Family Owned and Serving The Wilmington Area Since 1913 We are the largest retail and wholesale nursery in the area. 
 NCNLA 2018 Grower of the Year.

In the 109 years of operation

Tinga Nursery has grown from the first phones to high speed internet connections, from hand watering to computerized irrigation systems, from mules to tractors, pickup trucks to delivery vans, and from cold frames to heated greenhouses. The Tingas look forward to more new developments as they grow into the future. 

Yes We Are Open
Retail & Wholesale 
M-F 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Open Saturday's for Retail sales 9am-1pm until May 7th, 2022

   Our response to COVID-19

As a state designated essential business we are exempt from the closure order. We will do our best to maintain 6 foot social distancing. So to accommodate this requirement we will be altering the way we do business. Our inside office will be closed to all customers. We are operating outside to help our customers find the plants that they are needing. Wholesale & Retail customers are welcome to walk out in our front beds and we also have carts available for you to pick out the plants you like.

-Deliveries will be made on a first come basis. Deliveries will be made only during our regular business hours Monday - Friday. For deliveries to retail customers, someone must be available to help unload the truck.
** If you are a commerical customer, we need AT LEAST a 24-48 hour  notice for pick up orders as we get into our busy season. ** You are welcomed to send orders to

Updates: We will alert you to any changes to these policies by email, Facebook, and on our website.


Eelco Tinga
Tinga Nursery


Family Owned Since 1913

Eelco I. Tinga, born and educated in the Netherlands, studied Horticulture in Holland and England where he learned to speak English. In 1906, he immigrated to the United States and worked in a Long Island N.Y. Nursery. There he met Hugo Van Nes and they decided to start their own business. After finding that there were too many rocks in the soil in Holland, Michigan, in 1908 they settled on two 10 acre tracts in Castle Hayne, N.C. that were advertised as part of the Hugh MacRae colonies. After opening the Holland Nurseries, the two nurserymen grew flowering shrubs that could be crated and shipped to northern markets; vegetables; and cut flowers, such as daffodils and dutch iris that were sold in the Wilmington area.

Tinga Nursery
Celebrated Plants
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