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.
Fall Plant Sale - UT Gardens Knoxville
Saturday, September 27th from 9:00am - 2:00pm
A preview sale will be held Friday, September 26th from 4:00 - 7:00pm for all UT employees, garden volunteers, and Friends of the Gardens members. Friends receive a 10% discount on their purchases.
A Plant Sale Not to Be Missed!
Come and shop for some unique and cutting-edge plants for your garden.All proceeds will benefit the UT Gardens. The sale will be located at the UT Gardens on the UT agriculture campus in Knoxville located on Neyland Drive adjacent to the UT Veterinary Hospital.
Classes and Workshops - UT Gardens Knoxville
Adult Workshop: Hypertufa
Saturday, August 23, 1-3 p.m.
Learn to make your own garden containers and art in this workshop. Hypertufa uses concrete, sand, and peat moss to create containers that look like concrete, but are much lighter. Participants will get to make their own container to take home. Cost includes price of materials.
Cost: $25/member, $35/nonmember
Growing Together: Terrariums
Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m. – noon
Learn how to grow miniature gardens indoors. Terrariums are a fun way to help teach your children about gardening and nature. Families will build their own terrarium to take home.
Cost: $30/member family, $40/nonmember family
Adults Workshop: Fall Container Gardening
Saturday, September 13, 1-3 p.m.
Bring back the hypertufa container you made in August to learn how to plant a fall container. If you were not able to make the hypertufa class bring your favorite container instead. This class will teach you how to design and plant a container for fall. Cost includes soil and plant materials. Participants will need to bring their own container.
Cost: $20/member, $30/nonmember
Growing Together: Recycled Bird Feeders
Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m. – noon
Feeding the birds is a great way to learn about nature and help out or feathered friends during the winter. This class will teach families how to make bird feeders from common household items that we no longer want. Participants will leave with a bird feeder to hang up at home.
Cost: $20/member family, $30/nonmember family
Sunday Garden Walk
Sunday, September 14, 3-4 p.m.
These free tours offer visitors a chance to learn about the UT Gardens and see what’s new in our garden.
Call 865-974-7151 or email@example.com to preregister.
Wednesday, September 17, 1-3 p.m.
What is a bug? What is an insect? Learn how to find and identify some creatures in the garden that are helpful and some creatures that are harmful.
Cost: $5 per student
Garden Sprouts: Fall Fun
Tuesday, September 23, 10-11:30 a.m.
Come and celebrate the first day of fall at the UT Gardens. Learn how plants and creatures change as fall turns into winter and make a fun fall craft to take home.
Cost: $5/member, $10/nonmember
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