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Upcoming events

    • 01/27/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    This workshop will focus on the art of using fabric to create dramatic, draped containers and sculptures. This method will allow for playing with the light, shadow, and three-dimensionality beyond breaking from the typical lines and planes of basic hypertufa mold-making.

    Cost: Garden member $40/nonmember $50

    ** Please refer to our cancellation policy​ prior to registering.**

    • 01/27/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    E-cards got you down? Facebook birthday messages redundant? Do you long for a time of calligraphy, nosegays, parcels, and smelling salts? Have we got a treat for you...Join us as we engage in handmade printmaking to create a series of botanical records on paper notecards. Then use these one of a kind botanical artworks to support your local framer or postal worker! 

    Cost: Garden member $35/nonmember $45

    ** Please refer to our cancellation policy​ prior to registering.**

    • 01/28/2018
    • 03/11/2018
    • 7 sessions
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
    • 3

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    Each Sunday from 2-4:00 p.m.

    January 28- March 11

    Cost: $210/Members; $230/Nonmembers

    Growing your own food, whether it’s in a single pot in your kitchen window or in your whole front yard, is both challenging and incredibly rewarding. Join us this winter as we explore the basic principles that all successful edible gardeners need to know. Emphasis will be placed on organic methods and many sessions will provide take home materials to aid the success of your home garden. 

    January 28 –All About Seeds
    Starting your plants from seed gives you the power to grow all the best and brightest varieties for your garden. Join James Newburn in the greenhouse for this class on starting your own vegetable, flower and herb seeds. We will cover basics of seed starting, direct sowing, light requirements, media selection and share our favorite seed resources. During the 2nd half of the class, UT Gardens horticulturist, Alice Kimbrell will explore the ABC’s of seed saving and give tips for how to best start your own home seed library. Participants will receive a variety of seeds to take home.

     February 4 –  Fruit Production for the Home Gardener
    UT Extension fruit tree specialist Dr. David Lockwood will lead this session on pruning all types of fruit trees. We will have an extensive indoor presentation followed an exploration in the garden to look at actual specimens. Dr. Lockwood has over 40 years of experience with fruit trees, nut trees and wine production. Bring your questions! Participants will be given ‘Triple Crown’ thornless blackberry plants to take home.

    February 11 –  Healthy Soil for Healthy Plants
    Make your garden a success by building healthy vibrant soil. UT Gardens’ Kitchen Garden manager Holly Jones will share her favorite techniques for soil building and nutrient management.  We will look at methods of cover cropping, composting, soil testing, mulching and more.  Participants can bring in a sample of soil from their home garden to the next class meeting for an agricultural laboratory soil analysis.

    February 18 – Style and Function in the Edible Garden 
    Learn how to apply principles of design to vegetable production for a garden that is both beautiful and functional. From raised bed materials to garden color combinations, we will look at ways to combine vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers for a garden that is as ornamental as it is productive. Weather permitting; we will explore the UT Kitchen garden to look at vertical structures, building materials and the structural “bones” of the garden. Knox Co. Master Gardener Marsha Lehman will lead the second half of this class with an exploration of season extension methods to help stretch the growing season.

    February 25 –  Growing with the Seasons—Warm and Cool Season Edibles
    John Tullock shares his experience and expertise in growing vegetables and culinary herbs in the beautiful Tennessee Valley region. Besides popular warm season crops like corn and tomatoes, cool season edibles such as lettuce, broccoli and some lesser known ones will be covered. John will also discuss his favorite tips and techniques for growing backyard berries both in containers and in the garden. Participants will get to take home a copy of John’s new book—Seed to Supper.

    March 4 –  Organic Pest Control
    While 95% of insects are either neutral or beneficial to humans, that other 5% can be a real nuisance! Join, UT Gardens Kitchen Garden manager Holly Jones to learn chemical free methods to deal with the pests that are ailing your garden. We will discuss companion planting, mechanical control, variety selection, attracting predatory insects, natural insecticides and more.

    March 11 ---Irrigation Basics
    Watering is one of the most misunderstood aspects of gardening. How much and how often depends on what type of plant your growing, what type of soil you have, and how hot or humid the weather is.  Knox Co. Master Gardener Jan Gangwer will simplify this topic with lessons on the most common methods for watering your garden. Learn the basics for a sprinkler and drip system installation, how much water to apply and when, as well as adjusting water pressure, timers, water conservation and rain barrel systems.

    • 02/08/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville

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    Ever wonder where plants go when they need vitamins? And what happens when they die? In this class we will explore the cycles of nutrients in nature and the garden. We will learn how nature recycles itself through composting with the F.B.I. (fungus, bacteria, and invertebrates). We will learn different methods for composting, managing compost, what can go wrong when compost isn’t properly managed and go on a scavenger hunt for F.B.I. around the gardens! Join us for this fun and educational field trip.

