A Note from Scott and Marsha
September 8, 2022
Fall has officially arrived at the Garden Center! We have mums, we have pansies, and in only a few short hours, we will have PUMPKINS. Can you believe pumpkin season is already here?!

Marsha has been a busy bee on this short work week. She's working her magic with our amazing staff to decorate every inch of the Garden Center they can get their hands on. This means she has, adorably, completely forgotten to write a story for this newsletter. So while Marsha is off hunting for new unique furniture to add to the displays, more chandeliers to hang in the trees, more antique bicycles to hide all over the property, spreading autumn cheer, and who knows what other surprises, I get the rare chance to entertain you this week.

Earlier this year, Scott and Marsha gave me the opportunity to take on the marketing role and merge it with my events responsibilites, and I gladly accepted the challenge. It has been such a great experience so far and I have loved learning more about the marketing world. One of the opportunities that I have had since then was to particiapte in an ad program through Harris Teeter and create an ad for FGS that will show up in shopping carts in three stores in the Triangle.

Scott was a bit skeptical of this, being so different from what we've done in the past, but when I started the process I have to say I was GEEKING OUT at the idea. I work at a local garden center! These ad spaces are normally occupied by national companies! How COOL would it be to grab a shopping cart, look down, and see an ad for a place so dear to my heart?! I was so excited, I couldn't even fall asleep at night.

The day the carts rolled into the stores, I drove over to find them. I have to admit that I CRIED when I saw them. I'm a nerd and I don't care. There is something so fulfilling to see your work on a scale like this. Just think of all the people who will see the ads as they fold down the baby seat and carefully set down their egg cartons (or, you know, babies)! Some of the ads even have goats with sunglasses on them! Who wouldn't love to see that while they shop for snacks? I'm tearing up just thinking about it.

Next time you're out shopping at Harris Teeter (Southpoint, Green Chapel Hill, or O'Kelly Chapel) do me a favor and try to find a cart with our ad. You can even send me a picture and I'm sure I'll be just as excited as I was the first time I saw it. I even have a new tradition with my husband, Marco, to snap a photo every time we go grocery shopping. I have so many of these in my camera reel. I know, I know - geeky.

Now that the seasons are changing, I have more equally geeky and fun things up my sleeve. Sydney and I have been working hard to create a fall events schedule that will knock your socks off, and it all starts with next week's For Friday's Sake! We've been coordinating with over 100 folks in the Triangle to make it happen and we can't wait to enjoy all of these fun events, classes, and workshops with you!

I absolutely love being a part of FGS and helping more people in the Triangle discover our Garden Center. Don't forget to add us to your fall bucket lists! There's a little bit of something for everyone. See you soon!

Meet Savvy!

Role: Client Care Associate
Started at FGS: July 2021
Favorite Plant: Monsteras, Ferns, and Junipers
Favorite Snack: Shortbread and tea
Currently Reading: The Cat Who Saved Books by Sôsuke Natsukawa
Favorite Local Restaurant: Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe, and Biergarten
This year, I'm looking forward to: Getting certified to teach English as a second language!
Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia: Find joy in the little things. Later on, they seem like the big things.

Yes, we know, it's not quite the end of summer. But with fall plants rolling in, the fall events and classes calendar about to hit the website, and the cooler weather inspiring us, we thought we would sweeten the deal even more with a Rare Houseplants Sale!

Have you been eyeing a rare plant but haven't made the jump to becoming a rare plant owner? Looking for a sign that you *should* buy that one plant? Well here's your sign!

Now through the actual end of summer, you'll be able to snag select rare houseplants for 30% off.

All plants included in this sale will be clearly marked with a red sale price.
Looking for a new plant to add to your shelf? Consider the Neanthe Bella Palm! It is safe for pets, easy-care, and known for its air purifying qualities. It likes medium light but can adapt to some lower-light conditions if needed. Neanthe Bella Palms do not like to get very dry, so make sure you stay on top of your watering schedule!

Check out these gorgeous new pottery arrivals! These pots feature a brush of white glaze over clay in a spiraling leaf-like, antique design. They are incredibly sturdy and weather resistant, which makes them perfect for outdoor plantings (like mums!) as well as indoor plantings. They are available in varying shapes and sizes. On display at the front of the Garden Center house now!


If you want to add a unique element to your landscaping, look no further than the Pussy Willow! They get up to 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Pussy Willows prefer full sun, and soaking the soil every few days (rather than a little bit every day) will help them establish roots. They can also be kept in pots and be moved or grown indoors if needed.

The name comes from the soft, fur-like texture of their flowers. The small, silvery flowers are very soft to the touch. Their stems are too weak to hold the weight of the branches, so we get to enjoy a beautiful weeping formation. When the branches are covered in the blooming flowers, the effect is truly magical.

Weekends from Sep 16 - Oct 30

Raise your hand if you’re ready for fall! The leaves changing colors, pulling out cozy sweaters and blankets, lighting candles, decorating or carving pumpkins, delicious seasonal food and drinks – what’s not to love?

You’ll find everything you need for fall gardening, decorating with pumpkins, and planting fall flowers (pansies, mums, and more!) right here at the Garden Center! We’ll have MORE extended-hour Fridays so you have even more time to shop and enjoy a drink or Sunset Slush while you’re at it.

That’s not all: this year we are fully embracing the fun, the vibes, and the season of change. We’ll have a wide variety of events, classes, workshops, and more so you can enjoy autumn at For Garden’s Sake!

Saturday, September 17, 10AM-11AM
Location: The Robin's Nest

Ready to step up your houseplant game? Learn fun techniques, new methods of growing, and more with our all-new Happy, Healthy Houseplants Level 3 class! This class will focus on different growing mediums - including mixing your own soil, growing on moss poles, problem solving for those pesky plants, using grow lights, information about caring for rare varieties and more! Completion of Happy, Healthy Houseplants Levels 1 & 2 is strongly recommended before taking this course.

Fee is $15/person

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Joey Pierce, FGS Houseplants Lead

Friday, September 23, 6PM-9PM
Doors open at 5:30PM

Jazz, wine, and tacos are the perfect trio for an autumn evening, so grab your special someone and mark your calendars for our next Jazz Night concert! Local jazz band Peter Lamb and The Wolves will be playing on September 23!

Peter Lamb and The Wolves have been serenading America since 2008, when they debuted at President Obama's Inaugural Ball. Since then, they've released 3 albums, been named Best Jazz Band in the Triangle twice, and won several awards - and our hearts. This will be their second concert at For Garden's Sake and we can't wait to have them back!

The Potting Shed will be open and serving wine, mimosas, beer, cider, hard seltzers, and Sunset Slush. Our Garden Center will be closed. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.

Food truck: La Katrina Tacos

We're Hiring!
For Garden's Sake is looking for new team members! If you like to work hard and have fun at the same time, these positions could be for you!

Open Positions:

  • Garden Center Department Leads
  • Landscaper - Installation Crew Member/Driver

These are full-time, year-round positions that include the following benefits: paid holidays, matching 401k, discounts at the Garden Center, PTO, and health, dental, vision, and life insurance.

CLICK HERE to see the full job descriptions and apply!
Landscape Design and Installation
Whether you are a new homeowner, updating your outdoor living space, or need to solve a drainage issue, our landscape team would love to help you reach your goals! Our designers love to solve problems, curate perfect usable outdoor living spaces, and pair up all the plants that will make your new landscaping POP!

Ready to get started on your new project? We have available appointments in late October!

Tip of the Week: WELCOME, SEPTEMBER!
We made it to September! We hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. It was wonderful to have an extra day to relax, and some of us even had time to get a jump start on some outdoor chores!

If you still need to complete your September garden chores, we have a handy to-do list so you know what to focus on. Grab a pumpkin spice latte or some apple cider and settle in! And don't forget, if you still need to pick up your pansies and mums, come by the Garden Center! We have a variety of colors and sizes to choose from. Happy planting!

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