A Note from Scott and Marsha
November 10, 2022
We are flipping spaces this week so be prepared when you return; it's going to be magical. I can just about smell the pine and hear the giggles of small children searching for the perfect Christmas tree! Only four more days...

This is our final "walk down memory lane" story. Next week, I have an amazing story to share because I pulled a prank of all pranks. This one might be my best work ever.

Back to the picture. If you have been up and down Hwy 751 (or in the area for any length of time), you have watched this area evolve. We added a pergola and covered space to shop, but the base was gravel and, well, it was just weird. So we added a deck and that was a huge improvement. Then we enclosed it some to provide protection from the sun. Another improvement. Then we went all out and built an addition onto the house. Now it's magical!
This is the deck and right now we have it cleared to flip for winter. All our tropical plants are being tucked inside for safety and we are getting ready to adjust this space. I'm always excited to see what our team does; it changes from season to season.

The picture below? This was pre-everything. This was affectionately known as "The Little White House on 751."
This is how most conversations over the last 12 years have gone: "What brought you in today?" we inquire.

"I'm browsing for some plants. I never stopped here before. I have driven by hundreds of times and I thought you were just a little white house on 751. I had no idea this was all here!" they exclaim.

So the challenge from Scott was: how do we help people find out who we are, learn that we are more than our little white house, and bring in more foot traffic? Nodding my head, "You build big stuff." So we did. For three years straight, I have built stuff with my two friends, Kevin and Ben. Forget our topography is sometimes impossible, trees are everywhere, and we are basically gravel and grade (as Robert says.) Figure it out and away we go.

And that pretty much sums it up. We tweak and tinker, change a few things, add some new ideas from an amazing team, and throw in all things green. Ta-da! Magical, simply magical. And how did this happen? All because a kind-hearted elderly lady and owner, Mrs. Davis, and her dog, Max, liked Scott when he sat down at her kitchen table for his interview. Many evenings for years later (over wine) we would listen to her reminisce and share her life stories. We will always be grateful for her friendship, care, and guidance. Little did she realize what her belief and encouragement would do for us personally and what her "hobby" called For Garden's Sake would grow into! We love sharing it with you.

There's still some time to take advantage of the BOGO Free sales on our Mums and Rose Bushes! We have limited amounts of each in stock, so don't wait to pick yours up this weekend!

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Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands will arrive on Monday, November 14!

Fresh-cut Frasier Fir trees range in size from 3-10 feet tall and their soft needles give off a soft holiday scent.

Boxwood, Frasier Fir, or a mixed variety wreaths come in several sizes.

Fresh garland will elevate your decor this holiday season. Come shop for your fresh holiday greenery needs at For Garden's Sake!
These tiny terrarium plants are absolutely adorable! They make excellent gifts, especially if you pair them with a mini pot. You can also plant them in terrariums to create a mini forestscape in your home! Some people like to start with a small terrarium plant and see how large it can grow.

You'll need to make sure they get enough water and humidity to thrive. If you're keeping them in mini pots, check them daily or every other day to make sure the soil isn't too dry. Place them in more humid areas of your home, such as bathrooms or the kitchen, where they'll get enough warmth and humidity. Watering needs will be a bit different if you plant them in a terrarium. If your terrarium container has light condensation on the sides, it's perfect!

Evergreen Perennials are excellent for a few reasons. They stay green all year round, making your planters and garden beds look amazing! They come in various shades, textures, and sizes, so you can find exactly what you need to achieve the look you're going for. Want to build a winter planter to keep color on your porch? We'd love to help you pick out some options!

This colorful evergreen shrub is resistant to deer and rabbits and provides an important spring nectar source for native pollinators. Coastal Leucothoe does require consistant moisture, so make sure to check on the soil frequently. Otherwise, this shrub is considered low-maintenance. It does best in shade, so if you have some pine trees on your property, you can plant it alongside those!

The leaves stay on all year round and change colors; during the summer they are deep green and fade to purple and bronze in autumn. It also produces white flowers in spring! Please note it is toxic to humans and pets.
FGS Holiday Market

Saturday, November 12, 9AM-3PM
Location: The Garden Center

Get your holiday shopping done early and done local! Swing by our 2nd Annual FGS Holiday Market. We’ll have local artists, musicians, bakers, crafters, and small business owners who have an amazing selection of handmade (or hand-baked) items that will make your holiday season shopping a breeze!

The Durham County Extension Master Gardeners will have a booth set up to answer any and all questions related to gardening and plants! Stop by and say hi!

Make sure you stay on the Nice List because Santa Claus is stopping by for some selfies from 12PM-2PM!

Live Music by: Josh Branch (12PM-3PM)

Special guest: Tricky Faces Face Painting (12PM-3PM)

Please visit our website for more information about the vendors at this event.

Saturday, November 19, 10AM-11AM
Location: The Robin's Nest

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. We will learn about air-purifying plants and pet-friendly plants. Every houseplant needs a home and every home needs houseplants!

Fee is $15/person, includes a spray bottle and microfiber cloth

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach

Multiple Dates & Times Available
Location: The Robin's Nest

Nothing but holly jolly holiday spirit at our Boughs & Brews Wreath Workshops! If you’re looking for something merry and bright for your front door, look no further. These classic wreaths will do the trick and you’ll be able to put your own creative touch into your holiday decor.

Fee is $60/person; includes all necessary materials and supplies, a mimosa, and light snacks. One person per wreath, please!

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach

Landscape Design and Installation
What would it take to get your landscape, outdoor living space, or garden to the next level?

Our Landscape Division can help your outdoor spaces reach their full potential. We have in-house designers ready to walk you through the design process. Our installation crew works with precision and care to ensure your design becomes a reality.

Don't wait to schedule a design consultation so you can start the new year with a fresh outdoor space.

New Year, New Yard!

Tip of the Week: SQUEAKY CLEAN
Did you know your houseplants need to be cleaned on a regular basis to survive and thrive in your home? Did you know they are allergic to dust?
If you've just moved your tropicals inside for the winter, are new to houseplants, or just need a reminder, make sure to check out our blog post on Cleaning Your Houseplants!

If you're pulling out the Christmas decorations this weekend, take a few minutes while you rearrange to check your houseplants, give them a dusting, and sing a litle Christmas song to them. We know they'll appreciate it!

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