Spring is in its full splendor, and it’s time to decide which plants will enhance your home’s interior and exterior aesthetic throughout this upcoming summer and fall. You may be a seasoned plant whisperer in search of the exceptionally rare or a nervous novice who has managed to kill almost every houseplant you’ve ever owned—either way, the locations we’ve selected for our list of the top plant shops in Middle TN have your back!

The staff at any one of these shops will guide you in your selection of the best plants for you, teach you how to care for them, and offer troubleshooting advice should you encounter any difficulties caring for your beautiful new plants.

As you browse the lush, verdant selection of plants at the independent garden shop near you, take a moment to feel a flush of pride in your choice to spend your allotted plant budget here in your own community. Your purchases will directly support your neighbors and friends who help make Middle TN such a delightful place to live.

Happy gardening, homeowners!

Gardens of Babylon
900 Rosa L Parks Blvd | Nashville

In their 18th year of operation, Gardens of Babylon remains the largest family-owned-and-operated garden center in Nashville. Currently open at the downtown Nashville Farmers’ Market, their mission is to make their shop a fun, laid-back destination for everyone. Their clientele includes professional landscapers, home hobbyists, and total beginners, so you can be sure that no matter your level of familiarity with plants, this expansive garden center will have something for you!

Bates Nursery and Garden Center
3810 Whites Creek Pike | Nashville

Bates Nursery has been family-owned and operated since it opened in 1932, so visiting this independent nursery in its location just outside Nashville feels a bit like taking a field trip to a slice of local history. They specialize in curating a wide array of plants that thrive in our region, including rare and unexpected cultivars as well as beloved garden classics.

While you’re there, be sure to shop their gorgeous pottery selections to house your new backyard veggies, tropical plants, houseplants, or annuals.

The staff at Bates Nursery is unfailingly friendly and knowledgeable, and their landscape specialists are available to answer questions about larger projects as well. Don’t see the plant you’re pining for? They will most likely be able to order the perfect specimen just for you.

The nursery is also pet-friendly, so leash up your canine companion and come on down!

Creekside Garden Center
106 Harding Pl | Nashville

Creekside Garden Center is a local nursery in Nashville, established in 1992 by Todd Estepp and Phillip Gentry. Creekside is known for its creativity, quality, and individualized service, making it a favorite nursery among Nashvillians. The garden center is tucked away between a fork of Richland Creek in the heart of Belle Meade, and offers only the most high-quality plants, trees, shrubs, and herbs at surprisingly affordable prices.

The vibe here is casual and relaxed, so you’ll feel comfortable asking for help, suggestions, or working with their landscaping team to design your dream installation—which they will also complete! If you’re only looking for a simple mulch delivery, you’ll be pleased to know they offer deliveries for smaller projects as well.

Flower Mart
4503 Harding Pike | Nashville

Flower Mart is a lush, unique garden center that offers a wide variety of annual and perennial flowers, tropical plants, trees, shrubs, landscaping materials, floral arrangements, assorted containers, candles, and both home and garden décor.

Flower Mart also offers services such as creating stunning floral arrangements for deliveries to residential and business addresses and developing detailed landscaping plans for homeowners. The staff at Flower Mart is helpful and upbeat, so don’t hesitate to bring them your questions!

Flora Plant Shop
305 E Trinity Ln #103 | Nashville

Flora is a woman-owned plant shop that provides a unique, full-service customer experience, from selecting plants to re-potting and detailed plant care education for budding green thumbs. Flora carries high-quality interior plants, of course, but they also offer plant design and plant rental services throughout the greater Nashville area.

Flora is dedicated to providing a diverse plant selection with a limited environmental impact. Thanks to their work on behalf of this ethos, they have been featured in several publications, including Architectural Digest and The Washington Post.

Moore & Moore Garden Center
8216 TN-100 | Nashville

Moore & Moore Garden Center is a full-service garden center, landscape, and gift store that caters to garden enthusiasts and novices alike. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about cultivating lifestyles, offering advice and assistance in choosing the right plants and answering your every gardening and landscaping question.

The store offers an excellent plant and pottery selection, indoor and outdoor shopping options, and is pet-friendly!

Martin's Home and Garden
1020 NW Broad St | Murfreesboro

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 are eager to share their ever-rotating seasonal crops along with helpful gardening tips and advice.

Shop for birch, spruce, poplar, willow, hydrangea, laurel, and holly, perfect for ensuring that your garden is fresh and full throughout the year. Additionally, one can shop the home décor section and browse locally produced artisanal eats created within the Amish community.

Pro tip: Martin’s offers an exciting rewards program that allows customers to earn $5 off for every $100 they spend.

Lawrence & Clarke Cacti Co
2003 Old Hickory Blvd | Old Hickory

Lawrence & Clarke Cacti Co. started as a small pop-up shop at local farmers markets in the Nashville area in the fall of 2017, gaining a loyal customer base that loves their unique houseplants and accessible plant care education. The humble stand quickly evolved into a brick-and-mortar store from which the staff could provide a wider array of plants and a welcoming environment for informing customers about the right plants to suit both their lifestyle and lighting situation.

