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By Bethany Mccammon Tap

GardenArticle_FallShopping_Sept2014Spring is finally here. You can smell it in the air and see it in the budding flowers and greening grass. You can feel it on the warm breeze, in the light rain, and in the glorious sunshine. The equinox has passed and it’s official: gardening season is here!

With April being Lawn and Garden Month, you may find your green thumb itching to get flowers growing. But if you’re in a northern climate, you may still find it too early to get planting. So, if you’re thinking of relocating for retirement, you’ll want to be sure to find both a climate and community that fosters your love of gardening.

Many retirement communities feature community gardens as one of their prime amenities. Whether you’re looking at Florida communities such as Del Webb Ponte Vedra, with its Garden Club and Central Park area with resident garden, or North Carolina with off-the-beaten-path communities like River Landing in Wallace, there are plenty of communities that focus on the beauty and wonder of growing things.

Some communities are highly devoted to both planting and sustainability. Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community, located in Asheville, North Carolina, 154193659 (640x466)is surrounded by more than 600 acres of “forever-wild” mountains, cliffs, and waterfalls. This community is focused on sustainability and features an organic community garden that includes a vineyard, herb circle, greenhouse, and apple orchard. Imagine the possibilities!

Other communities, such as Hot Springs Village in Arkansas, have community gardens as well as community fresh-air markets. At these fresh-air markets, residents can sell their harvests and enjoy the harvests of their fellow gardeners. It’s a rewarding experience to move beyond growing a garden, to sharing your harvest with others.

In Georgia, you’ll find that community gardens thrive in WaterWays Township, with its 10′ x 10′ plots available for residents. Plots are maintained year-round and are pesticide and fertilizer free. There are 72 plots available for residents to grow vegetables, flowers, and/or herbs. What a wonderful way to interact with fellow gardeners!

WaterWays treesNear Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jasper Highlands is located on the Cumberland Plateau and overlooks the Tennessee River Valley. Because the homesteads here are large in acreage (up to 8.34 acres), there is plenty of room for a mini-farm or large garden.

It doesn’t matter if you move all the way to Florida or only as far as Tennessee, there will be a patch of land waiting for you to bring it to life. Whether your focus is sustainability and growing your own food, or you simply love the beauty and elegance of an iris, there’s a place for you. Isn’t it time to experience the joy, relaxation, and sustenance of growing your own flowers, vegetables, and herbs? Get planting! Get growing!


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Bella Vista - Arkansas Private Community

Bella Vista - Arkansas Private Community

Bella Vista, Arkansas

Bella Vista is a private 36,000-acre, Member-based recreational community in Northwest Arkansas offering seven golf courses, seven stocked private lakes, swimming pools, tennis courts, trails, parks, pavilions, recreation centers, a gun range, an RV Park and many other amenities. Bella Vista was recently ranked one of America's Top 10 Best Healthy Places to Retire by U.S. News & World Report and one of the Top 25 best places for affordable homes by CNNMoney.com and Money Magazine.
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AR


Willow Valley Communities

Willow Valley Communities

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Willow Valley Communities is recognized as a nationwide leader in innovative senior living. At the forefront are award-winning, stunning homes and apartments in over 90 different floor plans. The meticulously landscaped 210 acre campus is three miles outside of downtown Lancaster, PA. Willow Valley Communities offers inspiring programming and an impressive array of amenities, clubs, restaurants, and events.
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PA


Mount Vintage

Mount Vintage

North Augusta, South Carolina

Mount Vintage is a well-established 2,000 acre private community conveniently located just a few miles from Augusta, GA and Aiken, SC. Carefully planned to enhance the natural beauty and tranquility of this setting...it is truly one of a kind.
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SC


The Landings on Skidaway Island - Savannah's Choice for Island Living

The Landings on Skidaway Island - Savannah's Choice for Island Living

Savannah, Georgia

The Landings on Skidaway Island is a private gated community known as much for its beauty as for its personality. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway and just 12 miles from the charming and historic city of Savannah, GA, The Landings celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012.
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GA


Encore at Briar Chapel

Encore at Briar Chapel

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Encore by David Weekley Homes is an exclusive 55+ section within the master planned community of Briar Chapel. With a great location in Chapel Hill, you'll enjoy thoughtfully-designed one-story homes and bright, open floor plans. These exceptional homes are situated on 45-foot and 55-foot homesites and feature expanded Outdoor Living Areas for entertaining.
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NC


