Garden Center Grows into Wedding Destination

June 28, 2016
Long Hollow Gardens and Nursery, located between Hendersonville and Gallatin on Long Hollow Pike, began hosting weddings over a year ago in their historic 1880s Farmhouse, Garden, and Wildflower Meadow. But now they have received nationwide attention for their one-of-a-kind, authentic spaces.

“It was always a dream of ours” says founders Sandra and Bob Scott who started the business 40 years ago, “we are very honored to see our business branch out like it has.”

Recently, their dream quickly bloomed into the realization that their newly completed Greenhouse was the only one in Middle Tennessee, and one of only a few in the nation, to also serve as a wedding/event venue space. The Greenhouse, paired with the remainder of the property, has helped Long Hollow Gardens become one of Nashville’s most unique and sought after wedding venues. Couples can enjoy the historic Farmhouse, Gardens, Wildflower Meadow and Barn all in addition to The Greenhouse.

But it isn’t just local brides falling in love with the space.

“Everyone wants the Greenhouse,” says Amy Scott of Long Hollow Gardens. “In addition to locals, we started getting calls from New York City, Chicago, Portland, Austin, and L.A once the images of the Greenhouse appeared on social media. We were really surprised at the wide reaching response. Couples are having a love-at-first sight reaction to this space.”
According to Amy, once the photos appeared on Instagram the calls started coming in from couples across the nation. “All of a sudden we have out-of-town couples asking for Facetime tours and booking the space right on the spot via video conference. Others have flown in to see it firsthand and more couples are scheduled to.”

One-of-a-kind architecture.

The Greenhouse is unique because of its large-scale transparent roof, authentic materials, and can accommodate over 300 guests easily. “When we open the overhead glass doors to the Barn that number expands to 450 guests. So, larger parities are no problem here. And the transparent roof is amazing both day or night and photographers love it,” says Amy.
While new to Long Hollow Gardens, the Greenhouse isn’t any actually new. In fact, it is a reclaimed Lord and Burnham Greenhouse from New York that dates to the early 1900s. Lord and Burnham began making greenhouses in 1849 and produced many historic and renowend conservatories through the early 1900s, including the United States Botanic Garden in Washington D.C.. Hartley Scott, the second generation of the family business, literally tripped on the structure at an auction several years ago. “It was laying flat in the back covered with weeds. I don’t think anyone at the auction knew what the frames were, but I recognized the trusses from touring greenhouses with my dad when I was a kid. It was an incredible stroke of luck we found them” he says.
Hartley, a licensed Landscape Architect, designed the space to be taller than the original and faced the sides with reclaimed tin roofing and huge sliding barn doors. He also designed a porous cobblestone floor that allows water infiltration directly into it, negating the need for drains or slope. Hartley explained, “I really wanted it to be an eclectic collection of honest and raw materials. There’s nothing artificial about it which is why it is a great versatile space for our customers, field trips, and certainly weddings and events.”
The Scotts attribute much of the nationwide wedding interest due to their close proximity to Nashville and its booming tourism market. “Most of our out-of-town couples are in love with the vibrant city but still want the Southern rural charm we offer just 25 minutes from downtown. There is no doubt that the Nashville scene is one of the big draws to out-of-town guests and we offer a truly authentic and unique venue that is close by,” says Amy.
Amy has also seen a large increase in Sunday ceremonies. “Most of the super desirable spring and fall dates booked very quickly, but a lot of wedding parties are starting to prefer a Sunday ceremony since they and their guests are able to spend Friday and Saturday night in Nashville. It’s like a long weekend and their out-of-town guests love being able to see the city. Although we do discount Sundays, they are no longer considered second rate in the wedding world.”
The Greenhouse is just one piece of Long Hollow Gardens. The Farmhouse is a fully restored 1880 Federal style farmhouse situated on the front corner of the farm and is used for intimate receptions, or a private bridal cottage. It is also a local favorite for field trips, garden clubs, and corporate retreats. “People love our unique and authentic venue spaces,” says Hartley, “one can witness them strolling from the Farmhouse, under the Elm-lined drive, through the Garden, to the Barn and Greenhouse. It truly is a unique and incredible experience and we feel very honored to share our spaces for couples to say their vows. It really is a once in a lifetime experience.”

CONTACT

Hartley Scott
615.306.0756 (call or text)
hartley@longhollowgardens.com
2064 Long Hollow Pike
Gallatin, Tennessee 37066
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