Our Garden Center boasts 2 ponds brimming with ducks, goats for our guests to feed, and even a solar chicken coop. We offer everything you need to enhance your landscape and garden. We are truly a one stop for plants, trees, landscape design, and lawn maintenance services. So whether you’re looking to plant a single tree or you need help designing and landscaping your residential or commercial property, the professionals at FGS are available to serve you.
FGS was originally started by Chapel Hill resident JoAnn Davis. It is now owned and operated by Scott and Marsha Pearce who have managed the day to day operations since 2010.
Scott grew up in Lakeland, Florida and lived there until moving to North Carolina in 2008. He owned, operated and sold a lawn and pest management company in Lakeland prior to his move. Scott managed For Garden’s Sake from 2010 to 2015. He and his wife, Marsha, then purchased For Garden’s Sake and it’s been an adventure ever since. Scott’s degree in Business and Professional Leadership has come in handy over the years managing three divisions of FGS. He loves spending time and traveling out West and in the NC mountains with Marsha. When they are not traveling, he loves spending time with his daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter, as well as his two sons. Scott is an excellent musician and uses his talents when he has the opportunity (and time). His favorite movie of all time is a tie between Father of the Bride and Christmas Vacation. During conversations, he can quote one-liners from both at precisely the right moment, leaving most everyone in stitches. If he could do anything else in life that might be a “bit” less stressful, he would be a bartender.
Marsha grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and then moved to Lakeland, Florida as a teenager. Marsha began her career in the Purchasing Department at Publix. She and Scott co-owned their lawn and pest management company in Florida. She spent many years at home with their three children until 2012 when she began part-time at FGS. Now, she wears many hats at FGS, but primarily is the visionary behind the scenes. She doesn’t meet strangers and loves trying new things. She refurbishes old furniture, loves working with wood and being outside. Her favorite new pastime is spending it with their granddaughter, Halle, and she imagines them getting into all sorts of trouble with Halle’s mom in the future. If she isn’t working or playing with Halle, she will be found binge watching Downton Abbey or The Crown for the 13th time, sketching her next idea while enjoying a Moscow Mule.
Hannah is from Ohio but has been in North Carolina since 2007, along with her two cats. She graduated from NCSU with a degree in Zoology, and has since worked her way through the animal field (vet med and rescue), then the people field (medical examiner’s office), and now the plant field. She’s a beginner plant parent and is learning how to overcome her “black thumb.” Succulents are definitely her favorite — the weirder looking the better! When not at FGS, you can find her writing, studying Korean, or participating in trash cleanups with The Great Raleigh Cleanup. She says “Waterfall” by B.I represents her best.
Shannon is originally a California girl, but she has established a beautiful home in Apex, NC. Numbers come easy to her, and she proved it by earning her Masters in Accounting at Brigham Young University. In addition to helping us navigate the accounting waters, she has spent a lot of her personal time helping other organizations with accounting. She enjoys knowing that using her skills frees others to do what they love with less stress! Shannon spends her time away from here involved at her church, running, or just hanging out with her two lovely girls at the pool. Shannon runs on sunshine!
Sydney was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. She recently graduated from North Carolina State University (GO PACK!) with a degree in Communications and a focus in Public Relations. Her background includes serving up deliciousness at Pelican’s Snoballs and taking care of littles as a Nanny. Sydney was drawn to FGS’ friendly work environment and of course, the beautiful property. Who wouldn’t love looking out their window at the gorgeous lake and Garden Center?! Her willingness to jump into any project with Marsha and Lizzie, fresh ideas and perspective, and impeccable taste in nail art makes Sydney the perfect addition to the office vibe. In her spare time, you can find Sydney diving into a Colleen Hoover book while lounging at the beach!
John is what we like to call a john-of-all-trades; if a project needs done, he is the guy to call. Before joining the FGS team, John had many adventures. He spent a summer interning with Jim Henson, filling in for Caroll Spinney as a Big Bird foot puppeteer for marketing shoots; played in a banjo and kazoo band for college commencement ceremonies during the 80’s; is a certified Underwater Basket Weaving Instructor; has a side-business building caskets; and has completed a tight-rope walk across the Mohawk River in NY, where he also spent some time living as the pioneers did in the Erie Canal Village, teaching visiting school groups how to make apple cider. When he isn’t at FGS, you can usually find him building treehouses or whittling ocarinas. HIs favorite television show is The Red Green Show.
Caleb started working at For Garden’s Sake in Spring 2022 and his presence has been a game changer for the landscape team. We absolutely love his uplifting attitude, kindness, and patience. He studied at Durham Tech in Fire Science but now he spends his days supporting our teams and fixing the wide variety of equipment we use across the company. Caleb lives in Durham with his wife, Ashley; their two dogs, Maynard and Tink; their cat, Ozzy; and their snake, Huey. If he could travel anywhere in the world, he would go to Alaska. When he’s not in the shop, you can find Caleb playing drums, cooking up delicious meals to enjoy with Ashley, four-wheeling, or sitting out on the porch with a glass of bourbon in hand.
Doug is from Rocky Mount, NC, now living with his wife and son in Holly Springs, NC. He graduated from NC State with a degree in landscape architecture and a minor in horticultural science. Doug began his career at the JC Raulston Arboretum maintaining the gardens. He also spent a few years working for the NC State Parks system as a parks planner. He joined the FGS team in 2013 managing the garden center and became the in-house landscape designer in 2015. Doug spends his free time gardening, restoring furniture, playing guitar, surf fishing, and enjoying great food. His favorite food is a ribeye or Eastern Carolina BBQ, of course!
Billy grew up in Philadelphia, PA. He made his home in Raleigh, NC, after receiving his Master’s in Landscape Architecture at NC State. Before making the decision to go to grad school, Billy worked as a solar technician in the Triangle. His easy-going personality took him to live out of the Mystery Machine Van for 10 weeks as he traveled in Australia back in 2017. If Billy is not at his desk creating beautiful designs, he is frolicking outdoors, especially at the beach or the mountains. You may also find him in his garden, playing a game of soccer with friends or traveling with his fiancé, Kim, hunting for future wedding venues! His favorite book is The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. A must read if you haven’t!
Jack is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but moved to NC in 2016. Jack studied Horticultural Science, Turfgrass Science (yes, that’s a thing), Management and Spanish at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He has worked in the Landscape, Golf Course and Design industry since 2002. Jack joined our team in 2017. On the weekends, you will find Jack enjoying a round of golf or disc golf, playing volleyball, relaxing at the beach and lake or just chilling with friends in his new home. His drink of choice would be a Brandy Old Fashion and well, who can go wrong with that?
Shawn grew up in Connecticut and recently relocated to the Triangle area to join the team here at FGS! He attended Colorado Tech University for an Associates in Business Administration with a focus in Finance, and is currently working on his Bachelor’s degree. He started with FGS in August 2022 and we are thrilled to have him on the team! Shawn spends his downtime with his two dogs, Winnie and Lily. His favorite plants are Bleeding Hearts, Dahlias, Clematis, and Roses. When he’s not working, you can find him enjoying his wide array of hobbies, such as snowboarding, scuba diving, hiking, reading, or challenging himself to learn something new! The song that resonates with him the most is “Happy Together” by The Turtles.
Josh is from Snow Camp, NC and has worked at FGS for 2 and a half years. He has completed the horticulture program at Alamance Community College and has been working in the field for over a decade. He and his wife Lindsey are high school sweethearts celebrating 9 years together! Their son, Kai, enjoys soccer and Josh helps coach the team. Josh enjoys fishing, surfing, and taking trips to the mountains and beach with his family and playing in his band, Murdub. He loves poke bowls and sushi. His biggest fear? The unknown. We can all relate, am I right?
Viridian was born in Veracruz, Mexico, but she grew up in Hillsborough, NC. She lives in Durham with her son, Navid. Viridian has an Associate in Arts and is currently working towards her Spanish Facilitator certification. Her Spanish-speaking skills are quite handy for us at FGS! She loves superheroes, but can’t choose a favorite. When she has free time, Viridian likes to play superheroes with Navid, read, work in her garden or watch movies. Her favorite book is, naturally, The Secret Garden. Viridian is thoughtful, kind and her smile always brightens our day!
