A Governor's Vegetable Garden

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy are planting an extensive vegetable garden at their Nashville residence, a process documented in HGTV Yard Takeover. Find out some of what they're planting.

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Form Meets Function

The elegant Nashville official executive residence of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will soon boast a vast garden featuring berry bushes, fruit trees, heirloom vegetables, herbs and even edible flowers thanks to the designs of landscape architect Ben Page.

Calabrese Broccoli

Heirloom Calabrese broccoli will be featured in the vast Nashville garden of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, along with 'De Cicco' broccoli.

Rosa Bianca Eggplant

In addition to Rosa Bianca, the Haslams will be growing 'Florida High Bush', 'Diamond and 'Listada de Gandia' eggplant in their garden.

Beets

The Haslams will plant 'Burpee's Golden', Chioggia, 'Early Blood' and 'Albino' beets.

Peas

Marrowfat and Sutton's Harbinger are some of the pea varieties that will be included in the garden.

A Growing Plan

Governor Bill Haslam (left), First Lady Crissy Haslam and landscape architect Ben Page go over plans for the new vegetable garden at the governor's Nashville residence.

Okra

Star of David, Silver Queen and Clemson Spineless okra will all be planted in the Governor's garden.

Nasturtium

The Haslams are growing the edible flower nasturtium in their garden.

'Brown Turkey' Fig

In addition to 'Brown Turkey' figs the Haslams will also be growing blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples and pears.

Herbs

Rosemary, thyme, basil and mint will be featured in the garden.

Fencing in the Vegetable Garden

A fence adds definition and order—as well as keeping out animal intruders—at the vegetable garden of Governor and First Lady Haslam.

Meeting of the Minds

Governor Bill Haslam, First Lady Crissy Haslam and landscape architect Ben Page of Page|Duke Landscape Architects go over plans for the vegetable garden at the Nashville Governor's mansion.

Cabbage

This 'Marner Early Red', like the 'Early Jersey Wakefield' planted by the Haslams in their garden, is an early heading variety.

Kale

The Haslams will be featuring 'Early Curled Siberian' kale in their vegetable garden. Other varieties, like this Redbor kale, are great additions to a home vegetable garden.

Lettuce

This 'Freckles' lettuce would make a great addition to any garden. The Haslams are growing 'Mascara', 'Tennis Ball', 'Slobolt', 'Amish Deer Tongue', 'Yugoslavian Red' and 'Australian Yellow Leaf' lettuces.

Cherokee Purple Tomato

Among the tomato varieties the Haslams are growing: 'Cherokee Purple', 'Rutgers', 'German Johnson', 'Aunt Ruby's German', 'Brandywine-Sudduth's Strain', 'Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry', 'Mortgage Lifter', 'Big Boy', 'Better Boy', 'Powers Heirloom', 'Moonglow', 'Nyagous', 'Cherry Roma', 'Purple Russian' and 'Austin's Red Pear'.

Cucumber

'Vertina', 'Early Fortune', 'Bushy' and 'Parade' varieties will all be grown in the governor's garden.

Leeks

'Blue Solaize' and 'Giant Musselburgh' will be grown in the Haslam garden.

Onion

The Haslams are featuring 'Red Wethersfield', Walla Walla, 'Ailsa Craig', 'Red Marble' and 'Nabechan' onions in their garden.

Squash

'Waltham' butternut, 'Summer Crookneck', 'Wood's Prolific', green-striped cushaw, spaghetti, golden zucchini, 'Black Beauty' zucchini, 'Geode', sunburst and flying saucer squash are the squash varieties growing in the governor's Nashville garden.

Beans

The Haslams will be growing 'Arikara Yellow', 'Burpee's Stringless Green Pod', Maxibel, Boston favorite, Bountiful, Calypso, 'Charlesvoix Dark Red Kidney', 'Fin de Bagnol', October, 'Royalty Purple Pod', 'Dragon Tongue', 'Henderson's' bush lima and 'Hutterite Soup' beans in their garden.

Peppers

Among the pepper varieties the governor will grow: 'Black Hungarian', 'Aji Crystal', 'Fish', 'Bulgarian Carrot', 'Jimmy Nardello', long red cayenne, 'Purple Beauty' bell, 'Bull Nose' large bell, orange bell and Texas Bird pepper, which was also grown in Thomas Jefferson's Monticello garden.

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