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Blooms Days 2015 - Garden Festival & Marketplace

See also : Special Events : Garden Gala

Join us for the 13th Annual Blooms Days Garden Festival & Marketplace! Enjoy workshops and demonstrations, browse the marketplace, create crafts and explore the insect zoo in kids' corner, listen to live music from local bands, get your horticulture questions answered by Knox County Master Gardeners, learn more in the Rose, Bonsai, and Iris shows, and sample some tasty local food in our food court.

Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, 2015
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day (Rain or Shine)
In the UT Gardens on Neyland Drive in Knoxville


Tickets at the gate are:
Members - $5 per day OR $8 for both days *(you can join or renew onsite)
Non-members - $7 per day OR $11 for both days
Children 12 and under admitted FREE

*Please Note - The UT Gardens in Knoxville are closed to the public during our Blooms Days Festival on May 8, 9, and 10, 2015, beginning at 5pm on Friday and continuing through 8pm on Sunday. During festival hours (9-5) you must pay admission in order to visit the Gardens in any capacity; after hours garden entry is prohibited.

Event Brochure
Event Map
Workshop Schedules
Marketplace
HGTV HOME Showcase Garden
Music
Kids Corner
Food Court
Mothers' Day
Ask a Master Gardener, Rose Show, Bonsai Show & Iris Show
Sponsors

Event Map

Blooms Days Map

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Workshop Schedules

Saturday Workshops
  A B C
9:30 a.m.

Tabletop Aquaponics

Amanda Plante

Success Tips Straight from the UT Kitchen Garden

Holly Jones

Water-Wise Succulents are High on Style!

Sue Hamilton

10:30 a.m.

CSI for Tennessee Smart Yards - What's That Bug?

Tom Stebbins

See What's Sprouting

Gardens Staff

Field Sketching in the Gardens

David Pease

11:30 a.m.

Natural Diversity: Your Yard Matters

Dennis Gregg

Growing Summer's Favorite Vegetables

John Tullock

Dreams of Beautiful Bulbs

Angela Otey & Linda Mason

12:30 p.m.

Rainscaping your Smart Yard

Dr. Ludwig

Composting: Hot or Cold; Fast or Easy

Marsha Lehman & Amy Haun

The Benefit of Bees

Heather Lowery

1:30 p.m.

Pervious Paver Systems for Your Home Landscape

Darryl Sapp

Straw Bale Gardening

Holly Jones and John Tullock

New Hydrangeas for the Home Gardener

Dr. Lisa Alexander

2:30 p.m.

Which Rain Barrel is Right for You?

Ruth Anne Hanahan

Succession Planting

Marsha Lehman

Growing Orchids

Rosalie Peters

3:30 p.m.

Yoga in the Park

Jessica Mishu

Rose Garden Tour

Rose Garden Intern

Post-Planting Tree Care

Wayne Clatterbuck

 

Sunday Workshops
  A B C
9:30 a.m.

 

See What's Sprouting

Gardens Staff

What Nature Tells Us about Planting the Proper Plant

Kasey Krouse

10:30 a.m.

 

Success Tips Straight from the UT Kitchen Garden

Holly Jones

Ancient Food: Good Eats?

Deborah Woodiel

11:30 a.m.

 

Selecting the Best Vegetable Cultivars for You

Natalie Bumgarner

Identifying Invasive Plants in Your Yard

Jamie Herold

12:30 p.m.

 

Growing Bearded Iris in East TN

Robert Lauf

Growing Hostas in Your Garden

Elin Johnson & Bob Goeltz

1:30 p.m.

 

The Healing Garden

Derrick Stowell

Hydroponics

Andrea Rzad

1:30 p.m.

 

Rose Garden Tour

Rose Garden Intern

Water-wise Succulents are High on Style!

Sue Hamilton

1:30 p.m.

 

Herbs 101

D. & Jim Brown

Gardening with the Best Tools

Karen Petrey

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Marketplace

Come browse the marketplace for unique crafts, garden goods, and specialty plants!

