Garden News and Events
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.
Daffodil Show - East Tennessee Daffodil Society
The East Tennessee Daffodil Society will have a Daffodil Show on Saturday and Sunday, March 15th & 16th, from 1-5pm in the Ellington Plant Sciens Building Auditorium (Hollingsworth Auditorium) on the UT Knoxville Agricultural campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 865-984-6688.
Drawing and Painting Classes - UT Gardens Knoxville
Drawing I: Trees, Lines & Charcoal, Saturday, Jan. 11th, 1 - 4 pm. This class is an introduction to drawing. Beginning with charcoal gesture drawings, we will work to develop trust in individual hand-eye coordination through line drawings. The technique will be modeled after the principles of classical figure drawing from a living model.
Drawing II: Form, Texture & Evergreens, Saturday, Jan. 25th, 1 - 4 pm. In this class we will work to develop interpretation and expression of texture, form and light. Using evergreen models, we will explore techniques and principles that lead to dynamic drawings using charcoal, vine charcoal and erasers.
Drawing III: Colorful Drawings, Colorful Plants, Saturday, Feb. 8th, 1 - 4 pm. This class will introduce color theory and application in art as well as gardens. We will explore basic principles of color and color schemes as it relates to depth and contrast in space.
Drawing IV: Color: Illusion and Allusion, Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 1 - 4 pm. In this class we will test and break the boundaries of the color wheel while painting late winter and early spring plants. Introducing wet media into our mark making, we will further develop our color rendering skills, as we recognize the full spectrum of the rainbow in perceived 'solid' colors.
Painting I: Introduction to Watercolor and Floral Painting, Saturday, Mar. 15th, 1 - 4 pm. In the tradition of 15th and 16th century Flemish and Dutch painters, we will explore floral painting. Using watercolor on paper, we will explore the timing, nuances and limits of watercolor painting with fresh spring flower models from the gardens!
Painting II: Watercolor Techniques, Floral and Garden Painting, Saturday, Mar. 29th, 1 - 4 pm. This class will focus on developing our application and mixing of color through painting flowers and specimen plants. We will work to understand timing, patience and wet & dry techniques for blending, sharpness and contrast on paper.
Painting III: Introduction to Expressive Landscape Painting, Saturday, Apr. 12th, 1 - 4 pm. This class will allow us to further develop our understanding of color, brush techniques and editing in watercolor painting. We will begin with rapid gesture paintings to focus on and develop areas of importance, followed by longer paintings done in the splendor of the Gardens.
Painting IV: Watercolor Painting en plein air, Saturday, Apr. 26th, 1 - 4 pm. In this class we will enjoy the beauty of the UT Gardens while having fun with our paint, disassembling and reassembling paintings and working with found objects in collage.
Cost per session: $35/member, $45/nonmember
Cost for entire series: $220/member, $300/nonmember
Click here for a pdf of class descriptions. All classes will take place at the UT Gardens Knoxville, and some will be held outdoors (as weather permits). All materials will be provided. Preregistration is required. To register contact Derrick Stowell at 865-974-7151 or email@example.com.
Classes and Workshops - UT Gardens Knoxville
Home Grown: Bird Brain - Wednesday, Feb. 5th, 1 - 3 pm. This class is for home-school groups. Birds are great friends of gardens. They add beauty and sound throughout the year. They also eat insects you don't want eating your plants. Learn how to plant your garden to attract more birds and make a bird feeder to help feed the birds during the winter. Cost: $5/student
Sunday Garden Talk: A Splash of Color - Sunday, Feb. 9th, 2 - 3:30 pm. You make sure your clothes match, so why not your flowers? Explore how to use color in your garden for maximum impact. Cost: Free for members; $5/nonmember
Garden Sprouts: Trash to Treasure - Friday, Feb. 14th, 10 - 11:30 am. This class is for children ages 3-5. One man's trash is another man's treasure. This class will give you a chance to take common everyday trash and create art for your garden. Come ready to use your imagination and creativity to make a garden art sculpture. Cost: $8/member; $12/nonmember
Growing Together: Egg Carton Garden - Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 10 am - 12 noon. Don't go out and buy a fancy seed starting kit; just reuse common everyday items. Participants will sow seeds and take home an egg carton full of seeds and soil to plant in your garden. Cost per family: $15/member; $20/nonmember
Click here for a pdf of children and adult classes scheduled January thru April. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register or for more information.
School Programming - UT Gardens Knoxville
Through our school programs we hope to inspire the next generation of gardeners and provide students with valuable life skills so that they can garden at their own homes. Each program can be custom-tailored to meet the needs of your classroom. The programs are designed to meet State of Tennessee and Common Core State Standards. We currently offer two main programs for schools - Garden Trips and Go Garden.
Garden Trips are designed to enhance the school curriculum by reinforcing each teacher's educational objectives. Using the natural environment of the UT Gardens, they provide opportunities to incorporate science, math, language arts, and other educational subjects into one trip. Each program lasts two to three hours depending on your specific needs. Cost: $5 per student.
Go Garden is our traveling program which brings the garden to you. This program is designed to enhance the school curriculum. Using the natural environment around your school yard, it provides opportunities to incorporate science, math, language arts, and other educational subjects into one trip. The UT Gardens can even offer your school ideas on how to design, create, and maintain your own school garden. These sessions can be set up to accommodate a specific class or several classes at once. Cost: $5 per student.
Click here for more information on our School Programming.
Home Grown Program - UT Gardens Knoxville
The UT Gardens provides an excellent opportunity to enhance your home school program with a fun and educational hands-on session each month October thru April! Sessions are designed with Common Core Standards in minds. Because many home school families have children of all ages, these sessions are designed to meet the educational needs of children grades K-5. Each session will have a garden theme and will include activities that touch on science, math, and reading. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $5 per student (per session).
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The 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.
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