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.
Foster Falls Recreation Area
Experience and enjoy one of the most scenic, wildest areas in Tennessee with a visit to the Foster Falls Recreation Area. Operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and located near Tracy City, Tennessee, this recreation area provides a safe, and beautiful base for exploring the south end of the Cumberland Plateau. ...more
Foster Falls Small Wild Area
Enjoy one of the most scenic, wild areas in Tennessee with a visit to the Foster Falls Small Wild Area. Operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and located near Tracy City, Tennessee, this recreation area provides a safe and beautiful base for exploring the south end of the Cumberland Plateau. ...more
Frozen Head State Park
Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area is situated in the beautiful Cumberland Mountains of Eastern Tennessee near Wartburg. Frozen Head, elevation of 3,324, is one of the highest peaks in Tennessee west of the Great Smoky Mountains. ...more
Harpeth River Blueway
As a joint endeavor between the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA) and the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association (TSRA), the vision of the Project is to promote recreational opportunities, safety and the preservation of natural and cultural features along the Harpeth River through the provision of canoe/kayak access sites and accompanying signage. The Harpeth River, 125 miles long with over 1000 miles of tributaries, meanders through agricultural, forested and suburban areas of six counties in the greater Nashville region until it joins the Cumberland River. ...more
The gardens are easily accessible, offering over 500 species of wild flowers in one place; as many as 180 species blooming together in the spring, from early April - early May. ...more
Henry Horton State Park
Henry Horton State Park is well known for its championship 18-hole golf course, but it also features a park inn with 65 guest rooms and 4 suites as well as 2,000 square feet of meeting space, a separate conference lodge with 3,150 square feet of meeting space, a southern style restaurant, 5 rustic cabins and 3 deluxe cabins, 72 campsites situated near the scenic Duck River and a trap and skeet range. The 1,140-acre park has three hiking trails where you may see a variety of wildlife such as wild turkey, deer and many kinds of wildflowers. ...more
Enjoy the beautiful mountain view and display gardens, as well as the 1840's home, at our nursery, located on an original 1700's landgrant farm. Shop outdoors in a garden setting. ...more
To the west of the Appalachian Plateau lies the Highland Rim, an elevated plain with steep slopes, surrounding the Central Basin, or Nashville Basin. The Nashville Basin is characterized by rich, fertile farm country. ...more
Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park
Conceived as a long-distance hiking trail, the 300-mile Cumberland Trail, the only linear park in the state, from the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park on the Tennessee-Virginia-Kentucky border to the Signal Point near Chattanooga. The trail now is a resource for many types of recreational activities. ...more
Lichterman Nature Center
Located in the heart of metropolitan Memphis, the Center features exciting new exhibits, lush gardens featuring native wildflowers and trees, a forest boardwalk three stories high and a tradition of excellence in environmental education set in the midst of 65 acres of lake, meadow and forest. Home to a wide variety of plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals, Lichterman is an urban nature center, easily accessible to the people who need it the most, the people who live in the city. ...more
Lucius Burch Natural Area
The natural area is a remnant of historic river meanders, bald cypress-water tupelo swamps, bottomland hardwood forests, and open river channel habitat. Unfortunately, much of this ecosystem has been significantly altered as a result of change in hydrology and the invasion of common privet, an invasive exotic pest plant. ...more