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.

Charlie Davenport's grandson, Charles Stanley and his wife Mary Kathryn changed the family's focus toward horticulture when they built the first greenhouse in 1955. By gradually building more greenhouses, Stanley’s Greenhouse and Plant Farm now totals over 190,000 square feet with the addition of the 36,000-square-foot retail center which opened in 2001.

By continually expanding our selections of new and heirloom plant material, Stanley's ensures that its customers can find what they are looking for, whether it’s houseplants, vegetable plants, trees, shrubs, flowers, or herbs. We like to think of ourselves as the ultimate “green” business. After all, at Stanley's Greenhouse, Green is our middle name!

A Green Business

As a local, family owned and operated business, we support the Knoxville community’s ever-growing green practices and natural resource conservation efforts. We have partnered with many local individual, businesses, and organizations, as well as city, county, and state initiatives to promote green practices.

Stanley’s grows and propagates over 60 percent of the plant material we sell on site at our garden center, thus reducing emissions and our carbon footprint. This means that our locally grown plants are fresher and more acclimated to our unique East Tennessee environment.

For our efforts, we were awarded Keep Knoxville Beautiful's Environmental Achievement Award in 1994, and their prestigious Orchid Award at the Evergreen level in 2010.

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

Monte Stanley

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