A Note from Scott and Marsha
May 20, 2021
Can someone please tell me where the first half of May went because we feel like we blinked and summer is knocking on our door. But we are not complaining because we're having spectacular weather, and we have live music in the garden til 8PM for our first For Friday's Sake event TOMORROW! Me? I'll be watching the sun go down enjoying a sandwich and a few drinks at The Potting Shed. Please don't make me drink alone, k?  

In the middle of everything else going on, it is with sad and heavy hearts that we had to say goodbye to Chip, our most beloved supporter of all things FGS. Let me start with a walk down memory lane.  

Scott and I both grew up never having a dog. He had quite a collection of cats. I had a guinea pig once. When we got married, we got a cat named Simon. After realizing I was highly allergic to cats, we had to rehome Simon. Scott determined I wasn't as cheap to rehome. So we decided to move on to kids. Maybe that would be easier. Rrrriiiggggghhhhhhtttttttt ...... thumb's up.  

Three kids later, our youngest was headed off to kindergarten. I had a midlife mom crisis. I was home. I would be lonely. One lonely afternoon, I met friends at the mall. My friends and I wandered into the pet store for kicks and giggles and there he was. Chip, a four month old furry little angel. We locked eyes, and I asked if I could meet him.  

My friends tried to talk sense into me. They really did and even used the 24 hour rationale rule on me that I used on them when making an impulsive decision. But I went home anyway and told Scott what happened and this was seriously meant to be. It's a gift from the Lord.  How can you say no to the Lord?  

In humor, Scott decides to visit the mall and by Sunday, we bring Chip home and it was the best decision we ever made. Fifteen years of unconditional support, love and snuggles. Chip really was one of a kind. Chip is the reason many of our friends have dogs now. Our friends would keep him for us and then, they would have a dog a year later.  Chip made people who didn't like dogs like dogs. He was absolutely a gift to our family.  

Having never made the decision that it was "time" was the hardest experience ever. Even when you know it is the right and kindest decision, it still isn't easy. And two middle-aged adults ugly crying is not particularly adorable. I have never been so thankful to have half my face hidden behind a mask. For anyone that has gone through this, I finally can say I understand now.  

We will celebrate Chip always. He was such a huge part of our family for some of the biggest events in our lives. Edison and Truman have big shoes to fill. I hope they are up for it. But let's be real. No one will ever fill Chip's shoes.  

So that is our sad little story and tribute to Chip this week. I emotionally ate an entire pizza, and I might need to take home 4 new houseplants and name them all after Chip. Chiplily, ChipZZ, Chipegonia and Chiptherium. You should probably come pick one out as well and name it after one of your loved ones, too. Emotional support plants for the win.
NEW!!!
FOR FRIDAY'S SAKE
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Friday, May 21, 2021
LIVE MUSIC and EXTENDED HOURS

5PM -8PM

We'll also have 3 Jay's food truck here with amazing sandwich fare! It will be a night full of plants, cold drinks, Sunset Slush, yummy food, and fingers crossed for amazing weather!
GARDEN CENTER FEATURES
LANTANA
Lantana are a bright and colorful addition to any sunny garden or container. It mounds beautifully, and because there are a variety of sizes and colors to choose from, you will easily find the lantana for the right spot in your container or flower bed. Miss Huff is a perennial Lantana bedazzled with orange, yellow and pink blooms that can grow 4 to 6 feet tall! Other varieties are a wonderful drought-tolerant annual that bloom continuously until first frost.
ITEA
Get the most bang for your buck with Itea, also known as Sweetspire. Its versatility in regards to light requirements is very rare in the plant world--it can tolerate full sun, part shade, or full shade! Plus, it has white or pink firework-like blooms that are perfect for pollinators. And last but not least, you will enjoy showy orange and red foliage in summer!
BEAUTIFUL BIRD BATHS
If you have never enjoyed watching a bird take a bath, it is pretty endearing. The feathers get all ruffled and the bird will just splash around like rub-a-dub-dub-havin'-fun-in-the-tub. But what makes bird bath time better is a beautiful basin to bathe in. We have many different styles to choose from and think you should come pick one out this weekend!
Potting Shed & Food Truck Schedule
The Potting Shed
Friday 12-8p (THIS WEEK ONLY!!)
Saturday 12-4:30p
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
1:00pm-4:00pm
The Cheesecake Lady will be here with a wide variety of cheesecake flavors for you to choose from.

Sunday, May 23– 11am-3pm

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK
Meet Lizzie Potter!
Role: Event Planner and Assistant
Started at FGS: April 2021
Ice Cream: Cookie Dough or Cookies and Cream
Currently Watching: Golden Girls
Plant: Pothos
Last Book Read: Coral, by Sara Ella
Food: Cheese Pizza

Lizzie is one of the newest additions to our team, and we are so glad to have her. She is the machine behind our classes, events, and even food trucks! She also is an assistant to Marsha--and you can imagine how challenging THAT must be. ;) (Love you, Marsh!) Lizzie just moved down here from the great state of Ohio. She and her husband, Marco, have three dogs. Lizzie is also an author and thespian! If you see Lizzie around, make sure to welcome her to the area and recommend your favorite pizza place!
Happy, Healthy Houseplants- Level 1
THIS Saturday, May 22, 10AM-11AM
Join us for an informative session on everything houseplants. We will cover how to choose the right plants for your home and how to 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! Cost is only $15 and includes a spray bottle and microfiber cloth. Register today!
Fee is $15.00
PAYMENT AT TIME OF REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to hold your spot.
Registration without payment will be disregarded.
Presenter: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach
Propagation Station 101
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.
Fee is $15.00 (includes class and clippings)
PAYMENT AT TIME OF REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to hold your spot.
Registration without payment will be disregarded.
Presenter: Joey Pierce, FGS Plant Coach

There are many other classes coming up soon! See our website for more information!
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