The University of Tennessee Gardens
'Tranquility' - Cornelia B. Holland Hosta Garden Dedication - UT Gardens Knoxville
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Ceremony at 2 p.m., Hosta sale following
Free event, Public invited
Hostas are the number one shade perennial sold in the United States and now the University of Tennessee Gardens in Knoxville is among the top sites in the United States where visitors can see an extensive collection of hosta plants.
Thanks to a generous benefactor, Cornelia Holland of Franklin, Tenn., the UT Gardens, Knoxville, has added a hosta garden that features more than 500 hosta varieties. Holland, who has been collecting hosta plants since 1995, allowed UT Gardens personnel to collect divisions from her extensive personal garden that includes both species and hybrid plants.
The plants were installed last fall and are now thriving in the newly created display garden called “Tranquility—The Cornelia B. Holland Hosta Garden.” The American Hosta Society has declared the collection as one of just 23 official hosta display gardens in North America. It’s one of only three in the Southeast, with the other two residing at Clemson University and the Memphis Botanic Garden.
Tranquility is now open to the public and will be formally dedicated on June 7 at 2 p.m. A hosta sale will follow the dedication to benefit the new garden. All are invited to participate.
Read the full press release here.
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
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
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
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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