Tributes and Memorials

The UT Gardens, Knoxville, is a wonderful respite in the middle of our city and offers an opportunity for people to connect with nature in mind, body, and spirit. It also serves as a living sanctuary for those seeking reflection and solace at difficult times or as a place to honor someone in happy times. The UT Gardens, Knoxville, has several ways that you can remember or honor a loved one with a living legacy or lasting tribute.

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Tribute and Memorial Trees, $1,000 or $2,500

Honor or memorialize a friend or loved one with a gift that continues to grow. Choose either an existing tree in our collection for $1,000 or plant a tree you select for $2,500.

  • A 5-by-7-inch anodized aluminum tree plaque will be placed at base of tree. This process will be coordinated through the UT Gardens, Knoxville, and the manufacturer. Plaque will include person(s) honored, species and common names, and can include other information or quotes based on space restraints.
  • Existing tree may be chosen by the donor from among any tree in the collection.
  • New trees are chosen in consultation with UT Gardens staff. To ensure optimum growing success, trees are usually 1/2-inch caliper or less and about 3 to four feet tall.
  • Location will be determined based on the growing requirements.
  • Plants are guaranteed for the life of the tree or the plans of the Gardens. Tree replacement will be supplied by the UT Gardens if the tree fails or garden plans dictate.
  • Donation will be recognized in an issue of Cultivate – the UT Gardens biannual magazine.
  • If a dedication ceremony is desired, the rental fee will be waived.

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Tribute and Memorials on Marble Donor Wall, $3,000

Create a lasting memorial or tribute with a leaf on our marble donor wall located on the Friendship Plaza at the entrance to the Gardens.

  • Text is limited to two lines and typically includes only the honoree’s name.
  • Donation will be recognized in an issue of Cultivate – the UT Gardens biannual magazine.

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Tribute and Memorial Benches, $5,000 or $7,500

Honor or memorialize a friend or loved one with a gift that provides seating for reflection and memories. Six-foot benches are $5,000; 8-foot benches are $7,500.

  • Donation includes an embossed bronze plaque approximately 7.5 by 4.5 inches in size and can have up to seven lines of text. Plaque details will be coordinated through the UT Gardens, Knoxville, with manufacturer.
  • Plaques can contain an engraved portrait for an additional $500.
  • Placement can be determined by donor in consultation with the UT Gardens.
  • Donation will be recognized in an issue of Cultivate – the UT Gardens biannual magazine.
  • If a dedication ceremony is desired, the rental fee will be waived.

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Celebration of Life Ceremonies, $150 and up

The UT Gardens, Knoxville, offers a variety of setting appropriate for Celebration of Life Ceremonies.

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Other Recognition Opportunities

Other opportunities for honoring or remembering someone you loved are also available including sculptures, garden structures, new display gardens, and endowments. Contact Tom Looney in the UTIA Office of Institutional Advancement at 865-974-1928 for information on how you can honor or remember a loved one while helping the UT Gardens grow.

Your gift may be tax deductible. Please check with your tax accountant or advisor.


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