PO Box 471 Dickson, TN 37056
Gardening Partners of Dickson County is a gardening group organized in 2003. Our mission as a nonprofit organization is to educate and inform while promoting gardening related activities to benefit individuals and the Dickson community.
Membership & Certification Classes
Gardening Partners membership is open to all adults who have completed or will complete the Annual Gardening Certification Classes held each fall. Students and Members are not required to live within Dickson County. Members who join mid-year have one year to complete the classes. Anyone who registers for classes, but is not able to complete them, may return the next year to attend any classes missed. Missed classes can be made up with assignments up to a maximum of 2 classes. Tuesday evening classes are held the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Dickson. Saturday morning tours are held at various locations.
Class fee is $50 for the entire series of classes and field trips. In 2018 Gardening Partners is adding an online component to the class schedule for additional materials. Students are responsible for their transportation to field trips. While there are occasional quizzes, certification is based on attendance and participation – there are no tests. There is no fee for any materials we provide. Occasionally there may be books or other materials for sale during our classes ~ there is no obligation to purchase.
Annual dues are $15 and 40 hours of service. Members enjoy the monthly meetings, field trips, ongoing access to the fall classes, and the opportunity to expand their gardening knowledge through work in the greenhouse and on community projects.
Our monthly meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month, at Tennessee College of Applied Technology. After a potluck dinner and brief business meeting, we enjoy a presentation from a speaker on some aspect of gardening, an activity, or demonstration. Occasionally the speaker is local, but many come from across the region.
Most community projects involve landscape design and planting of an area, such as the front gate and golf course entrance areas at Montgomery Bell State Park.
Each year, Gardening Partners works with the Dickson Tree Management & Beautification Board to prepare tree seedlings for the county’s 4th grade students. Each student will receive a seedling to take home and plant.
Members are involved in all aspects of the projects, gaining hands-on gardening experience while enjoying the camaraderie of working with fellow gardeners to benefit the community.
Spring Plant Sale
Our spring plant sale is held each year on the fourth Saturday in April. Plants available at the sale include a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, native plants, succulents, flowers, shrubs, and trees.
Many plants available at the spring sale are propagated from seed, which involves preparing and sowing seed flats, bumping up to larger pots as the plants grow, labeling and learning about each plant. Members also receive instruction and practical experience in the propagation of many different types of plants by root, leaf, and stem cuttings.
Gardening Partners has an active Facebook page as well as Facebook Closed Group page for members only. Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram are also available. In the summer of 2018, GP began work on PlantsMap for Montgomery Bell State Park to locate plants of interest within the park and Dickson County. Interested members are encouraged to start an account of their own and link up.