Gardens & Meadows
Tennessee has one of the most eclectic collections of distinct habitats in the world. Learn about the wildflowers, forests and other flora that carpet our area.
Year round, the hills of Tennessee reveal amazing flora. From vibrant wildflowers that carpet the hillsides in the spring to the brilliant red, yellow and orange of the changing autumn leaves, Tennessee is a bouquet for the senses.
Walk through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see the rhododendron that paint the trails with color. In spring, wildflowers such as trillium, lady’s slipper, and jack-in-the-pulpit will cover these areas in brilliant shades of pink, white and purple. Don't feel like trekking on the trail? Experience Tennessee's spectacular floral diversity at one of the botanical gardens located throughout the state. Cheekwood Botanical Garden, well worth a visit, appears on the top five gardens list for Southern Living. Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden offers more than 300 acres of botanical bliss, while the University of Tennessee Botanical Gardens provide the perfect location for an afternoon picnic surrounded by Tennessee's most breathtaking floral varieties.
From the wild beauty that adorns the mountainside to the beautiful gardens that showcase its floral diversity, Tennessee is blooming with opportunity for every botanical enthusiast.
Armstrong-Lockett House & W.P. Toms Memorial Gardens "Crescent Bend"
The Armstrong-Lockett House built in 1834 just west of downtown Knoxville, this southern antebellum home was once the centerpiece of a 600 acre working farm and is named for its prominent setting overlooking a majestic crescent bend in the Tennessee River. Meticulously restored in 1977, Crescent Bend is furnished with Eighteenth Century antique furniture, decorative arts, and an outstanding collection of English silver, circa 1569-1830. ...more
The Bartram Trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail by the National Trails System Act of 1968. The trail is blazed in a yellow, vertically oriented rectangle in North Carolina and a yellow diamond in Georgia. ...more
Bates Nursery & Garden Center
Bastes Nursery has been beautifying Nashville since 1932, when Bessie bates convinced her skeptical husband to mortgage their house for money to build a "hot house" for plants. Shop for annuals, perennials, aquatic plants, vegetables and more. ...more
Beaman Park and Nature Center
Beaman Park preserves and protects the natural, historical, cultural and recreational features of the area in and around Beaman Park. The park hosts monthly interpretive hikes, which meet at the Creekside Trailhead, and has many wildflower plantings. ...more
Belle Meade Plantation
Once one of the largest private estates in Nashville encompassing 5,400 acres and home to five generations of the Harding-Jackson family, Belle Meade Plantation today is a 30-acre historic site 6 miles west of Nashville. Before the Civil War, Belle Meade flourished; today bullets from the Battle of Nashville scar the house, used as Confederate Gen. ...more
Big Cypress Tree State Park
A peaceful park for enjoying nature, Big Cypress was named for a national champion tree that was 1,350 years old before being killed by a lightning strike in 1976. In the floodplain of the Obion River’s Middle Fork, the park is a great site for picnicking, wildflower walks, bird watching and hiking and includes a 330-acre natural area and 27-acre adjacent park. ...more
Blackberry Farm and Farmhouse Spa
On a 4,200-acre estate in the foothills of Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is one of the South's most celebrated country inns. Those in the know commend its exquisite location, first-rate service and delicious food. ...more
Bloom and Garden Expo
April 9th through 10th, Williamson County hosts its largest Lawn and Garden Show, the Bloom and Garden Expo. Whether you are a casual or serious gardener, the show is the perfect opportunity to learn about plants and to network with knowledgeable people. ...more
Burgess Falls State Park
Burgess Falls, one of the first Natural Areas, is on Tennessee’s Eastern Highland Rim and is noted for its scenic splendor. Sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, rolling water and abundant mixed forest, characterize this area. ...more
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. With nationally recognized collections of American and contemporary painting and sculpture, a botanical garden named in the "Top Five" by Southern Living magazine, and year-round family-friendly activities, there's something for everyone at Cheekwood! There is always something happening in Cheekwood's Botanical Gardens. ...more
Cherokee National Forest
The largest tract of public land in Tennessee, Cherokee National Forest is located in East Tennessee, stretching from Chattanooga to Bristol along the North Carolina border. The 640,000-acre Cherokee National Forest lies in the heart of the Southern Appalachian mountain range, a remarkably diverse area. ...more