Our History

Located five minutes from downtown in South Knoxville, three generations of the Davenport-Stanley family continue traditions on land once called the Davenport Farm.

Aerial Photo of Stanley's Greenhouse and Nursery

A portion of the land was deeded to the family by Tennessee Governor William Blount’s half brother Willie Blount in the early 1800’s. Agriculture was the main focus from the beginning and the Davenport Farm became one of the largest wheat producers in Knox county. One hundred years later growing produce and cut flowers took center stage. Most of these products were sold downtown on Market Square.

Charles Stanley, Charlie Davenport’s grandson, built the first greenhouse in 1955 changing the focus more toward horticulture. Gradually building more greenhouses, Stanley’s Greenhouse-Plant Farm now totals over 190,000 square feet with the addition of the 36,000 square foot retail center which opened in 2001.

Ever expanding our selections of new and heirloom plant material you can be sure to find what you are looking for at Stanley’s, whether it’s houseplants, vegetable plants, trees, shrubs, flowers, or herbs. We like to think of ourselves as the ultimate “green” business.

The Green Business

As a local, family owned and operated business, we, at Stanley’s Greenhouse and Plant Farm, support the Knoxville Community’s ever growing Green practices and natural resource conservation efforts. We have partnered with many local individual, businesses, and organizations, and the city, county, and state to promote Green efforts!

Stanley’s grows and propagates over 60% of the plant material we sell on site at our garden center, thus reducing emissions, and our carbon footprint, by not having plants shipped from other locations. This means that our locally grown plants are always fresh and acclimated to our East Tennessee environment!

Over the years we have been awarded for our stewardship, winning the “Environmental Achievement Award” from Keep Knoxville Beautiful, in 1994, and “The Orchid Award” at Evergreen status, in 2010.

Our goal at Stanley’s Greenhouse is to constantly make our business and our community a greener, healthier, sustainable, and more beautiful place.

Monte Stanley

 
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