A Note from Scott and Marsha
January 13, 2022
I hope this finds you enjoying a spectacular start to 2022. We spent much of last week with our leadership team and planning for the first quarter in all three divisions. There is a lot going on. I honestly don't know whether to be excited or lay in the corner and suck my thumb. I realize more and more life is not in my control so I'm just gonna roll with it. Who's with me?  

Speaking of rolling, remember last week's story when I shared Ann rolled out of the garden center with the last little reindeer buckled in her front seat and she was smiling from ear to ear? Last week, I was in the office and we were having a good laugh about the story. She said, "I got home and Brad loved it. He went and got one of his scarves and tied it around his neck so he wouldn't be cold!"  

They are seriously meant for each other and I hope Scott and I are like this in years to come!!! But the funniest part was when she said, "You know I saved him. Had he gone back to the rancher, he would have been dismembered!" Now that isn't a word you hear very often.

Dismantle. Disassemble. Pull apart. Take down and sever. Now these are words I can get behind and most often what you find me doing. What am I doing now you ask? It would be hard to describe. But so far, I received two thumbs up from three team members at the garden center, two smiles and one audible ugh and an eye roll from yours truly, Scott.  Even though I did give him every opportunity to bow out gracefully and I promised I would not be mad, he said and I quote, "I cannot do another spring with it the way it was."  

I feel like this is going to be the finale to a very long show. Wait. Let me explain in plant terms. Imagine receiving a very small plant from someone special to you. This is going to be a beautiful, blooming plant but you can't plant it yet. The ground is too wet. The timing is off. Now it's too hot. Too cold. So, you sit with your plant watering it, pruning it carefully and fertilizing with care from season to season. It starts to grow and you need more gardeners to assist because this plant appears out of control! Then all of you are watering, pruning and fertilizing. And the plant suddenly takes off and starts blooming these insanely gorgeous flowers, not just one flower but clusters of flowers that are stunning! Now, all the gardeners are scrambling and we realized we need to finally plant this thing in the ground!!!  

This is us. We are simply nurturing. We are planting the final plant in the ground with a lot of hands and it will be the final touch to the garden center.  We will certainly keep you posted. In the meantime and if you are really, really curious, you could stop in for something green, a smile and the action. You could also check on Scott and be sure he isn't hyperventilating!  
Since we have been working diligently on the chapel, I thought I would include a weekly fun fact. James O'Kelly was the founder of the Christian Church in the 1780's as a circuit riding preacher. He moved to Chatham County in 1794 and began a congregation which took the name O'Kelly Chapel.  To help keep this in perspective, that was 228 years ago or 83,276 days or 1,979,760 hours .... if you are into numbers that is. If you aren't into numbers then imagine yourself getting up every day and riding a horse to work and how much earlier you would have to leave in the morning for your commute. And you complain about traffic... SMH.
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Saturday, January 22, 10AM

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! 

Fee is $15.00; includes a spray bottle and microfiber cloth
This class will be held in The Robin’s Nest.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach

FGS Book Club
Sunday, January 30, 11AM-1PM

We are so excited to be offering this new event series at FGS! Join us for a once-a-month discussion covering titles ranging from classics to gardening books and pretty much everything in-between!
Please note that during the colder-weather months, we will be holding this event indoors at The Robin’s Nest.
January’s title: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This event is FREE to attend and open to ages 21+

For more information and to let us know you'll be attending, please check out our Events webpage by clicking here.
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