Kitchen Gardens at The Hermitage

Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson, contains three gardens tended by the Master Gardeners of Davidson County in partnership with the Ladies’ Hermitage Association. These are among the original Master Gardener historical gardens.

The Cafe Garden at the Visitor Center greets guests with a lovely display of flowers, grasses, and herbs upon their arrival. The Kitchen Garden, set behind the mansion, is primarily a vegetable garden but contains some herbs. Here you will find the vegetables grown in the early 1800s, including peanuts, tomatoes, eggplants, beans, and watermelon. 

The second herb garden, catches the eye of visitors as they take a break from their tours. All three gardens reflect the character and composition of typical gardens of President Jackson’s time. Many of the vegetables and herbs are grown from seeds that originated at Monticello, the home of President Thomas Jefferson, himself an avid gardener.

This site requires completion of a volunteer form to be kept on file by The Hermitage. 

To learn more or to volunteer, email

Work days every Saturday from 8am to 11am beginning March through fall. Master Gardeners may volunteer in the gardens any day during the posted visiting hours of The Hermitage.

  • February 28, 2016 7:54 PM | Anonymous member

    Join us this Saturday, 3/5, for our first workday in the gardens. We'll be working from 8am to 11am. Come anytime during these hours. We will be prepping all 3 gardens for the spring plants.

  • February 21, 2016 7:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Thanks to all volunteers and guests who came share ideas and start planning for the 2015-16 session!  We've got lots in store. Contact Mary or Laura for more info.

Come "grow" with us!

  • Join us in the Gardens on Saturday June 17th from 8 am to noon. We will be working in the formal flower garden next to the Manson. Bring your own hand tools, gloves and hats. Check the calendrr for additional information

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