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 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 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, purchasing 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 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," featuring plants for each season, concrete statuary, and fountains. The gift shop is home to unique gift ideas, home decor, and fashion accessories. A year-round Christmas Shop (now moved to Christmas Land and open seasonally) opened on the second floor of the 9,500 sq ft building during 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, allowing extra space more checkouts, parking, and room to feature new brands in the new Boutique and Men's Shoppe. In Fall of 2019, the Sweet Shoppe gave customers an extra sweet shopping experience, offering 24 flavors of Hershey Ice Cream, 20 flavors of gourmet fudge, and fresh-squeezed lemonade and orangeade.
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 of 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 addition gave "DeWayne's" a whole new look!