Among the many special treasures to be found in Nashville area are the Cheekwood botanical gardens and art museum. Cheekwood began as a home for the developer of Maxwell coffee. The limestone mansion built on the property would become home for Christopher Cheek and his wife Mabel Wood. This exquisite home was built on a plot of land surrounded by hundred acres of lush greenery. Members of this family lived on this land up through the 1950s when it was offered for sale as a botanical garden and art museum. The development of the property was spearheaded by the Exchange Club of Nashville, the Horticulture Society of middle Tennessee and many other prominent civic groups. The Nashville Museum of Art got in on the arrangement by donating some of its permanent collections to Cheekwood.
Since it opened to the public in 1960, Cheekwood has delighted thousands of visitors who spend countless hours strolling through the lush gardens. Now Cheekwood is reopening this season after a $1 million renovation of the Howe Garden. This is a special area that is named for Harry and Cora Howe of East Nashville. This couple grew their own woodland wild flower garden known as “Wildings” and had it opened to the public while they lived there between 1920 and 1960. When the couple died garden clubs around Nashville bonded together to transplant the entire “Wildings” gardens over to Cheekwood where they could remain and flourish.
Any mention of a garden renovation is going to mean digging up lots of dirt. This holds true whether you’re a major botanical garden or if you are simply invigorating your own backyard. If a landscape overhaul is on your to-do list this spring season then you’ll want to also make sure you’ve got Junk King Nashville on standby.
Junk King is the Nashville based business that dispatches experienced junk haulers to your home to remove all your unwanted clutter. Part of their business is also focused on dirt removal and hauling. The Junk King crews had been keeping especially busy cleaning up after the storms that have recently swept through Nashville. Once they got all that storm debris cleared out folks got busy with the task of fixing up their gardens. A Junk King crew will show up with the right tools an empty truck space in order to that clear out any amount of dirt you want to get rid of.
Once they have piled all that dirt onto their truck you could point them in the direction of your garage or basement and let them take away even more unnecessary stuff. This would be the perfect excuse to finally get rid of all those furniture pieces, appliances, car parts and lumber scraps that you have been keeping for no good reason. If you need inspiration to whip your garden into shape then maybe it’s time to spend the afternoon at Cheekwood. Pack a picnic, take some pictures then come home and call Junk King Nashville to get started in your garden!
As winter becomes a distant memory, spring takes hold and we look forward to the lazy, hazy days of summer. What’s this mean for you? It’s time to get your backyard into shape! Depending where you are in Nashville, your home might have taken a beating in the last wave of storms to rumble through the state. This is nothing new for folks around these parts. What could be new is all the waste that was dumped into your backyard as a result of a storm passing through. First step to getting your backyard ready for warm weather is to clear up that refuse and the best course of action for that is to use a team of professional haulers like Junk King Nashville. Yes, believe it or not there are companies out there who specialize in removing yard waste. Why not let them get dirty and take care of all the mess?
A professional team of haulers can swoop into your yard and gather up all the debris. Whether it’s fallen tree limbs, upturned bushes or piles of leaves they can gather it up and take it away. If you’ve seen any of the recent devastation from the storms then you know just what kind of other trash could end up in your back yard. When you hire an experienced removal crew nothing is too big for them to bust up and haul off.
Even if you were spared from storm damage that doesn’t mean your backyard couldn’t stand for a bit of refurbishing. Are there any items out back that have been sitting there for far too long? Maybe you’ve got an old washing machine that got shoved onto the back porch or patio. There could be a pile of leftover lumber and drywall from a remodel job. Or maybe behind the garage has become a dumping ground for all kinds of wood scraps, carpets and busted up furniture. Basically all the stuff that is too big to cram into a trashcan.
Once you’ve cleared the clutter of your backyard, it might just be time to see how green your thumb really is. Spring is when the planting should begin. If you’ve ever thought about putting in a garden, now is the perfect time. Any recent trip to Krogers or the Piggly Wiggly will tell you how expensive food has become. If you could plant a couple of rows of corn, lettuce, tomato or other veggies you might end up saving a nice little sum. It’s really not as complicated as all that. You just need a decent little patch of land. All that sod you remove to make way from your garden can also go on the list of backyard waste that your professional crew is going to haul away. Here’s a little tip: plant some parsley around the edges of your garden. This might be enough for the rabbits to feast on so they’ll leave the rest of the veggies alone!
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