Jacks was raised in Florida and relocated to North Carolina in 2008. He lives in Durham and loves spending time with his furry “siblings” and office therapists Edison and Truman. Jacks has been driving golf carts around FGS since he was 13 but is relatively new to the plant world. He started at the Garden Center for the spring 2022 season, where he absorbed as much plant knowledge as possible, and then moved back to the office. Now he brings an amazing new vibe to the office and a warm smile to each and every day! His favorite houseplants are Calatheas. If he could go anywhere in the world, he would visit Greece. When he’s not working you can find him spending time with friends, his partner, or (most likely) Edison and Truman. The song that resonates with him the most is “We R Who We R” by Ke$ha.
Lisa started working at For Garden’s Sake at the beginning of 2023 – new year, new face at FGS! She was born in Indianapolis, raised in Northern Virginia and has made her way to Apex with her family and 2 furry friends, Nala (yes, like The Lion King) and Gizmo (yes, like the gremlin). She has been working in landscaping for 12+ years, so we are very lucky to have her as our Landscape Client Care and Admin Sales! When she isn’t at work you can find her spending time with her family outdoors either at her daughter’s soccer game or hiking at Jordan Lake. Her ultimate goal is to travel to Istanbul!
Dylan is a graduate of Penn State University where he majored in Plant Science with a concentration in Turfgrass. He worked previously in golf course and athletic field maintenance. He and his beautiful wife currently live in Chapel Hill with their new puppy, Sadie. Dylan loves being outdoors and enjoys hiking, camping, fishing and archery. When he isn’t fishing, which would be all the time if he could, he enjoys watching history-based movies. His two favorites are Saving Private Ryan and Dances with Wolves.
Andrew was raised in Wilson, NC and recently relocated to Raleigh with his chocolate lab, Waylon. He started with FGS in September 2022 and we are so happy to have him on the team! Andrew enjoys hunting and fishing. If he won the lottery, he would open a bar on the beach. Within the last four years, Andrew has really developed a love for plants and some of his favorites are Camellias, Castor Bean, and Bleeding Heart.
AmberLeigh lived in Raleigh, NC before moving to Cary with her husband and fur babies. She is a UNCG graduate with a degree in Elementary Education and NonProfit Management. She decided teaching elementary school was not for her, however, and found her go-getter personality was perfect for working in sales, administration, and as an instructor. Coming to FGS seemed like a perfect fit for her since she currently owns 50+ houseplants, maintains her own worm compost and has a small outdoor garden. When she and her husband are enjoying time off, they love to relax, explore the Triangle and hang out with loved ones. Her favorite snack of all time? Lay’s Ranch Potato Chips and Pace’s Hot Salsa. Yes, you read that correctly! 100%.
Mariah has been promoted from being the pottery queen at FGS to the Garden Center Manager and we are thrilled to welcome her to the leadership team. Originally from Mid-coast Maine where she grew up with 7 other siblings, Mariah has now been in Durham, NC for the past three years. She spent most of her career in grocery retail, but her love for plants and the green industry brought her to us. Mariah’s love for all things green grew out of spending summers working in landscaping. Her hard-work and exceptional communication skills, strong leadership skills, and the way she makes every customer and staff member a priority made the transition from Pottery Lead to Garden Center Manager a breeze. When she isn’t at FGS, she is cooking, gardening, camping or hiking with her husband. Her laugh is contagious to everyone especially with her favorite drink, a Greyhound cocktail (with vodka instead of gin) in hand!
Morgan is originally from sunny Encinitas, California, but we were fortunate she made the decision to move to NC in 2021. Interestingly, she has quite a bit of training in marine microbiology, but her passion for plants and retail brought her to FGS and we’re delighted. Morgan is sweet and soft-spoken, but don’t let that fool you. She is on top of her game and has added an awesome energy to the Garden Center. She has a knack for details and organization which is perfect for her role! Morgan loves to read, garden, and be outside in nature as much as she can. She loves learning about NC’s native plants and incorporating them into her garden at home. When she has the opportunity, she loves traveling around India.
