A Note from Scott and Marsha
September 17, 2020
Wow. The weather this week was so amazing that I could eat an entire loaf of chocolate chip pumpkin bread, pumpkin scones and drink pumpkin lattes with extra cinnamon until I'm orange. I swear every season I think, "Self? I just love ... fall ... winter ... spring ... summer." Every single change has its reasons to be loved. I'm thankful for the seasons.  And yes, you can remind me of this via email when it snows 12 inches and I'm crying about it this winter.  

So outside of all that, I have another funny girl power story. Last week, Judy, our queen of all houseplants, was driving home from work and flop, flop, flop. She had a flat tire and carefully pulled off the side of the road.  As she is standing there with her phone staring at her flat tire, Julia and Ann, her co-workers, are driving by and see her on the road.  

Because one of our core values is Teamwork (and we work with simply amazing people) Ann and Julia both stopped. Apparently, the rest of us were not invited to the party.  

But seriously. Look how cute these two are! We have some serious GIRL POWER at FGS. They FLAT changed that tire like nobody's business! BAAhahahahaha!  

Know what else is cute? Every single pumpkin, annual, herb, veggie, houseplant, piece of pottery, perennial, shrub, tree, goat, chicken and duck. Just trying to cover all our bases and all your needs! We've got your back this fall. See you soon in the garden for all things orange and green. 
If you love succulents, you may see this picture and think "Haworthia". But Judy's pick this week is actually an Aloe Ornamental Red, also called a Christmas Carol Aloe thanks to the festive bright, red trim. While this type of aloe does not have the same medicinal benefit of Aloe Vera, you will enjoy it for its unique and striking features. Keep in bright light, and water infrequently for best results.
This gorgeous lace-leaf weeping Japanese Maple is an impressive specimen. The Viridis' delicate, intricate foliage will turn a beautiful gold and orange in the fall. In the spring, enjoy bright green leaves that will maturely slightly as the summer arrives. Since the Viridis only grows to 8-10 feet, you can plant in a container or area where you need a small tree. Plant in part shade protected from afternoon sun.
Ann absolutely loves this evergreen fern. Unlike many other ferns, it doesn't require as much water and can even tolerate some morning sun. While your Autumn Brilliance Fern will be happy in your shade garden, you will also find it does great in a container with other shade loving perennials or annuals. Pair with heuchera for a colorful container that can be enjoyed any season of the year!
Have we got a surprise for YOU! Today, we had a 735 POUND pumpkin delivered that was grown by Mark Peacock and his family right here in Cary!! Yep. You read that right. 735 POUNDS! You won't see this guy at the fair this year (oh, right...that was canceled), but you can here at FGS! (See this segment on WRAL for more info.) Bring the family or friends, come see this amazing work of nature and then go pick out a pumpkin of your own! (Sorry, no 735 pound pumpkins are for sale.) ;) Don't miss our Pumpkin Preservation Tips so your pumpkins have the best chance of success all season long.
September 19-October 24
On Saturdays and some Sundays, September 19-October 24, we will have food trucks here for you to enjoy! Pair a yummy meal with a cold beverage or treat from The Potting Shed, and you have the perfect combination for a fun fall afternoon. Enjoy here, or pick up a meal to take home after picking out pumpkins, pansies and mums at the Garden Center! Who's ready for fall?? See the Food Truck schedule here. :)
Thursday, September 24, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Do you love houseplants, but don’t really know how to take care of them? Have you recently caught the houseplant bug and discovered caring for them has been a challenge? In this class, you will discover the basics of houseplant care including lighting, watering, feeding, re-potting and more! You will also find out which plants are easy to care for. Come prepared with all your houseplant questions. The cost is $12 and participants will receive a 4-inch Pothos to take home and care for! The Potting Shed will be open selling wine, mimosas, beer, cider, hard seltzer and Sunset Slush. Bring a friend and enjoy a fun evening in our Garden Center! Space is limited so register today.
Presenter: Amanda Henry/FGS Register here today!
Saturday, September 26, 10:00am-11:00am
Growing trees in containers is more and more popular here in North Carolina. Not much space is needed so if you have a porch, patio, deck or balcony, a potted tree is a great focal point. Join us as we teach you how to choose the right container, properly plant your tree as well as maintain it so your tree will stay healthy for years to come. There is no fee for this class.
Presenter: Aurora Cloutier/FGS Register here today!
Now is the perfect time to plant shrubs for fall color and blooms. In case you missed it last week, we shared this post, where we have listed some of our favorite fall shrubs with fabulous foliage or beautiful blooms. We included suggestions for both sun and shade!
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