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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.

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 for additional information.

Click here to register online.

Howl-O-Ween - UT Gardens Knoxville

Howl-O-Ween Logo

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 you can view the event poster. Contact Beth Willis at if you need additional information.

Classes and Workshops - UT Gardens Knoxville


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 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