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Glen Leven Farm

The Land Trust for Tennessee's historic, 64-acre farm located four miles from downtown Nashville.

Glen Leven Farm

The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm is an historic farm located just four miles from the center of downtown Nashville. The farm was given to The Land Trust in 2006 by Susan M. West, a descendant of Nashville settler Thomas Thompson who came to Nashville with James Robertson in the late 1780s. Today, The Land Trust for Tennessee conserves this hidden gem as a place that illuminates all aspects of its work –it is an historic, urban farm that serves as a recreational and educational resource and the office for The Land Trust’s Middle Tennessee staff.

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A Dynamic Landscape.

Glen Leven Farm is a dynamic landscape that includes:

  • An Education Garden and Honeybee Sanctuary
  • An arboretum with 25+species of trees
  • Two miniature donkeys, Dave and Shelby (named for Davidson and Shelby Counties)
  • A Greek Revival home constructed in 1857 and several agricultural structures and outbuildings

Glen Leven Farm is not regularly open to the public, but we host scheduled community events, field studies, nature hikes, volunteer opportunities, cultural events, and more.

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The trees in the Glen Leven Farm arboretum stand taller than many in Nashville and tell stories of the place. In 2012, The Nashville Tree Foundation designated Glen Leven Farm as an arboretum. Glen Leven has over 25 different species of trees and shrubs that are labeled for public enjoyment and education. The arboretum includes the largest mass of American Yellowwood in the United States, a White Ash, a Basswood, an American Beech, a Dogwood, a Ginkgo, a Black Walnut, a Sugar Maple, a Chinkapin Oak, a Laurel Oak, a Pecan, a Hedge Maple, and a Trifoliate Orange tree, all of which are past winners of the Nashville Tree Foundation’s Big Old Tree Contest.

There are also at least 16 different varieties of heirloom daffodils growing on property. In 1837, John Thompson ordered a variety of bulbs from Holland for his two daughters, Mary and Margaret, who were suffering from tuberculosis. Their doctor had recommended that they spend time outdoors in the fresh air, and John thought cultivating flowers would bring them great pleasure. The 1837 order included 12 Narcissus Jonquilla Simplex bulbs. This diminutive flower with an intense scent still blooms at Glen Leven Farm every spring.