How a seed company became one of Knoxville’s oldest businesses, spanning nearly 150 years

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Even in 1936, the company now known as Mayo Garden Centers was deemed “the oldest ‘one-man company’ in Knoxville,” by the Knoxville News-Sentinel. For nearly 150 years, Mayo has been a landmark stop for garden products, outdoor equipment, and furniture.

Mayo Garden Centers is so deeply rooted in Knoxville history that May 18 is designated as “Mayo Seed Company Day” in Knox County.

 

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