A Note from Scott and Marsha
October 20, 2022
Seriously, can someone just stop the clock? How are we already sliding into the last half of October? I haven't even had time to look for new Thanksgiving recipes yet, alone look for a Halloween costume. SMH.

Now that I think about it, I could dress up as a snake plant for Halloween. That would be easy. All I need to do is sit in the space you see here and cut out some elongated cardboard pieces and tuck them in my belt. Easy-peasy right? What wasn't easy was deciding how to pull this room together for the Garden Center. This is our current view and it holds snake plants, Bird's Nest, air plants, pottery, and other surprises Joey and Caro find up their sleeves!

I love this room. Sometimes I would like to set up a table for two, turn out the lights, and have a nice glass of wine and dinner, with the music in the background, under the hanging lights. Hit me up if you would like to join me.
Throwback to maybe 2014? I kid you not. GAG. Like really, it's embarrassing and I can't even believe how nice y'all were to even visit FGS. I was determined we should sell bird houses, wind chimes, and bird seed. The mice were certainly living their best lives with the bags of bird seed we displayed. Daily, I spent part of my day sweeping up bird seed and tossing broken bags. Insert Scott's angry eyes here.

Someone really should have just stopped us. We had to learn to stay in our lane. Let the bird professionals do their thing and us focus on what we do best. The tiny two bird houses on the dresser and the under-stocked hanging display might actually make you cry. Don't zoom in.

Poor Scott. He really was patient with me and willing to let us "try" new things. Thank God I tend to be a quick learner. And when I'm not, thank God for the incredible team we work with who are willing to step on our toes and sometimes snatch me by my hair!

We may not have all the items you wish we did, but let's all stop and be thankful for the items we do have and display well! You can thank all the magical blue shirts drifting around the Garden Center. They are lucky I don't tackle them with hugs every day! Bear hugs for everyone!

We have our rose bushes on sale so you can enjoy more roses this spring! Knockout Roses are disease-resistant and relatively easy to grow. They do require some pruning but it's easy to get the hang of it! Planting them in the fall gives them plenty of time to establish sturdy roots so they can be happy and successful this spring.

Stop by this weekend and take three home with you for the price of two!

Want to learn more about caring for roses? Scroll down to register for our Fall Rose Care class, happening tomorrow!
Quite possibly the most popular large houseplant, Ficus are loved far and wide. They make a dramatic, show-stopping addition to your home decor. With tons of varities such as Tinkeke, Ruby, Lyrata, Benjamina, and Creeping (Pumila) to choose from, you're sure to find just what you need to complete your dream interior design look!

Ficus love humidity and bright, indirect light. You can let them dry out a bit between waterings, but make sure they don't get dry enough to wilt! They don't like to be chilly and won't tolerate cold drafts. If they're unhappy, they'll drop their leaves, so make sure to give these drama queens the attention they deserve to keep them happy!

With the holidays around the corner, you may be starting to get party invitations. Is your front porch ready for gatherings and festivities? We have put together Fall Annual Containers for you, so you can stop, shop, and set it on your porch! We know everyone gets busier this time of year, so we've got your back!

You can find containers with a variety of fall annuals, such as pansies, snapdragons, celocia, dusty miller, ornamental kale and peppers, and more!


We can hear the jingle bells - oh, what's that? It's not Christmas yet? These Arizona Cypress trees must be putting us in the spirit!

These conical conifer trees can grow up to 20 feet tall and you'll sometimes see certain varieties used as Christmas trees in the NC area. You can also use the branches for holiday greenery if you don't want to bring the whole tree inside. They have a lovely aroma, so if nothing else, you can collect the needles for some holiday scent boost!

They are drought-tolerant and thrive in higher temperature environments. Somewhat of a fast-growing tree, they can be used for screening in landscape design. Deer won't bother these tall friends, but you might want to keep an eye out for Chip and Dale storing some acorns to enjoy by the Christmas fire.

Friday, October 21, 11AM-12PM - TOMORROW!

Location: The Robin's Nest

Keep your roses lush, vigorous, and blooming up a storm! This class will cover all you need to know about how and when to fertilize, water, and prune your roses for the healthiest shrubs in the neighborhood. We’ll also discuss how to care for and prepare your rose bushes for the dormant winter months, as well as common rose pests and diseases and what to do to keep them under control.

Fee is $15/person, includes a pair of bypass pruners

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Sunshine Jull, FGS Trees/Shrubs Dept Lead
For Friday's Sake

Friday, October 21, 4PM-7PM
*Please note the time change.
Location: The Garden Center

Need more time to shop? Well you’re in luck, because we are extending the Garden Center hours until 7PM! This will be our final For Friday’s Sake of the 2022 season, but we will have one more extended Friday event.

The Potting Shed will be open and serving Sunset Slush, beer, wine, ciders, and seasonal drinks until 7PM. Come and enjoy the ambiance on the patio and take in the sunset. Don’t forget to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating – the patio tables go fast!

Featuring live music by: Tarrah

Food Truck: Food Vibes Only

Admission is FREE, so bring your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to enjoy the evening… For Friday’s Sake!

Sunday, October 22, 11AM-1PM
Location: Animal Alley (near the goats!)

Throw on your favorite costume and get ready to party! The Bulltown Strutters are back at FGS to perform a fun concert for the whole family!

The Bulltown Strutters are a Durham-based New Orleans style community band. They bring the party everywhere they go with their raucous mix of old-school New Orleans classics and new-school New Orleans funk, powered by a massive horns section and an extra dose of Durham craziness. Let loose and show us your dance moves!

Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun! Costumes are not required but are enthusiastically encouraged. Please note we do not provide seating; you are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets (if you can resist the urge to dance!)

Food Truck: Info coming soon! Check our website for updates!

Face Painting by TrickyFaces

Admission is FREE but please click here to register so we can get a head count for goody bags!

Can you hear the distant jingle? Do you see holiday items hitting the store shelves? We are so excited because Christmas and the holiday season are coming! We want to remind you we have Wreath Making Workshops in November and December. Spots are open on our website now!

We will also be offering a limited number of private workshops to those who want to attend with a larger group of friends or plan a co-worker event! These workshops will be for 12 participants (no more, no less); we would love to help make the season more magical for your group this year!

If you are interested in claiming a private workshop spot, please CLICK HERE to get in touch with our events team!
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!

Full-Time Positions:

  • Landscaper - Installation Crew Member/Driver
  • Landscaper - Maintenance 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
We are problem solvers! Whether that means identifying specific ways you can properly utilize your outdoor space, or updating your landscape to fit your current needs, we've got all sorts of ideas!

The dormant months are the perfect time for landscape and hardscape projects like patios, walkways and pathways, raised beds, stone walls, and more! We are ready to help you make the transformation from house to home.

Ready to get started on your new project? We have available appointments with our Landscape Designers!

Tip of the Week: PLANT YOUR PANSIES!
Pansies are the face of fall, winter, and even spring flower beds. They add delightful pops of color during the dreary days of winter. Whether you have already planted your pansies or still need to, we want to share tips for caring for your pansies and getting the most blooms.

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