Jeff Poppen is on the campus of Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville to learn both the challenges and rewards of having a school garden. Here, organic is the way this garden grows. The composting process is well supported here. This school not only uses the garden in the curriculum for students, there's also a garden club.
Annette Shrader tours a unique home garden in rural Tennessee. The tobacco barn once stood at the front of the property. That footprint of the barn is now home to a garden filled with shrubs, perennials, trees and annuals. The selections were made that would allow wildlife to hide, birds to nest, and pollinators to find support. Relics of the past are also incorporated, which illustrate the bygone era.
Native plants have evolved in a region with adaptations to the geology, climate, soil, wildlife, and the other plants. Therefore, a key to successful ornamental gardening would be to include a high percentage of native trees, shrubs and perennials. Tammy Algood discusses the attributes of natives with Margie Hunter, author of 'Gardening with Native Plants of Tennessee: The Spirit of Place'.
The formula for an eye-catching container is a strong thriller, some complimentary fillers, and a spiller. Sheri Gramer visits with a gardener who has a talent for designing containers with all of those elements. Plus, she puts those in a perfect pot to complement the fabulous colors too.
Julie Berbiglia tours a new community garden on the grounds of St. John AME Church in Nashville TN. The church was working toward creating a commercial kitchen, but circumstances changed. In 2020, a tornado took out the church building, and then 2 weeks later the COVID protocols were established. Partnerships were formed, the plan pivoted in scope, and now the community has an inspiring and bountiful garden. All those in the neighborhood are invited to participate in its plantings and harvest.