A Note from Scott and Marsha
August 20, 2020
Hello everyone! Scott here filling in for Marsha this week. I was not scheduled to fill in, but I asked her if she would defer and she politely agreed. OK, maybe I had to take her to dinner and buy her a nice drink, but either way, she conceded.

Usually, our story in the newsletter is lighthearted and easy-going, but I’ve decided to take a small turn. You see, sometimes there are things that are just important in life and we need to hit them head on.

Hopefully you've heard about our garden center neighbors who experienced a tragic house fire last Thursday. Dan is in his late 80s and deaf since birth, and Sally (pictured) is in her 70s experiencing symptoms of Parkinsons as well as currently under treatment for breast cancer. 2020 has been a tough year for everybody, but when you watch your home of 30 years and all you have go up in flames in a matter of 30 minutes, it’s especially tragic. To make matters worse, they had no insurance on the house or cars, and they live on fixed incomes. This scenario is overwhelming for even the strongest people. Yet, they still smile and are incredibly resilient with tender hearts.  

Where do we come in? Stop for a second and think about the idea that your house, your cars and everything you’ve ever known is gone. You're living next door with your neighbor and trying to survive. We set up a GoFund Me page and the response has been fantastic. We have raised over $7200! But we can do more! Their immediate needs are buying a car and renting a place nearby so Dan still can tinker in his garages on the land and look to rebuild.  Most of us could easily spare $10, $25, $500 or $1000 and never miss it if we are being honest with ourselves. Would you please consider taking action and clicking here and making some type of donation? Together, let's make a huge difference in the lives of these people! We are working hard with other businesses and builders to provide options on cars and rebuilding. We will certainly keep everyone posted so you can see how your gift has helped their lives in the near future!  What a blessing and privilege to come together in a time such as this!
Please consider donating to help Don and Sally, our Garden Center neighbors, who lost their home and cars in a devastating house fire. You can donate HERE.

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We need YOUR HELP! This structure is a little barn shed and we aren't sure what to name it--The Pottery Barn came up, but that is already taken. ;) The we thought about The Potting Shed, but wait--we already have one of those. So we are stuck! Help us come up with an original name and you can win a plant a pot! Submit your ideas here, and we will announce the winner soon!
Tropical Tuesdays
Every Tuesday in August
Save 10% on any of our houseplants every Tuesday in August! ONLY 1 Tropical Tuesday is left--August 25! We are open 9AM-5PM.

Wednesday, September 2, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Flower pots are a great way to display your favorite plants. So why not give them a “home” specifically designed by you? We will show you how to take a plain terracotta pot and turn it into something even more beautiful that’s a reflection of you. The cost of this class is $25 and includes a 6″ pot and all the supplies needed to create your masterpiece. Then feel free to browse our selection of houseplants to find a new plant baby for your newly decorated pot. The Potting Shed will be open selling wine, mimosas, beer, cider, hard seltzer and Sunset Slush so bring a friend and enjoy a fun evening in our Garden Center! Space is limited so register today.
Facilitator: Lynn Scott/FGS Register here today!

Saturday, September 5, 10:00am-11:30am
Familiarize yourself with pruning techniques to keep your plants looking their best and promote healthy growing habits. Learn three simple ways to propagate popular indoor plants. Everyone is welcome to bring a plant from home in need of pruning. The cost of this class is $15 and each participant will receive a pair of pruning shears.
Presenter: Debbi Barrett/FGS Register here today!
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