A Note from Scott and Marsha
November 21, 2019
Well, just like that, we pull out our light jackets and boots thankful for some relief and it goes full blown winter mode in the middle of November. Did I just say the MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER? I did. I really, really did. Historic temperatures last week. But we all know what that means. It is bound to warm up and be an NC roller coaster from here on out. As Scott says, "Buckle up, Buttercup!"  

Speaking of Scott, some of you don't follow us on Instagram. I won't name any names but you know who you are. Anyhooooo, we like bears and in our family, we all have bear nicknames--Scott's is Black Bear. One evening at our favorite local Mexican restaurant, Los Tres Magueyes, (where we are regulars and have pretty much made friends with the whole staff), a waiter saw Scott's phone (that has a bear on the case). The waiter started showing us pictures of the bears he carves out of tree trunks with a chainsaw! He then tells Scott he will make one for him. We sort of laughed it off because it isn't every day someone says, "Hey, I will carve you a bear out of a tree trunk." We went on our merry way not thinking anything of it.  

Until a couple of weeks ago ... when this waiter called Scott and said, "Hi. I have your bear, and I'm on my way."  Blink, blink. I'm like, You are kidding me right now!  Nope. He wasn't kidding. I am immediately hearing cash register bells in my head, the old fashioned kind, where it dings and the drawer flies open. I know because I have priced those suckers in western Carolina. And I am also thinking this was not a budgeted item. However, our friend was incredibly gracious and we negotiated a fair deal (including a tree, of course!).  And there you go!  We now have a life size bear beautifully carved, and it's pretty amazing to have that sort of gift if you ask me. We haven't decided on a name yet, but I'm hunting for an adorable scarf and winter cap. Some say his teeth are a little bit scary looking, but I think he is smiling. I made him a little garden sign because yes, life is short and you should always buy the plants. They add value to your home, life, air quality and overall mood. We totally support you bringing green home!  Don't be afraid to come to the lawn and landscape offices just to have your picture taken with him. He is that cute! In fact, he will be visible during our Winter Fun Festival if you take the train ride so mark your calendars now because we are all about some fun in the garden!  AND YES, CHRISTMAS TREES ARE ON THE WAY!
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
Join us for a winter fun-filled day. You will find fresh Christmas trees, wreaths, poinsettias, garlands, gifts and more for you to purchase at the Garden Center. Fun activities will be going on all day, starting at 11AM! Kids can ride the train to the North Pole , get their faces painted , and enjoy story time with Elsa and Olaf .  We’ll have food trucks , carolers and of course the bar will be open for some adult fun as well. You can shop in our Arts and Crafts Market from multiple vendors. We will end our event with a Christmas Tree lighting at 5:30PM. You don’t want to miss this event!  
We know what you are thinking...peaches in December? Not peaches... mandarin oranges and pecans . The Peach Truck will return on Saturday, December 14 from 2-3PM with satsuma and kishu mandarins that are juicier, sweeter and easier to peel than common clementines. They will also have bags of shelled pecans that will be perfect and delicious for your holiday baking! We will have the bar open and it will be a fun afternoon for everyone. (Olaf will probably stop by to say hello as well!)
Gorgeous fresh Christmas trees ranging from 5' to 10', Fraser Fir wreaths, and garlands will be on sale in the Garden Center starting Tuesday, November 26!

We will be CLOSED Sunday, November 24 and Monday, November 25 to prepare for a magical holiday in the Garden Center.

We are also CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day .

We OPEN at 9AM on Friday, November 29 .
There will be free hot chocolate, cookies and mints all weekend long.
Christmas Cactus is Judy's pick for obvious reasons. This beauty blooms around Christmas time each year. Place it in bright, indirect light and enjoy all season. But it won't stop there. Come summer, place it outside in indirect light to help it bud for next year's blooms. You'll also love that in addition to being festive, the Christmas Cactus is pet-friendly.
What heralds Christmas and holidays more than the poinsettia? We have poinsettias in many different colors and sizes--shades of red, pink, and white will add beautifully to your holiday decor. If you want to make sure your poinsettias will be happy all season long, be sure to read our blog post with tips on how to best care for these sensational seasonal plants .
Such a stunning groundcover! While you can use 'American Winterberry' as a groundcover in an area that is part-shade, you could also plant it in a container or pot as a festive addition to your porch or patio. Or you could even bring it inside a few days at a time to add to your indoor decor. Crush the berries to enjoy a delightful wintergreen scent.
It's a Win-Win!!
Because we love our community and YOU,
THIS SATURDAY (11/23), if you bring in 3 or more items for the FGS Food Drive, you will receive 20% OFF* ANY houseplant purchase!
*(We have NEVER discounted our houseplants that much--this is EPIC! :) Also, this discount does not apply to holiday season indoor plants.)

CORA is an organization that works tirelessly to feed those with food insecurity in Chatham County. They also provide a service called SNACK! that provides food for children in summer months who usually get free-reduced meals during the school year. You can help provide for these families in need by donating items to our Food Drive. Please donate items like canned fruits and vegetables, healthy pantry items, or paper products. Find a more detailed list of needs here. Bring your donations and we will match all of your donations and deliver the items on December 2. Please help us care for our community in this way!

Help us give back to the community by giving a gift to a child in need this holiday season. We are working with Chatham County's "Christmas Wishes" program in which they provide gifts to children in need. We will have a display in the Garden Center where you can select any number of "wishes" to grant. Please return the item/items unwrapped to FGS by Thursday, December 5th. All gifts will then be delivered to Chatham County DSS on Friday, December 6th where volunteers will wrap the gifts for foster families to pick up and put under their trees at home.
December 7, 2019
10AM – 11AM
Decorate a 20” Fraser Fir wreath with natural and festive elements to make it your own and finish it off with a red velvet bow. Fee includes 18-20” wreath, natural and artificial decorations, design instructions and bow making instruction or a pre-made bow. Fee: $35   REGISTER NOW!
Presenter: Debbi Barrett, For Garden’s Sake
We love to help you bring green home and keep it healthy by sharing tips and best practices in our blog. This week, find out how you can best care for your fresh Christmas trees . We also have tips for taking care of your poinsettias . Make sure your holiday plants look and perform their best!
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