The topic of favorite independent garden centers was presented by Fran Sorin from Gardening Gone Wild recently. A poor memory was jogged by her posting into remembering that we had taken some photos of a wonderful nursery in our area, Mouse Creek, last spring. We meant to write a glowing report about this treasure but felt the photos were disappointing at the time, and spring got in the way, and, well, you know how that goes. Looking back at the photos in the dead of winter, they seem more than presentable so let us now introduce you.
Shown above is one of the many plants growing in the Fairegarden that came from Mouse Creek. This is Epimedium x versicolor ‘Sulphureum’ on April 2, 2008.The nursery is located out in the county. In these parts, that is the way the city folk, like me, refer to the outlying, unincorporated areas. Not out in the country, but out in the county that we also reside in, meaning they don’t have to pay the city tax or follow the not at all stringent rules of city living of what you can or cannot do with your property. The owners of Mouse Creek, named for the creek that runs in the back of their fifteen acres and parallel to Interstate 75 down to Chattanooga, have chosen to use their land to grow perennials and annuals. They have a lovely house and several other buildings there also. Won’t you join me for a little exploring of rural southeast Tennessee?Here we are turning into the gravel drive. They have taken the mouse theme and run with it. You can see some of the greenhouses beyond the signage and gate.Here is the owner, Ruth standing proudly with her plants. She is very knowledgable and is a past president of the Perennial Plant Association, the same outfit that chooses the Plant Of The Year, so she is up on the best cultivars out there and what will grow best in any given area. She travels extensively on speaking engagements and learning about the new developments in the industry.
I buy most of my annuals and veggies here, for I know they have been grown in these greenhouses, by cuttings or by seed. Note: the sales are from the nursery site only, no mail order or even a web site at this time.There is another reason why we love this nursery too, beyond the reasonable prices, fantastic plants, friendly owner and nearby location, for on the site is another building.A pre civil war church that was moved from its original spot farther down the creek to just behind the greenhouses is used for various functions….Including weddings. On a very hot, sweltering August day in 2003, The Financier walked Semi down the aisle to join in holy matrimony with the now Semi’s Spouse. The photo was taken by the mother of the bride in the first row when they got to the front of the church and Semi first saw her poor spouse to be, in coat and tie. It was easily 120F in the non electrified building, even with the windows open. The look on her face says that along with love and devotion, he looks like he is going to pass out from heat prostration.After the wedding we all went outside to cool down. The proud parents of the bride, pre red head days for the mom, are still red cheeked but happy. I like to hold flowers when having my photo taken, if possible, and with the help of my friend Ulana from Texas had made the bride’s bouquet, and all the other flower goodies.
Mouse Creek Nursery is more than a valuable resource for plants and information. It holds the memories of a very special day.
My name is Frances and I am a lifelong gardener, having lived in various parts of the USA over many years. I am now gardening in USDA Zone 7a east Tennessee. From 2000 to 2014 I was gardening on a slope in a small town in Tennessee. I have been blogging about my gardens since December of 2007. Thank you for visiting!
The slope in spring
The slope in fall
The slope in winter
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Older Posts Of Interest:
The story of the day a throng of cedar waxwings descended upon the garden, shown in the header image. (2009)
An awkward title that explains about making those very tall asters, mums and others shorter by cutting them down by half in May. Now is the time! (2011)
A book inspires the growing of lilies from seed. (2009)
How ten lily bulbs became hundreds. (2010)
A rant about the mistaken thoughts of non-gardeners. (2009)
There was something hidden in the forest and we were lucky enough to be able to see it. (2011)
Dreams turn into reality, in a way. The Green Man/Leaf Man faces live well in my garden now. (2011)
A yard without a lawn. (2010)
A history of all of the faire gardens and a couple of choice tidbits about me. (2009)
Very difficult to only pick your six favorite plants, some of us bent the rules a bit. (2009)
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