This past weekend, June 4-5, 2011, people braved record-breaking temperatures to take part in the Chattanooga Area Food Bank’s 24th annual Spring Garden Tour. The tour took visitors through two community gardens and five private gardens.
The St. Alban’s Community Garden and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank’s Evelyn Davenport Navarre Teaching & Enabling Garden offer opportunities to the public to grow their own vegetables, flowers and herbs. While St. Alban’s rents raised beds for families to grow their own produce, they also host a Farmer’s Market on Saturdays as a community service to offer locally grown produce to the area. The CAFB’s teaching garden offers educational workshops to the public to teach earth-friendly methods of gardening and provides low-income residents the use of raised beds to grow produce for themselves and their neighbors.
The private gardens on the tour this year belonged to Jane & George Diamantis, Jon Nessle, Patsy Boles, Kim Million, and Marge & Ron Pasch. With homeowners giving tours of their gardens, the tour featured a variety of gardening styles. From formal English gardens with fountains and statuary, Japanese-influenced gardens, perennial gardens to attract butterflies and hummingbirds, or natural woodland landscapes, the tour had plenty to pique everyone’s gardening interest.
The proceeds from the 24th Spring Garden Tour will be used to assist the Chattanooga Area Food Bank in providing food for those in need.