I enjoy gardening. I find it very calming and relaxing. It connects me with the earth and the environment around me and makes me happy.  I am a teacher and I enjoy using gardens to connect to the curriculum for a hands on experience. I have helped to develop gardens at several of the schools where I have taught.

My parents had some gardens while I was growing up, but that never really interested me. It was when I was in college doing and internship with Big Brothers Big Sisters and was part of an AmeriCorps team that collaborated with the Penn State Center for Sustainability to develop an inter-generational garden project that I became hooked.

My first extensive gardening experience was at a property I owned in Georgia, dubbed the Honey Hole. There were almost two acres of property which I opened up to my community to collaborate on the gardens. We had several different designs including french gardens which were created by the owner before me, a labyrinth designed by my girlfriend at the time, but now my lovely wife. There were also a couple traditional row gardens, one which was fenced in and the compost piles became gardens of their own as we built trellises to display the passion flower which grew wild there. We even had an old tipi structure which we transformed into a garden.

My most recent gardening experience has been working with Champ’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to build community gardens at Jere Baxter Middle School in Nashville. We collaborated to create seven raised beds made of cedar and an in ground perennial bed.

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

Attila Ovari

Loving Life and Inspiring Others


Allegheny River Catfishing Association

Flies Over Nebraska

Fly fishing Nebraska is about more than just the fish...

Crazy Train To Tinky Town

To Turkey & back; adventures in life, romance, heartbreak & seeing the funny

A Retrospective Saunter

Reflections on this journey as an educator, leader, believer, and family man

Amy Ball

digital media and all things related...


A Special Education Teacher's Views on...

A Drive to Learn

Explorations in education and technology.

Dave Delaney - Community Enthusiast, Social Media Strategist, Marketing and Promotions Fella

Join Dave Delaney as he blogs about social media, marketing, technology trends, and his digital life in Nashville, TN.

Bucket List Publications

Indulge- Travel, Adventure, & New Experiences

Only Need an API key

Just another weblog

Needed an API Key's Weblog

Just another weblog

Johnny America

Just another weblog

Crap that makes me angry

a blog for my life

Vanderbilt Student Rec Center

Just another site


a place for positive music & other musings

Jhumm77's Blog

Just another weblog

We Are Meant To Live

Just another site

Bits on Balance

Exploring the Human-Horse Relationship


Just another site

Tech Savvy Principal

Educational Technology and Leadership

Devin Byrnes's Blog

Just another weblog


A communications and data platform for schools

%d bloggers like this: