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 new Sue Sumner Community Herb Garden, located on the back of our campus by the horse barns, is a partnership with Thistle Farms to grow herbs for their newly renovated and expanded café set to open in June.  The Young Adult and Mission Ministries have been dreaming and planning for the past year, and now we are inviting our entire congregation to be a part of what God is up to with this new mission opportunity. 

How can I dig in?

Church-Wide Planting Day
Wednesday, May 17
5:00 – 7:00 P.M.

Garden Dedication Celebration
Sunday, June 4
12:30 P.M.

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. You can sign up for a two-hour shift on one of the two allotted days each each week.  Come join us in the garden! Please sign up here to volunteer for a shift.

If you have garden tools, equipment, or supplies you would be interested in donating, please email 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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