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.
Classes and Workshops - UT Gardens Knoxville
Winter Wonderland - Saturday, Dec. 7, noon - 3 pm. This event is for children and their families. Celebrate winter at the UT Gardens. This fun festival will explore winter holidays from around the world, like Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanza. Make holiday crafts to take home, and don't forget to join in the reindeer games! Cost: $5/child
Sunday Garden Talk: Edible Flowers - Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 - 3:30 pm. You might be surprised by what you can eat from your flower garden. This talk will inform you of flowers that not only add beauty to your garden, but are a tasty treat as well. Cost: Free for members; $5/nonmember
Home Grown: Roots & Bark - Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10 am - noon. This class is for home-school groups. Did you know that you can eat bark and roots? Take a look at some of your favorite snacks and see how they are made. Students will sample tasty treats and learn fun facts about gingerbread and cinnamon. Cost: $5/student
Garden Sprouts: Hand-made Decorations - Friday, Dec. 13, 10 - 11:30 am. This class is for children ages 3-5. Deck the halls with your very own decorations. Take a look at how early settlers decorated their homes for the holidays. Make some decorations to take home or to give as gifts this holiday season. Cost: $8/member; $12/nonmember
Adult Workshop: Wreath Making - Saturday, Dec. 14, 1 - 3 pm. Celebrate the holidays with a fresh wreath you make yourself! This is one of our most popular classes so don't wait to register. You will be provided with fresh greens, cones, assorted decorations, ribbons, and other needed supplies. You may bring any unusual greens or favorite ornaments that you would like to add to your festive creation. Cost: $30/member; $40/nonmember
Growing Healthy: Container Gardening During the Winter - Tuesday, Dec. 17, 4:30 - 5:30. This program is for children and their families. Join the UT Gardens and East TN Children's Hospital to learn how to grow herbs and vegetables indoors. Cost: Free
Click here for a pdf of children and adult classes scheduled October thru December. 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 email@example.com 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).
Click here for information about each month's session.
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. Read More
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