Hope Botanical Garden in Lawrence County, Tennessee is being created and nurtured by volunteers to provide a unique opportunity to residents of Southern Middle Tennessee and North Alabama. Planting began in Summer 2017 and the projected opening is Summer 2022.
The Garden will provide a peaceful setting for individual enjoyment, a one-of-a-kind venue for public and private events, and a classroom for horticultural and environmental lessons. Its four acres include a classic maze hedge and a meandering, three-quarter mile path leading to a water garden, Japanese garden, children's garden, meditation garden, a native garden; a pink garden honoring breast cancer patients, and another honoring first responders.
A visitor center including office space, a small gift shop, and public restrooms is needed before Hope Botanical Garden opens. The garden's operating budget is extremely small. Local donations and much volunteer work have supported its establishment so far, but materials for the proposed visitor center are $60,000. It, too, will be constructed by volunteers.
The majority of residents in Lawrence County, which lies on the Alabama state line, are moderate- to low-income. The same is true of those living in counties surrounding it in Southern Middle Tennessee and North Alabama. The majority have likely never visited a botanical garden. Hope Botanical Garden offers its neighbors a chance to benefit from its beauty and its lessons about our Earth, improving quality of life for generations to come.