A Note from Scott and Marsha
July 22, 2021
Has anyone enjoyed some great reads this summer? I have read two books by Kristin Hannah in the last month.  The Four Winds and The Winter Garden are simply phenomenal historical fiction.  The Nightingale and The Great Alone? Yeah, I'm a big fan. The best part of The Four Winds is my friend, Kathy, gave it to me. She texted me on vacation and asked if I was enjoying it. 

I said, "This is hands down the absolute best-worst book I have ever read. I can't stop reading it and I feel like crying." 

Order them all. You can thank me later.  

As it relates to reading, have you visited our little library by the willow tree? Let me introduce you to P's Pages by the Pond little library. The "P" stands for Petunia and there is a little story behind this. First, do you remember Dale that ran our Landscape Operations for a season and now builds homes? Yes, the traitor (squinty, smiling eyes!). He built the library for me.  

Then we painted and had some fun with it and registered her at Little Free Library, a non-profit organization. Lizzie and I hit Goodwill and bought tons of books. That weekend, everyone cleaned out all the kids books but didn't add books to it! LOL! So, we added some more and are asking all of you to clean off your shelves. I know you book hoarders are out there and need to clean out your treasures. It's your to-do for this weekend. All genres and age levels are welcome! Readers are leaders, am I right?  

But, the best part is Petunia's story:   Petunia and her "gnomies" are prancing through the property tossing petals when they are not perusing pages in their favorite paperback by the pond.  Can you find Petunia's 6 pals playing in the garden center?  Thanks to my friends, Kathy and Jen, who helped me nickname our library and come up with a cute story to go along with the painted gnomes we have.  Sometimes a glass of wine helps us be creative!  

We are taking the gnome-theme to another level with a gnome-themed scavenger hunt Lizzie is planning in August! Make sure you read our monthly events newsletter so you don't miss out! We hope you'll plan to be part of this fun event.

Don't forget that not only can you bring books, but you can grab a book to read while watching your kids play and then take your littles to the garden center. Have them hunt for Petunia's pals while you meander through shopping for all things green. Having three of our own littles at one point, we know that anything to distract and make a trip fun is worth it. All you moms, dads, grands and such, we've got your back! And oh I can't wait to do these things with Halle, my grand-Wittle Wove!  She is growing like a weed :) 
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If you've ever owned one of these divas, you know that they can be a challenge to keep alive. But they are worth the effort--look at that foliage. To keep your Maidenhair diva happy, keep her in a humid environment and don't let her dry out completely. However, make sure the soil is not constantly wet either. Moist is what you are going for. Medium to low light is key as well.
Do you have annuals you planted earlier this spring that are now waning in the heat? We have fresh 6-inch annuals ready to replace those tired looking plants with bright color right away. Have a spot on your porch or patio that needs a pop of color? Grab a pot, place the 6-inch annual in and boom! Pretty planter done. You're welcome. ;)
The Oak Leaf Hydrangea is aptly named since the leaves of this deciduous shrub are similar in shape to the leaves of an Oak tree. We love them for the multi-season interest they add to your garden. Enjoy bright green foliage in spring, followed by big, long-lasting blooms in summer, and then sensational red and orange leaves in fall. In winter, the peeling bark adds interest. Plant in part-shade with well-draining soil.
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Friday 12-4:30p
Saturday 12-4:30p
Sunday 12-4:30p
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Food Trucks
Ty’s All Natural
Saturday, July 24, 11AM-3PM
Ty’s All Natural will be here serving some good-mood food from farm to truck!
Soulful Peartree
Sunday, July 25, 11AM-3PM
Soulful Peartree is more than just a place to grab lunch. It's a place to truly get your soul fed with true Southern soul food and finger-lickin' barbecue!

Sunday, August 1, 11AM
Did you know that the giant flower on sunflowers is made up of many tiny blooms? The center of the sunflower, where the seeds develop, is made up of tiny blossoms that bees love!
In this class, we will learn about sunflowers and how to arrange them in your home.
Fee is $35 – includes all supplies, a mimosa, and a breakfast pastry!
Registration without payment will be disregarded.
Presenter: Lindsay Valdez, FGS Associate
Thursday, August 12, 6PM
Is your plant dying and you want to save it? Do you want to multiply your plants without spending money on new ones? Do you love watching plants thrive under your care? Then learning how to propagate your plants is just what you need! This class will cover the basics of propagating different types of plants from existing plant material that you already own! We will cover several methods of propagating in different mediums using different parts of the plant. Cuttings will be provided to show examples of different methods. Come learn the basics of multiplying your plants at the PROPAGATION STATION.
Fee is $15.00 – includes clippings!
Registration without payment will be disregarded.
Presenter: Joey Pierce, FGS Plant Coach
Meet Dylan Sechler!
Role: Landscape Operations Buyer
Started at FGS: August 2019
Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip
Currently Watching: Ray Donovan
Last Book Read: American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon, Steven Rinella
Plant: Spruce Trees
Food: Sushi
Restaurant: Stony River

Dylan has been managing the Lawn Maintenance division of our company for almost two years. Originally from Pennsylvania, he moved to NC a few years ago with his lovely newly-wed bride, Evelyn. He was just married a few weeks ago in beautiful Kiawah Island, SC, so if you see him, make sure to give him your congratulations. Dylan is a hard worker, has a great sense of humor, and his crews think he is pretty amazing. He loves the opportunity to kick back on his fishing boat with a cold drink or go hunting when its in season. If you are one of our maintenance clients, you will definitely meet him!
Plant Tip of the Week:
We featured heat-tolerant annuals this week, but many perennials are heat-tolerant and easy to care for, too. Plus, they come back every year! BONUS! Check out this blog post for the skinny on easy to care for annuals and perennials!
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