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Murfreesboro Location

Our Staff

Dean Higbee - Owner /President
Dean founded SouthBranch Nursery Company and our sister company, Quality Land Management, in 1992. Dean is the driving force behind QLM and still maintains a hands-on approach to business today.


Clint HesterVice President
Clint has been with SouthBranch Nursery for over 11 years. A Shelbyville native, Clint has a degree in ornamental horticulture and landscape design from UT. His responsibilities include landscape design, consultation and sales for both residential and commercial accounts. Clint has designed 1000s of landscapes across middle Tennessee. Chances are if you see a landscape you like, it’s probably one of Clint’s designs.

Josh Smith - General Manager
Josh started with SouthBranch’s sister company Quality Land Management after transferring from Jackson State Community College to MTSU. Upon graduating (with degrees in industrial organization psychology and foreign language), Josh moved to Spain where he spent a year teaching English as a second language. Before college, he spent 13 years of his life cutting ball fields and properties in West Tennessee, so it only made sense that he would work his way back into the industry. Josh has been back with SouthBranch since 2006.

Herb Lee - Customer Service
Herb is one of the original SouthBranch employees and has been serving our customers for over 16 years. As a child, Herb learned about plants while helping his grandmother in the garden in Lenoir City, Tennessee. He has continued to learn and practice gardening ever since. When it comes to plant knowledge, Herb is the go-to guy for our customers and even our employees.

Richard Lee Customer Service
Richard has been a full-time employee at SouthBranch since 2008. Originally from Shelbyville, he has always had a love for plants and gardening, so much so that he has spent the last year working toward his Master Gardener certification. Originally from Shelbyville, Richard attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Have a question about plants or gardening? Richard is a wealth of knowledge!

Elliot JamesRetail Team Coach
Elliot graduated MTSU in December 2012 with a Plant and Soil Science degree and the Japanese language.He was first exposed to gardens and plants by his father, and then pursued an interest in ornamental and vegetable gardening, as well as sustainability in agriculture throughout college.

Kathy Puckett
Office Manager and Bookkeeping
Kathy has worked at SouthBranch Nursery since 2005, but has been bookkeeping for 25 years. She started out working with Tom T Hall in the music industry, founding several labels and helping publish song collections.  


2991 S Church St
Murfreesboro, TN 37127

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Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday:  8AM- 5PM
Sunday:   CLOSED

Phone: 615-893-4030


2 locations
MURFREESBORO:     2991 S. Church Street (Hwy 231) At Barfield Crescent      Phone: 615-893-4030
BRENTWOOD:     6941 Nolensville Rd. at Burkett Rd.     Phone: (615) 776-1818