A Note from Scott and Marsha
June 24, 2021
We imagine many of you celebrated a graduate this year. We know several that have finished strong after a very trying and stressful 16 months. Congratulations to all the graduates and kudos to the parents because we all know you worked just as hard raising them!  

Speaking of special times, funny story of the week. A couple weeks ago, we had orientation at work for all the newbies. We love introducing our team to everything we do after they have their feet wet. There isn't necessarily a reason to overwhelm them immediately. So we use our orientation to show them all the divisions and fun we have at FGS as an entire company.  

This week, we had a rather big group which is exciting to see. I arrived to work early to prep for my small part. Dylan, who is pictured above, arrives freshly shaven.  

I said, "Uh, where is your beard and why did you do the whole moustache thing?"  Insert my eye roll here.

He replies, "With getting married next week, I want to have a five o'clock shadow so I decided to have fun with it at orientation today."  

Well, I LOVE to have fun, too. So I went to my office and printed off this image of Mario because he seriously looked like him. My plan was when Dylan did his little speech and introduction of his division, I would quietly slip this up next to him. Sure enough, it broke the ice! 

Dylan and I are very similar creatures in our personalities and I adore his sense of humor and wit. There are so many things we appreciate about him and we are very excited as just this past weekend, he married his high school sweetheart, Evelyn, who has a beautiful soul as well.  It brings a lot of joy when people let you in to their world. Hopefully our maintenance clients all have the chance to know him. You won't find a guy that works as hard as him to serve our clients as well as his team.  He loves well.

And who doesn't love LOVE. Let me tell you how you can love someone special this week. Houseplants. Fresh annuals. Favorite perennials. Shopping for green that stays green for weeks and months is way more rewarding! Get your someone special a LOVE FERN!!
Georgia Peach Truck Returns!
Mark your calendars!
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
The Georgia Peach Truck returns with fresh juicy peaches and pecans!
Preorder here and save 10% with code FGS10!
You love plants, but you don't love dirt. We get it...well, kind of ;) We have the perfect plant for you--Tillandsia. Also known as Air Plants, Tillandsia are unique and beautiful plants that don't require soil to thrive. They do need bright light and water, however. Water once a week in the spring, summer and fall by soaking for 10 minutes and then allowing to dry (upside down preferably). Most are fine misted weekly in the winter months.
Hummingbirds are a beautiful and fun addition to any garden. There are many plants you can use to attract them. For annuals, plant Petunia, Penta, Lantana, Angelonia, Cleome, Salvia, or Nicotiana. Hummingbirds are most attracted to these perennials--Cardinal Flower, Honeysuckle, Monarda, Agastache, Penstemon, and Columbine. Plant a combination of annuals and perennials to attract as many hummingbirds as possible!
With Tropical Tuesdays back, you can save 10% every Tuesday through August on any houseplant we have in stock (some exclusions apply). That means you can apply those savings to also pick out the perfect pot to match! We have tons of gorgeous plants and pots in stock, so you are sure to find the perfect match!
Potting Shed & Food Truck Schedule
The Potting Shed
Friday 12-4:30p
Saturday 12-4:30p
Sunday 12-4:30p
If we have inclement weather, we will close The Potting Shed, so make sure to follow our social media (Instagram or Facebook) for updates!

Food Trucks
Mr. Mongolian
Saturday, June 26, 11AM-3PM
Mr. Mongolian is the Triangle’s first Mongolian Grill food truck. Our food is always cooked fresh to order, just how you like it!

Ty’s All Natural
Sunday, June 27, 11AM-3PM
Ty’s All Natural will be here serving some good-mood food from farm to truck.

Outdoor Succulent Bowl
Saturday, June 26, 10AM-11AM
Create an outdoor succulent bowl that requires very little maintenance but delivers a whole lotta love! The perfect piece to brighten up your sunny outdoor living space.
We will be building our bowls in the Robin’s Nest!
Fee is $60.00 and includes frost-resistant ceramic bowl, soil, succulents, planting instruction and care tips.
Registration without payment will be disregarded.
Presenter: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach
Hedge Pruning and Maintenance
Wednesday, June 30, 6PM- 7PM
Maintain a dense, healthy hedge with some straightforward best practices. We’ll be covering tool options, choosing the right shrub for your space and how to shape and maintain a hedge’s form. There will be a pruning demo to help the class visualize the techniques being discussed.
Fee is $20 and includes registration fee and a pair of bypass pruners.
Registration without payment will be disregarded.
Presenter: Sunshine Jull, FGS Plant Coach
Meet Doug Barnes!
Role: Landscape Designer
Started at FGS: May 2013
Ice Cream: Homemade Strawberry Banana
TV Show: Friends
Plant: Japanese Maples, Redbuds, Acanthus and Spirea
Last Book Read: 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John C. Maxwell
Restaurant: Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

Doug has been at FGS for more than 8 years! Believe it or not, Doug started here as manager at the Garden Center. But he has been a designer for us for the past 6 years. He is now our Lead Designer. Doug's creativity can turn your mundane backyard into an oasis. As you may had read last week, he does love to play a good prank, especially on Marsha! His two year old son, Boone, and his beautiful wife, Rachel, keep him busy when he isn't designing for FGS!
Plant Tip of the Week:
Yes! You CAN plant in the summer!
It is a common misconception that you can't plant during the summer months. While spring and fall may be more ideal times for planting, you can definitely still plant in the summer. However, you will have to be more aware and careful of watering practices when planting in the summer.
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