The following list of resources in no particular order. It will be updated often and we welcome suggestions via our connect page! You will find helpful organizations, books, and online sources to ease your way in the garden.
Wildones | Tennessee Valley Chapter
This is a great local group if you are interested in landscaping with native plants. They present guest speakers in educational programs throughout the year, as well as an annual native plant symposium in early spring; these programs are open to the public. Additional programs for members-only include field trips, regional hikes, visits to members’ gardens (“Landscapes in Progress”), social events and meetings. The chapter also offers Certificate in Native Plants classes, in partnership with the Tennessee Native Plant Society and Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center.
Master gardeners of hamilton County
The Hamilton County Master Gardener program is an educational program in which trained volunteers share the latest gardening and horticultural information with the public through volunteer community service. The Master Gardener program is affiliated with the UT Extension office. The Master Gardener program provides volunteer leadership and service through gardening and horticultural projects. Master Gardeners strive to increase the availability of gardening information throughout the community in order to improve the quality of life. Activities include: developing and conducting educational programs and activities related to gardening and nature; sponsoring clinics; writing news articles; answering questions; and establishing demonstration gardens.
The National Pollinator Garden Network
NPGN collectively represents approximately 800,000 gardeners, 10,000 schoolyard gardens and bring a baseline of a 250,000 registered pollinator gardens nationwide from across its five main founding organizations. The focus of the NPGN is to inspire individuals and community groups, institutions and the garden industry to create more pollinator habitat through sustainable gardening practices, habitat conservation and provide these groups the tools to be successful.
Reflection Riding arboretum & nature center
Reflection Riding is dedicated to the study and conservation of native plant life. Designed in the picturesque style the park is meant to enhance the natural beauty of the landscape. It features twelve miles of walking trails as well as a three mile loop drive intended to capture a sequence of views throughout the property. Over three hundred acres stretch for a mile along the Creek , then rise slowly through pastures and meadows up the forested western slopes of Lookout Mountain.
Tennessee Valley Beekeepers Association
The mission of the Tennessee Valley Beekeepers Association (TVBA) is to promote the study, science and craft of beekeeping, and to provide education and encouragement to all. A registered 501c(3) not-for-profit organization, TVBA holds regular meetings on the fourth Monday of every month, hosts and participates in yearly beekeeping events, and provides a mentorship class for beginning beekeepers.
Tennessee invasive plant council
In 2009, a group of concerned individuals and representatives of federal and state agencies, industry, and non-governmental organizations came together in an effort to cooperatively address invasive plants in the state of Tennessee. This group's focus centers first on prevention – developing strategies to keep new invasive species out of the state, followed by early detection and rapid response to quickly spot and eradicate these troublesome species. TIPC hosts workshops, creates signage for public place education initiatives, creates teacher resources. For homeowners, their , helpful lists of plant alternatives to invasive plant species common in Chattanooga and elsewhere in Tennessee will come in handy.
Chattanooga Rainsmart progam
Install storm water runoff measures at your home that demonstrate runoff reduction and receive possible reimbursements from the City. Measures include residential rain gardens, rain barrels in conjunction with rain gardens, and vegetated bioswales. Workshops are available to learn more.