February 11, 2013

Gardening in Salisbury/Rowan County, North Carolina

Gardening is the most popular hobby, a pursuit that takes so much of you and yet gives so much back. Gardening is an avocation, a passion, a calling. It's getting out of the car after a long day, and finding you can't wait to drag the watering hose, tend tomatoes, and transplant perennials. In the hierarchy of all things important, gardening is very near the top. Gardening teaches the joy of nurturing, the delight of caring for seedlings and plants that depend on you for light, water, and life. Gardening lets you pass along the awe to the youngsters in your life. Together you plant radish and carrot seeds and you get as excited as they do when the seedlings poke out of the ground — not to mention that kids who grow radishes and carrots are more likely to eat them!

The gardening season is around the corner in the Piedmont of North Carolina!  Salisbury/Rowan County is fortunate to have a plethora of locally owned garden and nursery centers to help you fill your garden and landscape needs!  You'll have fun perusing these local garden businesses as you fill your landscape here in Rowan County!

♣ The Garden Greenhouses  (704-636-7208)  4070 Woodleaf Road
The Garden,  located in Salisbury, NC is the Region's largest garden center.   John Sherrill and family have owned & operated The Garden since 1978.  The Garden is committed to the tradition of being the premier provider of quality plants,  trees & shrubs in Rowan County, NC, and extended areas. At  The Garden Greenhouse, they strive to have new, and exciting products that you will not find anywhere else, while maintaining quality, supply and attractive prices.

♣ Rufty’s Garden Shop   (704-636-4742) 1335 W Innes St

Rufty's Garden Shop offers unique, high-end garden products, plants, and supplies. Rufty’s has a wonderful selection of  fountains, statues, pottery, benches, birdbaths, birdhouses, bird feeders, trees, shrubbery, flowers, seeds, unique gifts, holiday supplies, and so much MORE! A Horticulturist/Landscape Designer is on board to assist you to make your surroundings beautiful.

♣ Godley’s Garden Center & Nursery (704-638-0082) 2281 Statesville Blvd

Godley's Garden Center & Nursery in Salisbury, NC has served Rowan County for over 20 years with a wide variety of garden greenery, services, and products that add beauty and value to any property. Godley’s offers plants and garden supplies, daily delivery services, hardscaping and water features and other home and gardening accents in our gift shop. Godley’s know-how can help you overcome any garden, landscape or design challenge.

♣ Clines Landscaping (704-636-3240) 2205 Old Concord Road

Clines Landscaping is a full service landscape company that also offers bulk landscape materials such as mulch, stone, sand, and dirt. Clines offers hardscaping material, water features, landscapes design, and paver patios.

♣ Carolina Lily (704-639-0033) 1375 Kern Carlton Road

While not a garden center in the true sense, Carolina Lily is a source of inspiration for gardeners.  The circa 1890 farmplace is surrounded by acres of woodland and cultivated gardens against a backdrop of century old boxwoods and magnolias. Carolina Lily’s cottage shops have charming accessories for home and garden as well as carefully selected gift items.  Carolina Lily hosts many special events, such as Picnic-in-a-Pot or Tea-Party-in-a-Hat, Arts and Crafts shows, Vintage Fashion Shows, Mother’s Day Teas,  and Fairy Frolics for children. Carolina Lily is a perfect spot for unique bridal luncheons, a book or garden club meeting, or lunch with a friend.

Shamrock & Thistle Landscape Design (704-577-9965)

A woman-owned and operated landscape design company that will help you take your vision of your garden spaces and transform them into realities. Sue McHugh of Shamrock & Thistle has designed every form of garden from woodland escapes, to herb and cottage gardens, to formal parterres in the Salisbury area. Customers will tell you that Ms. McHugh listens to clients like no other, incorporating client’s visions into a personal experience. Shamrock and Thistle takes you every step of the way towards realizing your landscaping and outdoor room goals.

Salisbury Realtor Greg Rapp has several beautiful properties listed right now that fit the gardener’s dream!  309 E Bank Street, the circa 1895 Julian Phillips House, is a gardener’s paradise.  Already planted with a profusion of Knock-Out roses, azaleas, and fall blooming chrysanthemums, this charming Victorian home offers even more opportunities for garden charm.  The small brick patio off the side porch with its long stemmed roses is just waiting for the gardener’s touch. 

The spectacular antique and historic home at 304 W. Horah Street, the circa 1852 Thomas T. Maxwell house, features raised bed herb gardens off its side sunroom, and its covered patio is crying for container garden creativity.  Its rolling lawn is the perfect canvas for perennial gardens, hosta beds, and perhaps an antique fern garden.   

The cute little circa 1930’s brick bungalow at 1403 S. Fulton Street has an very large fenced –in back yard with garden potential galore!  The concrete block wall of a neighboring building would make for a very interesting and creative wall garden space ~ creating a courtyard experience in this wonderful space. 

In a world where conflict and strife seem to surround us, gardeners create a space where peace and beauty reign. In a time of rampant selfishness, gardeners set the example of selflessness. For it's impossible to garden only for yourself. All the birds, butterflies, and passersby in your neighborhood soak up the colors and textures you design into your personal nature-scaping. And mostly, gardeners are good stewards of each small patch of earth, knowing they are helping to heal the planet, one garden at a time.

To picture yourself in one of these or another one of Salisbury’s home gardens, call Greg Rapp at 704.213.6846.  Any number of possibilities reign here, with plenty of garden centers and support teams at your service!

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