A Note from Scott and Marsha
April 28, 2022
What a beautiful spring we are having! I'm thankful to say this year did not feel like the last several years with the pollen. What a relief to have rain the last several weeks to continually water the flowers and knock down the pollen! That was a real win in my book :)

This week, we had some small trees and two pines that needed removed from the property. I needed to flag them in the woods before a company we hired arrived. We also had debris (leaves, limbs, brush) that they were going to remove. This "little" pile was a perfect haven for small animals.

I trudged my way in with a red spray can. I approached a small cluster of seedling trees and heard something moving under the leaves. I stepped back for a second, then stepped forward to spray the tree trunk.

Suddenly, "whatever" it was began rattling. In that moment, I thought, "OMG. That is a rattle snake."

I immediately stepped back and edged my way out of the woods and decided I didn't care what trees they were going to take down. I was NOT going back into the woods.

I returned to the office to share my very scary, life-threatening, dramatic story. And from the peanut gallery (aka Dylan's office), I heard him say, "It wasn't a rattle snake. Rattle snakes aren't in this area. Stop being dramatic."

Offended by his flippancy and his expression, I pondered the question we all think: What if? What if Dylan is wrong? I asked "the Google" and our county is touching counties that are touching the counties that have rattle snakes. So it could be possible. Or it could have been a Burrowing Owl, but I am going with a rattle snake. I have no intention of thrashing my way through the woods anytime soon, especially when there is little to no sympathy for my plight.

To make matters worse, Dylan proceeded to show a picture of himself in high school (looking like an 8 year old, I might add) holding a rattle snake that he actually caught with his bare hands. What the heck is wrong with him? Who is he, Bear Grylls? SMH.

If you are looking for sympathy, we have plants. Plants sit quietly, don't interrupt your stories, and are good listeners. They are great therapists and they never doubt you (unless you forget to water them). Me? I'm sticking with Sanseveria Snake Plants :) Drama free and require little to no care!
We are truly thrilled to be included in Our State Magazine's "3 Things to Add to Your April To-Do List." It's an honor to be included among North Carolina's brightest and best! We absolutely love being a part of the community here in the Triangle - we wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Click the photo to check out the article!

Photograph by Alex Boerner
Nothing beats a classic! Provide this plant with bright light in a south or west facing window and make sure to let the soil dry out about half way down the pot before watering. This plant likes to grow, so be prepared to switch out its pot!

Pro tip: this guy is happiest when it has access to humidity. You may find that using a humidifier avoids browning or dropping leaves. Just make sure the moisture isn't directly hitting the leaves. Need an easier solution? You can set your pot on a bed of trayed pebbles. Pour a bit of water in the pebbles and it will evaporate, creating humidity! Just make sure not to let this plant sit in a puddle of water - the water shouldn't be higher than the rocks.
Calling all butterfly lovers! Need something that will attract pollinators to your garden? Lantana's blooms will bring all the bees to the yard. They can grow to a variety of sizes, which means you could keep them in a sturdy pot or let them grow up to 6 feet! If you do keep them potted, make sure to stay on top of watering. You can enjoy the bright blooms all summer long.

Pro tip: the "weeping" varieties are perfect for a draping effect in hanging baskets! Oh, and a trained Lantana tree? Yyyasss please!
This dwarf hydrangea packs all its flowering beauty into a smaller bush, so you can enjoy hydrangea blooms even if you have less landscape space to work with! Make sure to give it a quick trim in the late winter to encourage fresh growth. The best part is that the soft green summer flowers turn pink and burgandy in the fall!

Pro tip: Leave the blooms to dry and create winter interest!
Upcoming Classes & Events

Saturday, May 7, 10AM

Create a stunning hanging basket just in time for Mother’s Day! Enjoy light refreshments and a complimentary mimosa from The Potting Shed while learning design principles to build in that WOW factor. Then fill your basket with gorgeous flowers to hang at your home or to give as a gift for your mom, grandmother, or best friend!

Fee is $60/person; includes all necessary materials and supplies and light refreshments!

Location: The Potting Shed

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach

Sunday, May 8, 10AM

Come join us Mother’s Day Morning to build a magical fairy (or gnome!) garden bowl. Whether you’re a plant mom, Mom or Dad with kiddos, Mom & Mom duo, bringing a sibling or a friend, or a Great Lover of Gnomes and Fairies, you will enjoy building this magical bowl that will surely bring joy to all who see it!

Both fairy and gnome options are available.

Fee starts at $50/adult; includes all necessary materials and supplies and light refreshments!

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach

Thursday, May 12, 10AM-4PM

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You may have heard there is a national shortage of blood. To help combat this, we've invited the Red Cross Mobile Unit to FGS!

Register for a 15-minute appointment by visiting the link below! It is highly recommended that you reserve your spot!

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For Garden's Sake is looking for new faces to join our landscape team! If you like to work hard and have fun at the same time, these positions could be for you!

We are hiring for the following roles:
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Landscape Design and Installation
Our designers, Doug and Billy, love to turn your lawn and landscape into a gorgeous and usable outdoor space! From beautiful plant design to drainage solutions to fire pits and patios, our team can take your outdoor living space to the next level. We are booking for late May - June appointments so don't wait to put in your request for a consultation! Click here to submit an online request!
Plant Tip of the Week: ALL ABOUT AZALEAS
Have you noticed the brightly colored shrubs bursting all over the Triangle? Most likely, those are Azaleas! They're absolutely gorgeous right now and we have rows and rows for you to choose from at the Garden Center. If you're new to the area or just need a refresher on the best ways to care for Azaleas, we've written a blog post for you! And of course, we're here if you need any help picking out the perfect Azalea for your landscaping.
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