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Terra Bella Garden Design Center has the essential elements to bring your outdoor spaces to life. Stop by today to see our latest selection of trees, shrubs, mulch and more! Be sure to speak with one of our landscape design experts.

More than just a pretty space.

Terra Bella Garden Center is your source for landscaping supplies and design ideas. Conveniently located off Dorchester Road in North Charleston we strive to provide the very best in customer service. With friendly and knowledgeable advice you won’t get at big box stores we are eager to help you discover your vision for your home.

Stop by your local garden center and speak with one of our landscaping experts today or message us below for an appointment.

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Garden Center Location

We are conveniently located off Dorchester Rd at 4716 Forest Hills Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418.

Phone: 843-725-8990

Garden Center Hours- M-F 8am-5pm


Top Quality Nursery

Our garden center includes an on-site nursery with popular varieties of shrubs, trees and plants that will thrive in our climate. We take great pride in offering the very best in quality and service. Our knowledgeable staff can help you select varieties that will work perfectly for your space and light conditions. Stop by and browse our selections today.


Landscaping Supplies

For DIY and commercial landscapers we offer great selections of soil, mulch, fertilizer, and more. Our offerings are in keeping with today’s design trends and soil requirements for our area. Not sure what you need? We love to help explain your options to include understanding how to use the right materials so your plants will thrive in our area.


We Plan You Plant

Many of our customers love working in the yard but simply need some help getting started. With We Plan You Plant we can help you get a great plan together for your landscape and then you can handle the installation yourself. As your local garden center resource our knowledge of current design trends, local varieties, and height space and light requirements, we can help you develop a beautiful design that will thrive for many years to come.


Full Service Design & Installation

Our Full Service Design and Installation includes everything you need to make your outdoor space brand new. From initial concept to completion we take every aspect of your new outdoor space into consideration when planning your design. We take great pride in using only the very best in materials and varieties that will thrive in our climate. Space flow, height space and light requirements, and soil among other thiings are taken into consideration when we plan your outdoor space. Allow us to do the heavy lifting so you can enjoy planning and living in your new outdoor space.

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We would love to hear from you. If you have any questions about our products or services please fill out the form and someone will be in touch with you shortly. We can also be reached during business hours by phone at 843-725-8990

Our Team

At Terra Bella Garden Center we have an experienced team of horticultural and design experts to help you with all your home exterior garden needs. We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and seek to provide you with advice that will help your vision come to life. Our team has an extensive understanding of the various light, soil and climate conditions that exist in our area and can help you achieve a landscape that is colorful and inviting year round.

Karsten McElfresh – Founder

Karsten McElfresh opened Terra Bella Garden Center with 15 years of hands-on experience in the green industry and a degree in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Kentucky. His career began with the unique privilege of serving in a leading turf grass management position at Indian Hill Club on Chicago’s prestigious North Shore District. In 2003, he was honored to serve on the grounds staff for the 2003 U.S. Open Golf Championship hosted by Olympia Fields Country Club, also in Chicago. Upon his arrival to Charleston, South Carolina in 2004, Karsten was proud to assume the responsibility of Golf Course Superintendent at Wild Dunes Resort, a highly respected golf destination which typically ranks in the Top 100 Golf Resorts of the United States. Karsten’s horticultural knowledge, experience and creativity has positioned him as an industry leader and influencer within the local green industry. His opinion and services are widely respected and sought-after by professionals throughout the Lowcountry. Karsten started Terra Bella with the goal of leading a company like he manages his own life: with integrity, honesty and respect for his clients. Karsten seeks to balance his creativity and passion for the outdoor environments where people live with his love for his faith, family, and friendships.

Kristian Thiem – Designer

Kristian has always had a passion for design, cooking and the outdoors. Her love of cooking led her to Charleston, where she attended Johnson and Wales University and opened a retail bakery.  An opportunity to return to school allowed her to pursue her love of the outdoors and landscapes in the horticulture program at Trident Tech, where she earned a landscape design certificate. Her designs are focused on functionality and beauty with sustainable aspects. Kristian was brought on in 2012 to build Natural Tendencies’ design division to meet the growing demand.

Darren Sheriff – Garden Center Manager

Darren is a SCNLA Certified Professional Nurseryman and a Charleston County Master Gardener. As a member of the Coastal Carolina Camellia Society as well as the founder of the Lowcountry Fruit Growers Society, Darren is currently president of both groups.  He is known as “The Citrus Guy” here in the Lowcountry as an expert in the cultivation of Citrus and currently has 55+ different varieties in his yard, mostly in containers, but some in the ground as well. He is an Exotic Tropical Fruit buff, growing things many people have never heard of, and is well versed in all other kinds of fruit as well. Darren enjoys teaching and is a blog author to be educational, sometimes funny, and hopefully always inspirational. He loves helping people with their garden problems.

