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The Perennial Plant Society of Middle Tennessee


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The Perennial Plant Society of Middle TN is a nonprofit TN organization supporting horticulture education in TN, the use of perennial plants in the landscape and giving advice about effective gardening techniques. Our activities include:

Monthly public meetings with expert speakers, private garden tours, meeting plant swaps, a huge annual plant sale, and funding of horticultural scholarships to Tennessee students.


Renee Frith


Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Time: 6:30- hospitality and plant swap, 7:00 -program

Location: The meeting will be at Ed Jones Auditorium at Ellington Agricultural Center.

Speaker: Renee Frith

Subject: Turning Turf to Yarden

We all want to be good stewards of the environment but may find it overwhelming on where to start. The low hanging fruit is turf! We all have it and lament about the effort it takes to keep it “looking good.” Consider a regenerative solution that gives back to the natural environment -- a Yarden. Take this journey with Renee Frith, Director of Horticulture and Sustainable Landscapes for Bernheim Forest & Arboretum, as she shares her personal journey with Turning Turf to Yarden.


Renee Frith serves as Director of Horticulture and Sustainable Landscapes for Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, KY. Renee holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Auburn University School of Agriculture and is a Certified Arborist recognized by the International Society of Arboriculture. For over 20 years Renee has dedicated her career to the natural environment. She has served in roles including Consulting Arborist in Florida, Curator of Woody Plants at Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Virginia, and Director of Greening Programs for The Delaware Center for Horticulture. Renee’s career mission is to regenerate our land and she wants humans to stop getting in the way and start getting on board to help in these efforts.


Benefits of Membership

The Perennial Plant Society of Middle Tennessee is for people who enjoy landscaping, gardening and growing flowers, especially perennials that come back every year.  The group and its invited speakers offer ideas, education and friendship to all. Members include amateurs and professionals, beginners and 'old hands,' and their gardens range from large estate landscapes to small plots beside the kitchen door.

  • Invitations to attend private garden tours at some of the most beautiful gardens in the Middle Tennessee area.

  • Attend monthly society meetings with special program presentations from guest speakers

  • Swap plant ideas and plants with other society members

  • Be a part of one of the largest plant sales in Tennessee

  • Help fund scholarships for local deserving horticultural students

The 2024 Perennial Plant Sale Is Over

The 2024 plant sale was a great success. We want to thank all our great customers who purchased plants, our Perennial Plant Society officer's, coordinators and volunteers who made this plant sale happen and our plant suppliers. Without everyone's efforts and participation, we could not have done this.

All the profits from the plant sale support local horticultural education.

Thanks So Much!

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