Annual Urban Gardening Festival
The Master Gardeners of Davidson County proudly host the premier gardening event in Middle Tennessee: Urban Gardening Festival. Hosting this festival supports our mission of providing educational resources to the community on topics related to environmental stewardship and residential horticulture.
Join us on the beautiful grounds of the Ellington Agricultural Center to learn more about gardening methods, conservation practices and programs, educational opportunities, and environmental awareness by engaging with experts, artisans, exhibitors, suppliers, educators, government agencies, and industry associations.
Watch the short video below to catch a glimpse of what you can expect at our festival, and keep reading to find out the details for this year's festival!
URBAN GARDENING FESTIVAL 2019 DETAILS
SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019 | 9AM - 4PM, RAIN OR SHINE
AT THE DEMONSTRATION GARDEN INSIDE ELLINGTON AGRICULTURAL CENTER
5201 MARCHANT DRIVE, NASHVILLE 37211
RECOGNIZED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS • PRESENTATIONS BY PROFESSIONALS • HOW-TO DEMONSTRATIONS
EXHIBITORS • SUPPLIERS • ARTISANS • CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES • FOOD TRUCKS • LIVE MUSIC
Tour our beautiful Demonstration Garden and visit with experts from 100 different participants. Talk and learn from experts on butterflies, honey-bee keeping, native bees, goats, chickens, soil, composting, trees, hemp, and native and non-native plants. Plus shop local artisans’ handmade products like pottery, woven baskets, metal art, broom making, jewelry, macrame, and planters. Enjoy tasty eats, beverages and ice cream available from local food trucks and vendors. Find our complete participant list below!
“ASK A MASTER GARDENER” BOOTH
Have your plant problems diagnosed by a professional. Gardening questions of any nature will be answered at the “Ask a Master a Gardener” booth. Master Gardeners of Davidson County are volunteers trained by UT Extension Agents.
WANT A GARDEN EXPERT TO SPEAK AT YOUR NEXT MEETING OR EVENT?
Stop by the Davidson County Master Gardeners “Speakers Bureau” booth to learn more about their list of topics and dates available to book a speaker for your event.
LEARN FROM THE BEST AT ONE OF OUR TWO GUEST SPEAKER TENTS
See some of the latest trends in backyard gardening and hear presentations from an impressive lineup of speakers from across the country. Topics range from soil fertility to attracting backyard birds and pollinators.
BRING THE KIDS
Many fun activities at our Children's Corner including face painting, decorating garden rocks and more. Learn about the many youth enrichment and camp programs in our community. And pet some cute animals!
WE'LL BE COOKING UP SOMETHIN' GOOD
The Chef Tent is the place to learn how to make an energy drink from local honey, how to make herb jellies and pesto with ingredients right from the garden, or watch a cooking demo from a local pro using locally grown produce.
SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP!
In our Garden Center and in several participant booths enjoy shopping the beautiful and extensive variety of plants for sale! We're talking perennials, natives, annuals, vegetables, house plants, trees, roses, orchids... you name it, we got it. Let's not forget every gardener's “must haves”... garden tools, garden art, essential oils, creams, compost, worms, hemp products, and so much more! Something for EVERYONE!
- REACH NEARLY 4,000 PROSPECTS: BE A 2019 SPONSOR -
In its 7th year, the Urban Gardening Festival has garnered county attention as a benefit to the community. By sponsoring this event your name will reach an estimated 4,000 attendees in the Davidson County area who have an interest in gardening, ecology, recycling, hydroponics, bee-keeping, clean eating and the like. Our advertising will reach Middle Tennessee residents, and those in our immediate surrounding Crieve Hall neighborhood. Your name will also be advertised to all participating exhibitors and suppliers. Click here to complete our sponsorship form.
2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Alternative Landscape Plants
Lucas Holman, Wilson County Extension Agent
We’ll be looking at new and unusual plants that merit a spot in your garden. We’ll also be discussing those plants that I’ve gotten the most calls on!
Soil Health And The Use of Charged Carbon
Eric Henderson, Tipco, Inc.
