The Harvest Garden – created and maintained by Henderson County Master Gardeners – is a demonstration garden focused on edible plants and plants that attract pollinators.
The idea of the Harvest Garden was conceived by Extension Agent Spencer Perkins who realized the majority of phone calls to his office were made by people asking for information on growing vegetables on a small-farm or suburban scale. Most of the inquiries led to the caller telling about their desire to become self-sustainable. Thus, Spencer felt a garden that could demonstrate the amount and scope of vegetables and fruits grown on a suburban-sized lot would be a popular endeavor for the Master Gardeners to undertake. The site selected is on county land, so this garden can provide education to the public without a charge. Additionally, the size of the Harvest Garden was based on the average size of a suburban lot.
The Garden is used to teach the entire cycle of growing… from seed starting, planting, tending, insect and disease control, harvesting, and seed saving, back to seed starting.
The Garden is a source of numerous educational opportunities. Short presentations throughout the year are accompanied by hands-on demonstrations. This allows participants to practice their techniques with a Master Gardener close by who can give detailed instruction and encouragement.
If you have any questions about the Harvest Garden, feel free to contact us.