Members of the White House Garden Club including May Mack, Hugh and Zola Lowe, Regina Wheat and sponsor Rebecca Johnson (center).

Members of the White House Garden Club including May Mack, Hugh and Zola Lowe, Regina Wheat and sponsor Rebecca Johnson (center). 

The White House Garden Club meets on the last Thursday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m. at the White House Library. Sponsor Rebecca Johnson is a botanist and brings reference books and magazines to share at each meeting. The focus of the group is identification, use and naturalization of native plants instead of nursery hybrids and ornamentals.

With plenty of field experience in plant preservation, Johnson is sometimes asked to “botanize” potential development sites. She does this by walking the property and identifying and removing any rare or endangered plants for relocation to a protected area such as a park or reserve.

The club plans to attend garden tours in the coming months including one hosted by the Perennial Society of Tennessee. They will also host an information booth at Farmers Market in White House on June 5

The library currently has a fully stocked seed bank available to anyone wishing to take free seeds to plant a spring or summer garden. The seeds are replenished each fall after harvest by donations from local gardeners. Many of the seeds are rare or heirloom vegetables that grow well in our area.

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