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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.


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 dstowell@utk.edu for additional information.

Click here to register online.


Howl-O-Ween - UT Gardens Knoxville

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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, educational displays, and an expo 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 if registered in advance; $10 per canine if registered at the event. Dogs must be accompanied by an adult. Click here to preregister.

More information is available here. Contact Beth Willis at ewillis2@utk.edu 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

October

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 dstowell@utk.edu for more information.


2014 Community Sponsors

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

Platinum Sponsor - HGTV HOME

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

 

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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

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 ewillis2@utk.edu; 974-2712

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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

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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
Email: utgardens@utk.edu

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