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Fall Plant Sale - UT Gardens Knoxville


Saturday, September 26th from 9:00am - 2:00pm
A preview sale will be held Friday, September 25th 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 at the preview and the public sales. Memberships may be renewed or purchased at the sale.

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.

There will be a variety of edibles, perennials, trees and shrubs to choose from. Check back later for a listing of plants that will be available for purchase.

5th Annual Trick or Trees - UT Gardens Knoxville

Trick or Trees

October 24, 2015 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.

Advance registration is required (link will be availabe soon). Cost is $6 per child (12 and under). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Derrick Stowell at 865-974-7151 or for additional information.

Howl-O-Ween - UT Gardens Knoxville

Howl-O-Ween Logo

October 25, 2015 from 1:00- 5:00 pm
Parade will begin at 2:30 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 educational booths, 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 $8 for one dog or $13 for 2 or more if registered in advance; $10 for one dog or $15 for 2 or more if registered at the event. Dogs must be accompanied by an adult.

More information is available here. Contact Beth Willis at if you need additional information.

Membership Benefit Renewed!

Better Homes and Gardens subscription program

The UT Gardens is happy to announce that our Better Homes & Gardens Subscription Program has been renewed! Each member who joins or renews through September 30, 2015 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

September (pre-register for any September class)

Garden Sprouts: Fall Veggies (preschool program) - Tuesday, September 8, 10-11:30 am. Fall is on its way, but don’t let that worry you! You still have time to plant cool season vegetables. This class will teach you how to grow a fall garden. Children will get to taste fall vegetables and learn a few recipes to try at home. Cost: $5/member, $10/nonmember

Sunday Garden Talk: The Sustainable Kitchen Garden - Sunday, September 20, 3-4:30 pm. This interactive tour will explore natural and sustainable methods for growing fruits, vegetables and herbs. We will discuss composting techniques, disease and insect control, companion planting, variety selection and more. Cost: Free/members, $5/nonmembers

October (pre-register for any October class)

Home Grown: Fall Color (homeschool program) - Wednesday, October 7, 1-3 pm. Ever wonder why leaves change color? This session will explore light, color and why we see different colors in the fall. Students will also learn how to preserve leaves and keep those fall colors year round. Cost: $5 per student

Sunday Garden Walk - Sunday, October 11, 2:30-3:30 pm. Enjoy a Sunday walk through the gardens and see how the gardens get ready for winter. Cost: free/members, $5/nonmembers

Garden Sprouts: Leaf Me Alone (preschool program) - Tuesday, October 13, 10-11:30 am. Enjoy a fall day in the gardens. We will explore how some trees lose their leaves and why others don’t. Children will get to collect several leaves in the garden to create a natural art masterpiece. Cost: $5/member, $10/nonmember

November (pre-register for any November class)

Sunday Garden Talk: Winter Interest - Sunday, November 8, 2:30-3:30 pm. Your garden can shine even in the winter. Learn how to plant for winter interest. See how to make your garden stand out and find ways to add color and texture during the cold gloomy winter. Cost: Free/member, $5/nonmember

Homegrown: Pilgrims and Pumpkins (homeschool program) - Wednesday, November 11, 1-3 pm. Fall brings to mind Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie and turkey. Learn how early settlers survived the harsh winters. Discover how vegetables like pumpkins were used by early settlers. Cost: $5 per student

Garden Sprouts: Take a Hike (preschool program) Tuesday, November 17, 10-11:30 am. Celebrate National Take a Hike day at the UT Gardens. We will take a hike through the gardens and discover what is happening to plants and animals during the fall. Participants will make a craft and a snack to enjoy. Cost: $5/member, $19/nonmember

Growing Together: Gingerbread Men & Natural Ornaments - Saturday, November 21, 1-3 pm. Looking for some great gift ideas? This session will explore how to create ornaments out of natural materials. These ornaments can make great gifts and are great additions to anyone’s holiday decorations. Cost: $15/member family, $25/nonmember family

Adult Workshop: Indoor Edibles - Saturday, November 21, 1-3 pm. It may be getting cold outside, but don’t let that stop you from getting fresh greens and herbs. This session will teach you how to grow micro greens and herbs in containers. Participants will plant herbs or micro greens to be grown at home. Cost: $25/member, $35/nonmember

December (pre-register for any December class)

Growing Together: Winter Coats - Saturday, December 5, 10-11:30 am. Plants and animals have all adapted to survive the cold weather. Explore the gardens and find out how some trees keep their leaves all winter and others don’t. Go on a scavenger hunt and find what “coat” plants and garden animals put on to stay warm. Cost: $5/member family, $10/nonmember family

Adult Workshop: Wreath Making - Saturday, December 5, 1-3 pm. This is one of our most popular offerings. Learn how to take fresh greenery and create your own holiday wreath to display in your home. Cost of the program includes materials. Cost: $25/member, $35/nonmember

Homegrown: Tree ID (homeschool program) - Wednesday, December 9, 1-3 pm. Identifying trees in the winter can be a challenge. Get an introduction to tree identification/classification and explore the scientific names of several trees. Then we will test your skills on a garden scavenger hunt. Cost: $5 per student

Garden Sprouts: Gingerbread (preschool program) - Tuesday, December 15, 10-11:30 am. Come out and enjoy the fall garden. Learn how a root can make a tasty treat. Participants will get to decorate a gingerbread cookie to take home as an ornament and receive one to eat as a snack. 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 in Knoxville is currently on winter hiatus. Regular weekly sessions will resume in late February. After that, they will be 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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