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Beverly Can Garden Too!

Beverly has made lovely use of the plants from our Optimara Tour….Way to Go!




March Meeting

March Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening on March 13th.  (Members only) Social/Dinner 6 pm. Our Meal Theme this month is You Must Be Yolkingso anything egg related is on the menu!

(Members only) Business meeting at 6:30 pm. The business meeting this month will be very short so that we have more time for our speaker.

Guest Lecture begins at 7 pm. The Lecture is open to the public at no charge.  If you have any questions regarding our meetings, please contact us at or 615-375-6675.

Shirts are in for everyone who ordered ~ there are two extras in Large size for $15 each.  See Linda Sullivan.

J. Scott Coile will be back as our speaker to finish up his talk and photos on Native Spring Perennials.  

J. Scott Coile of Coile and Associates in Nashville will be speaking at the Gardening Partners March Meeting on Tuesday the 13th.  Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee.  He has worked in the Landscape and Construction industries for 30 years.  Scott specializes in Landscape, Hardscape and Site Design with a strong background in construction, botany, and plant and soil science.  He previously taught Horticulture at Nashville State Community College and is also a professional photographer.  He brings his many talents to a lecture on A Selection of Landscape Plants this month. 

Tour Optimara/Holtkamp Nursery

Optimara Nursery in Nashville is a great place to visit.  There is so much to see, Monique was a knowledgeable guide and answered question after question for us.  We were able to bring home some of our favorites to enjoy.  This group of Gardening Partners was all smiles!

A great time was had by all….


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Special Workday – Lowe’s Donation

Today we gratefully picked up a donation of soil conditioner and topsoil from the Dickson Lowe’s – a pallet of each.  Lowe’s makes donations to area organizations that are committed to the community and Gardening Partners qualified.  We especially enjoyed working with Tammy Stewart, she was so helpful and professional.  Lowe’s employees worked hard to load the pallets for us onto a trailer.  We thank Lowe’s for their generosity; this will further our goals enormously.

Thanks to our band of volunteers who showed up with trucks and a willingness to work hard to unload the bounty in wet weather.  All hands were very much appreciated.  Some crew members stayed over to begin mixing soil and using it to good effect.



February Silver Spoon Winner


This month our meal theme was Classic Cuisine – The 50s and our winner was Ursula Jones with her Lima Bean & Spam dish.  Ursula has shared her recipe with us below.

1 can of any flavor Spam
2-3 cans of seasoned green lima beens or seasoned butter beans ( I used 2 cans of green lima beans and one can of butter beans (I like the color mix). You can use more or less beans to taste.
1can of chopped tomatoes ( I used one pint of home canned tomatoes, drained them, then chopped them in the jar using a butter knife).
1small jar of pimento peppers, drained.
Remove Spam from jar and cut into 1/4″ slices across the short side.
Heat some bacon grease or oil in a skillet. Fry each Spam slice from both sides until lightly browned. Set aside on paper towels.
In a 2-3qt cooking pot combine the drained tomatoes and the lima/butter beans. Do not drain the beans! Heat the mixture and simmer with the lid off until sauce starts to thicken. If you want more sauce or you are short on time, you can mix 2 Tbs of corn starch with just enough water to make a thick paste and mix into the simmering sauce to thicken. Add it a little at a time since it will thicken quickly!
Take the pot off the burner. Add the slices of Spam by sticking them halfway into the bean mixture going around inside the pot in a circular pattern.
Drain the pimento peppers and add dabbs in between the Spam slices to add bits of color.
Enjoy! ♡