The BELL Garden exists to cultivate, guide, and encourage shared community values of healthy living and lifelong learning. We support this mission by providing practical learning opportunities for residents of the community in a setting that promotes physical activity, healthy eating, environmental stewardship, and multi-cultural connections for all generations.

Come visit the BELL Garden, home to…

  • an ADA compliant pathway
  • a daylily garden
  • a butterfly garden
  • a portable classroom/kitchen
  • a fruit tree orchard
  • a blackberry fencerow
  • fruits, vegetables and herbs
  • raised bed gardens
  • a greenhouse
  • a Victory Garden



In the summer of 2009, a group of Bellevue residents and community leaders were inspired to travel to Berkeley, California, to see the original Edible Schoolyard. Conceived by Alice Waters, a public policy advocate for school lunch reform and universal access to healthy, organic foods, the Edible Schoolyard is a one-acre organic garden and kitchen classroom at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School in Berkeley. Teachers and Edible Schoolyard educators collaborate to integrate the garden into the school’s curriculum, giving students the opportunity for hands-on learning. Students participate in growing, harvesting, and preparing meals with the plants they grow in the garden. Excited about what this could mean for our community, our founders brought back with them the idea of adopting the Edible Schoolyard concept in our local schools and with support from the Bellevue community, the Bellevue Edible Learning Lab (BELL Garden) was started. Today, our vision has expanded to encompass the entire community in gardening and education opportunities. Our gardens also contribute to the Bellevue Community Food Bank.


Officers & Executive Committee

Melissa Hamilton, President
Deborah Stillwell, Vice President
Rachel Allensworth, Treasurer
Robert Allensworth, Secretary


Renee Anzalone
Julie Sinclair Dzubas
Natalie Flammia
Ashleigh Hall
Keith W. Hyman
Ethelynel Williams
Gail Wilson

Bellevue Prep IB (International Baccalaureate)

World School (Ex Officio)
Dr. Seth Swihart, Principal
Dr. Susan Carter, Asst Principal

Garden Managers

Missy Hamilton
Arianna Nimcocks

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655 Colice Jeanne Rd, Nashville, TN 37221

Email Us: garden@bellgardentn.org