Kristi Duckworth doesn't mind when her art gets stepped on. In fact, she encourages it, having composed sprawling mosaics for park pathways and sidewalks. These locations are a fitting canvas for her large-scale, nature-inspired work. Her second favorite place to put art, however, is in the hands of children.
Kristi hosts multiple afterschool programs and classes that arm kids with everything they need to make beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces. Her mosaic lessons teach students to sift through tiles and arrange them into photo frames, and her ceramics classes cover the basics of sculpting and using a pottery wheel without constantly honking its horn. She also runs Art Night, a supervised three-hour period of freeform creation. Anyone who stops by can practice their mosaic-building skills, painting strokes, or ceramics techniques with the available tools.
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.
Since selling its first mini Venus de Milo 26 years ago](http://outdoorcreationstn.com/about.shtml), Outdoor Creations’ knowledgeable staff has continuously stocked the store with high-quality garden art in classic, contemporary, and whimsical styles. The shop’s outdoor collection brims with concrete creations, including multitiered fountains, Eastern and Grecian statues, and picturesque benches, and the stock of topsoil and mulch helps kick-start garden landscaping. Boasting more than 66 combined years of experience, the staffers have built up a reputation of helpfulness, answering design questions or recommending a birdbath that will give malodorous birds the hint without hurting their feelings.
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.
Since 1981, Willow Ridge Garden Center & Landscaping's professional landscapers have tackled both residential and commercial projects, working closely with clients to help realize their visions for a dream design that fits their budget. The gardening emporium also stocks a blossoming bounty of perennials, shrubs, and trees, as well as garden decor and glazed ceramic pottery. Additionally, Willow Ridge is a certified aquascape contractor, capable of constructing ponds and waterfalls that burble as tranquilly as a mixed tape from a humpback whale.
During spring at Jones Orchard, families gather to bound through the territory’s rows of fruit, peeling back leaves to get at the ripest morsels hidden deep within the thicket. Since growing their first peaches more than seven decades ago, the Jones family continues to ripen juicy varieties of peaches, strawberries, and other fruit on their 600-acre farm, eschewing long-distance produce shipping for local distribution, mostly available at farmer’s markets and during the orchard’s pick-your-own fruit season. Inviting families to pick fruit together is one of many ways the Jones family lures visitors to their orchard seasonally—come autumn, the farmers transform the fields into a vast corn maze. Visitors not content to wander the idyllic grounds can enjoy the orchard’s bounty at the Country Café, where matriarch Juanita Jones flavors her fresh pies and preserves with fresh-plucked fruits.