By Tiffany Howard
Looking to add some color to your garden this fall? Plant pretty pansies or violas to make your landscape pop this season.
At Willow Oaks Flower Farm in Brownsville, Tenn., the floral choices are abundant. Owner David Levy offers more than 50 varieties of cold-tolerant flowers in addition to pumpkins, mums and other perennials.
Levy says it has taken a while to master growing plants. He grew up on the farm in West Tennessee, helping his parents raise cotton, chickens and pigs, as well as an orchard filled with apple and peach trees. As an adult, he had not planned to return to the farm but found himself there once again.
Levy’s mother had discovered plastic greenhouses at a horticulture meeting in 1953, and she just had to have one, which proved to be a fruitful decision. After some hard freezes in the 1950s, the family ventured out of fruit production and into the greenhouse business. Levy has been raising plants himself since 1974. Though he likes working with the plants, he thoroughly enjoys building the greenhouses.
Customers can buy plants from Willow Oaks on site at the flower farm, or join Levy and others on Saturdays through October at the Memphis Farmers Market in downtown Memphis.
“I encourage people to come out and enjoy the great produce, wonderful flowers, music and more, all under one roof,” says Levy, who is very involved at the farmers market. He says its success comes from the approximately 30 dedicated volunteers who show up every weekend to assist consumers and make sure they are having a great experience while they shop.
For more information on Willow Oaks Flower Farm, visit www.tnfarmfresh.com or contact Levy at (731) 772-9654.