published Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Food Bank garden tour hits 7 spots this weekend

The Evelyn Davenport Navarre Teaching and Enabling Garden at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank is a joint venture with the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County. It is used to teach the community about the benefits of planting vegetable gardens and has produced more than 2,000 pounds of fresh produce for the Food Bank’s emergency food boxes.
The Evelyn Davenport Navarre Teaching and Enabling Garden at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank is a joint venture with the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County. It is used to teach the community about the benefits of planting vegetable gardens and has produced more than 2,000 pounds of fresh produce for the Food Bank’s emergency food boxes.
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    The garden belonging to John and Shirley McMasters features fountains, arbors and several statues, such as this Buddha in a stand of dwarf mondo grass.
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Need a little inspiration for your landscaping efforts?

Seven gardens in the area could help you find your botanical bliss during the Chattanooga Area Food Bank's 27th annual Garden Tour.

Set for Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 1, the properties encompass four private gardens, two demonstration gardens and Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center.

Cost for the tour is $20, with proceeds going to the Food Bank's Garden Program.

To ensure ample time for viewing, tour organizers suggest taking both days to visit the gardens. Tour hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday. However, the Nature Center is booked for a wedding Saturday evening, so it will stop taking tour tickets at 3 p.m. and will close to the public at 4:30 p.m. It will be open for the full tour hours Sunday. Tours will be held rain or shine.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, 2009 Curtain Pole Road, through Friday, May 30, with cash, check or credit card. Tickets will be available over the weekend at any stop along the tour with cash or check only.

For more information, contact Jessica Sullivan at jsullivan@chattfoodbank.org.

GARDENS

1. The Dr. Gus Frye Garden, 3 Bartram Road, Lookout Mountain

2. Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, 400 Garden Road, Chattanooga (last Saturday tickets accepted at 3 p.m.)

3. Janet Wasetis, 900 Mississippi Ave., North Chattanooga

4. Evelyn Davenport Navarre Teaching and Enabling Garden at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, 2009 Curtain Pole Road, Chattanooga

5. The Fair Share Garden at Hope for the Inner City, 1800 Roanoke Ave., Chattanooga

6. Johnny and Shirley McMasters, 4879 Loan Hill Road, Chattanooga

7. Mike and Stephanie Payne, 1726 Collieview Lane, Hixson

SUGGESTED ROUTES

The Nature Center will close early Saturday for a wedding, and touring doesn't begin Sunday until 1 p.m. Event organizers suggest these routes to ensure ample time to enjoy each garden.

Option 1: Gardens 3-7 on Saturday, Gardens 1-2 on Sunday

Option 2: Gardens 1-5 on Saturday, Gardens 6-7 on Sunday

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