Wingard's Market in Lexington is now working alongside Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity to help local residents. The Lexington garden center is donating plants, flowers and additional landscaping to as many as six new homes built by the organization in the Midlands this year.

In addition to the plant donations, the Wingard's staff will assist the Habitat team with plant selections for each house built. The first selections will be made in September for houses that will be built in October.

"We have always been impressed with the hard work and great craftsmanship that Habitat provides for these new homeowners,” Wingard’s Market co-owner Wally Steinhauser said. “Not every plant is going to make it in every type of soil, so it’s important we get the right plant that also looks great. We care about this community and want these homeowners to experience happiness when they walk in the door.”

Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity has been serving the Midlands for 36 years and has helped more than 270 local families become homeowners. The group uses volunteers, community partners and a small staff to build six houses a year.

Habitat for Humanity homeowner services manager Emily Fernald said they are excited for the new partnership with Wingard's.

"The individuals and families that complete the Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity program put in over 300 hours of sweat equity, homebuyer workshops, and financial planning. For them to not only be able to see their dream of homeownership come true, but see it as the beautiful picture they’ve always imagined through the landscaping provided by Wingard’s, just makes it that much more special," she said.

Wingard's Market is located at 1403 N. Lake Dr.

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