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What's Growing and Showing at UT Gardens Crossville?

On an early-August walk through Plateau Discovery Gardens, Master Gardener Rae Hozer found lots to photograph in the themed gardens.

Click here for a virtual tour.

Fall Plant Sale - UT Gardens Knoxville


Saturday, September 27th from 9:00am - 2:00pm
A preview sale will be held Friday, September 26th from 4:00 - 7:00pm
for all UT employees, garden volunteers, and Friends of the Gardens members. Friends receive a 10% discount on their purchases.

A Plant Sale Not to Be Missed!
Come and shop for some unique and cutting-edge plants for your garden.All proceeds will benefit the UT Gardens. The sale will be located at the UT Gardens on the UT agriculture campus in Knoxville located on Neyland Drive adjacent to the UT Veterinary Hospital.

4th Annual Trick or Trees - UT Gardens Knoxville

Trick or Trees

October 18, 2014 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Check-in at the UT Gardens Plaza

Come scare yourself silly at the UT Gardens! Families are invited to come in costume and join us for Trick or Trees. Hike through the gardens and enjoy trick-or-treating at different activity stations. Learn about all the Halloween favorites, from pumpkins to spooky trees. It's frightening how much fun you'll have! Not to mention the creepy crawly crafts you will take home! This event will take place rain, shine, or zombies.

New this year - Costume Contest! The winner will receive a free one-year family membership to the UT Gardens.

Advance registration is required. Cost is $6 per child (12 and under). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact our HGTV-UT Gardens Educator at 865-974-7151 or for additional information.

Click here to register online.

Howl-O-Ween - UT Gardens Knoxville

Howl-O-Ween Logo

October 19, 2014 from 2:00- 5:00 pm
Parade will begin at 3:00 pm
Check-in at the UT Gardens Plaza

This fun event caters to dogs and dog lovers. Presented by the UT Gardens and the UT College of Veterinary Medicine it will feature food trucks, a judged costume parade with prizes, and an expo of education, pet-related businesses, and local rescue groups. Admission is free to the event with a fee for parade participants.

Pre-registration for parade participants is requested. The fee will be $5 per canine. The link for registration will be posted later this week.

New Membership Benefit

Better Homes and Gardens subscription program

The UT Gardens is happy to announce the return of our Better Homes & Gardens Subscription Program! Each member who joins or renews on October 24, 2013 through September 30, 2014 will be offered a free one-year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens magazine (digital or print edition). Current subscribers will receive a one-year extension of their subscription. You will receive a card with your membership letter which you can then redeem for your free subscription. This membership benefit is made possible through the UT Gardens' membership in the American Public Gardens Association (APGA).

Don't forget - members also enjoy reciprocal admission benefits at almost 300 gardens across the United States. This benefit is made possible through the UT Gardens' participation in the Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP) of the American Horticultural Society. Click here for more information and a list of participating gardens.

Classes and Workshops - UT Gardens Knoxville


Adults Workshop: Fall Container Gardening
Saturday, September 13, 1-3 p.m.
Bring back the hypertufa container you made in August to learn how to plant a fall container. If you were not able to make the hypertufa class bring your favorite container instead.  This class will teach you how to design and plant a container for fall. Cost includes soil and plant materials. Participants will need to bring their own container.
Cost: $20/member, $30/nonmember

Growing Together: Recycled Bird Feeders
Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m. – noon
Feeding the birds is a great way to learn about nature and help out or feathered friends during the winter. This class will teach families how to make bird feeders from common household items that we no longer want. Participants will leave with a bird feeder to hang up at home.
Cost: $20/member family, $30/nonmember family

Sunday Garden Walk
Sunday, September 14, 3-4 p.m.
These free tours offer visitors a chance to learn about the UT Gardens and see what’s new in our garden.
Call 865-974-7151 or to preregister.
Cost: free

Home Grown
Buggy Business
Wednesday, September 17, 1-3 p.m.
What is a bug? What is an insect? Learn how to find and identify some creatures in the garden that are helpful and some creatures that are harmful.
Cost: $5 per student

