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Howl-O-Ween - UT Gardens Knoxville

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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

June (pre-register for any June event)

Growing Together: Landscape Legos - Saturday, Jun. 27, 10 am - noon. Add form and shape in your garden! Children will build Lego models of garden structures while parents hear tips on how to add structure to the home garden. Cost includes materials. Cost (per family): $20/members; $30/nonmembers

Adult Workshop: Vertical Gardening - Saturday, Jun. 27, 1 - 3 pm. Don't have yard space? Think about growing up, not out. Learn about vertical, or wall, gardening, and create a miniature vertical garden to take home. Cost includes materials. Cost: $20/member; $30/nonmember

July (pre-register for any July event)

Growing Together: Carnivorous Plants- Saturday, Jul. 25, 10 - noon. Beware, these plants bite! Learn how and why carnivorous plants have adapted to catch and eat insects, and take one home with you! Cost (per family): $20/members; $30/nonmembers

Adult Workshop: Growing in the Shade - Saturday, Jul. 25, 1 - 3 pm. If you can't take the heat, get in the shade. Explore our new hosta and renovated shade gardens, and learn how to create and care for your own shady place! You will receive one shade plant to take home. Cost: $30/member; $40/nonmember

August (pre-register for any August event)

Growing Together: Leaf Castings - Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 - 11:30 am. Artwork in the garden provides an added dimension to your landscape. Learn about leaf castings, which creat unique elements in your garden and have many uses, and create one to take home. Cost includes materials. Cost (per family): $25/members; $35/nonmembers

Adult Workshop: Gardening for Butterflies - Saturday, Aug. 29, 1 - 3 pm. Want butterflies in your garden? Plant nectar and host plants! Learn about native butterflies and which plants they need to survive, and take home a plant to start your butterfly garden. Cost: $20/member; $30/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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