A Note from Scott and Marsha
November 3, 2022
Here's to hoping you have stepped away from your child's stash of Halloween candy. Put down the Snickers. Toss the Milky Way. And stop justifying yourself by saying, "But it's a mini size!" Just kidding, just kidding. You do you and I'll just keep enjoying this Reese's cup and licking my fingers while I tap away on my keyboard.

I'm veering off course from our before/after series at FGS for a hot minute because this was too cute to pass up right after Halloween.

Scott and I were out and about one day in a cute little shop and they had this duck dressed in a Santa hat and matching scarf. I knew EXACTLY who needed it.
Meet Hannah's new assistant, Tippy Todd.

Hannah is Scott's Executive Assisant and her wit keeps him in check. She is obsessed with FGS ducks and our one resident Canadian Goose, Henry. Henry arrived with his flock but he was injured by one of our T-Rex turtles, so his flock kicked him out. Wrong on so many levels.

Anyway, when I told Scott I had to buy this for Hannah, he nodded, "Yeah, I can't wait to see what she does with that."

And here you go! We decided Tippy Todd will have outfits for all the seasons and reside on her desk! She can dress him in a turkey hat with feathers for Thanksgiving. She can add bells at Christmas. She can have a blue hat with snowflakes in January, hearts for Valentine's Day... I mean the ideas and possibilities are quite endless. And I'm totally on board with the creativity with Tippy Todd. Hannah returned to my office with his Halloween outfit. I'm dead.

If you didn't have a chance to "fly" in for Halloween, stop by this weekend! We are still here with pumpkins, mums, pansies, and such. This extended service is for those who have procrastinated or made Tik-Tok videos claiming you did not have the time, energy, or care to decorate. I mean, by the time you did 45 takes, cut your video, added all the pizzazz to it, and fixed your make-up, you could have decorated, but you do you. At FGS, we decorate.

Yesterday was National Pumpkin Day and we celebrated by putting our last round of pumpkins on sale! We'll be continuing the sale until we're sold out for the season!

Whether you prefer to carve them, paint them, decorate with them, or cook them, we have a wide range of sizes, colors, and varities left for your autumn activities. Stop by this weekend and don't miss this sale!

Our mums are blooming and ready to go home with you! Any size, shape, and color you can imagine, we've got right here. All mums are Buy 1, Get 1 Free! The sale will continue until we're sold out.

Decorate your porch, flower beds, or back deck with mums this autumn for some gorgeous living decor!

We have our rose bushes on sale now 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 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!
Also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant, the Split Leaf Philodendron, and Monster Plant! Monsteras come in multiple sizes and varieties. You can let the soil dry out a bit between waterings, but make sure your Monstera has plenty of humidity, as they are tropical plants. River stone humidity trays are excellent for Monsteras!

The holes in the leaves, called fenestrations, help maximize the amount of sunlight absorbed while saving energy by having less leaf cells to nurture. If your space doesn't have enough light, new leaves will be smaller and have fewer splits in them. When finding the perfect spot for your Monstera, make sure it doesn't sit in direct sunlight because that can scorch the leaves.

A few weeks ago, we shared some of the benefits of including a bird bath in your garden. They provide a water source for birds and pollinator insects, which in turn will help them
pollinate your garden!

If you don't have room for a full-size bird bath, then a small one might be just what you need! They are perfect for smaller birds and pollinators and don't take up as much space as our larger options. They also make unique and adorable gifts, so if you've started your holiday shopping, we've got another idea for your list!


The FGS team is so excited to share our new hot item for your winter porch decor: Evergreen Designer Drop-Ins! If you've just brought your tropicals inside for the colder months but want to leave your outdoor pottery on display, we've got you covered!

Our Designer Drop-Ins are created around our 1-gallon "miniature" shrubs and are entirely customizable for your design preferences. They are designed to "drop in" to your current pottery to bring fresh colors to your porch, patio, or backyard for the colder months. We build them with the Companion Planting strategy; by selecting plants that have similar lighting and watering needs, the Designer Drop-Ins are set up for success!

Next spring, when you're ready for your tropicals to come back outside, the Evergreen Designer Drop-Ins can be planted in your garden or landscape so you can enjoy them for years to come - or you just might have to add more pottery to keep them on your porch year-round!
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! (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

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!

  • Landscaper - Installation Crew Member/Driver
  • Landscaper - Maintenance Crew Member/Driver
  • Landscape Client Care Admin

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
What would it take to take 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. New Year, New Yard!

Does anyone else feel like this year is flying by?! How is it already November? The weather is definitely cooling down and we want to make sure you don't forget to prepare your lawn and garden for the cooler months. Have no fear, there is still plenty of time to plant trees and shrubs (for anyone who is a transplant from up North or out West, we can actually plant here all year long!)

Check out this November to-do list from our friends over at the Durham Extension Master Gardeners group.

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