Blog

Getting to the Heart of the Matter- Training Core Values

  THE QUARTERLY TEAM MEETING Our Q3 results were strong.   Taylor reported that we were retaining our best employees, and the Nashville and Hendersonville locations were benefiting from extreme teamwork.  How are we doing it?  I believe one of the answers is Core Value training. It’s a company’s  PRIMARY recruiting and retention tool, and…

Read More

Chaz and Todd’s Excellent Adventures! Milosi’s Guide to Fall

  I make no apologies for my crazy love of fall.  It is my favorite season..  As a young girl growing up in East Tennessee, I couldn’t wait for fall.  To me, it meant the Billie Nipper Art Show, rushing home from school on Fridays smelling chili in the crock pot, and Grandmother Rann’s ghost stories.…

Read More

Tulips in Tennessee (TNT) = Dynamite Spring Color!

  October 1st thru December 15th is the optimum time to plant fall bulbs.  The bloom time might be brief, but what an impact tulips make when they emerge in the Spring!  Tulips are favorites for beginner gardeners and master gardeners alike.  Because they are so easy to plant, many gardeners like to use their…

Read More

The Bailey Project

                       A Dream Project Every once in a while, a project comes along that allows you to use all of your creative talents, all of your products and services.  We were so delighted when the owner’s vision and our design aligned for this gorgeous project!…

Read More

THROWIN’ “SHADE” ON YOUR COOLING COSTS

Nashville.  The real estate market is hot.  The chicken is hot. And the weather is hot…no kidding, my hair is frizzing as I write. And while there’s not much we can do to control Mother Nature, there are ways to control skyrocketing energy costs by landscaping property around your home.   According to the Department of…

Read More

Dear Property Manager- It’s Budget Season. 10 Things Your Landscaper Wants You To Know

Dear Commercial Property Manager: In a former life, I managed shopping centers and Class A Office Parks.   Lots of them, all over the southeast.   (Two words- BURN OUT, as in French fried. )  July 5th of every year meant two things to me- time to write the Semi Annual Reports, and time to…

Read More

“Growing Beautiful Together”- By Defining Our Culture

  When Bill Petry coined what would become our Mission Statement in 2014, many of us in the planning session that day sat in stunned silence.  You could tell by the look on our faces that he had “hit the nail on the head”. We wanted to grow a business, grow our culture, grow customers,…

Read More

Container Gardening Made Easy!!

  Three EASY words:  THRILLER, FILLER AND SPILLER.  If you can remember these three funny words, you can master container gardening!!   This is going to be another beautiful Spring weekend.   In Nashville, there are pop- up annual shops everywhere, and great selections at Home Depot and Lowe’s.  Don’t forget your neighborhood nurseries, too! Here is…

Read More

Upcoming Spring Events/Festivals: April, May, and June 2016

April 7th, 2016 First Thursday Nights in the Garden Cheekwood’s newest event, First Thursday Nights in the Garden, kicks off this month in celebration of the current exhibit, Steven Tobin: Southern Roots. On the first Thursday of each month, the gardens will stay up until 10 p.m. and guests are welcome to admire the exhibit…

Read More

Baked Stuffed Shrimp

Baked Stuffed Shrimp Yield: Serves 6 Ingredients For stuffing 1 cup chopped mushrooms (about 1/4 pound) 3 tablespoons minced onion 2 tablespoons minced celery ribs 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 cloves) 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 pound scallops, chopped, or lump crabmeat, picked over 1/2 cup chicken…

Read More

Let's Grow Beautiful Together