Fairview Garden Center’s humble beginnings began some thirty-some years ago, through Jo Ann Dewar’s passion for growing plants and flowers. Now in its third generation, Fairview is one of the region’s largest retail garden centers, open to the public.
Our motto is, "Commitment to Uncompromising Quality," and Grandma Jo Ann makes sure we work hard to grow and present the finest homegrown plants and flowers around.
We have two acres of greenhouse space used for growing annual flowers and poinsettias, and several additional acres devoted solely to trees, shrubs, groundcovers and perennials. From small-scale project to large-scale renovation, we have the products and services to help you create a landscaping masterpiece.
Our state-of-the-art garden center, built in 2004, features:
- Highest quality plant care products
- Exceptional garden tools, crafted for gardeners of all levels
- Unique bird feeders, feed, and accessories
- Remarkable pottery, statuary, and flower containers
- Distinctive home décor and furniture
- Complete floral department, both fresh and silk/dried
- Designer gift boutique with one-of-a-kind gifts and seasonal decorations
A quick visit to Fairview Garden Center will open your eyes to the endless possibilities for your home, inside and out. Visit us today!
Meet Our Staff
At Fairview, each member of our knowledgeable staff is our best asset and, when it comes to gardening, your best friend.
From advising which plants will work with your landscape or lighting conditions, to analyzing pest problems and recommending solutions, our staff has the all the answers you need. We take pride in being the "Best Garden Center of Western Wake County," and our staff reflects that every day.
Jo Ann Dewar
Jo Ann was born and raised on a family farm in Chalybeate Springs, NC. Her love of plants was cultivated along with the crops in her early days. She was a bulldog of a point guard on her high school basketball team, often being listed in the local newspaper for her defensive skills. After school, she spent a short time with the FBI as a fingerprint specialist in Washington D.C. before returning to North Carolina and marrying her husband, Tom. After a few brief moves, Tom and Jo Ann settled on the 13 acres that now make up Fairview Garden Center. Jo Ann still works in the business on a daily basis. She is often the first to arrive and the last to leave. Jo Ann has four children, four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Along with plants, Jo Ann enjoys spending time with her family, the beach, fishing, and Wolfpack athletics.
I was raised on the property that the garden center now occupies. We had a small farm and large garden here. When I was a child, I thought I hated all the butter beans, corn, peas, and other plants we had to pick and shell. At some point I began to realize how fascinating they were. That is when my love of plants began. I started working in the business at its beginning during high school and later I attended NCSU and received a degree in flower and nursery crop technology. I have two children and three beautiful grandchildren. I enjoy time with family and growing our veggie and herbs plants at the garden center.
Brad was born and raised adjacent to the garden center property, often spending time in a cardboard box as an infant on our propagation tables. He spent many days as a child running around the garden center irritating employees and customers while at the same time checking out all of the cool flowers, plants, lizards, frogs, and whatever else caught his attention. His love of plants lead him to a degree in Horticultural Science from NC State University. Outside of work, Brad enjoys time spent with his wife, Heather, and daughter, Aubrey. When time permits, you can find him fishing, playing golf, or at Wolfpack football and basketball games. Go Pack!
Heather Rollins - Marketing Director
I was born and raised in Fuquay-Varina, NC and spent many Saturday mornings shopping with my mother at Fairview Garden Center. I met my husband, Brad Rollins, while in the Horticulture Club at North Carolina State University. That may sound like a nerdy love story, but hey, we're plant geeks. I received a BS in Horticultural Science from NCSU in 2005 and worked in the wholesale nursery trade at Smith's Nursery and Produce Farm for 6 years before joining the Fairview family business. I enjoy working with the marketing side of the business while still allowing time to help in the greenhouse and get my hands dirty. I also love taking pictures of my daughters, neice, nephew and other family to include in our newsletters and promotions!
Phyllis Rollins—Asst General Manager, Personnel Manager
I began working at the age of 17 for a bank and continued to work for them for 22 years. I held many positions in the bank. Those positions included teller, branch manager, putting together and holding employee motivational meetings, and I did lots of community service work. During this time I had 2 wonderful children and 2 beautiful grandchildren that I adore! Even though I loved the bank and my customers, I was ready for a change in career and while talking with my sister-in-law who is an owner at Fairview, I found out that she needed someone in Personnel and Marketing. She asked if I was interested and I said yes. That was 20 years ago and I can say I have not regretted the change one day. I am now Assistant General Manager, Personnel Manager, Gift Buyer and Merchandiser. I feel so blessed to work with family, and for the opportunity to continue to serve and help others, be creative and to work in another field that I truly love.
