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.
4th Annual Trick or Trees - UT Gardens Knoxville
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Howl-O-Ween - UT Gardens Knoxville
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.
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
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.
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
Bronze Sponsor: UT Federal Credit Union
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