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.
Due to the growth of the outlet center, DeWayne's Country Garden was forced to move from the front lawn to the adjacent property in 1995. After only four years at the new location, they were once again forced to move , due to more expansion of the outlet center. This time they took the biggest risk yet, and purchased six acres one mile down the road from the original produce stand location.
Unsure of what the final move would bring for their business, the young couple set up shop once more. The new location allowed The Lees to spread out their inventory of plants, concrete fountains & statuary as well as garden accessories. The couple decided to exclude produce from their inventory with the move to the final location.
A gift shop, Christmas Shop and a greenhouse were some of the dreams DeWayne envisioned for the new location. However, it took another three years to realize the actual building for the new dreams. Construction began on the two story yellow, white and green building in 2001. Once the dream of the new building became reality, DeWayne moved the original building that was home for "DeWayne's Country Garden" for so many years, to the concrete area to serve as office space.
Exactly ten years to the day of the original produce stand opening the couple realized the dream of a new gift shop. The new structure became home to "DeWayne's Home & Garden Showplace" providing shoppers with plants for each season, concrete statuary and fountains. The gift shop is home to unique gift ideas, home and fashion accessories. A year round Christmas Shop opened on the second floor of the 9,500 sq ft building, fall of the following year! DeWayne's sister Debra became essential in creating beautiful and unique merchandise displays throughout the gift and Christmas Shop!
The business continued to succeed in providing shoppers with a unique shopping experience. The destination offered customers trending home accents, gifts, women's fashions, jewelry, footwear, garden decor and plants. In 2016 The Atrium & Christmas Land additions were added to the existing gift shop and greenhouse structure. A complete facelift started in 2017 on the gift shop and original greenhouse structure providing more checkouts, more parking, and more room to feature new brands in the new Boutique and Men's Shoppe.
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
Set up on the current property of what is now known at 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 addition
gave "DeWayne's" a whole new look!
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