Mary Ann Guido—Perennial Dept. Manager
I was born number 2 of 7 children and raised in beautiful Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Shortly after graduating high school I was hired by AT&T Long Lines and remained there for 7 years. By the time I left AT&T I had 3 beautiful children who wanted Mom to stay home, so I did and added one more to the group. The next move was to North Carolina where my family and I spent 20 years living in Chatham County. Throughout those years I worked various jobs, learning what I enjoyed and what I didn’t enjoy. I worked with preschoolers in a childcare enrichment program, worked at a perennial nursery, held various clerical positions at Performance Bicycle and worked several years at Fearrington Village.
I finally figured out that what I enjoyed most was physical work, being outside, being with people, working with and gaining knowledge about perennials and gardening in general. Learning about the retail business, and having something different happening every day. That’s what led me to my current job at Fairview Garden and Gift. I started as a part timer and have been working as manager and buyer in the perennial department for the past 5 or so years. I have learned much about gardening over the years and continue to enjoy learning about plants, retail and all there is to learn in the garden center business. In the meantime, I have gained 1 granddaughter, have bought a home of my own in Holly Springs and now enjoy gardening in my own back year
Cindy Green—Asst Perennial Manager
As an employee of FGC for 6 years, I work in perennials and production. I have worked in business, retail, medical, dental and the airline industry. Gardening became an interest of mine when my husband’s career had us moving a lot. Gardening and landscaping all our new homes began with my “plant and hope it lives” approach followed by research on “oh, that didn’t work”! Working at Fairview has become a continuing education program for my knowledge and interest.
Shawn Cifers-Nursery Manager
In 1987, I was born in the quaint city of Oxford, NC in northern Granville County. My parents raised me and my older brother on an old farm just north of the city. It was on the red clay fields of that old farm where I first learned to love plants. From chopping seed potatoes with my grandma and thrusting them, with fingers crossed, into the hard-packed clay, to raising seedling Japanese maples in containers with my father, my fascination turned into a passion.
After high school, I left the farm and moved to Boone, NC where I attended Appalachian State University. Not only did I receive an education in a very beautiful part of the world, but I met a very beautiful woman who, if it’s possible, I love more than all the flora on earth. We got married and moved back to the piedmont where both of our families reside and now live in Durham. The only thing I can say bad about working at Fairview is that I have to drive on I-40 every day to get there. I love working in the nursery. Each customer has their own unique plant requirements and it is a pleasure to assist them with those needs.
Cindy Keith—Cash Team Manager and Hardgoods Buyer
My name is Cindy Keith. I joined Fairview’s staff in 2007. I retired from the mortgage banking industry after 23 years. I have a daughter who is grown and married. Gardening has always been a passion and, until now, a hobby. Instead of spending 40 hours a week in a gray cubicle pushing paper, I am now spending 40 hours a week surrounded by flowers and trees and all the good stuff Mother Nature has to offer. Not to mention, a great group of people.
Ashley Farmer—Greenhouse Manager
I began working at Fairview at the age of 15 in August 2006, but gardening and farming runs in my family (hence the last name lol). When I was growing up my great grandmother would bring me to her rose garden and show me the beautiful flowers and fragrances of each plant. As far back as I can remember my great grandfather would put me to work on his huge farm from picking tomatoes and corn to gathering eggs, giving the hogs water, and pruning the grapes and fruit trees. My grandpa now does the same on a large farm in Harnett County, which I help with throughout the year. Although I grew up around gardening, I have learned a great deal through my experience here at Fairview and my two years experience at North Carolina State University. My passion lies with annuals and houseplants, but I do garden extensively with perennials in my border at home where I “trial” as many new plants as I can each year. As well as run a small hobby greenhouse to get me through the winter months.
Anna Yarbourough—Asst Greenhouse Manager
Fresh flowers and vegetables have always been on my table. As a small child my parents taught me the love of gardening and the gratification of eating and preserving freshly picked vegetables and fruits. As I grew older and had two daughters of my own I gained more skill in making arrangements and decorating with flowers and foliage through volunteer activities in school, church, and social events. At Fairview, I enjoy working with people and passing along this love for gardening and bits of knowledge I have gained throughout the years.
Carol Calloway—Growing Greenhouse Manager
Education: BS Ornamental Horticulture NCSU
Carol has been a Fairview Employee since 1980 (she’s older than our dirt!) She has worked in both the retail, wholesale and production departments. Carol is now the Grower. She is responsible for growing our plants, ordering seed, cuttings, and plugs as well as chemicals, soil, and pots needed for growing. Our Wholesale orders are also her responsibility, mainly composed of Poinsettias, and Easter Lilies as well a small amount of contract growing.