- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The kitchen and cutting garden at the Tennessee governor’s mansion has been recognized as the best demonstration garden in the United States and Canada by the International Master Gardener Association Search for Excellence program.

According to a news release from the office of first lady Crissy Haslam, the garden was completed in September 2013. Since then it has grown to produce about 2,700 pounds of fruits and vegetables that are served in the home, known as the Tennessee Residence. More than 3,000 students and visitors have toured the garden and learned about gardening, composting and healthy eating.

The garden is cared for by a team of volunteer master gardeners who select, plant and harvest. The team uses heirloom seeds and organic fertilizers and pest controls.

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