May 2024

Where Grass Is Always Greener

Spring flowers are popping up and the sparkling pool water looks inviting. See anything unusual in this photo? Look a little closer. 

It’s the third week in May. How is this grass so green? Look at the vibrant plantings, set off by the lush green of … synthetic turf?

Introducing Golden Vale Synthetic Turf®

When the homeowners moved in three years ago, the strip of lawn surrounding their pool was problematic. Not only was it difficult to mow, but it was constantly being challenged by the activities of the beloved four-legged members of the family.

Seeking a solution, hardscaping was considered. They visited Stone Garden and discovered a new “green” alternative with Golden Vale Synthetic Turf®. After gaining approval from their homeowner’s association, they were connected with Chris Natale for professional installation through our Contractor Referral Network 

About a year ago, Chris and his daughter Julie formed Synthetic Turf of Wilmington. They have installed over a dozen projects including putting greens, residential yards, pet runs, playgrounds and pool surrounds.

“The sandy soil in Wilmington is not ideal for sod, so synthetic turf fills that void,” said Chris.

While not large in square footage, this job was challenging because of its donut shape. Chris tells us that a lot of time and effort was put into minimizing waste, which his customers appreciated. 

We are thrilled with the installation. They did a beautiful job. You could say it’s seamless.”

Golden Vale Synthetic Turf® is ultra-realistic and lead-free, so it’s safe for both humans and animals. You can maximize your home investment, enhance your quality of life and transform unused areas into functional living spaces. No mowing, no watering, no weed spraying; just years of enjoyment with family, friends and pets!


In addition to synthetic turf, Chris’ hardscaping company, Stone Accents of Wilmington, has been transforming outdoor spaces for the past decade. His work speaks for itself.

Sitting Wall: Echo Ridge Southern Ledgestone with bluestone caps

Patio: Belgard® Dimensions™

Patio: PA Flagstone with River Jax joints 
Patio: Silver Travertine

From concrete pavers to natural stone, edging to retaining walls, patios to walkways, and fireplaces (both indoor and out), Stone Accents can do it all. Chris reminds us:

You’re only limited by your imagination!”


TN Sandstone Steppers 30% off

These colorful, thick slabs are beautiful and make wonderful stepping stones for muddy spaces. 


The April 2024 Azalea Garden Tour was a resounding success with over $70,000 in proceeds raised from ticket sales.  The Cape Fear Garden Club, which sponsors the Tour, donates this money back to the community annually in the form of charitable grants and scholarships to UNCW and Cape Fear Community College. 

Massarelli’s Milano Urn Lion Fountain – Garden #3 

Contributions from tickets help to beautify, conserve, educate, inspire and benefit people of all ages, using horticulture and garden development.  Grants have been awarded to non-profit organizations such as the Wilmington Tree Commission, the Good Shepherd Center, Cape Fear River Watch, Habitat for Humanity, as well as local museums and public gardens.  See more beneficiaries and next year’s Grant Applications here


Stone Garden is now stocking Golden Vale Synthetic Turf®. Drop by the store to see our display and pick up turf samples.


New Hanover County Arboretum

Nature’s Classroom: Making Learning Fun in the Great Outdoors

Explore creative ways to make education enjoyable through nature with Elizabeth Stratton, 4-H Youth Development Agent. May 28, 2024, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Education Center 

Planting for Pollinators

Join Matt Collogan, Consumer Horticulture Agent, for helpful advice on best practices that encourage pollinator populations in outdoor spaces. June 25, 2024, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Education Center.