Aiming for a green thumb? Does your family like the idea of digging in the dirt to do something cool but unsure where to start? Nashville Zoo and the Davidson County master Gardeners hosts a series of spring gardening classes on select Saturdays in April.


The informal classes cover topics like composting, organic gardening and canning. They take place at the Grassmere Historic Farm gardens behind the home (pictured above), and Master Gardeners will answer questions, provide handouts, soil sample kits and other items. Mark your calendars for these classes: April 1: Tools Are Your Friends Learn how to take care of and prune fruit and ornamental trees. April 8: Introduction to Gardening Covers soil prep, composting and raised beds. April 22: History of Medicinal Herbs & Culinary Herbs to Spice Up Your Life Learn fascinating facts about the healing power of herbs along with the ones to season up your supper. April 29: Kids in the Garden Includes a read-aloud story, and kids can help plant a special children's garden that they can watch grow all summer long. Classes take place at 11 a.m. and are free with Nashville Zoo admission ($16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12). Learn more at 615-833-1534 or