of handmade pottery.

Looking for a native shrub to add to your landscaping project? Callicarpa, or Beautyberry, are a great option! This shrub typically grows up to 3-5ft tall and produces beautiful purple berries in the autumn.

They are a good food source for songbirds and small mammals, which means planting these can help you fulfill your lifelong dream of becoming a Disney Princess - or at least support the wildlife in your area. Crushing the leaves of the shrub produces a chemical that can repel mosquitoes, making this a versatile addition to any outdoor living space.

Pro tip: The foliage is very attractive to white-tailed deer, so if you're not too keen on having them help you do your laundry or dishes while you "Whistle While You Work", make sure to use some deer spray to deter them from snacking.
Upcoming Classes & Events

Thursday, July 21, 6PM-7PM TONIGHT!
Location: The Robin's Nest

Have you wanted to grow your houseplants up moss poles but don't know where to start? Come learn all about the benefits of growing plants with moss poles and how to create your own in this "Build your Own Boss Moss Pole" workshop. You will learn what materials work best, how to use moss poles, and how to create one with your own hands!

Fee is $45/person; includes all necessary materials and supplies.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Joey PIerce, Houseplants Lead
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!

Let's Make Salsa!

Saturday, July 23, 10AM-11AM
Location: The Robin's Nest

Whether you've grown a crop of tomatoes and peppers or planned a trip to the farmer's market, LET'S MAKE SALSA! We'll be sharing some salsa recipes and knife skills to take advantage of all the freshness that summer brings. Enjoy some salsa and chips and Debbi's amazing jokes!

Fee is $15/person; includes a serving of salsa to enjoy during the class and a serving to take home! All necessary materials and supplies are also included.

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 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:
  • Garden Center Manager
  • Lawn Maintenance Foreman
  • Landscape Project Manager
  • Landscape Installation Crew Member/Driver
  • Landscape Stonemason/Hardscape Installer

These positions are full-time, year-round, with benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance; paid holidays; and paid time off.
CLICK HERE to see the full job descriptions and apply!
Landscape Design and Installation
Just moved to a new home and can't see the vision for outdoor living space for your growing family? Not sure how to tackle your side yard project? Have a tight, shared space? Wondering how you can fit raised beds into your outdoor living space? We can create a fresh landscape design that will make both you and your neighbor happy!

Our next available consultation appointments are in September!

Tip of the Week: SUCCA FOR YOU
Succulents are one of the most popular choices for new houseplant enthusiasts. They are often a go-to gift for holidays and you can usually expect to see one on a coworker's desk. Maybe you've seen them spilling out of various creative containers while browing Pinterest and wonder how they'll stay alive in a pumpkin, tiny planter, or repurposed object.

However, not everyone realizes what kind of care succulents need to thrive. So whether you've been gifted a succulent, want to start your succulent collection, or aren't sure why your current plant babies aren't thriving, we've got you covered!

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