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Landscape design will feature six Weekend Project Gardens by the Southern Living® Plant Collection

The House, Built on Barbara Mandrell’s Former Estate, Opens for Tours June 29; A Portion of Proceeds Will Be Donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

LOXLEY, Ala. and NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 28, 2013) – Southern Living® Plant Collection is a proud sponsor of this year’s gardens at the Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel.

The house, situated among the majestic beauty of 136-acre Fontanel property outside of Nashville, will include a main building, a guest home, two bunkhouses and a garage with a caretaker’s apartment. Extensive gardens filled with high-performing varieties from theSouthern Living® Plant Collection will flank the structures.

The landscape design, to be completed by Page/Duke Landscape Architects, will include sixWeekend Project Gardens by the Southern Living® Plant Collection. These garden designs offer achievable and creative solutions for the busy gardener, and the plant varieties installed are carefully selected for optimum beauty and performance in Southern climates.

Among the innovative and beautiful plants to be viewed at this year’s idea house are: ‘Baby Gem’ Boxwood™, Jubilation™ Gardenia, ‘Big Daddy’ Hydrangea, Oakland™ Holly, Robin™ Holly, Cleopatra™ Liriope, Marc Anthony® Liriope, ‘Gold Breeze’ Miscanthus, Blush Pink™ Nandina, Flirt™ Nandina, and Obsession™ Nandina.

The Idea House will be open to the public for tours beginning June 29 on Wednesday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the end of the year. Tickets are $12. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Artwork created by St. Jude patients will be showcased in the Idea House located at 4105 Whites Creek Pike in Nashville, TN 37189. A feature on the home is scheduled to appear in the August issue ofSouthern Living.

Southern Living assembled a first-rate team for the project. The developer is Fontanel Properties LLC. The architects are the renowned firm Historical Concepts. The builder is Castle Homes and the landscaping is done by Page/Duke Landscape Architectsusing many items from the Southern Living Plant Collection. The décor is designed by interior designer and Southern Living Contributing Editor Phoebe Howard.  

Unlike other Southern Living Idea Houses, this home will remain on the Fontanel property and will later open as a luxury boutique hotel.

To learn more about the hand-selected varieties of plants optimum for Southern gardens available in the Southern Living® Plant Collection, visit www.southernlivingplants.com.


Media Contacts:

Southern Living Plant Collection | Corrina Murray, 251-960-5439,[email protected]

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital | Janella Escobar, 901-578-2398,[email protected]

Fontanel | Zan Martin, 615-330-5622, [email protected]

Southern Living | Jen Zawadzinski, 212-522-9046, [email protected]

About Southern Living Plant Collection

The Southern Living® Plant Collection is a series of innovative plants selected for their ability to solve specific landscape challenges and to excel in Southern gardens. Their beauty and performance is the result of years of plant evaluations, plant trials and research. The collection is the result of a partnership between Plant Development Services, Inc. and Southern Living® magazine to bring high-performing plants suitable for Southern gardens to the market. Go to http://southernlivingplants.com to learn more.

About Southern Living

Southern Living celebrates the essence of life in the South, covering the best in Southern food, home, garden, and travel.  Reaching more than 16 million consumers each month, Southern Living connects consumers with the region’s rich culture through a variety of print, digital, mobile, tablet and event platforms.  Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the rapidly expanding Southern Living brand is part of Time Inc., one of the largest content companies in the world and the largest publisher in the United States. Time Inc. is a Time Warner company.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

About Fontanel

Fontanel Mansion is a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell, and is Nashville’s only country music mansion tour, giving visitors a sneak peek into the lives of country music greats. The home, situated on the 136-acre property is nestled in the rolling hills of the Whites Creek Valley. With the 2013 Southern Living Idea House under construction, the Woods Amphitheater concert series, events and activities at the Pepsi Studio Gallery, the award winning American/Italian kitchen and wine bar at Cafe Fontanella, family friendly atmosphere, and activities like the Prodigy Signature Disc Golf Course, and bike and walking trails using the soon to be completed conservation greenway, it is easy to see that Fontanel is one of Nashville’s premier destinations. Fontanel is located in Whites Creek just minutes from downtown Nashville. For more information or to book a private event, visit www.fontanelmansion.com or call 615-724-1600.

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