A Note from Scott and Marsha
January 2, 2019
Happy 2020, Friends!! A new decade! Can you believe it? Are you ready? We are so ready around here. We are hoping that this will be the best decade yet for FGS. We closed out 2019 with some major excitement over three threes that I (Amanda--sorry, Marsha's out of town this week) have to tell you about. You would think we wouldn't be so excited about trees around here. I mean, trees are just a part of what we do every single day. But let me tell you...we were mesmerized. Dazzled. Delighted. A couple weeks ago, a transfer truck rolled onto the property with a load rivaling the Grinch's sleigh after raiding the Whos. Under the cover were three River Birch trees that were nearly 20 feet tall each! The root balls weighed 800 pounds!! If you think unloading a tree weighing nearly 1000 pounds is an easy thing to do--think again. This was a sight to see! Our teams started doing what they do best--working as a team. Marjie was out there making sure we got what we ordered. Jack was in the loader making sure the trees were safely unloaded. Doug was out there to -- well... I am not really sure WHY Doug was out there. He was just so excited about the trees that he couldn't help himself. He personally helped Sean hold each tree up as Jack navigated them to safety. I was there trying to document the whole process, and Viridian was there for moral support. The other 10 employees (who shall remain nameless for their protection) were just there to watch the spectacle (shhhh...don't tell Scott and Marsha). ;)

If you are wondering whether the trees were safely unloaded, they were. And then a few days later, we took the trees to their new home and installed them ...in the pouring rain, no less. Installing huge trees--it's just one of the many things we do every single day. Granted, they are not usually that huge. But if you are in the market for having some new trees installed, no matter the size, we can most likely make that happen. And apparently, the bigger, the better (if you also want to entertain our staff). However, we love to help you bring green home, whether the green is a tiny cactus or a 20-foot River Birch tree. What green will you bring home in 2020?
Philodendron 'Moonlight' is an easy to care for houseplant. The bright green chartreuse color is sure to brighten your space. This philodendron prefers bright, indirect light (keep in mind very few houseplants can tolerate direct light). Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out between watering. Check the moisture level by sticking your finger into the soil. We have this lovely plant in 4 and 6 inch pots.
We love this heavenly bamboo shrub for the brilliant red color it adds to your winter landscape. But these low-growing (only about 3'x3'), full-sun loving plants offer color year round. The leaves fade to light green in the spring, and then gradually darken through summer and fall. They handle our hot summers well and can tolerate drought-like conditions. Plant just one as a feature or multiple for an impressive display!
The greenish-blue color of this juniper bush is just one of its many features. If you have a sloped area that needs some color and erosion control, the Blue Pacific Shore Juniper is an excellent choice. The spreading, low-growing nature makes it a perfect ground cover. Just one of these shrubs can spread up to 7 ' wide! It handles the heat very well in the summer, and we love that it is also deer-resistant--a feature that can come in quite handy in our area!
Saturday, January 18, 2020
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. You will learn about air-purifying plants and pet-friendly plants! Every houseplant needs a home and every home needs houseplants! Cost is only $10 and includes a spray bottle and mini-trimmers.   Register today !
Need a unique location for a party or off-site business meeting? We have the perfect spot for you in our Robin's Nest. We can accommodate small groups or gatherings, and you will love the "off-the-beaten-path" feel of our space while still close to the action . Find more information here , or contact us directly!
Happy January! We have your to-do list for what needs to be done outside in January . As we look to 202o and all it brings, you may want to add some fresh decor (and by "fresh" we mean "living"). Evaluate the light in your home before buying a plant to know what type of plant will work best for your space. This blog post helps you understand many of the different factors concerning light.
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