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First Lady Reveals Garden Plan For Governor’s Mansion

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee's First Lady held a luncheon Thursday to raise money for continuing restoration of the Governor's residence.

The Tennessee Governor's Mansion was originally built for a family in 1929 and purchased by the state in 1949. The renovation and restoration of the home began in spring of 2010 by former First Lady Andrea Conte. The current first lady, Crissy Haslam is continuing the project through her term.

Haslam said the looked at the master plan for the project and has chosen to work on the landscaping and gardening around the residence. She will be partnering with Tennessee landscape artist Ben Page.

Haslam and Page unveiled the plan to renovate the garden on Thursday, and began raising money for the project.

"It'll be a project that goes on for several years, hopefully I can complete it. We'll see. [There are] about 630 to 640 people here today -- men and women from across the state with an interest in horticulture and gardening and they are here because of that reason," said Haslam.

Mrs. Haslam said they've had a lot of interest in the project from Garden Clubs around the state.

She also said Tennessee is one of the top states in landscape plant materials and she'd like to get in touch with some of those companies to see if they can help out, too. 

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