Thursday, September 3, 2009

Zone 8 Gardens

For me, summertime in Wilmington, North Carolina always means a trip or two or three to

 Zone 8 Gardens

This is a gem of a garden center and is owned by

Dick Stinson

Upon arriving at Zone 8 Gardens,

one is greeted by very loud classical music that seems to be coming from the trees. 

Immediately, you know that a unique experience is at hand. 

The gardens are truly beautiful


Dick and his staff have planted them out over the years

with sub-tropicals that do well in our coastal

Zone 8 environment.  I’m thinking the garden center

has more plants in the ground to see than it has to sell.  Dick

personally showed me what was blooming!



Dick is a collector.  He collects plants and art.  

Although I loved all of the plants,

I also admired this very large chicken.


This smaller one however, was more within my budget.


How about this pelican? 


Dick built this wall inside his greenhouse entirely out of

old windows. 

It is stunning!


My eye was drawn to this lobster sitting on the sill. 

Imagine, a  Lobster in the garden!


I found some ferns in beautiful pots.


and Purple Pixies.  I’ve blogged about these beauties.


Here is Dwarf Podocarpus


and some very happy sunflowers.


Dick is now really into xeriscape plants or those plants that will do well in the zone with little to no care at all. 

Here is just a small part of his aloe, yucca and agave collection for sale.  They are all high energy plants.


This plant has beautiful star-shaped flowers like jasmine.


The Ginger Lilys are so tall and gorgeous and very fragrant as well.  They attract the most interesting moths in the early evening hours!   The moths can easily be mistaken for Hummingbirds.


At the end of the day, Dick (center) can often be found relaxing with friends out back, enjoying the classical music and the conversation in his subtropical garden paradise.


Oh, what a life! 

If you ever find yourself in Wilmington, North Carolina, stop in at Zone 8 Gardens and tell Dick I sent you!


  1. Lovely! Great pix! But where in Wilmington is it?

  2. Hello, you have the most fabulously wonderful site here and I had to leave this comment for you ! Your posts are beautifully written, creative and original too, and you have interesting pictures.

    It's all perfect !

    Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes.... 'Happy September'....

  3. Thanks for sharing this great garden center. I've been dying to come to Wilmington to go to the Ivy Cottage and now I can make a day of it and also visit Zone 8. Maybe I'll even leave with a chicken or lobster! Cheers!

  4. The pelican. That's the one I'd like :)

  5. Beautiful...I have a few of the plants he has...altho I am in zone 9/10.

    Loved his end of the day ritual the most...and that lobster...wild!

  6. What a treat! A town and nursery I hope to visit someday--our guest room furniture was made there in 1860.

  7. Love the huge crab. What a fun place!

  8. How FUN... those metal garden animals!


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