Growild Nursery in Fairview, Tennessee to me is an example of one nursery that steps it up! Was it the plants that impressed me? Definitely, but that wasn't all. The service by the employees was great. And it's more than just the demeanor of the employees, they knew their stuff! They could tell me the habits of the trees, offer up examples of similar specimens that I might enjoy, and were simply a great horticultural resource.
Growild opens up to the public only a couple times a year. The rest of the season they sell to landscape designers, contractors, and by appointments. Their stock makes them unique in that they are one of only two major nurseries that specialize in native plants. If you're looking for plants that are weather tolerant and grow in our rough soil conditions here in Tennessee then Growwild is the place to visit. They would be an excellent resource for anyone wishing to restore lands that have been taken over by invasive plants like honeysuckle or privet.
I also have a fondness for viburnums and came home with two more for our garden. I went looking for a 'Rusty Blackhaw' viburnum which comes highly recommend by Gail of Clay and Limestone. At the recommendation of one of the Growwild employees I took a look at a Witherod viburnum and instantly knew it was coming home with me too!
It was an exciting day for me and I think my family enjoyed the visit to Growild too. My oldest daughter even got a mini harmonica lesson from one of the musicians who was there to entertain! If you didn't get to Growild this weekend they will open again in the fall for customers during their tree sale season. If you've never been, it's worth the trip!
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