Grassmere Gardens

The Grassmere Historic Home's gardens were a main source of food for its former residents. Today, the Master Gardeners of Davidson County have "adopted" the working farm and provide the manpower, resources and expertise to keep the areas around the home both beautiful and bountiful.

The main garden area includes heirloom flowers and plants, a second tier of vegetables, and a revived orchard. An herb garden is behind the kitchen, heirloom roses are at the back of the main garden, and numerous daffodils, irises and azaleas dot the farm.

Grassmere Gardening Sessions

The Davidson County Master Gardeners are here to answer all your gardening questions at special gardening classes every Saturday during March and April.

The informal sessions cover a variety of gardening topics, from mulching and composting to heirloom plants. The master gardeners hosting the session will be available to answer guests’ questions and explain some of the current projects going on in the garden. Handouts, soil sample kits and other helpful items will be available at all sessions.

  • March 1: Introduction to Gardening, Ground Breaking and Seed Planting Indoors
  • March 8: Tool Care and Pruning Fruit Trees
  • March 15: Composting – Scraps to Riches
  • March 22: Heirloom Plants and Seed, A Taste of the Past
  • March 29: Organic Home Remedies for Bug and Weed Control - Cancelled due to Rain
  • April 5: Nutrition & Gardening - Fresh is Best
  • April 12: Antique Roses and Perennial Flowers
  • April 26: History of Medicinal Herbs and Culinary Herbs To Spice Up Your Life
  • May 3: Organic Home Remedies for Bug and Weed Control

Please note that there is not a class scheduled on April 19 due to the Zoo’s Eggstravaganzoo event

Each class is open to the public and free with Zoo admission. No registration is necessary. Just meet us in the gardens at 11 a.m. (sessions last between 30 minutes to an an hour). Contact Tori Mason at with any questions.

Click for more information on the Grassmere Historic Home. For more information on the Historic Farm, visit our Highlighted Habitats page.