In recent years, Lawrence & Clarke Cacti Co. has expanded its portfolio to include terrarium-building workshops, artisan night shopping markets, styling botanicals for private parties, a wide array of home goods and locally crafted products, and exquisite pottery to complement their enchanting plant inventory.

Each plant purchase comes with an included potting service, guaranteeing that your new plant will get off to a healthy start.

Hewitt Garden & Design Center
2525 Hillsboro Rd | Franklin

Hewitt Garden and Design is a family-owned-and-operated retail garden center that offers various services, including consultations, installations, and full-scale landscaping. Naturally, Hewitt also stocks a vast selection of plants, ranging from tiny succulents and houseplants to full-grown trees suited for creating immediate shade and privacy.

In fact, customers especially adore Hewitt Garden and Design for their dizzying selection of trees, with virtually all species native to the area represented in every imaginable stage of maturity. The working greenhouses are staffed year-round, ensuring that the flowers, plants, and succulents are nurtured and pruned for maximum growth, leading to successful transitions when customers take them home.

The staff at Hewitt Garden and Design are highly knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly, offering assistance in selecting plants and providing impeccable advice on plant care.

Riverbend Nurseries
2008 Lewisburg Pike | Franklin

Thompson Station is home to Riverbend Nurseries, an expansive 500-acre property thick with an immense array of both rare and familiar plants. Despite the scale of their business, Riverbend’s knowledgeable staff are 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 at this expansive nursery, regardless of your level of experience with gardening.

Long Hollow Gardens
2064 Long Hollow Pike | Gallatin

Long Hollow Gardens is a well-known photo spot and wedding venue, but did you know they also have a limited selection of carefully curated plants, trees, and gardening accoutrements? Stop by to take your own photos, shop the garden, and speak with the staff of experienced gardeners who are eager to help with all of your horticultural concerns.

JVI Secret Gardens
227 Donelson Pike | Nashville

JVI Secret Gardens has set their cap to create “happy spaces for all to enjoy,” and the proof is in the pudding. Wilson County residents love wandering this sprawling garden center to shop, socialize, and enjoy the beautiful koi ponds. If you are curious about creating your own water feature, or need help maintaining or renovating an existing one, this garden center should be your first stop.

Fernwood Garden Center
1075 N James Campbell Blvd | Columbia

Since 2003, the Finley family has welcomed the community of Columbia into the astounding Fernwood Garden Center. They have cultivated a truly mind-boggling selection of trees, flowering vines, and shrubs, but that’s only the beginning. While you’re here, you must wander the statuary garden and shop the antiques that pepper the grounds. If you are looking to install new landscaping or upgrade a large swath of your yard, speak to the master gardeners on staff about their lauded landscape consultation services.

Taylor Nursery
6004 McMinnville Highway | Manchester

Taylor Nursery is a local gem, famous for its impeccably grown cultivars and wide selection of trees. Their many repeat customers rave about the longevity of the many plants they’ve purchased here, and with the sobering 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.

615 Nursery and Garden Center, Inc
144 McGavock Pk | Nashville

615 Nursery and Garden Center is home to a huge array of houseplants and landscaping plants along with every type of planter, pottery, and gardening tool required to keep your plants and yard looking their best.

Do you have a uniquely shaped porch, balcony, patio, or corner of your yard? Speak to their landscaping pros about designing a custom planter to fit into any space beautifully. Their friendly, enthusiastic staff are always ready to help with any questions you have, projects you’re planning, or gift ideas for special occasions.

Hoop House
1218 Wedgewood Ave | Nashville

Hoop House is a charming, truly adorable women-owned-and-operated plant shop dedicated to pairing people with their perfect houseplants. Each plant is planted and grown in their Kentucky greenhouse, ensuring that they are robust and acclimated to our region’s climate.

Hoop House also offers re-potting services, sells pottery made by local artisans, and offers both initial and ongoing support with each plant purchased there. Beginners can enter with hope and leave with confidence in their ability to care for a new green friend!

White Whale Plants and Decor
409 Cedarview Dr | Nashville

White Whale is the only plant shop on our list that is a licensed home-based business rather than a standalone garden shop. This means that while you’ll receive individualized attention while you shop, you will need to schedule your visit ahead of time so that Julia, the owner, knows to expect you. Once you have selected your plants and pottery, Julia will give you a care booklet for your carbon dioxide-chomping new friend.

If you’d prefer, White Whale offers free delivery everywhere in Nashville and within certain neighboring areas in Franklin and Brentwood. Additionally, Julia offers re-potting services, plant consultations, and yard cleanup.

The Takeaway

One of the most enjoyable aspects of home ownership is the ability to customize both your indoor and outdoor spaces exactly as you please. Since you’ve popped in here to read our post about the top plant shops in Middle Tennessee, you’re likely to decorate your space(s) with your favorite houseplants and/or living landscaping pieces! As every plant lover will tell you: adding plants to your home design is one of the most satisfying and surefire ways to turn a house into your home sweet home.

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