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A wonderful visit to Gary's Nursery in New Bern, NC
Posted by Ken-Charlotte
on 5/2/2019, 9:13 am
I had heard of Gary's Nursery for 20 years, and had met Gary in Raleigh at a Southeastern Palms Society meeting about 10 years ago, but had never had the pleasure of visiting him at his nursery until a week ago today. New Bern is 4.5 hours east of Charlotte & I rarely make it there.
Gary could not have been more hospitable with his time, his grounds, and his vast knowledge. His Southern grace and good humor were ever-present. We spoke about recent winters, his customer base, soils, palm hardiness, his legendary connections to all things Palms over 40 years: the Sabal Birmingham, Woodlanders down in Aiken, SC, all the Raleigh landmarks such as the Raulston Arboretum, Pullen Park, JC Park, and Tony Avent; Tamar Myers; the guy down in Georgia who passed away in his 90's; the heat of Columbia; the "Windmill Belt" from Raleigh to Charlotte to Greenville, SC, and really everything.
My friends who live in New Bern will be back to visit Gary's Nursery. I urge everyone to go, if you can!