Garden Sprouts: Fall Fun
Tuesday, September 23, 10-11:30 a.m.
Come and celebrate the first day of fall at the UT Gardens. Learn how plants and creatures change as fall turns into winter and make a fun fall craft to take home.
Cost: $5/member, $10/nonmember


Sunday Garden Talk: Vermicomposting
Sunday, October 12, 2-3:30
Vermicomposting is a great way to compost in small spaces. Compost is one of the best was to improve your soil health organically. Amanda Plante will teach you how to build and take care of a worm bin during this session.
Cost: free/members, $5/nonmembers

Home Grown: Ecology or Mythology 
Wednesday, October 15, 1-3 p.m.
This class will look at some common myths that we often hear about the environment. We will also explore the garden and learn how plants and animals are dependent on each other for survival.
Cost: $5 per student

Trick or Trees
Saturday, October 18, 1-4 p.m.
Trick or treat at the UT Gardens and learn about Halloween and creepy crawlies. There will be plenty of candy and scary fund for children. Take part in our costume contest. The winner will receive a one-year free family membership to the UT Gardens.
Cost: $6 per child, ages 12 and under

Garden Sprouts: Pumpkin Chunkin
Tuesday, October 21, 10 a.m. – noon
Learn how a tiny seed can turn into a pumpkin. Explore the history and uses of pumpkins and see why this garden creation is a fruit. Make a tasty pumpkin treat and play the pumpkin chunkin game to see who can chunk the pumpkin the furthest.
Cost: $5/member, $10/nonmember

Pre-registration is required for all classes. All classes will be held at the UT Gardens in Knoxville. Contact Derrick Stowell at 865-974-7151 or for more information.

2014 Community Sponsors

The UT Gardens is pleased to announce our 2014 Community Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor - HGTV HOME


Gold Sponsor: Ruth and Erbin Baumgardner


Silver Sponsors: Oakes Daylilies and Pleasant

Hill Nursery LLC

Oakes Daylilies


Pleasant Hill Nursery


Bronze Sponsor: UT Federal Credit Union



Professional Photography Policy

The UT Gardens in Knoxville are proud to provide an attractive venue and colorful setting that has become a popular location for all types of photography in the East Tennessee region. Considerable materials and labor are required to maintain the Gardens to the high standard that has attracted so many professional photographers to use the Gardens in their work. 

As a result, starting March 1, 2011, the UT Gardens will implement the following Professional Photography policy. ‘Professional Photographer’ being defined as one who charges a fee for their services.

Professional photographers who wish to take advantage of the UT Gardens’ as part of their commercial work are asked to become Friends of the UT Gardens at the $100 level or above.  These funds will directly support the maintenance and upkeep of the UT Gardens.  Membership information is available at

Photographers who do not wish to become Friends of the UT Gardens at this level may schedule photo shoots on the grounds for a fee of $35 per hour.  Non-member (commercial) photographers who bring clients to the UT Gardens without scheduling in advance, or without paying the sitting fee, may be asked to leave the grounds. 

The full policy may be viewed here.

UT Gardens T-Shirts and Note Cards - Now Available

t shirtVisit the eMarketplace of the UT Institute of Agriculture to order your UT Gardens logo t-shirt, spring or fall notecard set, or garden poster. Proceeds from all sales benefit the UT Gardens.




UT Gardens Knoxville Volunteers

The UT Gardens Volunteer Program has resumed for 2014. Regular weekly sessions are held each Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9-12. To learn how you can join in these work sessions, contact Beth Willis at; 974-2712


Thanks due to Spring Meadow Nursery and Netherland Bulb Co.

Spring Meadow Nursery and Netherland Bulb Co. recently made large donations of plant materials to the UT Gardens. Their generous support is greatly appreciated!

Dogwood Arts Festival Presents Bazillion Blooms

Bazillion Blooms is a Dogwood Tree planting program to beautify our East Tennessee communities, improve the health of our environment and foster community support and pride in our beloved native dogwood. For more information, click here




Corona is the official tool sponsor of the UT Gardens.

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Dramm provides a portion of the watering tools used in the UT Gardens.

Contact The UT Gardens

UT Gardens
Department of Plant Sciences
252 Ellington Plant Sciences Bldg
2431 Joe Johnson Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-8265
Fax: (865) 974-1947

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