A Note from Scott and Marsha
March 25, 2021
I think we are so close to saying, "Goodbye winter. Hello spring!" I actually try to avoid saying it out loud for fear we are hit with a late frost that damages all the new blooms and growth. Does anyone remember the cold snap we had two years ago? I think it was two years ago... it was 10 days past our normal frost date, and we were scrambling bringing everything inside. If there was floor space under your desk, "move your feet". We needed it. LOL!  

In our world, some things come late and some things come early. And y'all. This little bundle of preciousness I'm holding came 10 days early. I had predicted her birth date would be March 13th at the baby shower. IKR?!

Meet our family's newest Squishy. Scott and I are grandparents for the first time and we are absolutely head over heels in love already! Halle Claire arrived at 12:38am on March 13th weighing 7lbs 8.5oz and 20" long. She is perfect. Mom, Dad and baby are all perfect.  

Fortunately, with them living only 20 minutes away, I was able to have sleepovers and stay to help them get settled and be extra hands. Taking care of babies really isn't that different than taking care of plants. With plants, you water/feed them, trim their leaves, talk to them, touch them, and turn them so they grow evenly all around.  

So for Halle, we pretty much treat her like a plant with love pouring out of our hearts for her. It was the absolute best week ever. I spent several nights. When I wasn't caring for her or holding her, I was cooking food, making snacks, and doing laundry/cleaning. I felt very fortunate to participate and appreciated that Erica and Daniel didn't mind the extra help. My mom was the absolute best when we had Erica, our first. We had a great teacher/example, so this was a no brainer for us.  

Upon her arrival, we had previously/sort of picked our names to be called but once we saw her in person, we knew immediately the official names.  Halle Claire, Grandmommy and Granddaddy are smitten with you and can't wait to introduce you to our world!

If you don't have a squishy to be smitten with, it's ok. Squishies aren't for everyone. But plants are. If you can keep a plant alive, you are light years ahead of many people. If you are thinking about a Squishy, maybe start with a plant first. It's more cost effective to start there, teaches lots of patience, and if something happens, no one shows up at your door asking questions. Other than maybe us .... if you keep coming back to purchase more plants because you can't keep it alive, we might need to put you on a probation period. We care that much :)  See you this spring for all things blooming!
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Garden Center Features
Ficus Burgundy, also called a Rubber Plant, is a popular houseplant for many reasons. The dark, shiny leaves are both elegant and subtle. They are versatile enough to be used as a simple table top piece or even as a large accent plant. Place in medium to bright light. Allow soil to dry out between watering.
Annuals for sun and shade have arrived and are filling the Garden Center with bursts of bright colors! We have snapdragons, petunias, calibrachoa, alyssum, geranium, begonias, grasses and so much more! Don't wait to get your container and garden annuals! And have you seen our new covered shade area? You can even shop and stay dry on those rainy days.
What heralds spring quite as beautifully as a cherry tree in bloom? We have many ornamental cherry trees available including 'Snow Fountain', 'Pink Cascade' and 'First Lady'. More are arriving each week! We highly recommend planting a few of these varieties in your landscape. You won't regret it!
The Potting Shed is BACK!
While you shop this weekend, you can grab a cold beer, mimosa, glass of wine or a Sunset Slush Italian Ice to enjoy! For a more adult version, try the Sunset Slush with a moscato or champagne pour over...FUN AND YUM!

The Potting Shed will be open on Friday - Sunday this week, at 12PM with last call at 4:30PM. If we have inclement weather, we will close The Potting Shed, so make sure to follow our social media (Instagram or Facebook) for updates!
Spring Container Class
Bring joy and color to your outdoor space by creating a one-of a kind container that will last all summer! FGS Plant Coach, Debbi Barrett will cover the thrill, fill, spill technique and discuss other design tips to create a gorgeous container! You will also learn tips for how to best care for your container to keep it thriving through the hot summer months!
Fee includes instruction and everything you need to design your own 12 in. pot–annuals, soil, and the pot! 
Class fee: $45
Click on the class dates and times above to register.

Current COVID-19 restrictions and practices will be observed for all classes.
Food Trucks are BACK!
We have food trucks here every weekend in March! Grab a cold drink from The Potting Shed, pick a spot under the willow tree, and we are pretty sure you have the perfect afternoon!

Saturday, March 27– 11am-3pm
Fantastic Irish Food

Sunday, March 28– 11am-3pm
Gourmet Southern Food
You can order on site, but you can also preorder here!

Plant Tip of the Week:
Spring is the perfect time for shrub and tree planting! We have tips for planting that we shared in our Planting Trees and Shrubs blog post. Check it out if you are planning on planting trees and/or shrubs this spring!
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