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Located in Midtown Memphis’ Flicker Street Art District, Urban Earth is a welcoming, community-minded resource for plants and garden materials and garden design, creation and management. Our mission is to enhance the natural beauty, livability and resilience of our clients’ gardens, and in doing so, enhance our wider community. We are proud to offer the following goods & services:
The company’s roots trace back to the Touliatos family — longtime, influential members of the Memphis horticultural community. In March 2019, Leslie and Brett Norman bought Urban Earth and are excited to bring an increased focus on serving the design & beautification needs for the “built” environment such as condos, patios, and porches.
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Brett grew up on a produce and tobacco farm in Middle Tennessee but has lived in Memphis for 25 years. After graduating from Rhodes College, he worked at a Texas landscape design firm, where he fell in love with plants and gardens. He has learned a lot about the horticultural industry through his professional endeavors, including founding an Ag-Tech company, and also through trial and error in his own gardens. When he’s not at work, he enjoys walking his dog and watching his kids play soccer and lacrosse.
Steven grew up in Honolulu, San Antonio and Memphis and later lived in Pensacola. In 2010, he returned to Memphis and began working at Urban Earth. He enjoys getting to know a diverse group of customers and helping them craft their individual gardens. Steven has a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Mississippi State University. In his spare time, he likes reading, container gardening, collecting unusual plants, going to estate sales, and taking road trips with his three Dachshunds.
Gardens Project Manager
Audra was born in Tipton County and moved to Memphis at age 8. She grew up in her dad’s cotton, soybean and corn fields and her mom’s beautifully crafted home garden. She served and managed local restaurants while attending the University of Memphis where she graduated in 2014. Audra has a passion for environmental sustainability and at one time managed a local restaurant program with a focus on green education, recycling and zero waste efforts. After a few years of freelance work, she went back to school to receive a certificate in landscape design from Emory University. She is a proud Cooper Young resident, momma to her rescue dog Luna and a delighted aunt to two energetic nieces. You can often find her on the Tennessee River with her family, cheering on our Memphis Tigers and supporting locally owned businesses around town.
Born and raised in Greenwood, Mississippi, Shaeffer has lived most of her life in Memphis and the Horseshoe Lake area. She says gardening is in her blood, as her mother and grandmothers were avid gardeners. Shaeffer worked in the fitness industry before moving to retail and landscaping at a family-owned garden center in North Carolina. In 2019, she moved back to Memphis and began working at Urban Earth. In her spare time, she enjoys going to movies, concerts and dinner with family and friends.
Alec was born and raised in Memphis, TN, and has truly sown his roots here in the Bluff City. He attended the University of Memphis, while also cutting his teeth in different restaurants around the city. During this time, he developed a passion for the hospitality industry and the art of creating authentic guest experiences. It was this passion for hospitality that led him to his current position with the Urban Earth team. Urban Earth has been the perfect environment to continue his professional growth. In Urban Earth’s Nursery & Market, Alec is able to marry his love of hospitality with the sprawling natural backdrop of the nursery creating a genuine guest experience. One of his favorite things about working at Urban Earth is getting to work with different local charities allowing him to give back to Memphis. When Alec is not working, he enjoys spending time with his newborn daughter and loving girlfriend. Their favorite activities are taking their dog for walks by the river, eating at local restaurants and being inspired by new hobbies.
Junior Gardens Designer
Anna grew up in Atlanta, GA and graduated from Mississippi State University in 2021 with a dual major in Landscape Architecture and Landscape Contracting. She also minored in Horticulture as part of her academic work. Anna chose landscape architecture because of her love of plants and all aspects of design. She has a keen eye for small, intimate spaces and is fascinated by how a well-designed space can impact the well being of people and improve their daily lives. When not working, Anna is an avid ‘thrifter’ and loves going to estate sales and, of course, collecting rare and beautiful houseplants. Anna also loves spending time with her sweet kitten Finn.
We believe that gardening is a craft—one that we’ve honed. Let us partner with you to create tranquil indoor and outdoor spaces.
Come by Urban Earth soon and let us help you reimagine your space with expert garden design direction.
Come to shop, to clear your head, and to leave energized.
Don’t have a garden but want to stage one? We partner with other “experience creators” like wedding photographers and event coordinators to elevate their services. Lifestyle bloggers also use our educational facilities to host workshops like still-life photography and home decoration.
Hope you pay us a visit soon. We can’t wait to meet you and learn about your garden.
80 Flicker Street
Memphis, TN 38104
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