Jonathan Huffman

Jonathan grew up outside of Richmond VA, then headed south, graduating from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Horticultural Science and Landscape Design in 2006.  He started his post-grad career at the former Carolina Nurseries, Inc in Moncks Corner and managed the local plant distribution center which supplied the majority of Charleston’s Garden Centers and Landscape Contractors.  A South Carolina Certified Nursery Professional, Jonathan brings a wealth of horticultural knowledge to the Terra Bella Professionals Team, further strengthening the bond we have with our clients and maximizing the full potential of our clients properties. In his free time he enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with friends on the water.

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How And When Should You Prune Your Azaleas?

How And When Should You Prune Your Azaleas?

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The southern United States is the perfect grow-zone for azaleas; these beautiful flowering plants are a member of the rhododendron family, a shallow-rooted plant that provides spring and summer flowers and year-round foliage in mild climates. How and when should you prune azaleas? Consider the following advice:   Prune prior to the blooming season. When pruning your azalea to encourage growth, the best time to prune is before spring growth starts; this ensures that you will still see flowers during…

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Charleston Citrus

Charleston Citrus: Plant Now for Delicious Fruit this Fall

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Enjoy a taste of summer well into the fall by planting citrus trees now; many delicious citrus fruits are native to Charleston and thrive in the southeastern US climate. When you visit your local garden center, ask the planting professionals about some options that you have when it comes to citrus.   Some hardy and widely available citrus for your landscaping include:   Red Navel Oranges.   Red Naval Orange are an excellent choice for the Carolinas with a peak…

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Six Must-Plant Perennials this Spring

Six Perennials that are a Must-Plant this Spring

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Part of the beauty of perennials is the year-round color and ability to completely change your garden or bed with endless combinations and variations. Some may bloom for a few weeks and other perennials will last the whole season. This spring, plant perennials, with attention to those that will re-bloom in the mild climate and warm temperatures of the southeastern United States.   Six must-plant perennials this spring are:   Dianthus. Dianthus is a blooming perennial that you might imagine…

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Four Raised Bed Design Ideas To Build This Spring

Four Raised Bed Design Ideas To Build This Spring

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The southeastern United States can get a lot of rain in the winter and spring, which makes raised beds a prudent option here. Raising your garden beds also makes them a lot less back-breaking to maintain, while keeping wildlife and animals away. When looking for raised bed ideas, think about things that you might already have that could create the perfect framework for your beds- at little to no cost! Talk with a landscape professional about the best plants to…

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Plant Ornamental Grasses and Bring Interest to your Garden All Year

Plant Ornamental Grasses and Bring Interest to your Garden All Year

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  Ornamental grasses can bring natural color and beauty to a garden all year and are effortless to maintain in the right climate. The southern US, more specifically Charleston, falls in the hardiness zone 8 and 9 range, which gives gardeners ample options when adding to their landscape. Some of the best  ornamental grasses to bring visual interest to your garden are:   Maiden-grass. One of your options is Maiden-grass, which can grow up to eight-feet in height. This grass…

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Camellia Japonica Varieties for the Winter Garden

4 Amazing Camellia Japonica Varieties to Spruce Up the Late Winter Garden

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Camellia Japonica is a type of flowering shrub that is commonly found in the southern United States, including many nationally-recognized gardens in Charleston, South Carolina. One of the compelling advantages of these plants is their late-bloom, which brings color to your landscape during typically-brown or dreary months, when other plants don’t thrive. Four amazing Camellia Japonica varieties to spruce up your late-winter garden are: Camellia japonica ‘Alba Plena’ The ‘Alba Plena’ provides beautiful white flowers with golden stamens in late-winter,…

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Landscape Design Trends We Love

Landscape Design Trends We Love in 2018

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Just because the temperatures have dipped, doesn’t mean your landscape must be drab. Winter in the Carolinas can be colorful and fresh- give your home’s exteriors a fresh face and extended utility with some of 2018’s most-clever design trends. Winter doesn’t need to be drab; brighten up your South Carolina exteriors with these landscape design suggestions: Bring the indoors, out. Don’t let cooler weather dampen outdoor dining; bring the indoor to your outdoor spaces with cozy conversations spaces and eating…

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Camellia Varieties for your Winter Landscape

Three Camellia Varieties that Will Look Incredible in your Winter Landscape

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Want some outdoor color that won’t wane when the weather turns cooler? Camellias are an excellent option, that will thrive and become hardy in most climates and regions. Furthermore, Camellias make excellent borders, screens, and hedges to protect and secure your property, while providing some obscurity for enhancing privacy, too.   Three Camellias that will look wonderful in your winter landscape are:   Camellia ‘Pink Icicle’. The lovely pink icicle Camellia yields 4 ½ -inch blossoms that are a luscious…

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