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Nursery and Staff

Carolina  Native Nursery Staff

Carolina Native Nursery is located in Burnsville, N.C. in the Southern Appalachian Mountains 30 north of Asheville.  Established in 2003, Carolina Native grows close to 200 species of eastern U.S. native shrubs, perennials, ferns, and grasses. We specialize in rhododendrons, azaleas, and Mt. Laurels indigenous to the Southern Appalachian mountains that we grow from seed. Carolina Native’s clients range from landscape architects, landscape design and installations firms, independent garden centers, commercial developers, and gardeners that want native plants for their backyards. In fact, you can find our plants on the Biltmore Estate, in Central Park, on the Mall in D.C., at Monticello, and gardens both public and private from Atlanta to Maine. Plus, our retail area is open Monday -Friday 8:30-5:00 from April 1st through Thanksgiving. Please plan on coming to see us soon.

Bill Jones, Founder and President


Bill is President and Founder of Carolina Native Nursery. Bill resigned from AT&T in 1991 to be founder and President of Terra Systems  in Charlotte, N.C. Terra Systems Specialized in organic based lawn and shrub care services  before selling to Scotts. Inc in late 2001.  Bill is a member in good standing of The Sierra Club, The N.C. Nurseryman and Landscape Association, the Virginia Nurseryman’s Association, International Plant Propagators Society, and the Asheville Rugby Club. He has served on the Charlotte Tree Commission, Earthday Charlotte Festival (chairman), the Asheville Tree Commission (chair for 4 years), the Strategic Planning Council for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service for NC A&T University and chaired the western region, and the Asheville Civic Center Commission. He has also served on the board of trustees for The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Asheville Greenworks.  Bill founded Carolina Native to aid in the preservation of the plants, birds, butterflies, bees, and the rest of the flora and fauna that make western N.C. one of the truly special places  in the world.

Bill lives in Asheville with his wife Jill and sons Will (Emory University, 20) and Henry (18).

Shelby Singleton Jackson, Horticulturist and Head of Sales

    5-6' Boursault Rhododendron   

Shelby’s responsibilities include better client relations, increasing awareness of plant availability, and sales. As importantly, her eye for overall plant quality demanded at superior garden centers, high end landscape design and installation  firms, and  landscape architects are  essential to Carolina Native’s continued success. She joined us in 2010 and became part owner in 2014.

Shelby, a University of Tennessee Horticulture alumnus, came to us after 3 years as Nursery Sales Manager at BB Barns in Asheville. She brings extensive knowledge to our staff in native plants, as they are one of her passions, and also well beyond the shrubs that we currently offer. Her experience besides sales includes, speaking and leading seminars, horticultural research in the field and the laboratory, landscape design and consulting. She is an N.C.N.L.A. Certified Plant Professional. She has served on the Hendersonville Tree Commission and on the Horticulture Technology board at Blue Ridge Community College.

Shelby Makes 40 Under 40

Shelby currently lives  in Asheville with her husband Jonathan, cats(Sonny and Pickles) and Lilly (the dog).

Emily Driskill, Nursery Manager

Nursery Manager

Emily is an alumna of The Evergreen State College where she earned a B.A./B.S. with concentrations in Botany and Sustainable Agriculture. She joined Carolina Native in 2016.  Her many seasons of botany fieldwork in the Pacific northwest, the western Rockies, the southern Appalachians, and the mid-Atlantic coastal plain have given her a solid background in native plants and their roles in the ecosystem.  Emily came to us highly recommended by the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, where she worked on the Seeds of Success crew collecting seeds of native plant populations in the service of conservation, research, and restoration efforts.  As Nursery Manager at Carolina Native, Emily is in charge of plant propagation and production, including seed collection and processing, irrigation, I.P.M., nursery personnel, and more.  Emily lives on a small homestead in Mars Hill, NC, with her partner and their family.

John Benner: Retail Specialist


All of our retail clients have met John Benner. He manages our retail area. John brings over 30 years of garden center experience to Carolina Native. We met John years ago as we made deliveries to Feed Seed in Weaverville, N.C. for their retail and landscaping divisions. He has been with us over 6 years, has done about every job there is to do, now has run of the nursery to bring the best we grow to our retail sales area. He enjoys sharing his extensive plant knowledge with all his clients. Please plan on coming for a visit.

John lives on a small farm in Mars Hill, N.C. with his wife Marie.

Rob Ray: Construction manager and Assistant Nursery Manager

Rob joined Carolina Native in 2009 and is a native of Burnsville. Since then, he has been an integral part of Carolina Native’s continued expansion. His responsibilities include greenhouse and cold frame construction, irrigation construction and maintenance, facilities and equipment maintenance, and much more. Around the plants, Rob prunes, is vital in seedling production, aids in development of potting up and other SOP’s, and helps in pulling orders and delivery.

Rob lives in the tiny house he built on a small farm in Burnsville.