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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. 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

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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.

Education - UT Gardens Knoxville

The schedule for classes and workshops is available on our Education page. Check out what is being offered through the end of the year!

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.

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.


2015 Community Sponsors







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Oakes Daylilies

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Pleasant Hill Nursery




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 Knoxville Volunteers

The UT Gardens Volunteer Program in Knoxville is currently offering two sessions each week, held on Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9-12. Volunteers may also help at special events, such as our plant sales, Blooms Days festival, or Howl-O-Ween. To learn how you can join in any of these volunteer opportunities, contact Beth Willis at; 974-2712


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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