It all began in 1991 at age 20 for DeWayne Lee, son & brother of tobacco & produce farmers from Newton Grove, NC. After losing his share of the produce (pumpkins) to an extremely wet growing season, he borrowed $500 from his Mother, Edna Lee. DeWayne used the money to set up a pumpkin & produce stand on the front lawn of the local outlet center, located just off of I-95 in Smithfield.
The pumpkin stand started out as Dewayne’s Pumpkin Patch. It quickly became known as “DeWayne’s Country Garden,” providing shoppers with fresh produce during the spring & summer, pumpkins & mums in the fall, and live Christmas trees & candies during the holiday season.
The seasons transitioned from fall to holiday as DeWayne continued to grow his produce stand. During the spring after opening he met Tina Young and she began working with DeWayne while still attending high school. The two were married in 1997 and became co-owners of DeWayne’s Country Garden.
DeWayne’s Pumpkin Patch was the first phase of the business. Starting as a roadside stand on the front lawn of the local outlet center.
DeWayne’s Country Garden ~ Spring 1999
Set up on the current property on what is now known as
1575 Outlet Center Drive, Selma, NC
DeWayne’s Country Garden realizes the dream of a gift shop & indoor restrooms!
The welcoming Gift Shop added a greenhouse and officially changed the business name to “DeWayne’s” in 2010.
Completion of a two year renovation and additon gives “DeWayne’s” a whole new look!
Awards & Special Recognition
DeWayne’s of Selma, NC is recognized as one of the
Top 100 Garden Centers in America by Garden Center Magazine.
Innovator of the year
Industry Appreciation Award
by Johnston County Commissioners & Economic Development Advisory Board
Smithfield Selma Chamber
Jimmy Creech Award
GCA Best Garden Center Bathroom Award
Today’s Garden Center names DeWayne’s as one of the Revolutionary
100 Garden Centers.