Sue Sumner Herb Garden


For there will be peace for the seed: the vine will yield its fruit, the land will yield its produce and
the heavens will give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these things.
– Zechariah 8:12

The Sue Sumner Community Herb Garden, located on the back of our campus by the horse barns, is a partnership with The Cafe at Thistle Farms to grow herbs for their newly renovated and expanded cafe. In its second growing season, we invite our entire congregation to be a part of what God is up to with this new mission opportunity.

How can I dig in?

Volunteer: Our garden will require a lot of love! Gather a friend, your family, your small group, a group of friends, or just yourself, we need it all! Don’t have a green thumb? Don’t worry, green thumbs not required.  Stay tuned to get up to date information about joining us in the garden!

Donate: If you want to donate herbs (plugs preferred over seeds), we are in need of lemongrass, rosemary, Italian flat leaf parsley, lavender, tarragon, chives and basil. We are also in need of tools (new or gently used) like kitchen scissors, hand shovels, garden gloves, and salad spinners. Please email missions@fpcnashville.org if you have any of these items to donate. If you would be willing to donate financially toward the cost of this year’s seeds and seedlings, please write a check to First Presbyterian Church, Nashville with “Herb Garden” as the memo.

Who was Sue Sumner?

Sue Sumner was a First Presbyterian Church member and lived next door to our church for almost 50 years! She had a love for horticulture and gardening. She cultivated an herb garden with over 150 species which she proudly shared with friends and horticultural organizations. Sue was also a founding member of the Herb Society of Nashville. Her daughter, Kim Hardin, and her family are current members of our church now. We are proud to name the Community Herb Garden in Sue’s memory, and we hope that will our church working together that we can cultivate a garden half as beautiful as hers!

What is Thistle Farms?

Thistle Farms is a vibrant, vital part of the Nashville community, committed to healing, empowering, and employing women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. We are so proud and honored to join them on this adventure. Thistle Farms Cafe is their cafe where you can enjoy delicious food, much of which is sourced locally and prepared by some incredible people. Share a meal with a friend and tell them that First Presbyterian Church grew the very herbs that you both are eating!

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