Are Bradford Pears a Curse?

The Greenville (SC) Times recently published interesting articles questioning whether or not Bradford pear (Pyrus calleryana) trees are more trouble than they are worth. Bradford pears can add beautiful spring color with their bountiful white blooms and conical shape. However, the article points out that the trees have a relatively short life span (approximately 20-25 years) and are frustratingly prone to breaking. Apparently, the article was popular, as the paper quickly posted a follow-up article offering alternatives to the Bradford pear. Some of the suggestions included Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia), upright Japanese maples (Acer palmatum), Redbuds (Cercis), or Witch Hazel (Hamamelis vir

Color for Easter!

This year's early Easter has not diminished our options for Easter color! We have a great selection of hanging baskets and garden baskets! Stop by the garden center to see our great options of flowering hanging baskets, garden baskets/container gardens, as well as flowering trees and shrubs.


This page is intended to provide updates on current happenings at the garden center. However, as a North Carolina business, we have to express our immense disapproval of the the actions of State Legislature and Governor in passing HB2. This week, our state government passed a blatantly discriminatory bill that is not only unethical, but unabashedly hateful. The law has turned our beloved NC into a national mockery, and, worse made the people in the LGBT community seem like lesser citizens. While we will continue to avoid political posts, we wanted to make sure our friends, families, and customers in the LGBT community know that HB2 does not represent us as a state, as a community, or as a bu

Flowering Quince is Great for Early Spring Color!

Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles sp.) is one of the first shrubs to bloom in early spring. Southern Living recently wrote an article advocating why the Quince blooms, both on the shrub and as cut flowers, are worth the thorns. They even suggest using the thorny bush as an attractive security feature. Note that most varieties of Quince will grow to fairly tall heights (up to 6' tall), but that pruning can help keep the shrub looking good. Stop by the garden center to see how Flowering Quince will fit into your landscape plan. We can also suggest other spring-blooming options!

Spring has Arrived!!

Spring has finally arrived!!!! We are getting great new shipments of beautiful, unique plants every day. And, as the weather gets warmer, new blooms are popping, so keep checking here, facebook, or Instagram for updates as to what is new and looking good. Of course, if you want to stop by the garden center, our hours are still 9-5, Monday - Saturday. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Thank You for 30 Great Years!!

A Growing Concern opened on March 15, 1986, and today we are celebrating our 30th anniversary! We are so incredibly grateful to all of our customers for making the years so wonderful! In celebration of our 30-year anniversary, we will be giving triple Growing Bucks through this weekend (03/15/16 - 03/20/16)! We look forward to celebrating with you!

More Pre-Spring Color from Candytuft and Dianthus!

As spring approaches, things are looking better and more colorful every day! We have beautiful blooming Candytuft (Iberis) and Dianthus! As spring gets closer, more things are blooming every day. It certainly isn't too early to start planning your spring planting!

Great Pre-Spring Color from Camellias!

Our Camellias (Camellia japonica) are now blooming and looking great! These Camellias are hardy in Zone 6, and these were developed at the NCSU Mountain Research Center in Fletcher. Remember that Camellias thrive in shade to part-shade conditions, and will do better when protected from winter wind. For more information, please contact us, come to the garden center, or refer to the NCSU Cooperative Extension site.

New decorative planters!

As spring is getting closer, we are getting great new things everyday. We have just received these great decorative planters. These planters are textured concrete, and will be great for container gardening or as a supplement to a landscape design. It is never too early to get starting on your Spring planning, so stop by the garden center to see the new pottery/planter options!

More fun new pottery!

We received more new pottery that will be a fun addition to any design. These pots would work great in any container garden or with houseplants! Stop by the garden center soon to see all of the new pottery, and let us help you integrate pottery into your home design!

Vibrant, colorful pottery!

We have just received a shipment of beautiful, vibrant pottery! The pots work great with houseplants, or can be used as a beautiful element in a container garden. Come to the garden center to check out all of the new pottery arrivals, and let us help you use them in your designs!

NEW ARRIVALS - Everything you need to create a miniature garden!

We are receiving exciting new inventory every day! We have just received a great vareity of miniature gardening accessories. As always, we will be happy to assist you in creating a miniature garden of your own, or with brainstorming new ideas to supplement your own creativity!

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A Growing Concern

Plant Nursery, Garden Center, & Landscaping

1707 Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28792

(828) 697-2772 |


A Growing Concern is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Businss with an A+ rating