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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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Del Webb at Traditions

Del Webb at Traditions

Wake Forest, North Carolina

Del Webb at Traditions, located in Wake Forest, North Carolina, is within the Master Planned community of Traditions minutes away from downtown. Specifically designed for active adults 55+, our upcoming clubs and classes will be for residents and by residents with the help of an onsite Lifestyle Director,
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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


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


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


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


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


Nexton

Nexton

Summerville, South Carolina

Nexton is an award-winning community located in Summerville, SC, just 25 miles from Charleston and within easy access to the beach and airport. With new homes priced from the $200s to the $600s+, there's something for everyoneincluding one-story plans, all-ages neighborhoods, and our very active Del Webb 55+ community.
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SC


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 Collective — California

The Collective — California

Manteca, California

It's all here at The Collective, a new 55+ gated master plan community with resort-style amenities and new homes priced from the $400,000, and it's all about the carefree life you deserve. When you live at The Collective, you also enjoy a full-time lifestyle director on hand to curate community events, outings, classes, activities and more, so you can experience a lifestyle that's active, social and enriched. Plus, with San Francisco to the west, Silicon Valley to the south and Wine Country all around, The Collective puts you front and center to it all.
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CA


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


Wendell Falls

Wendell Falls

Wendell, North Carolina

Wendell Falls is based on new thinking about ways to live. We like to say it's where small-town community meets big-city urbanity. With artfully crafted new homes from the $230s to $600s. A growing town center with shops, restaurants and more. Inspiring parks. And miles of trails.
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NC


Solivita — Taylor Morrison

Solivita — Taylor Morrison

Kissimmee, Florida

At Solivita, every part of our 4,300 acres, 150,000-square-feet of amazing amenities and fifteen distinctive home designs was imagined and executed solely with you in mind. Boasting over 150,000-square-feet of amenities within this award-winning 55+ community, Solivita in Florida is the perfect place to call home.
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FL


Keowee Key - South Carolina Lake Community

Keowee Key - South Carolina Lake Community

Salem, South Carolina

Maintenance-free lifestyle, condos, town homes, cottages. Choose a lakefront home with private dock or use 5 community docks with 324 boat slips.. kayak rentals, and a supply store.
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SC


Encore Revel at Carolina Park

Encore Revel at Carolina Park

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Start living the life you've been dreaming about! Encore by David Weekley Homes offers open, single-level floor plans that are thoughtfully developed to optimize a low-maintenance lifestyle. This new approach to design features ample indoor and outdoor spaces, high-end finishes and fixtures and optional bonus rooms to personalize your home.
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SC


Chickahominy Falls

Chickahominy Falls

Glen Allen, Virginia

Situated on 180 acres hugging the Chickahominy River, Chickahominy Falls is redefining 55+ communities through a commitment to healthy living and special amenities that balance play with purpose. At the heart of the community is Woodside Farms, a 10-acre, four-season farm that will produce a curated mix of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers selected for their health and wellness benefits for active adults.
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VA


Fairfield Glade & Fairfield North - Tennessee Resort Communities

Fairfield Glade & Fairfield North - Tennessee Resort Communities

Fairfield Glade, Tennessee

If you are looking for spectacular mountain beauty...look no further than Fairfield Glade. This well appointed community is located high atop Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau at 2,000 feet elevation, which accounts for the near perfect seasonal changes with very comfortable summers and mild winters.
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TN


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


Babcock Ranch

Babcock Ranch

Babcock Ranch, Florida

New solar-powered town near Fort Myers in sunny Florida promotes active, healthy living with 50 miles of trails to get out and explore. Take in 9,000 acres of preserved green space, farm-to-table restaurants, community gardens, and the Healthy Life Center that align with the Babcock Ranch vision with a focus on wellness and sustainable living. Residents can choose from a mix of affordable, moderate and luxury residences that blend with the natural environment.
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FL


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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Brookfield Residential at Two Rivers

Brookfield Residential at Two Rivers

Odenton, Maryland

Enjoy the resort life and the daily invitation to live exactly how you want to live. You'll make every day amazing when you can choose from so many amenities and activities, both at the shared community clubhouse and the 55+ only clubhouse. Plus, it's all so close to everything you already know and love.
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MD


Amblebrook Gettysburg

Amblebrook Gettysburg

Gettysburg,

Amblebrook is so much more than a community. It is where small town America meets modern culture. It is a way of life that incorporates the full spectrum of your well-being, including health and fitness, lifelong learning, social engagement, arts & culture, family connections, and the goodness of nature.
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PA


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


Woodside - South Carolina Gated Communities

Woodside - South Carolina Gated Communities

Aiken, South Carolina

Carefully planned 2,800-acre gated community, recently named one of Money Magazine's "Top Ten Retirement Communities." Three private 18 hole championship golf courses, tennis pavillion, wooded walking trails and more. Top medical facilities, university town with a mecca of cultural events.
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SC


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


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


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


Wellen Park

Wellen Park

Venice, Florida

Wellen Park is a vibrant new gated community in Venice, Florida that offers new homes and resort-style amenities. Located in the fast-growing, master-planned community of Wellen Park, we offer new homes that will complement this beautiful Sarasota County area. Get ready to enjoy the Southwest Florida lifestyle and great weather all year long. Choose from an array of thoughtfully-designed Paired Villas and Single Family Homes with unique curb appeal. Amenities will include a clubhouse, pool, tennis, pickleball, bocce, full-time Activities Director and events, parks and more. You'll love living just minutes to Downtown Venice, award-winning beaches and I-75. Quick move-in homes are available.
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FL


Albemarle Plantation - North Carolina Gated Communities

Albemarle Plantation - North Carolina Gated Communities

Hertford , North Carolina

On the North Carolina's Inner Banks is a golf and marina community with a lifestyle like no other! Perched between historic Edenton and Elizabeth City, NC, it's an easy drive to any major city along the coast going north or south. With easy access to Tidewater Virginia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, you will experience small town charm and big city culture at its finest.
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NC


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


Schell Brothers - Delaware Premier Home Builder

Schell Brothers - Delaware Premier Home Builder

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Located in the heart of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, we pride ourselves on building homes that provide a healthier and more comfortable living environment for our homeowners. As a leading builder on the coast of Delaware, we specialize in new homes that offer a variety of architectural styles, innovative floorplans and extensive personalization in highly desirable communities in Sussex and New Castle Counties.
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DE