Inventory auction underway at Carolina Nurseries

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - By Nicole Johnson  bio | email | Twitter

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Thousands of potted plants, flowers and trees were on the auction block near Moncks Corner at the Carolina Nurseries. Commercial gardeners from throughout the Southeast region came for the deals.

The nursery was forced to liquidate its inventory after the owner couldn't pay off a loan, and they couldn't find a new lender.

"Anything from camellias, to gardenias, hollies, to lirio, all kinds of stuff," said Brian Carter, of Carter Landscaping in Augusta, GA.

More than five million plants are being sold in lots of hundreds or more.  Some buyers got the plants for less than a dollar each.

"Between 25 cents for some pre-finished product all the way up to $1.75 for three gallons that would normally sell for $10.00," Carter said.

The auction, conducted by Reimold Horticultural Auction Company, is expected to continue for the next three days. It's only open to people purchasing for commercial or wholesale purposes, not for individual homes. Buster Green came from Magnolia Gardens.

"I bought probably 1,000 roses. I'm real happy with what I found," said Buster Green of Magnolia Gardens.

The owner of Carolina Nurseries Jay Guy says at this point, the plant farm may only be open for the next 90 days, which isn't the best news for regular customers.

"I'm hoping it does not close permanently because it is a good nursery," Green said.

Guy says he informed the 335 workers at the nursery of downsizing. He says it will take about three months to clear the land of all the plants. After that he isn't sure what will happen to the 686 acre farm.

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