We have....

Containers, Statuary, Fountains, Antique Roses, Fairy Garden Accessories, gifts and more

We plant containers. We deliver. We have container designers on staff who can work with you to find the containers for your property.

We are a family business since 1994.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

See you in 2012

Good bye to a good 2011. Can't complain. We are off for our family vacation and will see you in 2012. Our winter hours will be: Tuesday thru Saturday 10am to 4pm. It get cold at the shoppe and not much is growing. But we will still be here so come by and harass us.

The Sweet's

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Welcome to December!

December is here and as soon as it began, it will be over. This year allow The Royal Gardens to help you with Christmas. Here is a list of wonderful gift ideas that we have: (but don't wait too late)

Birdbaths, fountains, gloves, bulbs, towels, boxer shorts, birdfeeder, hummingbird feeders, garden markers, herb markers, and of course much much more.

All Christmas is 20% and we have some really beautiful things this year. Also we have fresh wreaths.

We gift wrap too!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Small Business Saturday - American Express

Come shop The Royal Gardens. You can't get anymore local family small business than us!
November 26th 9:30 to 5:00.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Simple fountain and concrete balls make this simple landscape inviting.
Something else that is inviting is The Royal Gardens. We are getting ready for Christmas (I know it's early but you will love it when you see it).
This weekend we are having a Herb Workshop. Everything you wanted to know about herbs.
(pic from Lonnymag.com)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Workshop Schedule for September

We had so much fun (as you did too) with our workshops last spring that we thought we would do it again this fall. Call to save your space.
Workshop Schedule for Saturday's in September
September 10 - Herbs- Herbal advice
September 17 - Fairy Gardens - Create a world for your fairies
September 24 - Containers - Create lasting containers for fall and winter.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Happy August!

After the rain. After all the paths washed out. After cleaning all the sticks and branches out. We are still here. Just remember the rain is good for the crops and gardens.
We have extended the 20% off everything in the shoppe. Still lots of wonderful goodies.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Something that likes the Hot!

The Echinacea likes it hot. It's one of the only perennial that likes to bloom strong this time of year. What's growing in your garden?

Sale 20% off everything! Wow! But only for a few more days. . .

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Friend of The Royal Gardens, Bruce Clodfelter, is featured in the July 2011 issue of Better Homes & Gardens. Here is one of the wonderful photos of Bruce's landscape project.

Perfect for adding color to your landscape these ceramic balls are $29.99 for the 8-inch, $49.99 for the 12 inch, and $79.99 for the 16 inch. ". . .the rain chain ($99) neatly replaces a previous ugly downspout. Bruce enjoys watching water cascade down during a summer storm or freeze into icicles in winter."

Stop by and see us. Our A/C is working great!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Closed for Vacation . . .

Twice a year we close all 3 businesses* for our family vacation. July 4th week is here and off we go. A whole week for us to enjoy sun, sand, food, rest and whatever else comes or goes this week.

*We close the The Royal Gardens on Seventh Street, the landscape division, and the maintenence division for one whole glorious week.

See you when we get back.

CLOSED Saturday, July 2nd thru Tuesday, July 12th.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

First Day of Summer

Happy First Day of Summer! Things are quieting down around the shoppe. While you are vacationing, we are recieving new shipments of pots and fountains. So when you get back in town please stop by and take a look.

This is Joe and he will make mischief in your garden. But he is fun to be around.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Getting to know you

"I have driven by for years and just decided to stop today!" said one customer.

Let me tell you about who we are. Andrea and Larrie Sweet own and run The Royal Gardens shoppe with their daughter Lara, on Seventh Street (across from the Cajun Queen Restuarant in the Elizabeth Neighborhood). Fountains, containers, statues, antique roses, herbs, and very cute gift items are what we are known for.

We also have a Landscape division and a Maintenence Division. Jared Sweet owns and runs the Landscape division and Garth owns and runs the Maintenence.

We have been here for 17 years and plan to be around for alot longer. Make it a point to stop by and see what there is to see.

Needless to say, we work each day together. We are a small local family business. We do great work and we care about what we do. It is a direct reflection of who we are.

Stop by. Check out what we have and do. Become part of our family.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Mom called and she wants antique roses, fountains, herbs, and a beautiful statue to complete her garden. As usual, we have great garden gifts, but we also have colorful market baskets and very cute moss purses for planting.

In the store we were just remarking about how time has flown by. Did April happen? Now Mother's Day and graduation is upon us. Soon the kids will be out of school terrorizing the neighborhoods.

Recently a few orders of concrete and glazed pottery have come in. So we have lots to choose from. And of course we have lots of ideas to help fill those pots. Come by the shoppe and we will help.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Who Says They Don't Grow Here!

Well technically it's not the right zone for Lilies of the Valley. But these little beauties are tucked under a big oak tree in lots of danger of dogs, kids and occasionally a chicken or three. I enjoy them only for a few days before they are just a memory. Funny where plants decide to take root and thrive.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

New Pots!!

This past week has been very busy with deliveries and shipments. Let's just say, we are packed to the gills with glazed containers, concrete, statues, herbs, and the cutest fairy garden accessories.

