Though the staff at Honeysuckle Hill Farm cultivates livestock and crops of seasonal produce, its other chief resource is outdoor adventure. Through their seasonal tours, farm staffers teach adults and children about farm operations, the basics of agriculture, and which fabrics scarecrows find itchy. They also give visitors a chance to work their way through labyrinthine corn mazes. At birthday parties, younger visitors can pet the resident animals, pan for gemstones at an artificial stream, and race each other in pedal-powered carts. Away from the fields, Association for Challenge Course Technology–certified guides and their guests soar down a one-mile zipline course designed and built to ACCT standards. The guides lead tours through the course’s three elevated towers, three canopy-level bridges stretched across Battle Creek, and eight ziplines, which they maintain daily to chase away loitering vigilantes. Along the way, guides showcase their knowledge of the creek’s history while pointing out local flora and fauna.
Throughout the last decade, staff members of Limitless Lawn Service has mastered grass tending, tree trimming, and landscaping. They have probably learned other important things, such as the rules to Michigan rummy and the best brand of canola oil as well, but it's the lawn-care where they've really thrived. They now service commercial and residential lawns, remove flagging trees, and whip unruly foliage into shape for customers across Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, and Williamson Counties.
Stock up on vibrant plants and handy supplies to enliven any home, space pod, bicycle basket, or seafaring carrack. Bates Nursery boasts a rich history dating back to 1932, when Bessie Bates embarked on a quest to beautify Nashville without a shotgun mascara applicator. Browse a huge selection of annuals, perennials, and fruiting plants in addition to gardening tools, fertilizer, and other supplies. A handsome white-blooming Alice Oakleaf hydrangea ($19.99), an Eastern Concord grape vine ($15.99), and a pair of Atlas gloves ($7.99) perfect any porch or patio. Bates Nursery also offers a wide range of roses, soils, grasses, and pottery.
At Gardens of Babylon, discerning gardeners and green green-thumbs can frolic among a wide selection of eye-catching florae that beautify any garden, apartment, or Star Destroyer escape pod. With 10,000 square feet dedicated to shrubs, trees, houseplants, perennials, annuals, and giant flesh-yearning venus flytraps, irascible Scottish groundskeepers can pick up unique coneflower varieties ($9.99), shrub rose ($20), fig tree ($19.99), or black Spanish grape vine ($19.99). Otherwise, ward off pesky buzz bugs and snake-oil salesmen with Amazon Lights mosquito incense cones ($13.99) with andiroba. Additionally, a helpful and knowledgeable staff helps turn garden concepts into leafy reality with demonstration areas that provide invaluable tips for transforming homes into self-sustaining bio-domes, as well as tutorials that focus on mulching, composting, and fortified-trench digging at home.
All Seasons Gardening & Brewing Supply Co. arms fermentation farmers and green-thumbed dirt-doctors with a catalog of equipment essentials and hard-to-find accessories. Budding suds sages can find supplies for every stage of the brewing process, from carboy containers ($4.75 and up) for fermentation to a profusion of grains, yeasts, sugars, hops, and malt extracts. The carboy brush ($5.69) scrapes off icky residue, and guides such as the The HomeBrewer's Answer Book ($14.95) explain why previous failed batches kept opening portals to the 12th dimension.
If geneticist and horticulturalist Gregor Mendel were still alive today, he would marvel at Rivergate Garden Center. Owner Jonathan Buck fills the nursery with plants from breeders such as the aptly named Proven Winners and the Conard-Pyle Co., which has been developing hybrid roses since 1897. From spring through the moment when the world's executive producers decide it's winter, the center is rampant with blossoming roses, lipstick-red weigela, and violet butterfly bushes engineered to expend energy continuously in colorful abandon. These plants also require less maintenance, as their stems resist frost and mildew and quit growing once they have reached a manageable, predetermined size.