Creekside Garden Center is a locally-owned nursery and landscaping business situated near Richland Creek in the heart of Belle Meade.
Tucked between Phillips Toy Mart and Giovanni Ristorante West, you’ll find owners Todd Estepp and Phillip Gentry stocking the garden with springtime necessities and answering questions to help get you ready for the gardening season.
With years of landscape experience and a love of working outdoors, the lifelong friends opened Creekside in the spring of 2002 with a mission to create a relaxed and neighborly atmosphere.
The garden center has since gained a local following by offering indoor and outdoor plants like trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials, as well as residential landscaping services.
Q&A with Phillip Gentry
How did you get started in the garden and landscape business?
Todd and I grew up together, but instead of putting on a suit and tie after graduating from the University of Tennessee, we became landscape contractors for the previous garden center here for 13 years. In 2002, when the other business didn’t renew its lease, we were fortunate to take over the property along with more responsibilities.
When is the best time to begin planting for summer?
We encourage people to hold off on planting until April 15, which is when we’re usually clear of the last frost. That’s also the time when most things arrive at the store. It’s a great time to start planting herbs because they do well in the hot sun.
What are your three most popular flowers right now?
Our customers like color, whether that’s with perennials or with our herbs and indoor plants. Right now is a great time to plant annuals and geraniums. People also like low-maintenance indoor plants like orchids, and we try to keep different types of pots in stock that you can plant them in.
"I've been a customer of Creekside for well over 10 years, probably since they've been open. I shop for just about everything because I do gardening for a living, but I'm always looking for annuals because I specialize in container gardening." — Kathi Gill-eland