Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Buying Native Plants

Purchasing Tennessee Native Plants and Seeds

It is often difficult to find Tennessee native plants at local garden centers so we would like to help our visitors by providing a list of mail-order nurseries on our website that specialize in native plants.  We are also listing Tennessee nurseries that specialize in native plants but do not do mail order in case you happen to live within driving distance of one of these businesses.

The mail-order list is divided into two groups—nurseries located in Tennessee and nurseries located east of the Mississippi River in states other than Tennessee.  When purchasing Tennessee native plants, it is desirable to try to purchase from a nursery that is breeding strains of a plant species that occur naturally in Tennessee.  However, this goal is often not possible due to a shortage of suppliers, and it is certainly appropriate to buy plant species that are native to Tennessee but were grown in other states.  If you wish to purchase only plants native to Tennessee, keep in mind that these out-of-state nurseries will be selling plants native to their area as well; some plants may not be native to Tennessee.  As always, use our native plant list as a reference if you have any questions.

We have recently added a new category — nurseries that sell native Tennessee mosses.  This list includes locations across the U.S.

Our lists are for informational purposes only and are not intended to convey a recommendation for a specific source.  If you have complaints on a specific nursery, please refrain from posting them on this page.  A great alternative is The Garden Watchdog at Dave’s Garden website where over 7,600 mail-order gardening companies are listed, ranked and reviewed by customers.  You can find it at http://davesgarden.com.

Mail-Order Nurseries

Located in Tennessee

Native Gardens   — NOW OUT OF BUSINESS
5737 Fisher Lane
Greenback, TN  37742
865 856-0220
Plants only

Overhill Gardens
1404 Citico Road
Vonore, TN  37885
423 295-2288
Plants only

Tennessee Naturescapes
2131 Oliver Springs Highway
Clinton, TN  37716
865 730-3122
Plants only

Plants for Pollinators
7443 Liberty Road
Fairview, TN 37062
(615) 799-8719
Plants and seeds

Located outside of Tennessee

Pine Ridge Gardens
PO Box 200
London, Arkansas 72847
479 293-4359
Plants only

Mail-Order Natives
PO Box 9366
Lee, Florida  32059
850 973-6830
Plants only

Prairie Moon Nursery
32115 Prairie Lane
Winona, Minnesota  55987
866 417-8156
Plants and seeds, with over 400 species of seeds available

Roundstone Native Seed, LLC
9764 Raider Hollow Road
Upton, Kentucky  42784
888 531-2353
Seeds only, 300 species and 125 standard mixes

Easyliving Wildflowers
PO Box 522
Willow Springs, Missouri 65793
Plants and seeds

Missouri Wildflowers Nursery
9814 Pleasant Hill Road
Jefferson City, Missouri  65109
573 496-3492
Plants and seeds

Niche Gardens   —   NOW OUT OF BUSINESS
1111 Dawson Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516
919 967-0078
Plants only

Prairie Nursery
PO Box 306
Westfield, Wisconsin  53964
800 476-9453
Plants and seeds, with approximately 100 species of seeds available

Enchanter’s Garden
P.O. Box 82
Hinton, West Virginia 25951
215 272-1843
Plants only

1128 Colleton Ave.
Aiken, South Carolina 29801
803 648-7522
Plants only

EverWilde Farms
P.O. Box 40
Sand Creek, Wisconsin  54765
Seeds only

Agrecol Native Seed, Plants and Restoration
10101 North Casey Road
Evansville, Wisconsin 53536
(608) 223-3571

Gardens of the Blue Ridge
9056 Pittmans Gap Road
Newland, NC 28657
828 733-2417

Non Mail-Order Nurseries

Located in Tennessee

GroWild, Inc.
7190 Hill Hughes Road
Fairview, Tennessee 37062
(615) 799-1910
Plants only, with over 850 species & cultivars available
Call before visiting

Nashville Natives
Wholesale Nursery
Retail plants available at Whole Foods in middle TN
7443 Liberty Road
Fairview, TN 37062
(615) 799-8719

Shy Valley Plant Farm
315 Ridge Road
Fall Branch, Tennessee 37656
423 348-6570
Plants only
Call before visiting

