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.



Presenter:Sarah Ruzic, Head Consultant: Tennessee Kitchen Garden

Date:Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Time::7:00 pm

Title: The What, Why, and How of Raised Bed Gardening


What is raised bed gardening?

Raised beds are built structures designed to contain at least one foot of garden soil. Complete raised bed gardening should include pathways to ensure that the growing area is not walked on, and will often need vertical structures to allow for plant production. 


Why bother with raised bed gardening? 

Here, I will discuss the key reasons to build raised beds:

1) the pitfalls of Tennessee's clay soils

2) our constant fight with bermuda grass

3) handicap accessibility 


How to design, install and maintain a raised bed garden?  

Here, I will discuss the key characteristics of a successful raised bed. 

1) Site Placement 

2) Materials

3) Depth 

4) Soil 

5) Vertical Structures 

6) Irrigation 

7) Pest Protection

8) Planting Plan 

Bio- Sarah Ruzic is the Head Consultant at the Tennessee Kitchen Garden. She began her career as a high school English teacher for more than a decade. Sarah’s passion for helping others garden first started with veggie patch in a remote village in Guatemala in 2005. She has been designing and redesigning gardens in Tennessee since 2012. 

The Tennessee Kitchen Garden offers many services including seasonal coaching, garden maintenance plans, backyard gardening designs, and building raised beds. This presentation will offer even seasoned Tennessee gardeners great insight into raised bed gardening techniques.  

Webinar Registration:

When: July 20, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 

Presenter: Sarah Ruzic  

Topic: The What, Why, and How of Raised Bed Gardening

Register in advance for this webinar:

Here are a couple of YouTube links she included. 

Short intro:, or click here. 

Longer:, or click here

This document outlines the steps to register for the Zoom Webinar: 

Zoom Registration Procedures

NOTE:  Additional Zoom Meeting information is located at the end of the newsletter:  ZoomMeetingAccessInfo


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

Annual Plant Sale

The Perennial Plant Society has an annual plant sale in Nashville TN, probably one of the largest in Tennessee. Due to the COVID pandemic we had to switch to a virtual plant sale in 2020 and 2021. 

The Annual Plant Sale for 2021 has SOLD OUT. For 2022, we are hopeful that we will be able to have an in person plant sale

Look for announcements about the 2022 Plant Sale on our website early March 2022.

As always, we will have hundreds of great, locally grown plants for sun and shade for you to choose from.  And once again, your purchases will support horticultural education and scholarship in Tennessee.