Make Your Own Nashville Garden Tour

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container-gardening-nashville.jpgAs a new gardener, I love seeing professional gardens in bloom.

Local gardens show me exactly which plants work in Brentwood and Nashville.

Here are a few local spots where gardeners can go for inspiration…


For starters, the demonstration gardens at Ellington Agricultural Center are gorgeous.

They’re planted by Master Gardeners and by Tennessee agricultural experts.


I never would have imagined a rustic arbor lush with…bean plants.

My kids would love a backyard hideaway like this–and perhaps they’d even eat the beans!




This sunny perennial garden outside the Tennessee Agricultural Museum even has labels for amateurs like me.

I love the contrast of blue salvia against the stone edging and gravel path.




Ellington’s gardeners worked their magic on another vine-covered archway. This one marks the entrance to a colorful perennial garden bright with coneflowers.




When I think of herb gardens, I imagine formal parterres lined with boxwood. That magazine image has always kept me from designing my own.

Ellington’s log cabin garden showed me that herbs look just as beautiful in a casual, stone-bordered setting.




This herb garden at the Nashville zoo uses crazy paving.

Here is another local herb garden, this one from the Grassmere Historic Farm at the Nashville Zoo.

I love the local limestone used as crazy paving in the center.



This is an inventive idea for an old tree stump. photo by Meredith at


What to do with an old stump? The Master Gardeners at the Grassmere Farm made a stump into a birdbath with this beautiful concrete basin. Again, totally do-able idea for the average Nashville gardener!




I knew I could use this homemade tomato cage for my potted cherry tomato plant.

I snapped a photo so I could remember how it was made when I returned from the Nashville Zoo.



Other great gardens near Brentwood that you can use for inspiration: