New landscaping that spotlights local history at Corley & Son General Store

New landscaping that spotlights local history at Corley & Son General Store

Here in Mt. Juliet, TN, and the surrounding areas, we cherish the past and all it has taught us. That’s why we at Master’s Landscape Design were happy to hear that the city decided to build a small museum and general store near City Hall that spotlights our history.

Items in the museum, called Corley and Son General Store, were donated to the city by Fred Corley, who had a large collection of items after living in the area for 50 years. Our city manager was able to take those items, raise funds to construct the building, and bring the museum to life.

The items on display include Texaco signs, vintage cameras, antique Pepsi machine, and lots of other products like coffees and other goods. The museum is free to attend and is open 24 hours a day and also serves as an information center for the city. There’s also an old phone booth so people can see how calls were made back then.

We were happy to be a part of this project and recently give back to the community by helping to design and install new landscaping all around the museum. We hope the job we did reflects how much we love this city and its history!

Removing Rocks & Stones to Create a New Landscaping Bed

When we arrived, the store had rock ground cover laid around it, surrounded by landscape bed curbing that was a dark brown color.

We wanted to install plants that gave it more of a welcoming feel, so our team went in to remove the rocks and curbing around the front of the museum. For the beds toward the back of the museum, we opted to keep the curbing but removed the rock ground cover.

We also wanted to relocate the antique Texaco gas pump to a different area of the landscaping and brought in equipment to safely move that. The large Texaco sign didn’t have any landscaping around it, so we planned to add another bed around that to create a more cohesive feel.

Installing new landscaping with purple coneflowers, daylilies, hydrangeas, & more

As with any job we do, we first drew up plans for the landscaping so that we could make that design come to life. In the front of the store, we installed some little lime hydrangeas and dwarf English boxwoods, along with some annuals to bring in some extra color to the landscaping.

Around the large Texaco gas sign, we planted globosa blue spruce, Cassian fountain grass, and Gulfstream nandina. We also supplemented this landscape bed with more annuals. Other plants we installed throughout the landscaping include loropetalums, baby gems, purple coneflowers, purple daylilies, and guacamole hostas.

The beds were finished off with some hardwood mulching to keep the soil insulated and to help block weed growth so that the plants stay protected.