Georgia has over 3000 species of native flowers. For those of us who would like to expand or create a native garden but don’t know where to start, try one of these garden centers and nurseries. They are your first line of attack when attempting to xeriscape, naturalize, or eradicate invasive or exotic plants out of your garden and replace with natives.
Bannister Creek Nursery, 3769 Rogers Bridge Road, Duluth GA. 30097, 770-497-9905
Owners Harry and Rona Bethea
Hours: Summer: Thursday through Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday: 12 noon to 5 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday: By Appointment Only; Closed Mondays
Bannister Creek Nursery is not a garden center, they specialize in hard to find specimens and native plants and are a complete nursery center. They take time with their customers so don’t go there expecting to be rushed or treated like a number.
Nearly Native Nursery, 776 McBride Road, Fayetteville, Ga 30215 , 770-460-6284
www.nearlynativenursery.com, Nearly Native Nursery is a specialty nursery that promotes, sells, and propagates native plants for all types of landscapes.
Wilkerson Mill Gardens 9595 Wilkerson Mill Rd, Palmetto, GA 30268, 770-463-2400, www.hydrangea.com
Owner: Gene Griffith
Hours: They are open Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 9 to 5, through the first weekend in June.
Their website is filled with poetry and photos, and just makes you feel homey. They have an extensive catalog of plants, but don’t overwhelm them. They are a small, family owned business, but its one of my favorites.
Walker Nursery Farms, 2024 Walt Stephens Road, Jonesboro, GA 30236, 770-471-6011, www.walkernursery.com
If you are looking for a garden center with a casual atmosphere and knowledgeable staff, come and visit one of Atlanta’s most diverse nurseries with over 3,000 varieties of plants for you to choose from.
Autumn Hill Nursery, 4256 Earney Road, Woodstock, GA 30188, 770-442-3901, www.autumnhillnursery.com
Autumn Hill Nursery, nestled in east Cherokee County, is a charming, family-owned nursery stocked with hundreds of varieties of trees, shrubs, roses and perennials.
Buck Jones Nursery, 7470 Hickory Flat Hwy, Woodstock, GA 30188, 770-345-5506, www.buckjonesnurserywoodstock.com
Hours: Monday 8 am to 5 pm
Tuesday 8 am to 5 pm
Wednesday 8 am to 5 pm
Thursday 8 am to 5 pm
Friday 8 am to 5 pm
Saturday (March – May &
September – October) 8 am to 2 pm
Just a short drive from most of Metro Atlanta, their Woodstock location offers one of the largest selections of quality trees and plants in the area. On top of our amazing selection of plant material, they also offer a vast assortment of hardline materials including Sims Stone, natural stone, and bagged and bulk mulch.
For more information about native plants in Georgia, check out “A Georgia Native Plant Guide” by Mercer University Press.