Harding Gardens at Belle Meade

This historic garden at the Harding Cabin has been maintained by the Master Gardeners of Davidson County since 2010 in partnership with Belle Meade Plantation.

The garden is an education resource for visitors to the property to learn about life and gardening on the Tennessee frontier during the early 1800s. Located adjacent to the two-room cabin in which John Harding and his family lived during construction of Belle Meade, the garden is full of character.

Because of its historic nature, our project maintains many of the same varieties of heirloom vegetables, fruits, and flowers once cultivated at Belle Meade while using organic practices reminiscent of those used two centuries ago. Depending on the season, our volunteers grow Tennis Ball lettuce, Kentucky Wonder pole beans, and Cherokee Purple tomatoes. We add color with old roses, irises, and tall native asters while beehives and fruit trees thrive nearby.


Work Days start late March at 9:00am (tentative) and run every Wednesday until late October.  Summer Hours will change to 8:30am start. 

To learn more or to volunteer, please contact Mariwyn Evans, Garden Lead, at: hardinggarden@mgofdc.org or 312-259-6350 

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