The Lakes at Harmony

The Lakes at Harmony

Harmony, Florida

This gated community, with a golf clubhouse, exclusive Members Retreat and a resort-style pool with a spacious deck and Sunset Gazebo, sits on 11,000 acres. With two lakes and 12.5 miles of walking and bicycling trails, Harmony boasts a serenity matched only by its outstanding proximity to everything you could ever want.
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FL


Cresswind Charleston

Cresswind Charleston

Summerville, South Carolina

Cresswind Charleston brings the award-winning Cresswind active adult lifestyle to the Charleston area. This gated community is integrated within the thriving community of The Ponds while maintaining its own privacy. Cresswind features a full list of resort-style amenities, all located within a natural, Lowcountry setting. Residents can take a short walk to the 12,000-square-foot clubhouse, enjoy pickleball and tennis or participate in activities at the event lawn and amphitheater.
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SC


Palm Cay / One Marina - Homes in the Bahamas

Palm Cay / One Marina - Homes in the Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Palm Cay is a unique oceanfront gated community, set within 70 acres, which successfully blends the exclusivity of a magnificent 200+ berth marina with panoramic waterfront and glorious beaches, to offer an idyllic and affordable lifestyle-unsurpassed even by Bahamian standards.
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BHS


Jasper Highlands - Tennessee Gated Communities

Jasper Highlands - Tennessee Gated Communities

Kimball, Tennessee

Welcome to Jasper Highlands, a unique residential mountain community, nestled along the bluffs of Jasper Mountain in Tennessee. This remarkable piece of residential real estate is positioned above the clouds with majestic views of Lake Nickajack and the Tennessee River Valley, with property taxes starting at $162.10 a year!.
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TN


The Peninsula on the Indian River Bay - Delaware Gated Communities

The Peninsula on the Indian River Bay - Delaware Gated Communities

Millsboro, Delaware

The Peninsula on the Indian River Bay offers an exquisite collection of homes in vintage coastal architecture. With a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, unmatched amenities and instant access to Delaware's famous Atlantic beaches, there is simply no place like The Peninsula on the Indian River Bay.
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DE


WaterSong at RiverTown

WaterSong at RiverTown

St Johns,

WaterSong at RiverTown is now open! As a Florida 55+ Active Adult Community, now is the time to enjoy a carefree active lifestyle centered on fun and enjoying life. Located along the banks of the St. Johns River, WaterSong features magnificent resort-style amenities. Find your dream home today!
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FL


The Governors Land at Two Rivers

The Governors Land at Two Rivers

Williamsburg, Virginia

Celebrating 25 years of distinctive living, you'll find that The Governors Land at Two Rivers offers an active lifestyle for all ages since our diverse community is one-third families with children, one-third working couples and one-third retirees.
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VA


Grandview at Gateway

Grandview at Gateway

Jasper, Georgia

The full focus of Grandview is to create an environment not only to promote social interaction but also encourage physical activity, mental stimulation and just plain fun. Grandview at Gateway is located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia and the first mountain city of Jasper, GA.
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GA


Amelia National Golf & Country Club - Florida Gated Golf Communities

Amelia National Golf & Country Club - Florida Gated Golf Communities

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Tom Fazio golf and country club affords golfing, tennis, resort-style swimming pool, snack-bar, lounge and fine dining, gym, walking trails and 24-hour manned and gated guardhouse. Three miles from Amelia Island, close to beaches, historic-district and marina.
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FL


River Bluffs

River Bluffs

Castle Hayne, North Carolina

Located just 10 minutes north of Downtown Wilmington, NC (by boat or car) sits River Bluffs, overlooking the North East Cape Fear River. Residents enjoy a serene community where they live and play. Together, residents and the neighborhood's developers have established over 30 clubs. The clubs include boating, kayaking, dancing & more!
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NC


Bayside

Bayside

Selbyville, Delaware

Bayside is an award-winning classic beach resort community developed by the regionally renowned Carl M. Freeman Companies. Tree-lined streets showcase a community of stunning homes - all inspired by the New England coastal towns. Our Bayside community is ideally nestled in this quiet resort town with access to all that it has to offer. As one of Delaware's finest coastal destinations, Fenwick Island is beautifully serene but with plenty to do. Once you're here, you might notice your cares melting away as the beaches of Fenwick Island call your name.
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DE


Cypress Falls by Del Webb

Cypress Falls by Del Webb

North Port, Florida

The famous Del Webb active adult lifestyle awaits at Cypress Falls. And with its convenient location, you won't have to go far to enjoy all the top Sarasota area attractions. Experience for yourself the low-maintenance resort-lifestyle complemented by a vibrant array of amenities including the community's social clubhouse with state-of-the-art fitness center, grand ballroom, activity and game rooms, library and more.
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FL


