Urban Gardening Festival

The Master Gardeners of Davidson County proudly hosted  the premier gardening event in Middle Tennessee: Urban Gardening Festival 2019. Hosting this festival supports our mission of providing educational resources to the community on topics related to environmental stewardship and residential horticulture. 

Thank you for joining 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 missed at the at our festival.




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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!

 We are proud to host at our 2019 festival






In its 8th 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. 

(1 hour presentations)

Alternative Landscape Plants 

10:00 AM

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

11:00 AM

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

12:00 PM

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

1:00 PM

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

2:00 PM

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. 

(30 minute presentations)

Nuisance--Moles and Voles

10:00 AM

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

10:40 AM

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.  

Hemp Farming

11:20 AM

Joe Kirkpatrick, President, TNHIA

Hemp farming in Tennessee is taking off! Joe's insight into the rapidly growing industry should not be missed.

Making Tufa Pots

12:00 PM    

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

12:40 PM

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

1:20 PM

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

2:00 PM   

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

Overcast Pottery

Pressed Flower

Tangled Tiles

Vertical Plains Basketry and Gourd Art

White Stone Lotus Garden Art

- In alphabetical order -


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)

Xerces Society

- In alphabetical order -


Aunt Pam’s Cookies

Boomerangs Australian Coffee

Bradley’s Creamery

Daddy's Dogs

Hoss’ Loaded Burgers

Jones Mill Farm and Commercial Kitchen

Love Fest Lemonade

Moosehead Kettle Corn

Smokin’ Buttz

The Rolling Feast

2019 Live Music

Becki McLeod 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Colin O'Brien    1:15 PM -  3:15 PM


Make Homemade Herb Infused Cooking Salt

10:00 AM

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

10:30 AM

Sara Plummer, US Army Nurse Corps; serving in Vietnam one year.  Nurse at Vanderbuilt University Hospital for 35 years.  Teaches Horticultureal Therapy in treating and healing PTSD, is a Master Gardener

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 

11:00 AM

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

11:30 AM

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

12:00 PM

Dori Wilbert, Healthy Eating Educator for Whole Foods Market, Franklin TN

"Eat food.  Mostly plants.  Not too much." Michael Pollan

Herbal Sun Teas

12:30 PM

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

1:00 PM

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

1:30 PM

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

2:00 PM

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

2:30 PM

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

3:00 PM

Paula Johnson, Johnson Honey

What is comb honey and how to make honey hydrators.

- In alphabetical order -


A Greener Way

Bottle Hollow Farm, LLC

C Jackson Designs

Cathy’s Cluckers


Cooking Up

Corbin Creek Greenhouse - Hemp

Crown Bees

Cumberland Plants

Cumberland River Compact

Davidson County Council Of Community Clubs

Davidson Farmers Co-op

Four Season Sales - Garden Tools

Gardens of Babylon

Good Flower Farm

GROW Enrichment

Henosis Mushrooms

Johnson’s Honey

Josiah Lockard & Associates

LeafFilter North of Tennessee, LLC

Local Table

Metro Public Work’s Beautification & Environment

Metro Water Services

MGofDC Ask a Master Gardner

MGofDC Chef’s Tent

MGofDC Children’s Corner

MGofDC Garden Center

MGofDC Soil, Soil Fertility

MGofDC Speaker’s Bureau

Milkweed and Honey Farm

Morton's Horticultural Products

Music City Hardscapes

Nashville Area Beekeepers Association-NABA

Nashville Natives LLC

Nashville Public Library Seed Exchange

Pick TN

Plant the Seed

Pure Pasture Farms – CSA

Rita Venable, Author of Butterflies of Tennessee

Rock Bridge Trees

Rustic Greenhouse

SiteOne Landscape Supply 

Slocal Foods

Slow Food Middle Tennessee

Talotam Hollow – Broom Maker

Tennessee Agricultural Museum

Tennessee Grown

Tennessee Hemp Industry Association

Tennessee Invasive Plant Council

Tennessee Native Plant Society

Tennessee Naturalist Program

Tennessee Naturescapes

Tennessee Tropicals

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

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