A Note from Scott and Marsha
September 10, 2020
We are truly flying right out of summer and into fall. The next season, including Christmas, is banging down the door and we are doing everything to be ready for all the fun. What could be more fun than summer? Cooler weather and 60 degree mornings. How about last weekend's tease?  

As we prepare and plan for the next seasons, we have had some fun adding another shoppable space to the garden center. Introducing "The Pot Shop." This little addition is another area just for you as you pick out the perfect pottery pieces for your houseplants as well as a cute shoppable space that might have surprises from season to season.  

As The Pot Shop was being built, I was gone for a few days and I texted Lynn to ask how the shelves were coming along since the painting had been finished. She sends me back this picture. This is John, my partner in all crimes of building, drilling, hammering and flipping spaces.  This is what happens while I'm gone. I looked at this picture and thought to myself, "Are we building shelves or bunk beds for all the kids?" I was dying when I saw John tucked on the top shelf proving to me he trusts his own skills enough to rest at the top.  

I sighed and thought, "I can't believe he climbed up there. I mean, he was in the insurance business before here, for garden's sake!"  

Oh, the fun we truly have. Can't wait for you to visit our new space as we order more pottery and all things fun. We may not be the" Pottery Barn", but we have what they don't. ALL things green. And while their items may go out of style, the perfect Sansevieria, Fiddle Leaf Fig or Pothos never does!
For a tropical show-stopper, you will love the Stromanthe Triostar as much as Judy does. The leaves are variegated with shades of pinks, creams and greens. At night, you will enjoy the striking colors of the underside of the leaves as they rise up to "pray". Place in bright, indirect light to maintain the best color. They do love a more humid environment, so bathrooms are a great location or place them on a tray with pebbles covered halfway with water.
These evergreen, fall/ late winter blooming beauties are great for foundation planting in shaded or woody gardens. While camellias come in many different sizes and the blooms vary in shape, size and color, they all are appreciated for the brilliant blooms you enjoy when most other plants are not blooming. Most are cold and drought tolerant, making them a great choice for shade gardens in our area.
Enjoy fresh perennial color in late summer and early fall with Aster. Choose from blue, pink, lavender, or white...they have gorgeous little daisy-like flowers. Butterflies, especially Monarchs, hummingbirds and songbirds love them. (And who doesn't want more of that in their yard?!) Plant in a sunny location in your garden or containers! Make sure to give your newly-planted beauties plenty of water until they are well-established.
We have had mums and pansies for a couple of weeks now, but pumpkins are finally here! And no, it is not too early to start your fall decorating! Get ahead of the game! For best success, we do have some Pumpkin Preservation Tips so your pumpkins have the best chance of success all season long.
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.
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!
Saturday, September 26, 10:00am-11:00am
Growing trees in containers is becoming more and more popular here in North Carolina. Not much space is needed so if you have a porch, patio, deck or balcony a potted tree can make a great focal point. Join us as we teach you how to choose the right container, properly plant your tree as well as maintain it so your tree will stay healthy for years to come. There is no fee for this class.
Presenter: Aurora Cloutier/FGS Register here today!
Now is the perfect time to plant shrubs for fall color and blooms. In this post, we have listed some of our favorite fall shrubs with fabulous foliage or beautiful blooms. We included suggestions for both sun and shade!

If you missed it last week, here is your September To Do list for the lawn and garden! Don't skip on completing some of these very important tasks to maintain your beautiful garden or landscape.
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