A Note from Scott and Marsha
July 9, 2020
We hope this finds you enjoying a wonderful summer and having made the most of your July 4th with family and friends. We closed the Garden Center Saturday and Sunday, July 4-5. Our staff deserved a break. It has been a whirlwind spring/summer so far, and it was time to just say, "It's okay. Let's take two days and close." So we did. Thanks for understanding!  

Funny story. Remember when I told you we flipped the conference room into a design studio? Well, this involved cubicle partitions. I found these very cool fabric/frosted glass/glass walls to divide the space and give them privacy while not blocking the existing and natural light.  

I ran out for an appointment and was gone a couple hours while John was working on the space. I returned and ran upstairs to check on the progress. I found him and Scott staring at the cubicles with a bit of frustration on their faces.  

I asked, "Hey, what's up?"  

This turned into them explaining to me how they had looked at the installation manual and searched for YouTube videos. They were basically stuck. They could not figure out how to attach the walls together and were at a standstill.  

John said, "At this point, if you can figure it out, I will be okay with that."  

I started looking carefully and Scott kept telling me all the ways they looked at it (which was exactly what I was doing). After a few minutes, I said, "Can you hand me that small crow bar?"  

I inserted it at the end where specific clips were and the removable panel popped off.  I turned around and looked at them both and said, "Do you need me for anything else?"  

The look of shock and awe behind squinty eyes was priceless, I tell you.   Priceless.  They both wanted to be relieved, but I think they wanted to throw me out the window instead. I walked out laughing and went downstairs. An hour later, the walls were set up and completed. BOOM.  

Moral of the story? Never underestimate the power of fresh eyes, different skills and a glitter bomb called girl power. Basically, we all need each other because I couldn't have lifted those cubicle walls alone.

Bloom where you are and take some blooming things home with you while having a refreshing drink/Sunset Slush while you shop. See you in the garden soon!
Fresh squeezed lemonade anyone? You could have fresh squeezed lemon juice from lemons you grow in your own home! We have "regular" lemon, Meyer lemon and lime. While these plants are actually trees, they can not tolerate our winters, so we treat them like a houseplant--outdoors in the summer and indoors in the winter! Unlike many houseplants, however, they can handle (and love) direct light!
Who doesn't love blooming shrubs? Clethra 'Ruby Spice', or Summer Sweet, blooms beautiful long, pink blooms during mid-late summer. Pollinators love the sweet fragrance they emit. While this lovely shrub can handle some sun, it can also take deep shade. Color in your shade garden? Yes, please! This will grow to approximately 5 x 5 feet tall and wide. Use on its own or in mass plantings or shrub borders.
If you want unique year-round color, consider a Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae. You will enjoy striking, bright yellow foliage all year long. This variety loves humidity (hello, Central NC), and full sun. You can use it as a specimen, border, or even as a screening for privacy. It will grow 8-10 feet tall, and 2-3 feet wide. You won't regret planting this bright spot in your landscape.
ANNUAL TRAYS (18 4-inch plants) are 20% OFF! You can even mix and match your favorites!
These savings will last through Friday, July 10!
Tropical Tuesdays RETURNS
Every Tuesday in July and August
Save 10% on any of our houseplants on every Tuesday in July and August! Our next Tropical Tuesday is July 14! We are open 9AM-5PM!

This popular class is back! 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 cloth to keep your plants clean. Register here.

S ucculent Container Class
Wednesday , July 15, 2020
6 :00-7:30PM
One of our talented plant coaches will walk you step by step in how to create a beautiful container garden for yourself or to give as a gift. The cost of the class is $45 and includes your container, succulents, soil and supplies. We will also send you home with instructions on how to properly care for your succulents. The Potting Shed will be open if you’d like to purchase a glass of wine, cider, beer, mimosa, hard seltzer or Sunset Slush. Get some friends together and join us for a night of fun! We will have plenty of space to social distance.  Register here today!
Summer is happy time for houseplants! If you need some tips on how to best care for your houseplants during summer, this post is for you!

Don't miss out on your July To Do List . There is lots to be done in the lawn and garden in July. Make sure you are staying hydrated and protected from the sun on those blazing hot days!
"THE POTTING SHED" will be open Thursday-Sunday this week serving beer, wine, cider, seltzer, mimosas and Sunset Slush!! Sunset Slush is a smooth Italian ice that can be enjoyed by all ages! It is dairy-free, gluten-free, full of flavor and amazingly refreshing! Adults can enjoy Sunset Slush topped with white wine or champagne for a cold and delicious adult treat! We have multiple flavors available. Enjoy a cold beverage as you shop with plenty of space for social distancing! Click HERE for hours and menu.
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