St. James Plantation Has A “Secret” Garden

North Carolina’s Growing Season

For many of our transplanted northerners, the growing season in coastal North Carolina is one of nature’s best gifts.  From novice to master gardener, you will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labors while driving through the many neighborhoods of St. James Plantation. In addition to marveling at the unique, individual home gardens, you will see the common areas that have been beautifully landscaped and maintained. 

The Secret Garden

My favorite spot is tucked away in the Woodlands Park. Maintained by volunteers, it is a living example of native plants that will thrive in our temperate climate. Each plant is identified so that you can discover which flowering plants will work for you. Of course, there is the trial-and-error method too. When we moved here in 2003, I planted a massive garden…and the deer loved me for it.

A beautiful patch of weeds in the dirt.

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