Vendor Merchandise
Artistic Ventures Garden Sculptures (fountains, planters, balance toys)
Jean Leigh Claudette Children's Books
Greenbriar Farm & Nursery Edible Landscape Plants
Beaver Creek Nursery Live Plants
Rainwater Farm Soaps, salves, and balms
J & B Herb & Plant Farms Organic herbs in pots
Button Bouquets Decorative arrangements made from buttons
Cortese Tree Specialists Tree care services
Harmonic Journeys Recycled antiqued silverware jewelry and tree chimes
East Fork Nursery Live plants
Fern and Finch Garden supplies and plants
Jo Marie Brotherton Watercolor paintings, dicroic glass pendants
Whites Nursery Live plants
Season Garden Accents Garden Art (windchimes, garden plaques, wind spinners, vintage coasters)
East Tennessee Iris Society Iris bulbs
Dirt Dawg Nursery Dwarf conifers, rare plants, garden tools, arrangement supplies
Horizons, Ltd. Garden Tools
Custom Copperworks & Blacksmithing Handmade copper and steel home garden decorations
MrMaple.com Japanese maples and other ornamental trees
Jeri Landers Garden art and prints
The African Hut Straw baskets, hats, fans, and patched sweaters
Natural Arts Coop. Garden art, candles, scarves
Dendrophilia Landscapes Live Plants and Landscape Services
Shauna Pottery Mugs, teapots, etc.
TN Gardener Magazine State by State gardening magazines
Sunlight Gardens Live plants, native plants
University of TN Press UT publications

 

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HGTV HOME Showcase Garden

Come check out the new HGTV HOME Showcase Garden featuring the HGTV HOME Plant Collection.

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Music

Enjoy live performances by local groups on each day

Saturday:

  • 11am - 1pm Good Thymes Ceilidh Band
  • 2 - 4pm Wild Mountain Honey

Sunday:

  • 11am - 1pm Emily Roberts
  • 2 - 4pm Devan Jones and the Uptown Swing

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Kids Corner

Children will enjoy the Insect Zoo. They can also participate in several 'Make & Take' Projects. East Tennessee Children's Hospital will provide a physical activity and nutrition station (Saturday only).

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Food Court

Hungry? Stop by our food court and sample delicious food from local food trucks, including Hawg Dawg's, Poutine Mobile, Tootsie Truck, and Forks on the Road.

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Mothers' Day

Celebrate Mothers' Day at Blooms Days! On Sunday, moms will receive a free daylily from Oakes Daylilies (Sunday only - while supplies last).

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Ask a Master Gardener, Bonsai Show & Rose Show

Ask a Master Gardener - Hosted by the Knox County Master Gardeners in the vendor tent. Master Gardeners will be available to answer your questions related to horticulture: is your garden being attacked by disease or insects, when's the best time to prune, when is the best time to plant in east Tennessee...

Bonsai Show - Hosted by the Knoxville Bonsai Society in the Environment and Landscape Laboratory
The Knoxville Bonsai Society is hosting its annual Bonsai Show. See prize-winning Bonsai from around the region. Talk with expert Bonsai growers and learn a few tricks of the trade.

Rose Show - Hosted by the Tennessee Rose Society in the South Greenhouse corridor.
Tennessee Rose Society members will display cutflower roses straight from their gardens. Stop by, see the beautiful displays and learn how to have the best roses in your yard from local Rosarians.

Iris Show - Hosted by the East Tennessee Iris Society in the Center for Renewable Carbon Conference Room. Stop by, see beautiful displays, and learn more about growing iris from experts.

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Sponsors

Sponsors HGTV website UT Federal Credit Union website link Pilot Travel Centers website Oakes Daylilies website link B97.5 The Bee WUOT website link Knoxville News Sentinel website link WBIR website link Knoxville Blueprint Palmer's Turf Nursery Dalen

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