A Note from Scott and Marsha
September 26, 2019
It's here. You know the season. Pumpkins, lattes, pumpkin breads, Christmas cookies and weather like Florida. UGH. Whether you are ready or not, it's here. Know what else is on its way? Flu season. Cold season. The season where the sharing of invisible germs is inevitable when sharing small spaces. We are very equipped here for that. Lysol, tissues, Clorox wipes, and Zicam (which I swear I live by and it works every time when you follow the directions) are must-haves. I can be somewhat fanatic when it comes to avoiding colds and flu. PSA: Add getting a flu shoot to your to-do list and 4th quarter goals.  

This leads to my second PSA. You never, EVER push open a bathroom door without knocking lightly when the door is closed. Why? Because it makes for awkward situations in the workplace. It causes people to respond spontaneously and that doesn't always go well for either party. So you knock and you allow ample time for that person to respond if there is indeed someone in there. And if you think maybe there is a small chance someone might be in there and you have a small quick check in your gut, you knock louder. Now is not the time to ignore your gut. Seriously. It all begins with locking the door but you know, sometimes a person might forget. And then the worst happens and they never forget again. EVER.  Not that this comes from a place of personal experience--just a PSA. Cough...Doug...Cough.

And my final PSA. Check before you text. True story. As you can see from the text message picture, I (Marsha) heard my phone buzz and look down to see a text message from Doug. We are always texting each other throughout the day reminders, look at this , did you see this sort of texts. I look down to see what he is "bugging" me about now and I read, "Love you poochkie hope your having a good day!" For a split second, I thought, "Ok? I guess our relationship has gone to a whole new level." So I open it to respond and the second text says, "Your def not Rachel."  And then I died laughing. I walk over to his office and push open the door to which he then busts out laughing as well.  I texted Poochkie, his wife, and wished her a good day with a laughing emoji.  

So now that you know we are a very sharing group, stop by and see us. We have plenty of green to share with you. Plants people, not germs, not bathroom mishaps, not text snafus. Just plants! 
THE PERFECT COMBINATION
If you haven't been by lately to see our new selection of indoor pottery--you are missing out. You are sure to find a pot that suits your decor as we have pots in multiple colors and sizes. To go with your pot, we have many gorgeous houseplants to choose from. This week, Judy would recommend the easy to care for Spider Plant. The 'Bonnie' variety we have has curly foliage we think you'll love.
PANSIES, VIOLAS AND PANOLAS
You may think a pansy is a pansy, but that is just not so. We have Pansies, Violas, Panolas (a Pansy-Viola mix) to choose from. They do vary in color and size, but their care is very similar. All these flowers are a great investment as they will bloom in fall, winter and spring if you care for them properly. They prefer the cool/cold weather and need to be watered regularly, so don't neglect them!
GROUNDCOVER GALORE
Fall is the perfect time for planting groundcovers and we have many to choose from. One of our favorites is Ajuga--the deep green-purplish foliage with small purple flowers is absolutely lovely. We also have liriope, mondo grass, creeping phlox, vinca and more! If you aren't sure which ground cover would be best for you, one of our Garden Center associates will be happy to help!
WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
Saturday, October 5, 2019
10AM – 11AM

Take a break from the fun on our Fall Fun Day and learn how to prepare your lawn, flowers, shrubbery and even water sources for winter. A Master Gardener will be here and share best practices for winterizing your garden. This workshop is free, but please register in advance.  REGISTER HERE

Presenter:  Charles Murphy, Master Gardener

UPCOMING EVENTS
Saturday, October 5 and Saturday, October 12
9AM-5PM

Mark your calendars! Join us as we welcome fall! The Garden Center will be fully stocked with pumpkins, mums, pansies, shrubs, trees, and perennials. The bar will be open with wine, hard cider, mimosas, and spiced mead. We'll have games, pumpkin carving, face painting, food trucks and more! Check out specifics and vendor details on our Events Page !
TRUNK OR TREAT
Our first annual Trunk and Treat on Saturday, October 26 from 5-7:30PM is going to be a blast, and you won't want to miss it! You can sign up to decorate your trunk and hand out candy, and/or bring your kids for the costume parade and the treats ( please RSVP )! Trunk decorators can win prizes, and will be announced by celebrity judges! We can't wait!
Our  blog   is updated weekly with posts to educate and help you bring green home. Your summer containers need a makeover. We've got you covered. Read about how to create your own Fall Thrill-Fill-Spill containers We know light requirements you need for different houseplants can be a little confusing, so we tried to simplify things a bit in this post . It might be a little lengthy but well-worth your time.
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