In this year’s Chattanooga Area Food Bank’s Annual Spring Garden Tour, you will be inspired by the four private gardens in Ooltewah, Downtown, and Signal Mountain. Each garden represents a work of art and love. Stroll among perennials, herbs, and native wildflowers while gathering ideas on how to use sculpture and artifacts, water features, and stonework.
Also on the tour are two Community Gardens. The Brainerd by Grace Community Garden features raised beds and offers a place where participants can garden and socialize. The Food Bank’s garden, the Evelyn Davenport Navarre Teaching & Enabling Garden hosts educational workshops on vegetable gardening, best gardening practices, conservation, and cooking & preserving classes.
The gardens on the tour are:
- Jimmy Wooten – Signal Mountain – A six-acre garden site in historic Fairmount is reminiscent
of a small homestead.
- Mark and Sandy Koss – Signal Mountain – Sun and shade gardens surrounded by a rolling woodland landscape and a mountain stream.
- Jim & Estelle Harris – Ooltewah – A rambling suburban landscape transformed into a lush, colorful garden oasis.
- Tammy Hass – Downtown – A spacious urban garden nestled into the side of Missionary Ridge is thick with history and many unique plantings in this magical setting.
- Brainerd by Grace Community Garden – Brainerd -This garden, a gift built and maintained by the Grace Episcopal Church for the enrichment of its neighbors, is a must-see. It includes a variety of gardens – cottage, water, butterfly, vegetable, woodland, and much more. Visit on Saturday to shop at their Farmer’s Market.
- Evelyn Davenport Navarre Teaching & Enabling Garden – Chattanooga Area Food Bank – Features 23 raised beds which provide fresh produce to supplement food boxes, a rain garden, butterfly and herb gardens. New this year is the newly blazed nature trail with woodland gardens.
Tickets are $15 (children under 12 are free) and can be purchased in advance at the Food Bank or at any ot the gardens during the tour. The tour raises funds for the CAFB’s Bill Johnson Community Garden which provides elderly residents of the downtown Gateway community the opportunity to grow their own fresh produce, herbs, and flowers.