Brandon Hill Garden

Brandon Hill Garden, a community garden in the heart of downtown Clarksville, recently held its spring gala with dozens of volunteers helping to ready the planters for cool season crops.

Karla Kean is the Montgomery County Extension Agent specializing in horticulture and small farms.

“We got the soil ready for our cool season crops,” Kean said. ”We also served food for our volunteers and honored Geneva Bell, who started this garden project prior to my arrival in 2007. Clarksville and Montgomery County are big supporters of this project, and we are pleased that both mayors spoke at this event.

Each year, local groups get involved with the community garden. Last year, United Way, Food Initiative and Clarksville Academy's Challenge Base Learning Group teamed up to make some major improvements.

“We're still lining up volunteers for this season,” Kean said. “We also plan to start a Jr. Master Gardener program for anyone ages 9 to 19 interested in learning about gardening. Everybody is welcome, even first-timers.”

Kean says cool season crops include different cabbages, collards, radishes, lettuce and other greens. In April and May, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, sweet potatoes, and more will be planted. A youth garden program is scheduled every Friday in June.

For information, contact Karla Kean, who may be reached at (931) 648-5725 or at

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