Mr. Henderson will be speaking on soil health and the use of charged carbon. Highlighting basic details on activated bio-char and its relationships between plants, soil and soil microbiology.
Preserving and Protecting Our Native Bees
Jay Williams, Director of Farm Operations, Crown Bees
Jay will discuss how to raise and manage native solitary bee colonies. We will discuss what a native bee is, how it is different from the common honeybee, and what you can do right now to help protect it.
Looking to The Future: Climate Change And The Gardener
Rachel Dunham, Community Engagement Coordinator, Xerces Society
When we think about climate change and other global environmental issues, it can be overwhelming. The good news is, we all play a role in the fate of our planet's future and can, therefore, take action. Come hear what the Xerces Society is doing and how you can help the little things that matter most.
Gardening to Feed Your Family
Jason Adkins, Director of Trevecca Urban Farm
What does it take to grow your own food? Is it possible to replace your grocery with a shovel and a sack of seeds? We will discuss how to think about gardening for your family across various levels of ambition—from patio pots to post-apocalyptic self-sufficiency—and how to get started doing it.
2019 LISTEN AND LEARN SPEAKERS
Nuisance--Moles and Voles
Mitchell Mote, Rutherford County Extension Agent
This session will look at the characteristics, habits, and the sort of damage caused by both moles and voles. Realistic control options will also be discussed.
Everything You Need to Know About Growing Roses in Tennessee
Ron Daniels, Co-President of the Nashville Rose Society and a Master Consulting Rosarian
Learn everything you need to know to grow beautiful roses in Tennessee from this interactive workshop designed to introduce rose care to the beginner or novice--from slecting the best location and preparing your soil, to picking out the right roses, to watering, fertilizing, spraying and pruning.
Clint Palmer, Co-Owner of TN Hemp Farmacy and works with Bluhen Botanicals, Knoxville
Hemp farming in Tennessee is taking off! Clint's insight into the rapidly growing industry should not be missed.
Making Tufa Pots
Georgeann McCoy, Master Gardener of Davidson County
Make a small tufa pot or observe how to make your own. Thirty-Five Kits will be provided for a donation of $5 to cover cost of materials. You might want to bring an apron, it is a bit messy.
Slow Food: Where Joy and Justice Meet
Katie Quine, Chair of Slow Food Middle Tennessee
Combining joy with justice is a cornerstone of the Slow Food movement. When we rediscover what we love about the food we grow, make, and eat, we can change the world.
Tasting the Spring Garden
Vera Roberts, Director of the Warner Park Nature Center
Growing a garden with children can be fun and educational. Kids learn basic science concepts and also to love kale, chard, spinach and more by harvesting, preparing and EATING fresh, seasonal produce!
Tree Selection and Planting: Choosing the Right Tree for the Right Place
Josiah Lockhart, Josiah Lockhart & Associates
This session will focus on how to choose appropriate trees for the site based on environmental conditions and soil type. The importance of proper planting techniques will be discussed to ensure trees establish quickly and thrive in the urban landscape.
- In alphabetical order -
Cotton and Moss
Eco-Art Creative Metal Recycling
Macrame By Me
Natural Beauty Handcrafted Goods
Vertical Plains Basketry and Gourd Art
White Stone Lotus Garden Art
- In alphabetical order -2019 SOCIETIES
Herb Society of Nashville
Middle Tennessee Daffodil Society
Middle Tennessee Hosta Society
Nashville African Violet Club
Nashville Bonsai Society
Nashville Rose Society
Orchid Society of Middle Tennessee
Perennial Plant Society of Middle Tennessee
Tennessee Bluebird Society
Tennessee Viticulture & Oenological Society (TVOS)
- In alphabetical order -2019 FOOD + BEVERAGES
Aunt Pam’s Cookies
Boomerangs Australian Coffee
Hoss’ Loaded Burgers
Jones Mill Farm and Commercial Kitchen
Love Fest Lemonade
Moosehead Kettle Corn
The Rolling Feast
2019 Live Music
Becky McCloud 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Ashleigh Caudill 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM
2019 CHEF TENT SPEAKERS
Make Homemade Herb Infused Cooking Salt
Claudia Neeley, Master Gardener & former owner of Vegan Gourmet Hawaii
If you have a lot of fresh, green herbs growing in your garden, you can make this herb salt with just about any herb and edible flower.
