Fairview Garden Center got its start almost 40 years ago through Jo Ann Dewar’s interest in gardening.
Fairview is situated on 13 acres that was once the Dewar family farm. Back in the early 70s, Dewar’s husband bought her several greenhouses where she could indulge her passion for growing things. She began growing plants in coffee cans that she sold to the Winn-Dixie grocery chain. At 81, Jo Ann still works in the business on a daily basis. She is often the first to arrive and the last to leave.
From these humble beginnings, Fairview has grown into one of the area’s largest retail garden centers.
Three generations presently work at the garden center.
“It is truly a family business for sure,” says Heather Rollins, Fairview’s marketing director and assistant nursery manager.
Heather is married to Jo Ann Dewar’s grandson, Brad Rollins. Brad and Heather met while in the Horticulture Club at N.C. State University and went on to receive degrees in horticultural science from the school.
While Brad’s role is Vice President of the Garden Center and Nursery Manager, his grandmother is still in charge of the garden center greenhouse.
“Brad handles the outside stuff and his grandmother handles the inside stuff,” said Rollins.
Brad’s mother, Susan is President of Fairview and his aunt, Phyllis, is the Assistant General Manager.
Fairview’s state-of-the-art garden center was built in 2004. The business sells a wide variety of shrubs and trees and grows its own annuals and perennials.
Fairview carries a full line of garden pottery, statuary and flower containers, as well as home décor and outdoor furniture and features a gift boutique that sells unique gifts and seasonal decorations. The garden center also has a floral department that specializes in silk and dried floral arrangements, either custom or ready-made.
Brad and Heather are especially excited about a new upcoming venture. The Fairview Garden Center has teamed up with several of the most popular food trucks of the Triangle to offer the first-ever “Flora and Food Trucks Series.” These events will be held on March 30, April 20 and May 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
“We wanted to do something different with marketing this year,” says Heather. “We thought it might be fun to tap into the local food truck revolution that is so popular in the Durham and Raleigh areas.”
The idea is an organically grown festival that is run by local businesses, supporting local businesses. The goal of this event is to showcase the importance of locally grown plants and locally prepared food.
“It’s no secret that local plants and local food go hand-in-hand” says Brad. “We want our community to be able to enjoy both.”
Event attendees will have the opportunity to attend classes on vegetable gardening or herb gardening as well as receive discounts on plants with a food truck purchase.
The events are family-friendly and admission is free. The food trucks will be charging their regular prices for the food offered.
Each event day will feature four to five food trucks. Participating food trucks are Blue Sky Dining, Chirba Chirba Dumpling, Deli-icious, The Humble Pig, Olde North State BBQ, Only Burger, Porchetta, Sarge’s Chef on Wheels, Sweet Stacey Cakes and Sympathy for the Deli.
The vegetable and herb gardening classes are free and open to the public, but attendees need to sign up in advance.
The Fairview Garden Center hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center is located at 8224 Holly Springs Road in Raleigh.
Guests can find out more about the event and food truck details by visiting www.fairviewgardencenter.com.
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