A Note from Scott and Marsha
October 22, 2020
Happy Thursday. Does anyone know what happened to October? Because I do believe we blinked and it's almost over! We have been buried under bins of pumpkins and tables of pansies and mums. But who knew this could be so much fun?!  Between unloading trucks, flying through lawns aerating and seeding and installing some amazing landscape and hardscape designs, we certainly are having a good time!  

The other day, I was headed to the garden center strolling along the lake whistling and looking ahead because I'm always on the lookout for snakes. Yes. There are snakes, and I like to be prepared for a blood curdling scream to alarm them.  

I rounded the drive by my favorite tree on the property, Willow. Suddenly, I see the biggest smile from a beautiful girl jogging toward me. I realize it is my neighbor's daughter and her friends who are absolutely gorgeous and dressed adorably head to toe!  

I asked her if she was here for a photoshoot based on her outfit and all three girls were ready for the cover of Vogue. Do you remember when we thought we had the cutest clothes and trendiest styles when we were in high school? Because I know I didn't ever look this cute, and I promise my hair was 10 times more voluminous than the current style. Let's all stop and thank God that teasing and hair volume has not circled back. Am I right? 

It seems FGS has become "the spot" for bloggers and photoshoots. At least several times a week, the cutest of all ages arrive dressed and adorable for the perfect picture with their iPhones. We have so much fun following along #fgsdurham tags and seeing all the beautiful people, kids, babies and dogs!  

One customer shared the following with "The Potting Shed" staff last week:  I live down the road and I have been shopping here for years and years. I used to come in a t-shirt, workout shorts and tennis shoes and grab my flowers and mulch. Now I feel like I gotta dress up just to come and have a drink and pick up plants!  

We love you no matter what you wear or how you look! But keep those pictures coming!  You never know when your picture may show up in one of our future posts or how we might use it. Of course if we decide to use you on a billboard on Interstate 40, we will ask first. Maybe .... ;) 

Speaking of trendy and adorable, let's talk about houseplants. We are going to be flipping some of our indoor space as we prepare for Christmas poinsettias. Once the sights of orange and the scents of pumpkins are gone, the sweet smells of Frasier Fir and Candy Canes won't be far behind! Christmas is coming and we have all your fresh, living holiday needs! We can't wait to serve you this holiday season! We will have the perfect Christmas tree and wreath just for you!
Only a few tickets remaining! This event is TOMORROW!! Friday, October 23, 6-9PM! We will have live music from the award-winning acoustic guitar duo, Melonbelly. If you have been aching to get out and do something fun on a Friday night, this event is for you! The music will be down by the pond, with plenty of room in our green space to spread out for social distancing. Come hungry and thirsty because we will have food trucks and The Potting Shed will be open. This family-friendly event has limited space due to social distancing guidelines, so don’t wait to register
If you missed it last week, we gave away this gorgeous Fiddle Leaf Fig on Instagram. Lucky for you, we have many other Fiddle Leaf Figs (Ficus Lyrata) in various sizes available to choose from. These trendy and beautiful plants will look great in any room with bright light. Have cathedral ceilings? We currently have a bush that is nearly 12 feet tall and about 6 feet wide! It is a sight to behold. But if you have a small spot, we also have 6 inch pots available!
If you recognize the name, but not the fact that this is a tree, there is good reason. Gingko Biloba has been used for centuries for multiple medical and emotional maladies. But what we love most about this tree is the gorgeous fan-shaped foliage. The leaf shapes are often used for design and art because they are so beautiful. Many varieties have stunning yellow foliage in fall. The most common varieties grow to about 40' x 30' at maturity, but we have dwarf varieties in stock as well.
Over the next couple weeks, we'll feature evergreen perennials. This week, we want to share our favorite evergreen perennials for sun. For color during winter, plant now. Some of our favorites include Honeysuckle, Euphorbia, and Ann's favorite, Penstemon Husker Red. If you are hoping for early spring blooms, consider Candytuft or Creeping Phlox. Color now, color later. Win, win. All of these varieties are in stock.
On Saturdays and some Sundays, we have food trucks 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 loves fall?? See the Food Truck Schedule here. :)
Thursday, November 12, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Did you know that caring for your houseplants during winter looks very different than caring for them in the summer? If you are wondering about how to best care for your plants in the dormant months, then this class is for you! We will talk about light, water and humidity needs for your plants. The Potting Shed will be open serving, wine, beer, and Sunset Slush. This class is free, but registration is required. Register here.
Presenter: Amanda Henry, FGS
Sunday, November 22, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Join us on Sunday November 22nd from 2-4 as we welcome Sterling Scott to the Garden Center. Enjoy a drink from The Potting Shed as you sit back and relax while he plays his guitar to artists such as Elton John and Ed Sheeran. Our Christmas trees, wreaths, garland and poinsettias will be here too so come and make a day of it! There is no cost for this event.
As we mentioned in our feature, we have many perennials that are evergreen and will look great in your garden over the winter. For more information about these perennials, you can check out this blog post.
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