A Note from Scott and Marsha
November 19, 2020
It's official! Winter is here! We are claiming cold, blissful wintery weather, hot chocolate by the fire and all things red and green. It's pretty exciting around here with garlands, wreaths and Christmas trees in the garden. The fresh scent of pine is simply magical. Ann is wearing Christmas socks every day, and it is simply adorable. It's just the best place to be.  

Scott and I are pretty sure we received the best news of 2020. Let's face it. We all could use some good news in our lives. But the best news for us is arriving in March in the form of a squishy!!! Yep, that's right. Scott and I are going to be "Poppy and Amma" come March, and we are so excited! Erica and Daniel, our daughter and son #3, are having a baby!  

Her reveal to us was they tossed us a grocery sack from Walmart and they said, "We picked something up for you." Scott opened it and held it up never anticipating this. I immediately knew when I saw the onesie but Scott read the inscription. He was thinking we had a few more years. Surprise!  "Promoted from dog grandparents to human grandparents!"   Yes, we all cried. Even the brothers had tears of joy.  

We did a low key gender reveal and Erica picked me to know the results and plan it. I knew the gender for 2 1/2 weeks and let me tell you something. I was a VAULT. I practiced my standard, poker face smile that wouldn't change if you asked me if it was a boy or girl. I refused to let it slip. Scott tried and I wasn't budging. Then, trying to plan how to reveal it safely was key. Have you googled how many accidents happen at gender reveals? Yeh. I don't recommend it.  A simple smoke bomb in the top of a pumpkin was enough for me.  I was absolutely not allowed to burn anything down, and I knew I couldn't depend on a duck delivering the message across the lake or a goat not eating the message.  

Yep, it's a squishy girl! Once confirmed publicly, we spent the next afternoon with a bit of shopping. It was cute watching Poppy pick out baby clothes again. We are a little partial to florals, of course.  

All things will be blooming come spring! But for now, we can be thankful for our late fall/winter bloomers that are showing off right now in the garden as well as focusing on the holidays. Let us help you pick out the most beautiful, fresh, NC tree this year. It's our privilege to spread some holiday cheer to you and your family this season with all things green! 
The Potting Shed days and hours have changed!
The Potting Shed is open Friday-Sunday 12-5PM.
Few houseplants herald the holidays as well as a Norfolk Island Pine. Throw a couple little ornaments on it and it is a perfect accent to your holiday decor. But it will also look fabulous year-round. They love bright light, and can even handle direct light. Keep humidity high by placing your plant on a tray of pebbles partially covered with water or use a humidifier. You can also mist your plant once a week to add moisture.
Cotoneaster is an amazing groundcover that is perfect to have around for the holiday season. What we love most about this groundcover is its versatility. It's evergreen, plus it is covered in bright berries in the winter. In spring, you will enjoy white and pink flowers. Cotoneaster is perfect for the edge of your garden beds or as a ground cover where you also want a pop of color.
Ready or not, Christmas is on the way! Lucky for you, we have fresh Fraser Fir Christmas trees in stock and they are absolutely gorgeous. Sizes start at 5-6 feet and go up to 9-10 feet! The prices range from $55 for the smaller trees up to $205 for the larger trees. No Charlie Brown trees here, friends. These beauties are full and amazingly fragrant. If you need care tips, read this post!
Boost your Christmas Spirit by decorating a live wreath to adorn your entryway this holiday season. Our floral designer will teach you everything you need to know to decorate a fresh Fraser Fir wreath to reflect your own personal style that is perfect for your home. The cost is $45 and includes design and style instruction, wreath, red velvet bow, live and artificial embellishments. Space is limited and these classes will fill up fast!
Presenter: Debbi Barrett/FGS Plant Coach & Floral Designer
Click on the class date and time listed above to register!
Sunday, November 22, 2:00-4:00pm
Join us on Sunday November 22nd from 2-4pm as we welcome Sterling Scott to the Garden Center. The Cheesecake Lady food truck will be here 1-4PM. You can enjoy a drink from The Potting Shed as you sit back and relax while he plays his guitar to artists such as Elton John and Ed Sheeran. Our Christmas trees, wreaths, garland and poinsettias will be here too. Come make a day of it! There is no cost for this musical event. Just giving back to you as much as you've given to us!
Are you buying a fresh Christmas tree this year? We have compiled suggestions for how to best care for your Christmas tree. You can find that post here.

The needs for houseplants in winter change from their needs in the summer. To make sure you are caring for your houseplants best in the colder months, you will want to take a minute to read this post.
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