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This is where you can get the latest information on the UT Gardens or find upcoming events. We offer a variety of tours, lectures, workshops and special events suitable for all ages throughout the year.

Classes and Workshops - UT Gardens Knoxville


Garden Sprouts: Feed the Birds- Tuesday, Dec. 2, 10 - 11:30 am. This class is for children ages 3-5. A bird has got to eat. This class will look at how birds have adapted to live during winter months. We will also explore several bird feeder options. Participants will build their own bird feeder to take home and feed the birds. Cost: $5/member; $10/nonmember

Home Grown: Wonderful Worms - Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1 - 3 pm. This class is for home-school groups. Worms do more than help you catch fish. This class will explore the underworld of worms and how they are nature's tillers. See how worms eat your trash and turn it into the best fertilizer for your garden. Students will get to build their own starter worm bin to take home and start worm composting. Materials are included in the cost of the program. Cost: $10/student

Adult Workshop: Wreath Making - Saturday, Dec. 13, 1 - 3 pm. This is consistently one of our most popular offerings. Learn how to take fresh greenery and create your own holiday wreath to display in your home. Cost of the program includes materials. Cost: $30/member; $40/nonmember

Growing Together: Holiday Fairy Garden - Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 am - noon. This class is for children and their families. Fairies like to celebrate the holidays too. Bring a container of your choice and learn to create an indoor seasonally themed fairy garden. Basic materials, plants and accessories will be provided. Cost (per family): $30/members; $40/nonmembers

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.

ACS logoThe UT Gardens was named a Conifer Reference Garden by the American Conifer Society. Initiated in 2007, the ACS Southeast Region offers its support for public conifer gardens in the Southeast Region. Reference Gardens offer plant professionals and the home gardener an opportunity to see live conifers in a planted setting illustrating their unique color, shapes and growth habits.

UT Horticulturist Named Contributor to Top Gardening Magazine

Institute of Agriculture horticulturist and research associate Jason Reeves is the newest contributing editor to Fine Gardening magazine. According to Fine Gardening editor Steve Aitken, Reeves was selected for his plant expertise and his commitment to providing useful, accurate information to hands-in-the-dirt gardeners.

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





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