Fall is finally almost here, and that means it’s time to put out those mums and other fall plants. While you can pick up pumpkins and the like just about anywhere, why not make a trip to support one of many locally-owned nurseries?
Professional garden centers like these ones are usually well-stocked and very knowledgeable about gardening in the area. Plus, you can support local businesses at a time when they need it most.
Here’s a list of 10 locally-owned nurseries in or near the Triangle.
1. Gunter’s Greenhouse – Durham
Gunter’s Greenhouse is an unassuming favorite in Durham. One of several locally-owned nurseries in the Bull City, Gunter’s specializes in hard-to-find houseplants. In addition to their unique plant varieties, you might get lucky enough find a few cats lazing about in the sun.
4618 Angier Ave
Durham, NC 27703
2. Durham Garden Center – Durham
Durham Garden Center was started by Plantworks Nursery, one of the many locally-owned nurseries in the Triangle in 2001. In addition to plants and anything else you might need for gardening, Durham Garden Center also offers gardening classes throughout the year.
4536 Hillsborough Rd
Durham, NC 27705
3. For Garden’s Sake – Durham
Located a few miles south of Southpoint down Highway 751, For Garden’s Sake is a bit of a destination unto itself. The retail garden center is situated on 20 gorgeous acres. In addition to an enormous selection of plants, it’s a great place to just get out and enjoy some time outdoors.
9197 NC Hwy 751
Durham, NC 27713
4. Stone Bros. & Byrd – Durham
Stone Bros. & Byrd definitely takes the cake for the oldest establishment on this list. Fans of 1980s cinema might remember the store from “Bull Durham.” Opened in 1914, Stone Bros. is a Durham landmark in addition to being an excellent source of plants, seeds, fertilizers, and anything else one might need for the garden. Make sure to check out the country hams hanging from the ceiling.
700 Washington St
Durham, NC 27701
5. Logan’s Garden Shop – Raleigh
Logan’s Garden Shop is part of the Logan Trading Co. at Seaboard Station in Raleigh. The founder of the business, Robert Logan Jr., built the business after starting out at local farmers markets in 1965. Like many of the other locally-owned nurseries on this list, Logan’s Garden Shop is a repository of both plants and local gardening knowledge. Also part of the business is Seaboard Cafe, which serves breakfast and lunch.
707 Semart Dr
Raleigh, NC 27604
6. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center – Raleigh
Homewood Nursery has been operating in Raleigh since 1967. They make an effort to source plants from local growers and providing knowledge about gardening in the area. However, if you decide to buy your fall plants from here, make sure to come back in November. They have an annual tradition in which they fill the nursery with over 30,000 bright red poinsettias they grow themselves.
10809 Honeycutt Rd
Raleigh, NC 27614
7. Campbell Road Nursery – Raleigh
Open since 1981, Campbell Road Nursery is all about the plants. Especially these days, as they’ve closed the indoor portion of the store and kept all shopping outside. They have some of the best prices on plants in the Triangle, and the people are very sweet and knowledgeable about gardening in this area. Truly a local favorite.
2804 Campbell Rd
Raleigh, NC 27606
8. Garden Supply Co. – Cary
Garden Supply Company started out as a design and landscape company in 1996. These days, it’s the go-to place in Cary for plants and all other things gardening. Make sure to check out their selection of local honeys — just in time for hot tea season.
1421 Old Apex Rd
Cary, NC 27513
9. Piedmont Feed & Garden Center – Chapel Hill
Located on Highway 54 just a few short, beautiful miles past Chapel Hill, Piedmont Feed & Garden Center boasts an enormous selection of plants. In addition, the center is a fantastic go-to spot for all things pets, equestrian activities, livestock, poultry, and wild bird activities.
4805 Nc Hwy 54 W.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
10. Down Home Garden Center & General Store – Mebane
Located off US 70 just west of the Triangle in Mebane, you might find Down Home Garden & General Store worth the extra drive. In addition to being a full-service garden supply, the place also functions as a country-themed old-fashioned general store. The shop sells local food items and all things seasonal. They even have a year-round Christmas room.
6500 US 70 W
Mebane, NC 27302