City of Brownsboro Village

Garden Club

“When you find something you love, be sure to share it!”

The Brownsboro Village Garden Club is a group of residents who share a love of nature and gardening. The objective of the Brownsboro Village Gardening Club is to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment in Brownsboro Village thru education and action in conservation and civic improvement.

There are so many reasons to join:

  • To learn something new
  • To benefit the community
  • To participate in club events
  • To soothe your soul
  • To stay active
  • To unite people of all ages

Membership is open to all residents of Brownsboro Village.

Commissioner Maryellen Howley and Shannon Miller are the organizers as of July 2023.

Our primary focus is on education.  Based on the concepts highlighted in the book, “Nature’s Best Hope” by Douglas Tallamy, we believe that we can help save the world in our own yards!

Our purpose is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, learning from one another and from experts we will invite to speak. Practical hands on activities, swapping plants and cuttings will enhance our pollinator gardens – feeding our butterflies, bees and birds.


Second Annual Pollinator Party 2024

Neighborhood education is the primary goal of the Brownsboro Village Garden Club. We aim to create a perfect habitat for our birds, butterflies and bees and us! Thanks for participating.

Pollinator Party

was the beginning of our Garden Club on June 24th 2023 – tour of ten Village gardens. 
There were 51 participants and 6 children.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22nd from 10-12

Creating a perfect habitat for our birds, butterflies and bees.

Walk, run or ride to meet your neighbors and tour their gardens at:

3802 Napanee: Hydrangea Heaven – Jo
401 Chenoweth: Our City Arborist’s Garden – Caroline
416 Oread: Medicinal Starter Garden – McCaren
421 Oread: Still and Always a Work in Progress – Randy
300 Lotis: The Tree House – Gay
304 Lotis: A Serene Sanctuary – Margaret
406 Lotis: My Native, Shade and Rose Garden – Barbara
407 Lotis: A Feast for Pollinators – Shannon
408 Lotis: A Grower Not a Mower – Maryellen

Neighborhood education is the primary goal of the Brownsboro Village Garden Club.

Read “Nature’s Best Hope” by Douglas Tallamy.  Refer to the Garden Page on our Brownsboro Village website.

If you would like to host, please email Maryellen at [email protected]


Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 6:30

Thank you to our hostess who shared her huge screened in porch with us!
Our speakers were Barbie Tafel, Classic Exterior Designer, and Mesude Duyar, Assistant Director of Urban Forestry, city of Louisville.

Barbie shared her gardening philosophy and her favorite plants.  She left us seed packets too.

Mesude spoke about plans to grow Louisville’s tree canopy.

Shannon reminded us of our interest and support of our Village’s ecosystem.

Consider planting the keystone plants, natives such as Goldenrod, Asters and Joe Pye Weed to name a few.  Refer to Doug Tallamy’s book “Nature’s Best Hope”.

Many of us took notes. Great information to share!

Thursday, February 29, 2024



We planned to discuss healthy herbs and plants for our gardens in February, but our speaker returned from vacation with COVID. We cancelled our meeting. We want to share this information – it’s NOT medical advice.  Adding these to your garden is easy and reportedly boosts your immune system. Never mind if you don’t cook, you can add to your take out meals too. Sprinkle fresh leaves on your eggs, pasta, pizza, etc.  It’s easy with an herb scissors!

GARLIC: May help you live longer! Its rich in VitaminC, B6 and manganese. Garlic reportedly protects against the common cold. Just mince a few cloves for your salad dressing.  We are going to have garlic fall planting directions.  (See attached article)

Green onions – rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin K  –  can be grown on your kitchen counter!

Tomatoes– tiny tomatoes easy to grow in a pot too! Incredible source of vitamins and minerals.

PARSLEY: It’s more than a garnish! Parsley is an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and iron.  Easily grown in a pot from seeds, it may prevent UTIs and kidney stones.  (See attached article)

THYME: Choose fresh thyme leaves for superior flavor. Thyme tea is believed to boost your immune system, improve your digestion, soothe colds and coughs. It can have a calming effect on your nervous system, helping to reduce stress and tension. Just put several sprigs in boiling water, steep for 5-8 minutes and strain.  It grows easily from seeds in a pot or your sunny garden.