Summer is drawing to a close, and soon it will be time to plant our fall selections. Fall’s riotous colors are a delightful addition to the yard and garden, provided one has a green thumb, right? Not so, at least not anymore! Gardening success is mainly contingent upon one main thing: learning and implementing the best information about caring for the already-healthy plants you decide to purchase. That’s precisely why the garden center you choose matters so much. Today, let’s talk about the best local garden centers in Middle Tennessee!

When the Parks team sat down to discuss this list, we knew exactly what kind of experience we wanted you to have. In short, the garden centers below were selected because they offer a specially curated selection of plants along with a heaping helping of customer care. Whether you’re a master gardener or a nervous novice, you’ll find just what you need at the garden center nearest you.

In Davidson County:

Gardens of Babylon

2600, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37208

Gardens of Babylon has staked their claim as “Nashville’s largest family-owned and -operated garden center.” Now in their 17th year serving the region, they continue to create a relaxing, fun environment for home gardeners and professionals alike. 

If you’re looking for help with your existing plants, creating a from-scratch garden for a client, or need a cute plant to keep you company during another week of endless virtual meetings, we’re absolutely certain that you’ll be just delighted with Gardens of Babylon.

In Williamson County:

Riverbend Nurseries

2008 Lewisburg Pike
Franklin, TN 37064

Thompson Station is home to Riverbend Nurseries, an expansive 500-acre property where they cultivate their immense range of plants. Despite the scale of their business, Riverbend’s knowledgeable staff is beloved for their dedication to personal, friendly, and impressively expert service. The team encourages novice gardeners and experts alike, and welcomes all questions. You’ll definitely get the support you need, regardless of your experience with gardening.

In Rutherford County:

Martin’s Home & Garden

1020 NW Broad Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Since it first opened in 1982, Martin’s Home and Garden has been the premier garden and sundries shop in Rutherford County. Their friendly staff is eager to share their ever-rotating seasonal crops along with helpful gardening tips and advice. Additionally, one can shop the home décor section and locally-produced artisanal eats.

In Sumner County:

Long Hollow Nursery

2064 Long Hollow Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066

This picture-perfect spot has a beautifully-curated Instagram account sharing photos of their plants and their event center. While Long Hollow Nursery is stunning enough to be a popular wedding spot, they also have a small staff of highly specialized gardeners who are able to answer all of your Tennessee horticulture questions. Shop their small plants and trees, gardening décor, or just wander the space and take your own Insta-worthy shots!

In Wilson County:

JVI Secret Gardens

12425 Lebanon Road
Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

With the stated goal of creating “happy spaces for all to enjoy,” it’s little wonder that the people of Wilson County are so content to wander this immense garden center and koi ponds. Additionally, JVI’s friendly, helpful staff is equipped to renovate and maintain your water features and koi ponds year-round, so stop by to talk about your every home garden need.

In Maury County:

Fernwood Garden Center

1075 N James Campbell Blvd
Columbia, TN 38401

The Finleys have been serving Columbia since they opened Fernwood Garden Center in 2003. Their dense, lush garden center holds everything you need to begin or expand upon a happy Tennessee garden. 

Shop their dizzying array of trees, shrubs, and flowering vines, visit the statuary garden, and browse antiques all within the grounds. Should you have any questions, ask the master gardeners on staff about your selections. 

Do you plan to create new landscaping, or upgrade a large area of your yard? Be sure to inquire about Fernwood’s landscape consultation services as well. Whether you want them to design your yard from scratch or just help you choose the right plants for each section of your yard, you’ll have come to the perfect place to get started.

In Coffee County:

Taylor Nursery

6004 McMinnville Highway
Manchester, TN 37355

Taylor Nursery is a local gem, famous for its impeccably-grown cultivars and wide selection of trees. Reviewers rave about the longevity of the many plants they’ve purchased here, and with the reality of landscaping costs, this is no minor detail.

Drawing visitors from far outside the county with their thoughtful advice and friendly atmosphere, Taylor Nursery is sure to become one of your favorite destinations for your plants and gardening supplies. 

This fall, you’ll be shopping for pumpkins, Thanksgiving arrangements, and Halloween décor. Come winter, you’ll venture out again for poinsettias, wreaths, and exquisite holiday decorations. Rather than shopping at a big box store, we encourage you to enjoy the bounty and personal care you’ll encounter at any of the above garden centers. 

Not only will your shopping dollars directly support your Middle Tennessee friends and neighbors, but you’ll also be astounded by the vast number of cultivars thriving right here! Don’t settle for the ordinary when extraordinary is right next door.

Do you have a favorite garden center in Middle Tennessee? Let us know in the comments. Thank you for visiting the Parks blog, and enjoy the beauty of fall—it's right around the corner!

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