Herbs, wildflowers, edible plants

and other garden treasures  × family owned since 2001


Environmentally conscious growers since 2001, Shy Valley Farm offers a delightful assortment of herbs, heirloom and gourmet vegetable starts, and nursery propagated native plants.

Owned and operated by Philip and Christy Shivell and Family

Our nursery focuses on wildlife friendly, low maintenance, and useful native plants, herbs, and heirloom tomatoes.  We have a great assortment of plants for edible landscaping, pollinator gardens, and wildflower gardens.  We believe that no matter how beautiful a plant has the potential to look, it just isn't worth growing if it's not healthy, vigorous, and satisfying beyond just looking pretty.  Our favorite plants look beautiful, smell amazing, taste great, and contribute to our health and the health of our environment in some significant way.  We often change up our offerings, growing certain plants  every year, and others on a rotating basis. All of our plants are produced via organic, sustainable methods, although we are not certified organic. We never dig plants from the wild, but do often grow our plants from seeds gleaned from regional populations, as part of our ongoing effort to preserve and promote the biodiversity of our local and regional flora and fauna. We have been growing and selling plants every year since 1995, when we were starting pepper and tomato starts under lights in our 200 plus year old cabin!  We have a great core of loyal and appreciative customers who come from all over to purchase our plants, and who we appreciate very much.  You make all our hard work worthwhile!  

Note: All photos copyright Christy Shivell, with the exception of the lovely Serviceberry photo which was captured by Mary Silver.



(423) 348-6570



315 Ridge Road

Fall Branch, TN 37656



Opening April 17! See our calendar for our schedule of events and open days.

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Educational Materials

Below is a list of topics of interest to many of our customers.  If you click on the topic, a new window will open with a printable PDF file for your non-commercial use.  Feel free to print and copy these files for educational purposes. Please do not alter the content in any way, and leave our contact information intact and visible when you reproduce these materials in any format.

If you need further assistance, we would be happy to help you in planning your next garden or landscape project.  We can also provide design services, deliver plants and materials, and complete basic installation or maintenance.  


Butterfly Gardening Basics

Super Simple Butterfly Garden

Growing Culinary Herbs in East Tennessee Gardens

Bird Friendly Native Plants

Attracting Hummingbirds to East Tennessee Gardens

Garden Plan for A Sunny Bank

A Kitchen Herb Garden Plan

Favorite Tea Herbs

Favorite Herbs Grouped by Size

Native Plant Basics

Native Herbs

Native Plants and Herbs for Bees, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds

Terrarium and Moss Garden Care Instructions

Growing Peonies in the Mountain Empire






Our Calendar

Please, click HERE to see our schedule for this season.

Rocky Mount Garden Arts Festival

April 13, 2019 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rocky Mount in Johnson City, Tennessee. Join us at this first ever event, held in conjunction with Rocky Mount’s popular Wooly Days event. This event will be a celebration of all things gardening; from plants, to handmade items for the home, garden, and gardener, to delicious foods and informative talks and tours.  (Not to mention all the fun Wooly Days activities including petting little lambs! ) Our own Christy Shivell will be speaking about Native Plants for Pollinators at 2:30 p.m. Full details TBA, we will post a link here when they are available.

Exchange Place Spring Garden Fair

35th Annual Spring Garden Fair Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 28 from Noon to 5 p.m. We bring our full selection of plants to this very popular venue. We suggest that you arrive early for best selection, or visit us the previous week before we sell out of many of our tomato and pepper varieties. See our Calendar for open nursery days. You may also place an order prior to Exchange Place, and we will hold your plants until you are able to get them.