There’s the kind of person who buys a home to fix up the inside. And the kind of person who buys a home to fix up the outside. Sometimes the right home is about more than the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. If having a bountiful home garden is important to you, Western North Carolina has the four-season climate and diversity of native plants that you need!
But once you have the land and plan for your garden, where do you go? Where are the best locations for seeds, seedlings, mature plants, tools, and supplies? After all, you don’t want to be too tired from running all over town to enjoy your gardening!
Luckily, our agents are masters of home interiors AND exteriors. We asked them: Where is the best place to go for gardening supplies?
I have two go-to places that meet different needs. For all my plantings, native and otherwise, I go to the WNC Farmers Market. They have great options on a seasonal basis—everything from rose bushes (I am a rosarian) to excellent offerings during the Christmas holiday season. For mulch, fertilizers, and other similar options, I get those items from Leicester Supply. They are great people, supportive of the local community, and always have everything I need.
Fifth Season Asheville has amazing selection of not just plants, but every accessory you can imagine. They have sections for urban homesteaders and hobbyists like beekeepers, composters, and home brewers. They even have a bar inside the garden center that serves local and house-made brews on tap. They also host a variety of thoughtful classes and seminars.
Another fun one that some people might not know about is Appalachian Tropicals in Fairview. They supply many other local shops and grocery stores with loads of orchids and air plants that they grown in-(green)house. They also offer a Blooming Orchid Exchange program, where you can take in your old orchid after the flowers are gone and get a a big discount on a new one. That way, you can always have beautiful blooms in your home.
Raymond’s Garden Center in Hendersonville has been family owned and operated since 1993. They have reasonable prices and carry a wide selection of indigenous WNC plants. They are open year round and on Saturdays.
I loooove B. B. Barns Garden Center. I have a brown thumb and zero vision for landscaping, but this place is dreamy. I also don’t like being dirty. I stroll around and imagine myself gardening while wearing a big straw hat, pristine gardening gloves, and a Lilly Pulitzer sundress.
Jesse Israel & Sons Nursery & Garden Center at the WNC Farmers Market is one of the best places to go for gardening supplies. They’ve been in business for more than 50 years and feature top quality trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, herbs, and bedding plants.
One of my favorite things about working in our Biltmore Park office is that I can walk out the door to the weekly tailgate market, City Market South. Every Wednesday from April–October, the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project puts on this mini market event that includes everything from local plants and produce to other local foods and goods. I can feed my sweet tooth and pick up some new plants in one quick break!
Hendersonville has a variety of garden shops and nurseries. Ace Hardware on Greenville Highway has a nice selection of plants and garden supplies. Linda’s Plants and Shrubs has the best hanging baskets. Raymond’s Garden Center and Brigg’s Garden Center have a wide variety of native plants. They are very helpful in designing your garden, as well. Hendersonville’s Garden Jubilee every Memorial Day Weekend is a gardener’s dream come true.
B. B. Barns Garden Center is the best! This is my toy store. They might charge a little more, but they take good care of their plants. And once you bring them home, they will last longer for you. If you watch for sales, you can snag some good pre-season deals. Plus, they seem to have the best variety no matter what you are looking for—whether it be flowers, herbs, shrubs, or trees. Their staff really know their stuff and can educate you on what would work best for your landscape.
My all-time favorite nursery to visit in the spring, summer, and fall is Painter’s Greenhouse in Old Fort. If you live near east Asheville, Fairview, or Black Mountain, Painter’s is only a 15-25 minute drive. They have a large selection of beautiful flowers, trees, and herbs. Every year, I load up my SUV with flowers to brighten my yard and create an arrangement of flower pots. For many garden tools and supplies, the local Ace Hardware has you covered. Happy gardening!
I recommend Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack in Black Mountain. It’s not only the most adorable garden setting to enjoy, but Mellie is extremely knowledgeable. While you are there, you can also enjoy “the best chicken sandwich ever” at the Black Eyed Susan Cafe. Or stay for an evening glass of wine at the onsite unWINE’d wine bar. What a great shop!!!
Photos from Wes Hight