This past weekend, nearly 400 people enjoyed the Chattanooga Area Food Bank’s 23rd annual Garden Tour that took visitors through the private gardens of Jerry and Donna Smolinski, Mike and Stephanie Payne, Janet Wasetis, and Michael and Dawn Edens as well as the Portera Herb and Sculpture Garden in the Bluff View Art District and the new Evelyn Davenport Navarre Teaching Garden.
The tour featured smaller, hillside urban landscapes in North Chattanooga as well as more sprawling suburban gardens in the Falling Water and Hixson area. The weather held, and with all the recent rain, the gardens were lush and verdant. Home owners and volunteers gave tours and provided extensive information to tour goers on the how, when, where, what and whys on their gardens and hardscapes. There was plenty of inspiration and ideas for homeowners looking at how to deal with shade, slope, small lots, water drainage issues as well as attracting wildlife and using low maintenance native plants and perennials in their yards and gardens.
With sponsorship, ticket sales, the Garden Party and plant sales the event raised almost $10,000 to support the CAFB’s mission.
To all the hosts and MGHC volunteers, CAFB horticulturist and Tour organizer Jane Mauldin expressed her appreciation. “Thank you so much for being a part of such a great weekend and helping us fulfill our mission. Together we give hope to the hungry!!”