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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

June (pre-register for any June event)

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

July (pre-register for any July event)

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

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.

What's Growing and Showing at UT Gardens Crossville?

On an early-August walk through Plateau Discovery Gardens, Master Gardener Rae Hozer found lots to photograph in the themed gardens.

Click here for a virtual tour.

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