A Note from Scott and Marsha
May 5, 2022
Phew! Pull out the sunscreen and shades, 'cause it has been a hot one this week! But never fear ... hold tight, my friends. I see a 46 degree morning coming our way early next week so don't pack all your sweats away just yet.

This is Truman. Truman is part of our HR and Therapy Team at FGS. Truman definitely needs some shades in this picture. You might wonder why he is smiling and so darn cute. Well, let me tell you the backstory to this picture.

Scott and I were thirsty, and you know how cranky everyone can get when they are dehydrated. And we were "slightly" hungry. To avoid a hangry moment, we had a very difficult decision to make on the exit: do we stop at McDonald's or Burger King? Insert my eye roll here.

Burger King was not busy so Scott turned right. In my head, I was trying to even remember their menu. And then? I remembered: The Whopper.

I looked at Scott and said, "Against my better judgement, I have not had a Whopper in 15 years, but I seriously need a bite. Just one bite and I will throw it out."

We laughed and Scott walked inside for our order.

He returned with a Jr. Whopper. I looked at him with big eyes and unwrapped it. It smelled exactly like it did 15 years ago. I savored only one bite. He savored only one bite. I rolled it back up and stuck it in the side door until we reached our destination and I would toss it.

I can feel the judgement for being wasteful. But you are going to have to let it go. And yes! This is what middle-aged people who are trying to be health-conscience do. Get over it!

Before we arrived at our destination, we also had to stop at the only grocery store in small town Virginia: Food Lion. Insert another eye roll here. After quickly gathering a few items, we returned to the truck and we could see Truman and Edison wagging their tails so happy to see us. And then? I saw the wrapper in my seat.

Truman is truly living his best life; he lives with idiots. He carefully ate around the lettuce, tomato, and onion for the burger and bun like a true toddler would. Did he share with his brother Edison? Nope, he sure didn't. Just look at him smiling. Fat and sassy.

I would like to say that will never happen again but I know myself. But at least I know he won't eat my tomatoes in the backyard. We hope your garden will be thriving with all things green and edible soon! We are stocked full with all the wonderful edibles, so don't delay!!! And remember: don't leave your barely eaten Whopper in the car with your dog!
If you missed it last week, we are truly thrilled to be included in Our State Magazine's "3 Things to Add to Your April To-Do List." It's an honor to be included among North Carolina's brightest and best! We absolutely love being a part of the community here in the Triangle - we wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Click the photo to check out the article!

Photograph by Alex Boerner
Feel free to smile at this botanical friend!

Crocodile Ferns are perfect bathroom or kitchen plants because they love regular water and humidity; don't let the soil get too soggy! The Crocodile Fern also loves indirect and even low lighting; they'll scorch if their spot is too sunny.

Pro tip: This plant is a tropical fern, so make sure to keep it away from cold A/C vent air. To help it live its best life, you can mist it for added humidity.
Characterized by their spectacular blooms, Dahlias are truly a stunning addition to any landscape. Grown from bulbs, they can return year after year if you set them up for success. They can thrive in pretty much any type of soil, as long as there is enough drainage to prevent soggy roots. Dahlias come in all shapes and sizes but we have to admit, this red is one of our favorites.

Pro tip: Stay on top of weeding so your Dahlias don't get crowded!
Truly a classic! The Crepe Myrtle name covers a large variety of tree and shrub varieties, all easily recognizable by their unique bark texture and blooms that last all summer long. Smaller varieties can even be grown in containers! Make sure to plant in full sun with proper soil drainage, as this friend is susceptible to root rot. Prune in winter or early spring; new flowers will bloom on new wood!

Pro tip: If you want to see more of the unique bark, prune back some of the lower-hanging branches!
Upcoming Classes & Events

Thursday, May 12, 10AM-4PM

Looking for ways to give back to your community? Want to help but not able to commit to an entire day of volunteering? Save a life by donating blood!

You may have heard there is a national shortage of blood. To help combat this, we've invited the Red Cross Mobile Unit to FGS!

Register for a 15-minute appointment by visiting the link below; it is highly recommended that you reserve your spot!

Please sign up HERE to let us know that you will be attending!

Note: We must fill all 25 appointments for Red Cross to come out. Please, please, please encourage your friends and family to sign up as well! And please, please, please keep an eye on social media for any updates on this event.

Sunday, May 15, 10AM-11AM
Location: The Potting Shed

It’s a great time of year to repot your houseplants!

Learn everything you need to know to up-pot and re-pot your plants for optimum health and growth in our brand new, lecture-based demonstration. Pruning tips to improve the plants well-being as it thrives in its new pot will be discussed!

The first 6 people to register will be able to bring a houseplant from home to be repotted in this demonstration! Look out for an email confirming your eligibility.

Fee is $15/person; includes a pair of pruners

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach
For Friday's Sake
Friday, May 20, 5PM-8PM
Location: The 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 local beer, wine and Sunset Slush until 8PM, so come and enjoy the ambiance on the patio and take in the sunset. Seats fill quickly so don't forget your chair and blanket!

Featuring the musical talents of Sterling Scott!

Food truck info coming soon! Check our website and social media for updates!

Saturday, May 21, 10AM - 12PM
Location: The Robin's Nest

This engaging class is for those interested in learning about this fascinating horticultural art form. The class and hands-on workshop will teach the aesthetic aspects of classical bonsai along with the technical and horticultural fundamentals you’ll need to enjoy this wonderful hobby. The class will cover bonsai styles, design, pruning, wiring, container selection, potting, and care.

Fee is $75/person; includes all workshop materials you’ll need to create your very own bonsai, an introductory bonsai book, a detailed after care guide for your new tree, and light snacks

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of this course, class size will be limited to a small group setting.

PAYMENT AT TIME OF REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to hold your spot. Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Ken Hallatt, Owner of Carolina Bonsai
We're Hiring!
For Garden's Sake is looking for new faces to join our landscape 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:
  • Landscape Installation Operations Manager
  • Landscaper - Installation Crew Member
  • Landscaper - Maintenance Crew Member

These positions are full-time, year-round, with benefits. CLICK HERE to see the full job descriptions and apply!
Landscape Design and Installation
Our designers, Doug and Billy, love to turn your lawn and landscape into a gorgeous and usable outdoor space! From beautiful plant design to drainage solutions to fire pits and patios, our team can take your outdoor living space to the next level. We are booking for late May - June appointments so don't wait to put in your request for a consultation! Click here to submit an online request!
Plant Tip of the Week: MAY IS HERE
Happy May! With the spring weather taking us on a roller coaster ride and Mother's Day coming up this weekend, we wanted to take a minute to remind you of some gardening To-Do's you'll want to put on your radar. Oh, and don't forget to get your mom, sister, aunt, grandmother, etc. a card and some flowers - or better yet, a houseplant they can enjoy all year long! Click here to read your May To-Do List.
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