Newsletter Volume 12 Number 1

New Garden Shop Now Open
at Carolina Native!

Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 5:50
Now Open Saturday, 8:30 – 3:00

Carolina Native Nursery has finally done it. We have built a new area strictly for our retail clients. We will offer our region’s most complete selection of native shrubs as well as perennials, ferns, and a few understory trees. Plus our dedicated staff has the expertise to help you make the right decision for your garden. We are on google maps. You can find more information on our website, or please give us a call if you have any questions.

Design Services Available

Carolina Native is excited to offer landscape design services for your home and business. Many of our clients, retail as well as landscape installation firms, have asked over the years for our help in landscape design. Carolina Native design team focuses on combining locally grown native ferns, perennials, shrubs, and trees and locally sourced materials to create functional and aesthetically pleasing landscapes. Our goal is for final the plan to blend into our beautiful natural environment, insuring a haven for birds and wildlife, bringing the outside world to life at your back door. Our professionals have the expertise and resources to make this happen. Call or email for an appointment.

Our Trucks in your Neighborhood?
Get on our Email list now!

We need to know if you want to be on the ‘Truck in Your Neighborhood’ email lists. Carolina Native will start to notify clients when we have partial loads of plants scheduled in your area. We spoke with many of you at the trade shows this winter about this. So we have gone ahead and added many current clients to these lists. But please don’t take it for granted we have you covered. Please drop us a line to make sure we have you on board. As we get busier this spring, we may be able to save you some money and get plants to you when you need them.

Notes from the Road

By Shelby Singleton

I’ve been lucky enough to spend a week on the road traveling through the beautiful countryside of Virginia and into the Washington metropolitan area. It was a great week with stops in Roanoke, Richmond, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Fairfax, and Washington DC. Visits with landscape architects, perennial growers, and nursery managers were exciting, fun, and full of new information for me. I always enjoy these visits because it’s a great time to build relationships, check out new plant trends, make sales, and just get out of the office for a little bit.

Mike Hildebrand of James River Nurseries was kind enough to invite us to his nursery to speak to a group of LAs, horticulturists and other green industry professionals about the benefits of using native plants. Robert Saunders of Saunders Brothers also did a fantastic presentation about Boxwoods and new plants from his nursery. We had a great time with a great group! I also took a trip into DC to visit our friends at Oehme van Sweden Landscape Architecture and they showed me all kind of exciting new projects they are doing at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and all over the state of NY. I had a great time with a native perennial grower in Northern Virginia going through greenhouses and looking at new transplants. Thank you to all the people that hosted me and if I didn’t see you on this trip, I’ll be sure to stop and visit during my trip! Here’s to a successful Spring!

Want birds in Your Yard:
Plant Native Plants

We were fortunate to be asked to attend a conference in Charlotte hosted by the Audubon North Carolina discussing Urban Forestry for Bird Friendly Communities. The bottom line of the day long discussion was, if you want more birds in your yard, community, or in general, plant native. Why?

Birds eat bugs. In fact, most feed their young bugs and bugs only. Bugs eat native plants, not exotic ones. If you do not plant native plants and don’t feed some bugs you won’t have the birds. Is this not as simple as it gets? Plus, I don’t know of anyone that minds if the birds eat the bugs.

Bugs have evolved to eat the plants that are local, or native. And that took 1000s of years for this evolution to happen. Consequently, these bugs have not had the millennia to change their tastes to eat exotic plants we have introduced, like most of the plants you find at your big box or even garden centers. That goes for fancy cultivars too. Want to learn more? Try reading Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home. Or go to the web and do some research, you will find the evidence overwhelming.

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Asheville Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale

Friday May 2rd 1:00-6:00
Saturday May 3th 8:30-3:00

Marshall Native Gardens Plant Sale

Madison Cty. Library
Saturday May 17th 9:00-2:30

Trade Shows Were Wonderful

MANTS, Green & Growin’ New England Grows: We hit them all. We had a fantastic time, saw lots of friends, and made some new contacts and even some sales. Thanks to all of you that stopped and said Hi!

Find us on Facebook

We have posted lots of pictures, update information regularly, and will keep you informed about deliveries to your area and plant specials.

We Recycle Pots

We pick up and reuse #3 and #7 posts! Give us a call for pick up.


Carolina Native Nursery
1126 Prices Creek Rd.
Burnsville, NC 28714
828.682.1471 (ph)
828.682.1303 (fax)