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.