​CEO at Tn Nursery Is Featured On Forbes

​CEO at Tn Nursery Is Featured On Forbes

Posted by Tammy Sons on Mar 01, 2022

Tammy Sons, CEO at Tn Nursery, is a woman that has always focused on doing her best and giving back to the community. She currently serves as CEO of Tn Nursery in Bristol, Tennessee. She also does volunteer work for many organizations and foundations, including Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia, Hands-On Greater Knoxville, Junior Achievement, and the Mountain Heritage Business and Professional Women's Foundation. Among other Forbes Publications, she has written, she recently wrote on how sustainable food-supply business thrived in Covid 2019.


At the company, Sons is responsible for managing and leading more than 150 employees and $8 million in annual sales. This past year, she was featured in Forbes magazine as one of America's top female entrepreneurs. The article showcases five women who have faced difficult circumstances in their pasts but are succeeding in the present day.

"I was born in a tiny town, Altamont Tn," Sons; despite her humble beginnings, Sons always had a love for business.

"I loved to work," Sons said. "I remember going into my dad's packing barn when I was 12 and asking him for a job.

"We have been fortunate enough that we have been able to stay competitive in a tough market," Sons said. "We work very hard and are focused on meeting everyone's expectations."

The company is different than many other nurseries in the region because they offer a wide variety of pottery along with their specialty plants, Sons said. When she first started working there 18 years ago, I had one person helping me, and now, we have over 13.

"Live plants are only available from April through October," Sons said. "We can't offer live plants when the weather gets cold, but we still want to provide our customers with quality products. This is why pottery became so important for us."

Sons said the company offers everything from garden accessories to feeding tools throughout the year during operating hours. "We are always finding new things for our customers," Sons said. "It is about finding the best products at the best prices."

She added that its specialty plants section also boosts sales during warehouse hours, which run from November through April.

Sons said that the parent company, Tn Nursery, has grown since it started in 1986. She stated she is proud of the way her companies have grown over the years, and she said it is rewarding to see her business blossom. "I love what I do," Sons said. "This company would not be where it is today if it wasn't for our loyal customers."