Herb Jellies and Infused Butter
Sara Plummer, US Army Nurse Corps; serving in Vietnam one year. Nurse at Vanderbuilt University Hospital for 35 years. Teaches Horticultural Therapy in treating and healing PTSD.
Come learn and taste herbal infused butters and herb jellies. Samples will be available and recipes will be given out. Add excitement and flavor to your meals.
In The Garden With Cake; Looking at The Garden From a Pastry Chef's Perspective
Alisa Huntsman, Master Gardener and Professional Pastry Chef
Looking at the garden from a pastry chef's perspective: From cakes and pies to sorbets and breads; ways to use all of that fresh picked produce.
Fermenting Spring Vegetables
Suze Bono, Farmer & Soap Maker at Little Seed Farm
Learn the basics of fermenting cabbage, beets, turnips, and other spring garden veggies with simple, at-home techniques and minimal equipment.
Delicious and Healthy Plant-Centered Recipes
Dori Wilbert, Healthy Eating Educator for Whole Foods Market, Franklin TN
"Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much." Michael Pollan
Herbal Sun Teas
Cody Jackson and Jennifer Reid, Co-owners and Designers, C Jackson Designs
Presenting a sun tea demo using fresh herbs growning in our mobile greenhouse, utilizing lefover herbs to create compost tea.
The Sweet Side of Herbs
Michael Fenswick, Master Gardener and Private Catering Chef
Most people use herbs as a savory addition to foods. I'm going to show you their sweeter side.
Pesto With a Twist
Claudia Neeley, Master Gardener & former owner of Vegan Gourmet Hawaii
Learn the Basics of Making Gourmet Pesto. Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Cilantro Sesame Pesto, and Basil Pesto.
Soda the Natural Way
Jami Anderson, One-half of Slocal Foods
Learn how to make fruit flavored sodas with a zing without chemicals and artificial ingredients.
Know Your Tomato
Mark Murphy, Founder of Bottle Hollow Farm
Interesting and useful information about the most popular home garden crop; the tomato. Growing tips, variety information, tomato history, and more.
Comb Honey and Honey Hydrators
Paula Johnson, Johnson Honey
What is comb honey and how to make honey hydrators.
- In alphabetical order -
2019 EXHIBITORS & SUPPLIERS
A Greener Way
Atlanta Carnivorous Gardens
Bottle Hollow Farm, LLC
C Jackson Designs
Corbin Creek Greenhouse - Hemp
Cumberland River Compact
Davidson Farmers Co-op
Four Season Sales - Garden Tools
Gardens of Babylon
Good Flower Farm
Josiah Lockard & Associates
LeafFilter North of Tennessee, LLC
Metro Public Work’s Beautification & Environment
Metro Water Services, Storm Water
MGofDC Ask a Master Gardner
MGofDC Chef’s Tent
MGofDC Children’s Corner
MGofDC Garden Center
MGofDC Mushroom Demonstration
MGofDC Soil, Soil Fertility
MGofDC Speaker’s Bureau
Milkweed and Honey Farm
Morton's Horticultural Products
Nashville Area Beekeepers Association-NABA
Nashville Natives LLC
Nashville Public Library Seed Exchange
Plant the Seed
Pure Pasture Farms – CSA
Rita Venable, Author of Butterflies of Tennessee
Rock Bridge Trees
SiteOne Landscape Supply
Slow Food Middle Tennessee
Talotam Hollow – Broom Maker
Tennessee Agricultural Museum
Tennessee Hemp Industry Association
Tennessee Invasive Plant Council
Tennessee Native Plant Society
Tennessee Naturalist Program
Tennessee Urban Forestry Council
The Compost Company
The Nature Conservancy
Timberline Tree and Lawn Care
Tipco, Inc – Bio Char
Tower Garden by Juice Plus
Trevecca Urban Farm
Tyne Meade Garden Club
UT Extension, Davidson County 4-H
UT Extension, Diagnostic
Warner Park Nature Center
Wild Ones Middle Tennessee Chapter