Category Archives: Gardening

With a short and mild winter, Topsail Island has a wonderful climate for gardening. If you have an ocean-front home, the plans used for landscaping have to be salt-tolerant — but there are lots of beautiful plants that thrive by the sea!

Even if you’re just visiting, we recommend a trip to the Pender Pines Gardening Center. The flower displays are stunning, and they have an arboretum, which is similar to a botanical garden. The arboretum has walking paths and ponds between the wonderful foliage. The gardening experts at Pender Pines can also help you plan the landscaping for your Topsail Island home.

Explore the best gardening stores in the Topsail Island area and learn the best flowers, trees and shrubs to plant at your beach house — or, if you’re on vacation, get inspiration for your garden at home! You can always pick up a potted house plant to remind you of your time on the beach.

Andrews’ Produce, Topsail Island’s Farmer’s Market

by Donna Byrd When I was growing up, our family went to the beach every summer for a glorious week in July. Now, when I say family, I really mean the WHOLE family! Aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins…lots of cousins. We all rented condos close together and made the vacation like a huge, week long, family … Continue reading Andrews’ Produce, Topsail Island’s Farmer’s Market

Pender Pines Gardening Center: The Happiest Place on Earth – Part One

  By Donna Byrd I’ve heard people say that the happiest place on earth is Disney World. I know, I get it. Magic Kingdom and all.  I’ll tell you about a magical kingdom.  Since I’ve become a bit of a more, I suppose I could say, “middle aged” woman with grown children, I’ve found a … Continue reading Pender Pines Gardening Center: The Happiest Place on Earth – Part One

Pender Pines Gardening Center: The Happiest Place on Earth (Part 2)

by Donna Byrd I am still at Pender Pines Gardening Center and am now convinced it is Disney, NC.  I have been through the magic kingdom of plants and pretties, piling on my purchases to replicate this piece of heaven in my yard.   Pulling my heavy cart, I walk into a warm blast of moist … Continue reading Pender Pines Gardening Center: The Happiest Place on Earth (Part 2)

Coastal Carolina – Spring Fever Hits Hard

Cause if you gots the fever, I’ve gots the remedy    by Donna Byrd I don’t know….It started a few weeks ago.  I’d been fine up until then…But something’s happening to me.  I can’t stop staring out the window.  It’s like, something’s out there and it’s calling me.  Calling my name!  And, I’m hearing things. … Continue reading Coastal Carolina – Spring Fever Hits Hard