We Are the Franklin County Arts Guild & Artisan Depot Gallery & Gift Shop Photo by Mary Beth Lockmiller
We are excited with the news that our garden at the gallery has become an official Monarch Way Station. We invite you to come and enjoy our garden and while there visit our Gallery space. See you there!
The Pollinator Garden was originally established by long time gardener Alida Morgan who lead the rehabilitation and planting of the grounds around a pass-through pedestrian walkway between buildings in Cowan. Over time it has become a pollinator haven for many species of bees, friendly wasps, and butterflies. After two years of Monarch butterflies sightings the gardeners (also gallery artists) decided to create a Monarch Way Station. Any garden can become a waystation by taking some very deliberate steps to support monarchs. Monarchs require plants that supply nectar for the adults as well as plants for laying eggs and nurturing monarch caterpillars through spring and summer. Adult monarch are not particular about nectar sources. High-energy nectar sources include: almond verbena, basil, bee balm, echinacea, fennel and many more. But monarch butterflies require the milkweed plant to lay eggs and to feed the resulting butterflies. Luckily Tennessee has 14 native species of milkweed! Additionally, to maintain the best plants for monarchs, the garden needs to have at least 6 hours of sun each day and soil should be low clay and have good drainage. Plantings need to be close together in places to provide shelter from predators and the elements. The garden must also have places for butterflies to rest, to drink, and to dry their wings. The Pollinator Garden has a butterfly house, a number of ceramic tower sculptures that provide places for them to get water and to rest. The garden also has a herb garden to serve as a place for egg laying and caterpillar feeding for other butterflies. And no insecticides!
Created by Margie Gallagher
OUR MISSION: Promote visual and performing arts in Franklin County by:
Community Art Shows
Student Art Gallery
Student Art Scholarships
Giving member artists an opportunity to exhibit and sell their works through its gallery,
And a great garden space to gather in on top of all that!
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The Artisan Depot Gallery and Gift shop Is a community exhibition space supported by the Franklin County Arts Guild for members of Franklin County and beyond. ALL community members regardless of age or experience are invited to show their art in any of our community shows.
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No person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, or sex shall be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination of services, programs, and employment provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and its contracting agencies.
Why Join the Franklin County Arts Guild
The Franklin County Arts Guild promotes artists and craftspeople through its gallery, The Artisan Depot, scholarships, education, and community programs.
"Art should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity." ~ Artist Keith Haring