Amber is from Hendersonville, NC. She grew up on a farm and was always playing in the woods. Her parents taught her plant ID at an early age. She has a minor in Horticulture, volunteered abroad in sustainable agriculture and has worked in the industry for nearly twenty years. Previously she has worked at the Biltmore Estate, The North Carolina Arboretum, in horticultural therapy, as a florist, and has run garden programs in schools. Amber has been a home gardener for many years and has more house plants than she can count! She enjoys spending time with her family, preferably outdoors, and is a long distance open water swimmer. She loves yoga, cooking, traveling and hoarding cats. Three words we use to describe Amber are friendly, adventurous, and sincere.
Joey grew up in Greensboro, NC, and lives in Graham, NC. Before finding his passion for houseplants, Joey worked extensively in the service industry. But he discovered what he really enjoyed was working with plants, and helping people find the perfect plant for their spaces. This made him a perfect fit for our FGS Houseplant Department Sales Lead. When Joey isn’t ordering or tending to the houseplants in the Garden Center, he spends his free time hiking, especially along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian mountains. He loves touring botanical gardens and discovering new music, particularly music that makes you want to move your feet! His favorite books are the Harry Potter series. If he isn’t reading, you might also find him watching Schitt’s Creek while sipping on his favorite cocktail, a Paloma!
Judy cannot call one particular place “where she grew up” because she lived in multiple coastal cities in the US and Japan. Judy has placed roots in Cedar Grove, near Hillsborough, NC where she lives with her husband, dogs, cats and Budgie Birds. Before working in Garden Centers and becoming our houseplant guru, Judy was a Certified Dental Assistant. We are so glad she chose plants over teeth! If you can’t find Judy tending to all the houseplants, she is likely spending time with her grandchildren, fishing in her lake, playing with her animals, tending her garden, or watching Yellowstone. If she could visit anywhere in the world, she would travel to Block Island, Rhode Island and hunt for hidden hand-blown glass orbs. Yes, this is a real thing!
Sunshine lives in Hillsborough, NC with her family. Her brother was the one who named her Sunshine before she was even born. She joined our team in 2019 and has transitioned from part-time staff to Grounds and Hardgoods Department Sales Lead to currently our Tree/Shrub Department Sales Lead. She has always had a love for plants that was cultivated and passed down from her family–especially her grandfather. She knows tons about plants and chances are, if you have a question about one, she will likely have the answer. In her free time, you will find her in her own garden tending to the thousands of plants she has, creating beautiful art, playing with her adorable cats, writing, hiking or visiting arboretums. Her favorite guilty pleasure? Homemade garlic fries. Same.
Teresa grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia before relocating to Chatham County and joining the For Garden’s Sake team. She has always loved the great outdoors, spending time in the sun, and learning about plants. She loves tropical plants most of all. When she is not at FGS, you can find Teresa reading or taking care of her plants and garden. If Teresa won the lottery, she would build a greenhouse and install a heated pool!
Caro grew up in Mooresville, North Carolina. When they were 12 years old, their father gave them their first pothos, and they’ve been growing the collection ever since. In college, they studied Journalism and Political Science at UNC Chapel Hill. Three words used to describe Caro would be thorough, caring, and creative. They’ve been passionate about caring for plants, specifically houseplants, since early adolescence. In their spare time, they like to visit art museums, travel as much as possible, watch horror movies, and see local live music. Their favorite song would have to be “Center of Gravity” by The Brazen Youth. While they may be soft spoken at first, don’t miss the wealth of knowledge they have to offer. Their eyes and smile will brighten your day!
Do you love working with a team that works hard, but likes to have fun at the same time? Working here allows you to enjoy a beautiful, natural environment every day. At FGS, we prioritize caring for our employees as much as we do caring for our customers. You will feel like a part of the FGS community, and you are given opportunities to train, learn, and improve your skill set in any of our divisions.
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Doug has yet again worked his magic. His designs incorporated so many plants from my childhood, memories of my parents and grandparents. Friends bring friends to see our backyard gardens. We have gotten so many compliments on the front yard as well. All are looking forward to seeing it flourish. Jack was amazing. He was here making sure everything was done correctly, and when he didn’t think something was right he jumped in to help, even helping dig the dry creek bed by hand. Thank you. So much. That this special place I first knew with Mrs. Davis back in 1999 has made my garden dreams come true means everything to me.”