It’s natural to expect the best, most luscious fruits and vegetables from a place with rich soil and wonderful weather. Tennessee’s hills and valleys as well as rainfall levels and plentiful rivers create an ideal growing environment for plants, produce, flowers, firs and pine trees. Our state flower, the iris, enjoys a dramatic debut, appearing in April, May and June. Our wildflower, the rue anemone, blooms in the first wave of spring blossoms.
Well-known for its gardens—such as Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, University of Tennessee’s Trial Gardens and Arboreta and the beautiful Dixon Gardens—Tennessee’s gardens, greenhouses and florists flourish with plants.
Tennessee’s growing zones are just right to yield the Volunteer State’s wide variety of native flowers, edibles and, yes, even Christmas trees. You’ll find quite the grower and locavore selection here.