Community Events

Urban Gardening Festival

When: Sat., May 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2014

When we bought our 12South home and set about greening up the trashed yard, I didn’t know annuals from perennials. My mom suggested that she and I take the master gardener course offered by the Davidson County UT Extension office. Those marvelous classes kick-started a love of horticulture that has become … obsessive. Since then, Nashville’s fascination with small-scale husbandry has surged. Dinner party conversations often turn to aphid control, bee gardens or this winter’s rosemary die-off. Clearly these burgeoning home gardeners, most self-taught, crave information. Curious sodbusters are in luck: This Saturday, the Master Gardeners of Davidson County will host the fifth annual Urban Gardening Festival. It’s a free event at Ellington Agricultural Center’s Demonstration Garden highlighting creative urban agriculture techniques, from beekeeping and worm composting to keyhole and tower gardening — modern approaches to growing plants in small spaces. Also in attendance: five Nashville food trucks and a host of regional CSAs, local artisans and certified master gardeners offering demonstrations, plants (and other wares) for sale, and informed answers to your gardening questions. KIM GREEN

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