A Note from Scott and Marsha
April 19, 2022
This whole up and down with the weather is really messing with us in the garden. It's just downright mean to be honest! Enough already!

When I have been at the Garden Center, I have been talking to all the new seasonal staff and learning their names; it takes me a hot minute to keep all their names straight but I'm really trying my best. Can I say they are ALL amazing?!! I ask them if they are having fun and they each say emphatically, "YES!"

I have been trying to get my steps in at work and that has involved walking back and forth between the offices (in the two-story house) and the Garden Center. It's 900 feet and roughly 430 steps. I decided if I walk this several times a day, I won't have to walk hours when I get home to get over 8,000 steps.

When I leave the offices, I always tell AmberLeigh (pictured with me) where I am going so when someone asks, "Where's Marsha?" she can tell them. I do have a white board that actually says Where's Marsha? for me to write on - which theoretically will show where I'm going when I head out the door, but ask me how many times I remember to use that? (Insert eye roll here.)

So in the middle of not remembering to write my visit to the Garden Center last week, I also skipped getting my steps and jumped on a golf cart to ride up front. I walked around with a customer for a bit and then remembered I had not eaten lunch. I. was. hungry. So I walked back to the office, accumulating more steps.

I ate my lunch. Then I remembered what I had forgotten. I actually forgot I had driven the golf cart to the Garden Center. As I was whining about it, AmberLeigh looked at me with a sad expression of it looks really hard to be old and asked, "Would you like me to drive you up there on a golf cart to get the golf cart?" Whining some more, I nodded.

This is AmberLeigh kindly giving me a ride back to the Garden Center. "Helper" is her superpower. She is our Client Care Lead and it's hard to put into words how good she is at her job. She handles lawn maintenance clients, as well as landscape clients, and is just so great. Her professional demeanor, sunny disposition, and her gift of empathy can calm every situation thrown her way. Even when a client calls irate and yelling, she takes it in stride. Yes, people actually call yelling. (Side note: please don't call yelling at my tribe. We are doing the best we can every day and we should always keep everything in perspective. Sometimes I think to myself, "Is that client actually yelling and is that really going to help?" Shaking my head for real.) AmberLeigh IS THE BEST!

We have many helpers at FGS and the Garden Center is stocked full of them. Let us help you #bringgreenhome and brighten your day with all things blooming!
African Violents are an easy care plant. They will let you know when they need water, when the plant is too dry, the leaves wilt. They love bright, indirect sunlight and can grow under flourescent lights. Just make sure they have proper drainage and are kept above 60 degrees F and you'll be set.

Pro tip: to encourage more blooms, fertilize this friend regularly!
Looking to freshen up your outdoor pottery or need a new pot for a new plant? We've got you covered! These matchstick pots are some of our newest arrivals and are great for all budgets. They come from Malaysia, and we have several shades and colors!
The garden center looks absolutely magical with all the budding and blooming roses we have right now! Elegant climbers, traditional floribundas, and delicate polyanthas are lined up in the shrub section. We even have a few David Austin hybrids on the way! With a wide selection of colors and varieties, you're sure to find the perfect rose for your landscape.
Upcoming Classes & Events

Sunday, April 24, 11AM-1PM

Join us for a once-a-month discussion covering titles running from classics, to gardening books, and pretty much everything in-between!

Please note that we will be holding this event indoors at The Robin’s Nest. A limited drink selection from The Potting Shed will be available for anyone who would like to purchase a drink.

April’s title: Statue of Limitations by Kate Collins

This event is FREE to attend and open to ages 21+

Please sign up HERE to let us know that you will be attending!

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
We're Hiring!
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:
  • Landscape Installation Operations Manager
  • Landscaper - Installation Crew Member
  • Landscaper - Maintenance Crew Member

These positions are full-time, year-round, with benefits. CLICK HERE to see the full job descriptions and apply!
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 April 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: POT IT LIKE IT'S HOT
Last week we had our first Repotting Houseplants Bootcamp!
If you missed it but can't help but drool over all the amazing pottery we have in stock, check out our Repotting Houseplants blog post for tips to safely re-pot and up-pot your plant babies.

(Psst. We're also on TikTok and we've just posted a helpful and hilarious video about repotting. Check us out! @fgsdurham)
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