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Gardening For Good

Durable plants at the Nashville zoo on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Durable plants at the Nashville zoo

The plants at the Nashville Zoo must endure getting trampled at times by guests. Many of the beds are also surrounded by concrete. Julie Berbiglia seeks out their plant pallette that has proven to be durable.

Permaculture Action Day-Nashville on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Permaculture Action Day-Nashville

GROW Enrichment held a permaculture action day in which volunteers worked together to enhance and beautify the land. The list of projects included forest reclamation, incorporating edibles into a children's play space, and sheet mulching an established orchard.

Compost Nashville on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Compost Nashville

Phillipe Chadwick spotlights the good work of Compost Nashville. It's a win for the community, for the environment, and for local gardens and growers. Their motto is Grow Food, Not Landfills.

Chicken Chat on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Chicken Chat

We visit with an experienced urban hen keeper in Nashville, TN to glean great tips and know-how. @judyschickens gives us the scoop on the coop, realistic expectations, and unexpected things that are going to happen. Judy is also an extensive gardener, so she talks about how backyard chickens and backyard garden beds can co-exist.

Pollinator and People Friendly Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pollinator and People Friendly Garden

Julie Berbiglia tours the garden spaces of a husband and wife team who appreciate the beauty of plants, and the importance of pollinators.

Pollination services on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pollination services

It is estimated that bees are responsible for one third of the world's food production. We introduce you to a man who takes his bees on the road for the majority of the year as a service to growers/farmers of a variety of crops across the U.S.

Garden to inspire and educate on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Garden to inspire and educate

We tour a vegetable garden on the land trust for Tennessee's historic 64-acre farm, Glen Leven. It is meant to inspire and teach young people about how food grows, and includes a lesson on compost and the importance of bees.

No Lawn

No Lawn, Just Garden

Jeff Poppen is delighted to walk through the herbs, perennials, vegetables and wildflowers of this urban yard in the heart of Nashville. This garden starts at the 'herb curb' and continues all the way past the backyard to the 'sky bed' that's positioned above the trash cans in the alley.

Nashville Tree Conservation Corp on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Nashville Tree Conservation Corp

We introduce you to some energized advocates who are working with local government to protect mature trees when possible in a city that is experiencing rapid growth.

New Hope Christian Academy Urban Farm on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

New Hope Christian Academy Urban Farm

This farm is a vital part of the campus of New Hope Christian Academy which serves children kindergarten through 6th grade located in a busy area of Memphis. The garden allows students the ability to enjoy nature, the chance to learn how to grow and nurture, and the opportunity to taste a variety of fresh-picked produce. The cafeteria manager sponsors a Try It Tuesday that features a fruit, greens or a vegetable from the garden.

Green Roof: Music City Center on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Green Roof: Music City Center

Nashville TN has the largest green roof in the Southeast U.S. It's atop the Music City Center and features 4 acres of sedum plants, plus beehives. Troy Marden takes us 100 feet up for a tour.

Greener Roots Farm: Controlled Environment Agriculture on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Greener Roots Farm: Controlled Environment Agriculture

There are thousands of heads of beautiful lettuce thriving in this controlled environment greenhouse, even on a 100 degree day. Phillipe Chadwick learns about the many facets to this hydroponic greenhouse operation.