About Us

Sunlight Gardens is a small, family-owned native plant nursery founded and run by husband and wife team Marty Zenni and Andrea (Andy) Sessions. Since 1983, we have been growing and propagating wildflowers, ferns, vines, and shrubs that are native or naturalized to the eastern United States for mail order, retail, and wholesale customers. We also grow many great cultivars of native plants and a few good exotic plants that compliment the natives.

We work hard to find exceptional woodland and meadow species that grow in lousy soil or difficult gardening conditions, as well as just plain cool and gorgeous plants, and those that also benefit wildlife. Our plants are entirely nursery-grown from seed or propagated vegetatively since it is against our principles and policy to sell wild-collected plants. Plus we are neonic free. Pollinators love our plants. We offer expert advice gained from years of experience both hiking and in landscaping with these plants. Browse our selections to learn about the uses and benefits of landscaping with native plants.

We are located in east Tennessee between the Cumberland and Smoky Mountains at about 900 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 with lots of rain, about 55 inches per year. These are great conditions for growing tough plants.

Check out the variety of wildflowers, perennials, vines, ferns, grasses, and sedges in our nursery and find something that suits your garden's needs and style. You can count on Sunlight Gardens to provide you with high quality plants that will flourish on your property.