A Little History….
Since 1967, Fair View Nursery evolved from a 3-acre retail garden center to one of the largest azalea growers on the east coast. Under the ownership and astute management of the late Harold Lee and his partner, the late Randolph Whitehead, this venture was accomplished within a few short years by hard work, loyal employees, and a growing demand for their azaleas by wholesale growers, landscapers and the retail trade. The azaleas grown at Fair View Nursery found homes in many places throughout the years, but a few of our proudest well-known sites include our Governor’s Mansion, WRAL Gardens, UNC, the White House, the World War II Memorial, Andy Griffith’s home in Manteo, the Azalea Gardens in Wilmington, and the Augusta National Golf Club.
The nursery sustained devastating damage and losses from flooding during Hurricane Floyd in 1999. In 2000, Harold’s daughter, Carolyn Aldridge and her son, William Westbrook, with the support of the Lee family, made the decision to redevelop the nursery on a smaller scale with a more diversified product mix. In 2013, Fair View Nursery became a licensed grower for First Editions® followed by Southern Living® and Encore Azalea® in 2014. We are proud to be part of the elite group of network growers for these collections. We see great potential in the plants these companies are developing and marketing throughout the country. Other brands we are currently growing include Proven Winners®, Endless Summer®, Knock Out® and Drift® Roses, and Easy Elegance® Roses.
In 2017, Fair View Nursery moved into third-generation ownership by William Westbrook, grandson of the founder, Harold Lee. Fair View’s motto, “A Tradition of Quality Since 1967” plays an integral part of the legacy that William strives to live by and continues to grow on from every rooted cutting to every finished plant that is sold.
Today, we grow a diversified product mix of quality plants while keeping true to our roots and continuing to grow many of the traditional azaleas. Each year, we adjust our plant list accordingly to keep up with the growing industry and consumer demands.
To our customers, we would like to acknowledge and say, “thank you.” Your friendship and loyalty have enabled us to continue to move forward. We are always grateful and proud of the role we play in your marketing needs. To our future customers, our sales staff is always eager to assist you with any questions you may have concerning our product mix or the services we offer.