Carolina Gardens by Del Webb

Carolina Gardens by Del Webb

Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

Closeby to Raleigh, NC, lies Fuquay-Varina's premier active adult community offering an unmatched lifestyle and amenities. Amenities include a 25,000 sq ft amenity center and social hub with an indoor and outdoor pool, fitness center, multi-purpose rooms, billiards, tennis courts, pickleball and a dog park. At Del Webb, you will enjoy having a lifestyle director to set up clubs, social outings and fitness classes.
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NC


Cumberland Harbour

Cumberland Harbour

St. Marys, Georgia

Welcome to the Low-Country! Located on a peninsula bounded by rivers and ocean we are Georgia's Premier Coastal Community. Enjoy world-class amenities with pools, tennis, fitness center, parks and community docks. All protected by manned/gated 24/7 security for peace of mind.
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GA


Noble's Pond

Noble's Pond

Dover, Delaware

Delaware 55+ Community Situated on 293 acres with wooded areas and natural habitats Low Tax Living - Delaware taxes for retirees are ranked #1 in the NE
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DE


Village Green - Active 55+ Resort

Village Green - Active 55+ Resort

St. Petersburg, Florida

Welcome to Village Green, where you'll find luxury living at an affordable price. Village Green is an active 55+ adult community with a wide selection of pre-owned homes from the $30's, a multi-million dollar clubhouse, a full-time Activities Director, friendly people, and the finest in resort amenities. Whether you're looking for the best value in retirement, or simply a place to live life a little easier near the water, you'll find it a Village Green. Visit us and see why so many of our residents say it's like being on vacation all year long.
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FL


Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead

Waleska, Georgia

Lake Arrowhead is a beautiful master planned community is just 40 minutes from Atlanta, convenient to nearby Canton, minutes from the new, state-of-the-art Northside Cherokee Hospital and the premiere Cultural Arts Center at renowned Reinhardt University. The vast list of amenities includes miles of walking/hiking trails, pickle ball, championship golf and breathtaking lake and mountain views.
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GA


Kingfish Bay - Homes in Coastal NC

Kingfish Bay - Homes in Coastal NC

Calabash, North Carolina

he setting for Kingfish Bay is a sprawling 60+ acres of coastal Carolina. Great care was taken to weave the development design into this natural setting, while creating a functional, convenient, and aesthetically pleasing lifestyle community.
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NC


Retire Arkansas

Retire Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas

Arkansas is home to diverse cities and communities, each with something unique to discover - from metropolitan areas to rural settings, and adventure sports to relaxing retreats. No matter where you choose to visit or relocate, you'll find friendly and helpful people everywhere you go.
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AR


K. Hovnanian's® Four Seasons at Victory at Verrado

K. Hovnanian's® Four Seasons at Victory at Verrado

Buckeye, Arizona

Offers single-family new homes in a beautiful desert setting with a wide variety of community amenities. Enjoy 55+ Living with K Hovnanian Homes.
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AZ


Del Webb Bexley

Del Webb Bexley

Land O Lakes, Florida

Del Webb Bexley is a 55 Plus Active Adult community near Tampa in Land O Lakes FL. Love life to the fullest in this gated, master-planned community. Enjoy the coastal life of Florida.
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FL


Savannah Lakes Village

Savannah Lakes Village

McCormick, South Carolina

Savannah Lakes Village is on the 71,000-acre freshwater Lake Thurmond in McCormick, South Carolina with 1,200 miles of shoreline. The community boasts two championship lakefront golf courses with restaurants and pro shops..
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SC


St. James Plantation - NC Gated Community

St. James Plantation - NC Gated Community

Southport, North Carolina

With its private oceanfront beach club, 81 holes of signature golf and Intracoastal Waterway marina, St. James Plantation personifies the relaxed coastal Carolina lifestyle.
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NC


Eastman Community Association

Eastman Community Association

Grantham, New Hampshire

This 3,600 acre lakeside community is tucked in the Upper Connecticut River Valley in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region. Two hours north of Boston and minutes from Lake Sunapee, New London, Lebanon and Hanover, residents have easy access to medical facilities, employment, educational opportunities and a multitude of cultural venues.
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NH


Waterways - Best Places to Live in Georgia

Waterways - Best Places to Live in Georgia

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Waterways is a 2,300-acre master-planned community located just 30 minutes from historic Savannah, Georgia, in charming Richmond Hill. Surrounded by a 1,600 acre nature preserve, this is a place where six-and-a-half miles of marsh frontage, over four miles of winding lagoons, and more than a thousand acres of ancient oak hammocks embrace our new homes and homesites.
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GA