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Nursery and Staff

Carolina  Native Nursery

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 100 species of eastern U.S. native shrubs. 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.

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 lives in Asheville with his wife Jill and sons Will (18) and Henry (16).

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.

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


Emily Driskill, Nursery Manager

Nursery Manager

Emily comes highly recommended to us from the N.C. Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill. A graduate from Evergreen State College where she achieved degrees in Botany and Sustainable Agriculture, Emily has spent lots of time in the field working with native plants. She has done work in California, Washington, and the coast of N.C.. Emily in responsible for all aspects of managing the nursery including all IPM inspections, irrigation management, nursery personnel, and much more.

Emily currently lives in Mars Hill with her partner and their family where they enjoy gardening, fermenting, and other homesteading activities.

Lee Dugger, Native Landscape Design

Lee Dugger Carolina Native


Lee’s responsibilities will be to help establish the landscape design department concentrating on the use of native plants.

Lee, a landscape designer, comes from a background spanning over 30 years. With a working knowledge in sustainable and native plant design he has developed landscape designs in this region since the late eighties. Lee has a degree in Landscape Horticulture with an emphasis on Landscape Design from Auburn University and started his career on the Gulf Coast. He is a registered North Carolina Landscape Contractor and North Carolina Certified Plant Professional.

Lee lives in east Asheville with his wife, Martha, their dog and two cats. They have two children who are currently in college.