Exploring Durham

Find everything for a lawn and garden update
Mar. 22, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

The beauty of a place matters, and by a ratio of nearly four to one, in Durham residents rank community appearance as a high community priority at a rate of four to one. It is no surprise Tthat interest in beautiful landscapes carries over to a homeowner’s property in Durham.

Fortunately, there are many lawn and garden places in Durham that offer these products and o choose from in Durhamservices. In addition to the myriad of big-box retailers, Tthere are 10 locally owned gardening specialty stores, and several of which that have been mainstays in the community for more than 350 years.

Serving Durham since 1914, For garden centers with a wide variety of products, find everything for the garden at Stone Brothers & Byrd has a passion for sharing knowledge about plants, pests, seeds and weeds, Inc. or Barnes Supply Company. In Downtown Durham near the Historic Durham Athletic Park, in addition to lawn and garden supplies, customers will spy country hams and sausages hanging from the ceiling next to jars of old-time candy sticks and barrels of homemade molasses.   

Three other stores have been serving the Durham community for more than 50 years -- Red Mill Landscape and Nursery, Barnes Supply Company and Witherspoon Rose Garden.    For a local approach to gardening products, look to Durham Garden Center, which only carries locally-grown seasonal plant materials along with perennials, shrubs, trees and ground covers.

Red Mill, which specializes in landscaping and irrigation services, is a family-owned business with a full-service retail nursery offering both commercial and residential services. Although it is known primarily for its wide assortment of pet food, For ornamental trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials, and landscaping services, look to Kiefer Landscaping and Nursery, Durham Garden Center, Red Mill Landscape & Nursery and Tree Frog Nursery in Rougemont. For stone, mulch, boulders, gravel and other types of lawn and garden supplies, find everything at the Rock Shop.

Gunters Greenhouse is a great place to find flowers, vegetables and herbs. Barnes Supply on Ninth Street offers a great selection of lawn and garden supplies including bird feeders and pottery.

If you like roses, find more than 2,000 rose bushes on display at to choose from at Witherspoon Rose Culture.  In addition to selling more than 100 varieties of roses, Witherspoon offers a variety of services in the care and maintenance of gardens.  They even host weddings and other special events onsite with packages for weddings, receptions, showers and photo sessions.

Also with at least 30 years of service in DurhamLooking for trees? Try Architectural Trees, a tree Nursery in Bahama.  are Gunters Greenhouse, Kiefer Landscaping and The Rock Shop.  For a full list of locally owned specialty garden and landscaping stores go to www.durham-nc.com/shopping/ and click on Specialty Gardens.

Did you know? The Durham County Cooperative Extension Service offers free soil testing for lawns and gardens.

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.