Historic Garden at Carnton Plantation

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United States of America - TN - Franklin

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International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Historic Garden at Carnton Plantation


Archaelogical and written accounts referenced an earlier garden on the southeastern front of Carnton that was removed and relocated to the west side of the house in 1847. Photographic evidence, brick-shards, Yuccas, Cedars and the c.1847 Osage Orange tree are all remnants of the new, approx. 1 acre kitchen / ornamental garden created during the alterations made to the property by John McGavock. The simple layout is a variation of one of A. J. Downing’s designs for American gardens.

The cultivation of the garden must have been especially important to John and Carrie. This is evident in his will that states, “I will and bequeath to my wife Carrie W. the exclusive possession and control of my residence, yard, and garden.”

Under the guidance and direction of Gerry Doell, recognized as one of the leading scholar/historians of mid-19th century American gardening, the McGavock’s garden was reconstructed in the mid-1990s using plant material available in Middle Tennessee prior to 1869.

Main Address:
Historic Garden at Carnton Plantation
1345 Eastern Flank Circle
TN 37064 United States of America

Telephone: (615) 794-0903
URL: http://www.battleoffranklintrust.org/carnton_gardens.htm
Primary Email: justinstelter@gmail.com

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Justin Stelter, Head Gardener
    Curator's Name: Justin Stelter, Head Gardener
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number:
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 3

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Trust: Yes
  • Physical Data
  • Latitude: 35.90386
    Longitude: -86.858343
    Annual Rainfall: 1295 mm
    Altitude: 206.70 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 60000

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Historic Daffodil Collection
    Narcissus ‘Butter and Eggs’
    Narcissus ‘Geranium’
    Narcissus ‘Grand Primo Citroniere’
    Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’
    Narcissus ‘Maximus Superbus’
    Narcissus ‘Mrs. Langtry’
    Narcissus ‘Romanus’
    Narcissus ‘Sir Watkin’
    Narcissus ‘Sulphur Phoenix’
    Narcissus ‘Telamonius Plenus’
    Narcissus bulbocodium var. conspicuus
    Narcissus gayi ‘Princeps’
    Narcissus jonquilla ‘Early Louisiana’
    Narcissus jonquilla var. henriquisii
    Narcissus jonquilla var. jonquilla ‘Pine Mills Late’
    Narcissus obvallaris
    Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus
    Narcissus pseudonarcissus
    Narcissus pseudonarcissus subsp. hispanicus ‘Maximus’
    Narcissus x medioluteus
    Narcissus x odorus
    Narcissus x odorus ‘Plenus’

    Species Hosta Collection
    H. lancifolia
    H. plantaginea
    H. sieboldiana
    H. undulata
    H. ventricosa

    Historic Peony Collection
    Paeonia ‘Duchesse D’Orleans’
    Paeonia ‘Francoise Ortegat’
    Paeonia ‘Humei’
    Paeonia ‘Philomele’
    Paeonia ‘Smouthi’
    Paeonia lactiflora ‘Amabilis’
    Paeonia lactiflora ‘Duchesse de Nemours’
    Paeonia lactiflora ‘Edulis Superba’
    Paeonia lactiflora ‘Madame Calot’
    Paeonia lactiflora ‘Mlle. Leonie Calot’
    Paeonia lactiflora ‘Reine Hortense’
    Paeonia tenuifolia ‘Rubra Plena’

    Historic Rose Collection
    Le Vesuve
    Rosa 'Blush Noisette'
    Rosa 'Champneys' Pink Cluster'
    Rosa rugosa 'Alba'
    Rosa x 'Madame Plantier'

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes