To All Who Have Purchased Violets: Due to the colder and longer winter than usual and the abundance of rain, I will not be shipping violets until sometime in May. If you have questions about your order, please call or shoot me an email. Thank you for your patience!
Welcome to Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek, a small on-line and mail order nursery in the mountains of North Carolina. Specializing in the natural beauty of native and species perennials, Gardens in the Wood also carries other flowering perennials, a few choice herbs, and an occasional annual. Most will not be found at your local nursery or big box store. Propagation goes on all year long, and additional plants and new varieties are added as they become available, so be sure to check this site often.
VIOLA ODORATA: Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek also has a growing inventory of Viola odorata cultivars, as well as other species of Viola. I am always looking for Viola odorata cultivars that I do not have. If you or someone you know has a Violet in his or her garden that is not seen on these pages, I would like to know about it. Information about other interesting Violets is also welcome.
Plants are organized by botanical name. Why by botanical name? Because many plants have the same, or similar, common names, it's a good idea to know the botanical name. That way you know exactly what you're looking for - no doubt about it.
Guarantee: Gardens in the Wood guarantees its plants to be healthy, properly named to the best of our knowledge, and ready to grow in your garden when shipped. If you receive a plant in questionable condition or damaged in transit, please notify us immediately and, if necessary, they will be replaced or the purchase price refunded. Gardens in the Wood is not responsible for plants that are delayed due to insufficient or incorrect addresses given to us by a customer. Gardens in the Wood has no control over the weather or growing conditions in your area and is not responsible for plants beyond 7 days of their arrival. Gardens in the Wood does not use pesticides so if plants arrive with a hole in a leaf here or a brown spot there, that is why. Imperfection is perfectly natural and normal, and there is no reason to put anyone or anything at risk to attempt to change that.
Shipping: Unfortunately, Gardens in the Wood cannot offer free shipping, but your plants will be shipped in the most affordable and expeditious method available. Most plants east of the Rocky Mountains will be shipped by UPS, so be sure to give a physical address when ordering. Due to agricultural restrictions, plants shipped to California must be sent bare root and by USPS. Shipping in pots to West Coast states is expensive, so it might be a good idea to call ahead before placing an order. Shipping charges are not an exact science, nor are they the exact amount charged by UPS. A modest fee is included for cost of boxes, packing tape, UPS pick-up or delivery to UPS , and the time it takes to pull plants, to remove damaged leaves, to remove of soil and packing of plants if going bare root (this requires a great deal of time), computer ink for invoices and shipping labels, etc.
Shipping Dates: Gardens in the Wood ships according to the USDA zones and the weather conditions here in Grassy Creek, as well as the plants' individual growing requirements and/or idiosyncrasies. In general, shipping does not begin until mid-April. Please do not ask to have plants sent at times that are inappropriate for your growing area and/or impossible for ours. Plants at Grassy Creek are not kept in a greenhouse during winter but outside under a crop cover, and as much depends on the weather here as the weather in your area. It really just depends on the readiness of the individual plants and not the climate of where they are being shipped.
Sizes: The majority of plants are in quart-sized pots, although a few plants might be in smaller, four-inch pots or in larger, "cheater" gallon (3 quarts) pots.
Ordering by Mail: If you feel uncomfortable ordering online, you may order by mail. Just jot down what you want on a piece of paper with your name, physical address, phone number, email address, and any other instructions you might have and mail it to the address at the bottom of the page with a check or money order. Please phone ahead for shipping charges.
Visiting: Gardens in the Wood is not open to the public.
Art at the tops of following pages are details from pastels and oil paintings by artist Richard Fennell, and used with his permission. Unless credited, the photographs are by Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek.
Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek
P. O. Box 22
Crumpler, NC 28617
(336) 447-5532 Please leave a message if there is no answer; your call will be returned as soon as possible.
North Carolina Department of Agriculture License No. 6500.