Kings Greenhouse is actually a garden center with a little history in the area. Its history and growth over the years mirrors the growth of Union County.
The business was started in 1971 by Dot and David King on two acres of land in Stallings. In those days, Stallings was a rural place just outside Matthews and a distance from Charlotte. The Kings’ operation reflected the quiet rural area that surrounded them. They grew vegetables and annuals in peat pots for sale to area garden centers. They operated from December to May.
In 1989, Kings was purchased by the Leonard family and expanded to a year-round operation. The inventory of plants expanded as well with poinsettias, annuals and perennials. Union County began growing in the mid-1990s and exploded with residential growth after 2000. The site in Stallings was converted to a strictly retail operation and the growing operations eventually consolidated at a wholesale facility in Monroe.
The original buildings and land at Kings Greenhouse have been converted for the retail operation. The original house at the front of the property is the office, the garage is the check-out area, the propagation house is the gift shop, and the field beside the house is the parking lot. The garden center still has the feel of a rural Union County home place.
Now when I visit Kings Greenhouse, I can browse through their extensive selection of shrubs under the shelter of mature pine trees. I find the perennials at the back of the house and the annuals in a sunny spot behind the garage. If it’s too early for the annuals to be outside, they can be found in several large greenhouses at the back of the property. The garden center has 14,000 square feet of greenhouse space and 30,000 square feet of outdoor shopping area. It has a great selection of plants and trees and is one of my favorite places to shop.
Kings Greenhouse is located at 524 Stallings Road, Matthews NC.
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Copyright 2012. Carol Fox. Allen Tate Realtors. *Kings Greenhouse in Stallings NC—A Favorite Spring Stop*