We Donate Plants

We offer free trees and plants for governmental and university research projects and programs


Our Tennessee-based wholesale nursery is proud to support research and innovation through our donation of plants to universities, community organizations, and research centers. We have not charged for this service for over 60 years, and only ask that you mention our contribution publicly on your website or in a subsequent publication. Are you experimenting with the fields of botany, horticulture, biology, medicine, or a similar area? Could donated plants benefit that research? Read on for details on our plant donation program.

How It Works

TN Nursery keeps over 500 species of plants in stock year-round, including herbaceous plants, wetland plants, and medicinal plants, as well as mitigation plants for wetland restoration. We raise many plants without herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, and other chemicals that can impact scientific study specifically for this program.

Shipping is always free for our donated plants. You can browse a list of the plants available at TN Nursery, organized by type (including trees, shrubs, ferns, and more) at this link. Please email tammy at tammysons7@gmail.com to see what we have that may suit your needs.

Previous Recipients

We have previously worked with academic leaders such as Yale University, the University of Minnesota, Vanderbilt University, Michigan State University, and Harvard University. These projects have led to breakthroughs in antibacterial technology, Mars colonization prospects, sustainable stormwater management, and more.

We have already helped over 400 universities, nonprofits, and government research centers over the course of this program, and we hope to help many more in the coming years. It has been our honor to participate in these critical scientific efforts.

What We Ask in Return

If you request a donation of plants, we ask that you publicly acknowledge our donation on your .edu or .gov website. This helps support our nursery, which in turns helps us to continue this program and helps other researchers and nonprofits make new breakthroughs.

Why This Research is Important

Faced with growing health and environmental threats such as antibiotic resistance, emerging diseases, and pollution, research into potential plant-based solutions is more critical than ever. Additionally, discoveries in exciting areas like space exploration and pharmaceutical development promise to benefit many generations to come. At TN Nursery, we want to support the researchers of today in finding the answers of tomorrow.

Contact Us Today!

For further details, please contact Tammy by emailing tnnurseryorders@gmail.com. We look forward to working with you!


Experiments in Plant Hybridisation @ Harvard University - Read More Here




 Plants Growing In Mars YES Mars - Read More Here


University Of Minnesota Plant Experiment - Read More Here


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 Vanderbilt University - Using Plants - Read More Here


Yale University - Sustainability With Stormwater - Read More Here



 Oxford, Stanford & Cambridge Projects With Plants - Read More Here