Tennessee State Information
Tennessee occupies a central position in the United States. At the border between the south and the midwest, it's always been a unique part of the country. If you're interested in the state, it's always a good idea to learn a bit more about its history - and a bit more about what grows there.
History of Tennessee
Tennessee is the 16th state to join the United States, the last to leave it during the Civil War and the first to rejoin after. Formerly a part of North Carolina, it was one of the very first of the new states founded after the American Revolution. Long a center of culture in the South, it has also been a center of industry and transportation due to its location along the Mississippi River.
Tennesse has many famous landmarks. In the east, the state is home to the famous Smoky Mountains, which are a part of the larger Appalachian Chain. To the west, the state borders the Mississippi River. The state's capital, Nashville, boasts a full replica of the Athenian Parthenon, built for the 1879 Tennesse Centennial. In the south, Memphis is home to attractions like Mud Island and the Mid-South Pyramid.
Tennessee Weather and Plant Life
Though it's the northernmost part of what's traditionally considered the Southeast, Tennessee still has a hot and wet climate. Considered subtropical temperate, it tends to reach as high as the triple-digits in the summer and falls to the low twenties in the winter. The state receives an ample amount of rainfall - about fifty inches per year - as well as a bit of snow. It's a state with many different climate ranges due to the mountainous east, though, and plant life varies depending on location in the state.
Notable Native Plants
Tennessee is home to over three hundred native plants, as well as one-hundred fifty types of native trees. Plants range from common specimens like ginseng to the endangered Tennessee purple coneflower. The state tree is the tulip poplar, but a variety of oak, hickory, and ash grow throughout the state. The plant life in Tennessee typically varies by region, with many species unique to each.
When it comes to lawns, Tennessee certain embraces variety. As you might expect from the climate, the most common type of grass used in the southern portion of the state is Bermuda, while those in the northern and middle parts of the state tend to be somewhat more partial to Kentucky Bluegrass. Zoysia and Centipede are also very popular in the state, especially among those who are looking for hardy varieties that don't need much maintenance.
When it comes to the big stadiums, Tennessee prefers Bermuda. The Tennessee Titans play at Nissan Stadium, which features a Bermuda Sod. The University of Tennesse, which famously used Astroturf up until the 1990s, also uses a Bermuda blend. The lone major holdout is the Liberty Bowl Stadium in Memphis, which does still use AstroTurf.