Justin Stelter, Head Gardener of the Garden at Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee, will present Restoring the Garden at Historic Carnton Plantation at the Gardening Partners of Dickson County monthly meeting Tuesday, July 8 at 7 p.m. at Tennessee College of Applied Technology, 740 Highway 46, Dickson.
Carnton Plantation was at the epicenter of the pivotal Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, in 1864. Its garden is reconstructed from the original 1847 kitchen/ornamental garden. In addition to his describing the historic daffodil display garden at Carnton, Justin will discuss its collections of species hostas and heirloom peonies.
Justin has been in the landscaping business since 1995 and holds key gardening roles at three public historical sites in Middle Tennessee. He also creates and maintains gardens and landscapes for over one hundred clients.
In 2003, he became Head Gardener of Carnton Plantation. This garden is reconstructed from the bones of the original 1847 kitchen and ornamental garden and its evolution from 1847 through 1869. The daffodil, species hosta, and peony collection is composed entirely of varieties available in Middle Tennessee prior to 1869. Farm Bureau provides a grant to help support the vegetable garden.
At The Carter House, Justin followed the original owner’s mid-nineteenth century diary and historic photos to install representative examples of Moscow Carter’s orchard and vegetable garden. The Hermitage uses his talents both a historic gardener and garden consultant. His main focus from 2009 to 2012 was to create and implement a comprehensive maintenance plan for “Rachel’s Garden.”
Justin is a board member of The Professional Landscape Association of Nashville Tennessee and the Southern Garden History Society (he will chair the 2015 Annual Meeting in Nashville). He is also a member of the Franklin Tree Commission as the green industry representative.
He has received the Judges’ Choice Award at the Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville and the Historic Preservation Award from The Heritage Foundation in Williamson County for work performed at “Meeting of the Waters.”
Justin is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and is a Williamson County Master Gardener. In 2006, he was one of two dozen applicants selected nationally to attend the Historic Landscape Institute at Monticello. He has traveled to gardens all over the world, including Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, and Turkey.