Trailhead Nursery (non-profit)
55 Miller Cove Road in Signal Mountain, TN.
A Friends of the Cumberland Trail project, Trailhead started 2 years ago as a restoration nursery and for the past year we’ve been expanding quickly into native trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses and soon sedges that we sell to the public to support our restoration efforts.
Like us on Facebook
Open by appointment, call: (423)262-9852

Located outside of Tennessee but close to state border

Carolina Native Nursery
1126 Prices Creek Road
Burnsville, North Carolina 28714
828 682-1471

Elk Mountain Nursery
PO Box 3
Alexander, North Carolina 28701
828 683-9330
Call before visiting because does not have regular hours.

If we have missed a mail-order or a non-mail order nursery specializing in native plants in Tennessee, send us an e-mail and help us expand our list.

Nurseries Selling Tennessee Native Mosses

Native Wildflowers Nursery
McMinnville, Tennessee
931 779-3512

Englewood, Florida
941 662-5695

Mountain Moss
Brevard, North Carolina
828 577-1321

Moss Acres
Honesdale, Pennsylvania
866 438-6677

Moss and Stone Gardens
Raleigh, North Carolina
919 622-4150

Kigi Nursery
Kelso, Washington
9360 425-0541

12 responses to “Buying Native Plants

  1. Joyce Montgomery January 18, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    I believe Beaver Creek Nursery in Knoxville focuses on Native Plants.

  2. asudbrockAndy Sudbrock May 19, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Nashville Natives in Fairview, TN grows pesticide free native wildflowers and other wonderful native plants. http:/www.nashvillenatives.com . Check them out on Facebook for updates and recent news. Also http://www.plantsforpollinators.com provides pollinator friendly native wildflower seeds with an easy to order online platform.

  3. Mel Lo May 29, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Because I garden specifically for monarchs and other pollinators I need to give a big shout out to Terri and Mike down at GroWild Inc.for all their knowledge and assistance these past few years. Yes, call ahead!
    Also, while somewhat limited in native selections, http://www.mysummerfieldfarm.com/ sells various milkweed plants and you can find them around Greeneville or Johnson City markets if not right at the farm. Plants you can trust not to have been doused in chemicals that will kill either the monarchs or their larvae.

  4. Gerry Moll February 25, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    The Native Plant Rescue Squad has a wide selection of native plants available at the Market Square Farmers Market in Knoxville every Saturday starting in May from 9-2. nativeplantrescuesquad.com Check us out on Facebook

  5. Janet September 10, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    One of my favorite native plant nurseries is Tennessee Naturescapes, 2131 Oliver Springs Highway, Clinton, TN 37716. They have expanded quite a bit in the past year. I believe they sell online as well as at the nursery. They are on Facebook as well. I would highly recommend them. http://www.tennesseenaturescapes.com/

  6. Nina M July 28, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    The Native Plant Rescue Squad in Knoxville, TN. The members of this volunteer-staffed non-profit descend on landscapes and sites that are about to be developed and rescue native plants before the bulldozers show up. They sell these plants at the Downtown farmer’s market and provide educational information too.
    Over the last two years, I’ve bought so many lovely ferns from them including a broad beech fern, a couple of ebony worts, a Christmas fern, and a lush cinnamon fern rescued from the Knoxville Zoo.
    To use a terrible but thematic pun: Wort’s not to like?
    Please do list them.
    Their website is https://www.nativeplantrescuesquad.com/

  7. Larry G Ring December 14, 2018 at 1:26 am

    Really nice site with good information!

  8. David McGee October 21, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Palladio Garden in Memphis has opened a Horticultural Center this past spring that features Tennessee Native Perennials. Thanks for putting this list together, what a great resource! http://palladiogarden.com http://instagram.com/palladiogarden http://facebook.com/palladiogarden

  9. Jessica August 21, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Hello, Tennessee Naturescapes, LLC is proud to serve Tennessee and surrounding states with both in-person and mail order sales of over 300 native plant species. Tennesseenaturescapes.com or in person at 2131 Oliver Springs HWY Clinton, TN 37716. Office Number 865-730-3122.

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