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.



Date: Tues., Aug 16

Location: Belle Meade Methodist Church

Time: 6:30 pm social: 7:00 pm  program

Speaker: Dr. Eleanor Lopez

Our speaker is Dr. Eleanor Lopez, who will speak on beneficial insects and how they can benefit the garden and the environment.  Beneficial insects are the reason our plant matter is recycled back into the soil, the reason our flowers are pollinated, and the reason pest insect populations are kept at bay. With many stressors impacting beneficial insects from land use changes to pesticide use to extreme weather events and cycles, there are many ways we can make decisions to help our

beneficial insect friends thrive. The presentation will focus on how to identify beneficial insects, the roles they play for us, and how we can make decisions to help protect and support these important animals.

Dr. Lopez is a recent hire with University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) Extension at the Nashville Soil, Plant and Pest Center (SPPC). Her current role with UTK involves diagnosing plant pathogens, identifying insect pests, and occasionally assisting with soil analysis. Her academic work was focused on learning diagnostic skills to identify plant disease and symptoms of injury during her interdisciplinary degree--Doctor of Plant Medicine (DPM). Dr. Lopez is also a volunteer on the Board of Directors with the Native American Indian Association of Tennessee (NAIA).

What's New in 2022?

We will look at some new and interesting varieties of plants that have recently emerged on the market. There are a lot of breeding programs and introductions being made every year so Megan will narrow down the field to some of the most exciting and some of the most versatile.


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

2023 Annual Plant Sale
April 8, 2023

Mark your calendars. Details coming early 2023

The 2022 Plant Sale Is Over

Another Successful Plant Sale

A Great Big Thank You To All Our

Customers, Vendors, Suppliers, Society Members and Volunteers

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