• Service Projects
  • Next Meeting - January 8, 2019
    Rippavilla Plantation

  • About Rippavilla:

    Rippavilla Plantation Rippavilla is a Greek Revival style mansion built in 1855 by Nathaniel and Susan Cheairs. The main house is over 10,000 square feet, and is filled with many original furnishings and artifacts. Rippavilla is a must-see for anyone interested in the Civil War, Tennessee history, and southern agriculture. https://www.rippavilla.org

    Speaker and Topics: Scott Smith (or Jimmy The Cricket in Natchez) is Scott Smiththe new (and first ever) Director of Development at Rippavilla Plantation.  He also owns a tour company that hosts groups to locations all over the world.  Scott grew up in Franklin but graduated from Belmont University and moved to Spring Hill 20 years ago.  He resides at the oldest residence in town call “The Doctor’s Shoppe” but spends a great deal of time in Natchez, Mississippi where he is an honorary lifetime member of two of the largest garden clubs in America (that have almost nothing to do with gardening!).  Although he says he barely knows a weed from a phalaenopsis, Scott is happy to welcome us to Rippavilla and talk about all the past history, present excitement and great future of this historic landmark...including its gardens.  We will enjoy a behind-the-scenes “curator’s tour” of the home as well as the usual pot luck and program. 

       Rippavilla Plantation
       5700 Main Street
       Spring Hill, TN 37174


       6:00 pm House Tour
       6:30 pm Potluck/fellowship/business
       7:00 pm Mr. Smith’s presentation of the Rippavilla Families and Plantation and most of all the Garden and its history.

  • How Can I Become a Master Gardener?

  • Volunteers must attend 40 hours of training offered by the UT Extension. Classes meet twice a week for 6 weeks. The sessions cover a wide variety of topics including wildlife, landscaping, flowers, trees, lawns, insects, plant diseases, and more. After completing the training the volunteer becomes an Intern for a year.
    To become a “Certified Master Gardener,” an Intern must complete and document a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer gardening related service and 8 hours of continuing education.

  • 2019 Master Gardener Classes

  • The 2019 Master Gardener classes start Monday, February 18, 2019.

    For more information please contact Jarrod Reeson:

         Maury County Extension Office
         10 Public Square,
         Columbia, TN 38401

    Phone: (931) 375-5301
    E-mail: jreeson@utk.edu

  • To learn more, check out the brochure
    "How Do I Become A Master Gardener"