Thirty years ago, in September of 1991 DeWayne Lee started selling pumpkins (received on consignment) on the front lawn of the local outlet center to recover from his own failed pumpkin crop. This began the journey that he and his wife, Tina could have never imagined. That his little pumpkin patch would sprout and grow into a well known destination serving Johnston & surrounding counties in addition to customers across the US.
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, 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.
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!