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See also : Garden News and Events : Volunteer Program

The UT Gardens in Knoxville, Crossville and Jackson are open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset. Admission is typically free to the public, although certain events may charge an entrance fee to enter the gardens.

Our physical address (Knoxville site) is 2518 Jacob Drive, Knoxville TN 37996 (Please note - when using a gps or mapping service you may not be directed precisely to the garden entrance)

Visitor Parking - UT Gardens Knoxville

Parking is limited during the week (Monday thru Friday, 8-5). There are 10 parking spaces reserved for UT Gardens visitors. They are located in the southeast corner of the parking lot, just opposite the plaza. Other spaces in that lot are for permit-holders only, and you will be subject to ticketing if you park in them. If none of the reserved parking spaces are available, call (865) 974-7324.

Garden Map - UT Gardens Knoxville

Garden Map

Click here to download a printable map of the UT Gardens Knoxville.

Garden Etiquette

  • Do not pick, cut or remove any plant materials or containers
  • Place trash in waste containers
  • Keep pets on a leash
  • Clean up after pets
  • Bicycling and skating are prohibited

Garden Tours and Field Trips

The UT Gardens in Knoxville offer scheduled tours of the gardens at various times throughout the year. In addition, we are happy to accommodate garden clubs or schools that wish to arrange for a special tour. To schedule a tour please email or call 865-974-7151.

Wedding and Special Event Rentals

Want to have your wedding or special event in the UT Gardens? Click here for general information about rates, garden locations, amenities, and policies. Email James Newburn at for additional information.

Professional Photography Policy

The UT Gardens in Knoxville are proud to provide an attractive venue and colorful setting that has become a popular location for all types of photography in the East Tennessee region. Considerable materials and labor are required to maintain the Gardens to the high standard that has attracted so many professional photographers to use the Gardens in their work. 

As a result, starting March 1, 2011, the UT Gardens will implement the following Professional Photography policy. ‘Professional Photographer’ being defined as one who charges a fee for their services.

Professional photographers who wish to take advantage of the UT Gardens’ as part of their commercial work are asked to become Friends of the UT Gardens at the $100 level or above.  These funds will directly support the maintenance and upkeep of the UT Gardens.  Membership information is available at

Photographers who do not wish to become Friends of the UT Gardens at this level may schedule photo shoots on the grounds for a fee of $35 per hour.  Non-member (commercial) photographers who bring clients to the UT Gardens without scheduling in advance, or without paying the sitting fee, may be asked to leave the grounds. 

The full policy may be viewed here.

Directions to the UT Gardens Sites

To get to the UT Gardens in Knoxville, from I-40 take Exit 386B onto Hwy 129 (Alcoa Hwy toward the Airport). From Hwy 129 take exit for Hwy 158 (Neyland Drive). Turn left at end of exit ramp. Turn left onto Joe Johnson Drive, and right at next light onto Chapman Drive. Visitor parking is directly across from the entrance to the UT Gardens, and is marked with signs for "2-Hr Visitor Parking."

Map to UT Gardens - Knoxville

To get to the UT Gardens in Crossville, from I-40, take exit 311. Turn right onto Plateau Road and follow it approximately 2 miles until it dead-ends at West 70N. Turn left, go approximately 2 miles and turn left onto Experiment Station Road. (From Crossville - go approximately 7 miles on West 70N and turn right onto Experiment Station Road.)

Map to UT Gardens Crossville

To get to the UT Gardens in Jackson, from I-40, take Exit 80-A.  Merge onto Highway 45 Bypass.  After approximately 3 miles, turn west at Highway 70 (Airways Boulevard).  West TN AgResearch & Education Center will be immediately on the right.

Directions to Jackson Garden

Contact The UT Gardens

UT Gardens in Knoxville
Physical Address:
2518 Jacob Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996

Mailing Address:
Department of Plant Sciences
252 Ellington Plant Sciences Bldg
2431 Joe Johnson Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-7324
Fax: (865) 974-1947