You had such a good time with the free workshops in March that we are continuing them in April. Here's the schedule:

April 2nd - Bring water to your garden with fountains and birdbaths.

April 9th - Farm in your containers. Herbs, veggies, and more in your containers.

April 16th - Garden Party. Always time to party in spring

April 23th - Create your own Fairy Garden container.

April 30th - Antique Roses/ Mint Museum Garden Tour.- Wow! Wow! Wow!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Shop Local

Shop locally and keep our schools, libraries, and roads open and good shape. For every $25 you spend in Charlotte, here's how much stays in Charlotte when you shop here at:

The Royal Gardens $13.75
Any chain store
(Barnes & Nobles, Costco, Lowe's, Home Depot) $3.30
Internet Sales $0.00

(Thanks to Sally Brewster at Park Road Books for reminding us of this information)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Fun At Fairy Garden Workshop

Gretchen and Anne had a wonderful time creating these tiny gardens for their mountain fairies. Adding moss and plants and rocks for the fairies to dance on.
By adding the fence (to keep rowdy fairies contained) and a house (built by Nancy) this garden turned into a wonderful oasis.
You can schedule your time to come by and create your garden for your fairies. Please reserve your time so we can round up some fairies for you.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Antique Rose Workshop

Do you remember walking through your grandmother's garden and smelling the sweet hypnotic smell of roses? Marie Pavie (the Children's Rose, 1888), Old Blush, Madame Alfred Carriere (1879) are some of the over 500 varieties of Antique roses that are available. Some varieties have been around for over 200 years and they each have a story. (Wouldn't you have a story if you were around that long!)

Sombreuil (1850)has 110 petals on its roses and Old Blush (1752) is nearly thornless and relatively care-free.

What makes them antique? Well, they have been around for a while but also they are disease resistant, evergreen, and drought tolerant. Antique roses are easy to grow because it is UNNECESSARY to spray. Only fertilize them in the spring and in the fall, trim out dead wood, and enjoy them. It's truly that easy.

Learn more about the ease, history, characteristics, and varieties of antique roses March 19th. Please call to reserve your space.

(photo from Antique Rose Emporium. Rose is called Lafter, 1948)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Faery Gardening

Faery gardens create habitats for your mythical garden friends. You know, the ones that dance in your garden at night. Faeries can cause trouble IF they do not have a garden habitat.

Let us show you what's involved with making a faery garden. Our workshop will involve the basic design of which you will get to take home.
It will take a bit of imagination and whimsey, but trust us, the fun you'll have will create a lasting family memory. And warning . . . can be addictive. Call us for details!

Disappearing Fountain Workshop

Spring is just around the corner and it's time to starting planning your new water feature.

Let us show you how to design and build a fountain like that shown above., We'll tell you what you need for a disappearing fountain and what it will cost. I know I have written before about how much water is essential to your garden landscape but I'm going to write it again.

Birds like the water, outdoor dogs and cats like water and you will like the sound of water bubbling in your yard.

What will you need? A container, a pump, a basin and electricity. It's relatively simple but Larrie will go over the workings of how it works and why. There are a few tricks to the trade that he will also share with you so that you don't get into touble.

Spend an hour or two planning your water garden landscape and then come back to us to gather your raw materials. Then the fun begins! Call to sign up.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope that you have gotten out and removed the last of the leaves hiding in the beds. Have you put down mulch? Pinestraw? I think we might have made if through the worst of winter. Don't get me wrong, I think we will still have our share of cold, dreary days to come, but the worst is maybe over?? Don't wager money on it but I'm just saying . . . I'm tired of winter!
While the shoppe is clean and neat and straightened, we have decided to have a group of workshops in March. (Spring is still a bit off in the future.) The workshops include:
Disappearing Fountains
Faery Gardening
Growing Antique Roses
Container Garden
We will have registration for some of the classes so when in doubt call the shoppe. (See number to your right.) More information to come about classes.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Groundhogs Day!!

Spring is right around the corner!!! YAH! We will just have to work quicker to prepare for spring. But what a wonderful spring we are planning for.
*photo from The Charlotte Observer

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Remember Spring?

Yesterday with above 40 degrees was such a gift. Many people were working to straighten, clean and organize their yards, only for temperatures to dip back down this week. But remember, winter is still upon us and it WILL get cold again. Take care to cover those tender shoots that have come up under leaves and mulch. Then take a walk.
In the shoppe, we are organizing and getting ready for spring. Cleaning and ridding the shoppe of the accumulation that happens occasionally. (Dare I say the sale room is full) Spring will come and we will be ready. We have planned a series of talks and workshops in March. I'll only say roses and fairies are among the topics.
Andrea and Larrie are off in Nicaragua enjoying rest and relaxation with rum and rays (90 degrees today with a low of 69). Haven't heard from them but I'm sure that the only problem is where they will walk to lunch.
Come by the shoppe and say hi. We are still open with winter hours (if in doubt, give me a call)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Vegetables From the Garden

"Vegetables from the Garden"

Mr. and Mrs. Dave Blackley, of Renfroe Hardware, Matthews, NC

Monday night, January 24, 2011

Mint Museum Randolph.

Refreshments, 7 pm in the Mint Atrium; Program, 7:30 pm.

Come and bring a friend.

Free and open to all!.