The University of Tennessee Gardens
UT Gardens Gala - Knoxville
Friday, May 1, 2015
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.
UT Gardens Friendship Plaza, Knoxville, TN
Make plans to join us for a memorable evening including drinks, hors d'oeuvres, musical entertainment, dinner, and live and silent auctions to benefit the UT Gardens' academic and educational programs! More information here...
Spring Plant Sale - UT Gardens Knoxville
Saturday, April 11th from 9:00am - 2:00pm
A preview sale will be held Friday, April 10th 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. There will be a variety of hostas, herbs, edibles, perennials, trees and shrubs to choose from. (Check back for a list as the sale date nears.)
NEW This Year - Meet the Author (Saturday only)
Special guest, John Tullock will have copies of his new book Idiot's Guides: Vegetable Gardening available for sale and he will speak about spring veggies a couple of times during the sale (see scheduled times below).
NEW This Year - Mini Education Sessions (Saturday only)
Stop by the education tent to learn from the experts! We will be offering brief informational sessions throughout the day on plants available at the sale.
- 9:00-9:15 - Tahitian Treasure Rose (James Newburn)
- 9:45-10:00 - Spring Veggies (John Tullock)
- 10:30-10:45 - Hostas (Andy Pulte)
- 11:15-11:30 - Blueberries (Holly Jones)
- 12:00-12:15 - Spring Veggies (John Tullock)
- 12:45-1:00 - Flower Garden Design (Sue Hamilton)
- 1:30-1:45 - Hostas (Andy Pulte)
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.
Membership Benefit Renewed!
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
March (pre-register for any March event)
Home Grown: Seeds - Wednesday, Mar. 11, 1 - 3 pm. This class is for home-school groups. Seeds are vital to human survival. Without them we could not eat. Students will explore the life of a plant and how seeds grow. Each student will get to sow vegetable seeds to take home and grow. Cost: $5/student
Eggstravaganza - Saturday, Mar. 28, 10 am - 2 pm. Hop on down to the UT Gardens and enjoy the spring. Don't forget to bring your Easter basket! You can take part in crafts and hunt for some eggs. The Easter Bunny will also be jumping to get his picture taken with you. (Preregistration for a specific hunting time is required. Hunts will begin at 10:15, 11:30, 12:15, and 1:30.) Cost: $5/child
April (pre-register for any April event)
Garden Sprouts: Worms - Tuesday, Apr. 7, 10 - 11:30 am. This class is for children ages 3-5. Worms are a part of every successful garden. Preschoolers will explore the life of a worm and see how they help improve garden soil. Participants will make a worm compast bin to take home and care for. Cost: $10/member; $20/nonmember
Growing Together: Leaf Casting - Saturday, Apr. 11, 10 - noon. Learn to preserve garden leaves through leaf castings. This fun and easy activity will give you ideas for adding art to your garden or home. Participants will make a leaf casting to take home and display. Cost (per family): $20/members; $30/nonmembers
Sunday Garden Walk: Spring Flowers - Sunday, Apr. 12, 2:30 - 3:30 pm. Take a walk through the UT Gardens and see what is in bloom this time of year. Cost: Free/member; $5/nonmember
Drawing and Painting Classes - UT Gardens Knoxville
Charcoal, Lines and Trees, Saturday, Jan. 10th, 1 - 4 pm. This class will explore basic drawing and observation techniques. Plants from the UT Gardens' collection will be our models as we apply the principles of classical figure drawing to develop coordination between our hands and eyes.
Black and White Conifers, Saturday, Jan. 24th, 1 - 4 pm. Here we will focus on the forms, textures, and mass of conifers. We will work to interpret and express those qualities through the observation of light and value using only black-and-white dry and wet media.
Late Winter Color, Saturday, Feb. 14th, 1 - 4 pm. In this class we will explore the Gardens in search of colorful winter interest specimens. We will then explore the basic principles of color theory as we observe and render our cut specimens using colored pencils.
Color and Depth, Saturday, Feb. 28th, 1 - 4 pm. Using acrylic on wood, we will work to observe and render cuttings of a unique and colorful winter interest specimen. We will begin pre-study drawings and exlore composition.
Spring Stiff-Life, Saturday, Mar. 14th, 1 - 4 pm. With 15th- and 16th-century Flemish and Dutch masters in mind, we will cut, arrange, and draw our own still-life masterpieces. We will use pastels and various mid-range colored to black drawing papers to help us break through the standards of the color wheel and understand the less exalted realities of the color spectrum.
Spring Flower Portraits, Saturday, Mar. 28th, 1 - 4 pm. This class will focus on the selection, placement, observation, and rendering of a single cut spring flower. Using watercolor on watercolor paper, we will explore mixing colors, timing and patience when working with fresh spring models cut from the Gardens.
Pastels in the Gardens, Saturday, Apr. 11th, 1 - 4 pm. Here we will turn to basic techniques of drawing and observation as we work outside. We will use pastels and various papers as we explore and express single specimens, beds, and vistas in the Gardens.
Sketching with Watercolor, Saturday, Apr. 25th, 1 - 4 pm. We will observe landscape watercolors by masters, then go into the Gardens to sketch with watercolors and discover the boundaries and nuances of the medium - as well as the artist's need to edit.
Drawing for Botanic Realism, Saturday, May 9th, 1 - 4 pm. We will work with pencils and erasers to explore and strengthen observational techniques, as well as accurate rendering of species within the UT Gardens' collection using line, value, and texture.
Painting Iris, Saturday, May 23rd, 1 - 4 pm. One goal in this class will be to produce an accurate likeness of a specific iris cultivar in the Gardens' collection using dry-brush watercolor technique. The other will be to create a loose, expressive painting of a mass of iris or other flowers using watercolor, pastels, or charcoal through direct outdoor observation.
Cost per session: $30/member, $40/nonmember
Cost for entire series of ten classes: $275/member, $375/nonmember
All classes will take place at the UT Gardens Knoxville, and some will be held outdoors (as weather permits). All materials will be provided. Preregistration is required. To register contact Derrick Stowell at 865-974-7151 or email@example.com.
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
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 http://utgardens.tennessee.edu/membership.html.
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
Visit 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 974-2712
Thanks due to Spring Meadow Nursery and Netherland Bulb Co.
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.
Dramm provides a portion of the watering tools used in the UT Gardens.
Contact The 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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