Sunlight Gardens is a small family partnership owned by husband/wife team Marty Zenni and Andrea (Andy) Sessions. Since 1983, we have been propagating and growing plants native or naturalized to the eastern United States for mail order, retail, and wholesale customers. We are dedicated to the cultivation and propagation of horticulturally useful and attractive native plants. Our plants are entirely nursery-grown from seed or propagated vegetatively since it is against our principles and policy to sell wild-collected plants.
We are located in east Tennessee between the Cumberland and Smoky Mountains at about 1500 feet elevation in USDA Zone 6B. Late summer is usually hot and humid, fall is usually very dry, and winter temperatures typically fluctuate widely with little snowfall. But we are blessed (until recently) with lots of rain, about 55 inches per year. These are great conditions for growing tough plants.
How to find us
Approximately 20 miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee, on Interstate 75, take exit #122, Hwy 61, which is the Norris/Clinton exit. Exit west towards Clinton and turn right at the first light onto Hillvale Road between the Waffle House and the Exxon. Go 2.3 miles and turn right onto a gravel drive, Golden Lane. Follow signs to the nursery. We are open for sales and visitation Monday through Friday from 8 to 4 (Eastern), except holidays. And in April and May, we are open on Saturdays from 9am to 3pm.
Please call for an appointment any other time. 865-494-8237