When you Google “Transplant Nashville,” what you’re going to find now is a lot of information variously about hair transplants and organ transplants. What’s not coming up very strongly (yet) is the Nashville grower retailer called transPLANT Outdoor Living, but we're sure it will, once more people catch wind of this divine garden/retail shopping destination that opened in spring 2014.
Located a stone's throw from us, just across the parking lot from Marathon Village at 607 12th Avenue North, transPLANT Nashville is a favorite of ours, not only because the plants are gorgeous and the arrangements vary from rustic to contemporary but also because owner Zac Carter is a super nice guy. And because he grows his own perennials off site in Spring Hill, transPLANT is able to provide every gardener, regardless of experience level, with access to varieties that have been on the market for as much as two decades or as little as two years. This, my friends, is one business that truly is locally grown.
In addition, growing its own plants means transPLANT can keep its prices low. "It allows us to offer things at much lower prices than pretty much all of our competition," says Carter. "Our prices are more on par with big-box stores like Home Depot or Lowe's, but we get to offer a design-conscious setting and really great prices."
transPLANT asked D.Luxe Home to babysit some of its potted gardens over the winter--see photos of some of them below. They're coming in to water and care for the plants during these cold months, and in the meantime we (and our customers) get to benefit from the dose of vibrant green. These arrangements are also available for sale here. On the Bynum Design side, we also hope to collaborate with the transPLANT team on some creative landscaping solutions in the near future.
transPLANT's owners both have crazy, big talent that perfectly complements the other's. Zac was a wholesale grower, while manager Dusty Whinnery was a floral designer who Zac recruited from a Franklin floral shop, and together they've married their ideas and backgrounds. Their shop, shuttered for the winter but scheduled to open back the first week of March 2015, is designed to be a walkable maze of garden rooms featuring locally grown perennials, dwarf trees, and shrubs. Supporting the plants, you'll see lots of found objects, antiques, and items made from rustic and readily available materials. These objects aren't for sale, but are to provide a palette of inspiration for Nashvillians to use when creating their own backyard escape. transPLANT aims to take the complexity out of gardening by showing us simple garden design ideas and helping us to better understand our state's growing conditions. During the Tennessee winter, transPLANT is focusing on mixed succulent and tropical container gardens, as well as terrariums.
Follow transPLANT on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. And look for them at the Antiques & Garden Show January 30-Feb 1, and the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show March 5-8.
Our shop is pretty much made for picking out gifts for the people you love. So, shop locally this holiday season with D. Luxe Home and our neighbors in Nashville's Marathon Village. Here are 25 of our best ideas for spreading holiday cheer in 2014:
Day 1: A divine, richly scented holiday candle from NEST Fragrances.
Day 2: A "What Would Johnny Cash Do?" pillow, for the old-school country fan in your life.
Day 3: Goat milk soap from Little Seed Farm. Gentle, nourishing, and free of artificial perfumes, dyes, and preservatives, this sustainably crafted Farmstead Milk Soap is perfect for everyday use and safe for those with sensitive skin - little ones included. Each bar is proudly handcrafted and cured at Little Seed Farm in small batches using only the finest and most gentle ingredients: our Raw Goat's Milk + Certified Organic Olive and Coconut oils.
Day 4: An Ox Bow Decor pillow, made of linen and filled with down.
Day 5: Ceramic Berry Boxes, $8.50 each
Day 6: Italian Marble Coasters from Studio Vertu. If there's such a thing as a love affair with coasters, we're having one.
Day 7: Merlot Decanter, $65. For the red wine lover in your life. Also available in Pinot Noir and Cabernet.
Day 8: Mixture Candles, $8 each. Have you experienced these candles yet? They have been bestsellers for us since day one. Though they be but little, they are fiercely delicious. And will make your entire house smell amazing.
Day 9: Iron Soap Holder with Faucet, $24
Day 10: A Cow Painting! We have lots of cows to choose from. Here is but one.
Day 11: A Tennessee dish towel, $22
Day 12: Iron Triangle Dinner Bell (13"), $48
Day 13: Hourglass, $35
Day 14: A soy Archipelago Botanicals candle from its Excursion Collection, inspired by favorite destinations around the globe. $25
Day 15: Saddlemans Cowhide Rug, from $490
Day 16: Inquisitive Goat on Canvas with Burlap Edge, $100
Day 17: Jute Wine Bottle Bag, $8
Day 18: Hand-carved bird on perch, $18-$26
Day 19: Hunk of agate, $12.50 - $15
Day 20: Blue Rose Vases, $175 & $185 each
Day 21: Antique books, from $20
Day 22: Box of vintage-style ornaments, $18
Day 23: A cheeky holiday tea towel, $18
Day 24: A holiday pillow, $22 - $52
Day 25: Hand-made, locally made jewelry by Larry Wilkes Jewelry Nashville
That's a wrap on our 2014 gift ideas, so get to wrapping! We encourage you to visit D.Luxe Home to find any special gifts you still need for loved ones.