A Note from Scott and Marsha
June 4, 2020
I wrote this story while I was in the car with Scott rolling out of town for a bit of R & R.  This doesn’t come naturally for us, especially Scott.  How long does it take you to move into vacation mode?  We realize for us, it’s about the fourth day and then we are able to chill.  We aren’t going very far, but we did invite our kids for later in the week.  We said we needed the first four days alone. Call us selfish.  

As we were driving, we started talking about spring.  It was so crazy that I finally asked Scott to explain to me how he came up with the whole curbside pick-up system to sustain the garden center, serve our customers and the families we support financially through FGS.  He started talking to me about the logistics.  Inventory.  Quickbooks.  Point of Sale.  Accounting.  But then the customer needs to pay.  Website.  He and Amanda, his Executive Assistant/right-hand, sketched, charted, changed and modified the website and process in 16 hours.  And then it was live.  

He is halfway through the story and I realized again his brilliance and his gifts.  And Amanda is second in my book.  I could not even take it all in.  Throw in Shannon, our adorable and brilliant accountant’s gifts?  They are the dream team.  Outside of the garden center staff running like mad, there was a "behind the scenes" process that was simply brilliant.  

I bring this up because I feel so blessed working with the team of people we have around us.  And in the middle of what feels like the world is falling apart, it helps to stop and be thankful for the good.  

Bringing green home is good for the soul.  But so is loving your neighbor as yourself, as well as patience, kindness, joy, compassion and empathy.  Look around you this week and find one person to be intentional with.  Even more, listen.  Stand for what's right.  Encourage one another.  And if you can’t be nice to one another, then you probably can’t raise a plant.   And well, that’s sad, but for another story.  
"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 will have multiple flavors available. Enjoy a cold beverage as you shop with plenty of space for social distancing! Click HERE for hours and menu.
Nakita's Gift Persimmon produces a delicious reddish-orange fruit. The tree itself only grows to 10-12 feet in height. It will thrive planted in part-shade to full sun--it needs at least 6 hours of sun. You will enjoy blooms in the summer, and fruit in the fall. In addition to the yummy fruit, the fall foliage will delight you with its gorgeous yellow-orange hues. Persimmon trees are very resistant to pests and diseases.
You know that pecan pie is a Southern staple, so why not plant a Pawnee Pecan tree? You will need another type of pecan tree for pollination. These trees are valued for their high-yield and large, flavorful nuts. Plant in full sun or part shade, and expect a crop sometime in September. It can grow as large as 30'x20', so make sure it has plenty of room to spread out!
If you are not familiar with a Jujube, then let us enlighten you. The fruit of the Jujube is similar in size and flavor to a date, and they are absolutely delicious. In fact, the fruit is commonly called Chinese Dates since the Jujube is originally from China. Plant in full sun where soil drains very well for most prolific fruit. The tree size can range from 20-40 feet tall! You will enjoy the beautiful foliage in the summer and the fruit in the fall!
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Join us for a succulent container class on Wednesday evening, June 17th, in the Garden Center from 6-7:30pm. 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 or hard seltzer. Get some friends together and join us for a night of fun! We will have plenty of space for social distancing. Register here !
The Georgia Peach Truck is coming with fresh, juicy, delicious Georgia peaches on Tuesday, June 16 from 2:30-4PM. You will be able to pre-order your peaches or stop by and grab a box. We will have The Potting Shed open and a food truck here, so plan to make an afternoon of it! Stay tuned for more details and links to pre-order. We will share more information here and on Facebook and Instagram .
June is here! Can you believe we are almost halfway through 2020? (Can I get an "Amen!"?) With a new month, you know what that means! We have your lawn and garden to do list ! Grab a hat, sunscreen, and a cool drink and get to work!

Not sure what plants to choose for your flower garden? We have taken the guesswork out of the process and make it really easy for you by suggesting annuals and perennials easy to care for in this post !
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