A Little bit About Us . . .
We opened as a retail garden center in North Augusta, SC in 1973, where we began to offer the old and the new in plant material for the Deep South. We are a family owned and operated business, and this is where our family has lived for over 250 years.
Since our opening, we have made a concerted effort to search out the new, the rare and the unusual to make available to our customers. By the early 1980's we realized that many new botanical jewels that gardeners wanted for their collections were not available on the wholesale market. We then began to grow these for our local constituents, and by the late 80's, we began to supply landscapers in the Augusta area. It wasn't until the early 90's that we began to put together a wholesale catalog and make a determined effort to begin a wholesale division. Since then we have established a link to many valued clients.
In a small nursery in Japan a single plant of Caryopteris divaricata 'Snow Fairy' was found. This is one of the best variegated herbaceous perennials for the Deep South, as its white borders will not burn even in 100°F heat and full sun. It performs far better than any other Caryopteris in the South.
We are having requests for this plant now from almost every continent. We are visited yearly by nurserymen from Japan and Europe seeking new plants for their nurseries.
In 2001, because of a highway expansion, we were forced to move our retail garden center from where we had been located for almost 30 years. We decided to move to the same tract on which our wholesale operation is located, from where it would be easier to service our sales yard. We are beginning a display garden, which we hope will continue through the years. Here customers can see plants in their more mature form in a garden setting. All of the plants that we grow are available at our retail garden center.
We have a full garden line of fertilizers, chemicals, hardware, ornamental concrete and pots. In addition, we offer a design service and can arrange for installation. We welcome group tours of our growing operation with garden clubs and master gardeners of 15 or more individuals. Within our wholesale division we offer almost 1,000 selections in our catalog with another 500 or so under evaluation for future introduction. About two thirds of these are "woodies" and the remainder are perennials, vines and tropicals.
We can also deliver on our own trucks. Our normal delivery area is as far north as Maryland and Virginia and as far west as Tennessee and Alabama. We welcome inquiries for special orders outside our normal delivery area. You may request a wholesale catalog on your company letterhead.We have enjoyed the continuing support of our existing clientele and have found many new customers from all over!
We are just a few minutes drive from I-20 at Exit 5 in South Carolina, about 3 hours from downtown Atlanta, 1 hour from Columbia and just across the river from Augusta, Georgia.
Many people wonder about our name. "Caroliniana" is a botanical species epithet meaning "from the Carolinas" in Latin. For instance, Carolina cherry is Prunus caroliniana, or literally "a prune from the carolinas.
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