    Thurday, February 8, 2018: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Cost: $10 per person


    • 02/10/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Explore techniques for creating hypertufa sculptures. Whether you prefer abstract, representational, or something in between, we’ll provide the space, supplies, and instruction to help you create a one of a kind garden statue! 

    Cost: Garden member $40/nonmember $50

    ** Please refer to our cancellation policy​ prior to registering.**

    • 02/17/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    This workshop will focus on sketching the garden. We will explore how to compose a drawing while viewing the garden, how to edit our view, and bring subjects within the landscape into focus while still giving an overall impression of the setting through various mark-making techniques and deliberate decisions. We will also explore reductive technique while observing the light and shadow of dusk.

    Cost: Garden member $35/nonmember $45

    ** Please refer to our cancellation policy​ prior to registering.**

    • 02/24/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Are the fairies in your garden homeless? Be the architect of their dream home in this two-part class. In part one we create the foundation and walls to support the roof over your fairy’s tender wings. In part two we construct the roof, windows, shutters, furniture, décor and other fairy house accoutrement to make your fairy house a home. 

    Cost: Garden member $40/nonmember $50

    ** Please refer to our cancellation policy​ prior to registering.**

    • 02/24/2018
    • 04/21/2018
    • 4 sessions
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    This hands-on series will explore the technical side of gardening. Learn the basics of how to propagate plants while getting a few new plants to take home an grow on your own.

    Cost: $120/Member; $132/Nonmembers

    Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Saturday, February 24, 2018 - Seeds: In this first workshop of our plant propagation series, we will learn the basics of the most common method of plant reproduction/propagation using seeds. We will cover best practices for sowing seeds indoors, outdoors, at home, and in a greenhouse. We will look at the some of the more common materials in the wide spectrum of materials used for starting seeds. Timing, temperature, seed treatments, as well as using commercial vs. collected seeds will also be covered. Everyone will sow seeds to take home for a unique little collection of plants for the upcoming growing season.

    Saturday, March 10, 2018 - Cuttings: In the second installment of our propagation series we will learn all about the basics of stem and leaf cuttings. Why do we do this? So that we can sustain a population of identical plant species with phenotypes we love! We will cover best practices for a professional horticultural setting as well as for successful home propagation. We’ll also learn about the best time for different species of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees as well as the optimal environmental conditions needed to successfully stimulate root growth. What we learn will be put to practice, and participants will go home with an assortment of stem and leaf cuttings.

    Saturday, March 17, 2018 - Grafting: What is grafting? In this workshop, we will learn about the ancient practice of grafting, that is joining the tissues of one plant species to another species that are in the same family to preserve and protect the desirable attributes of the flowering or fruit bearing shoot. This is a widespread horticultural practice that is essential sustain many of favorite ornamental trees, shrubs, and heirloom vegetables that struggle to resist root borne pathogens. Participants will graft and take home several small plants.

    Saturday, April 21, 2018 - Layering: Layering is one of nature’s most common forms of asexual reproduction. We can find it forests, along roadsides, and our gardens. As gardener’s with the appropriate knowledge, we can manipulate this phenomenon to propagate new plants of species in our own collections that we love. Join us as we learn about different forms of layering and learn the method of air layering together.

    • 03/08/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville

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    Can you grow plants in water? Yes, you can with the right ingredients! In this lesson, we will learn the basics of aquaponics – that is growing plants in in water and using fish to provide the nutrients and fertilizer needed for plants. This practice is growing in popularity as people in urban and suburban areas look for innovative ways to grow food that are sustainable and reduce environmental/carbon impacts. Come join us on this aquatic adventure! If your student would like to build a mini-aquaponic system to take home materials can be available for an additional fee. Join us for this fun and educational field trip.

    Thurday, March 8, 2018: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Cost: $10 per person


    • 03/10/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
    • 50

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    Are the fairies in your garden homeless? Be the architect of their dream home in this two-part class. In part one we create the foundation and walls to support the roof over your fairy’s tender wings. In part two we construct the roof, windows, shutters, furniture, décor and other fairy house accoutrement to make your fairy house a home.

    Cost: Garden member $40/nonmember $50

    ** Please refer to our cancellation policy​ prior to registering.**

    • 03/31/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Have you ever wanted to preserve the beauty of your garden, the butterflies, birds, insects, and tiny mammals that bring another level of joy and whimsy to your garden? No taxidermy or animal life to be lost here! Although there will be pins and needles. In this class, we’ll create one of kind re-creations of your favorite little garden friends using flowers, leaves, stems and other plant parts in a three dimensional collage and vignette in a simple shadowbox.  

    Cost: Garden member $35/nonmember $45

    ** Please refer to our cancellation policy​ prior to registering.**

    • 04/05/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville

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    Ever wonder how vegetable and fruits make their way to our kitchen. In this class, we’ll find out what happens in the UT Kitchen garden each spring to help prepare for bountiful summer harvest. We’ll learn how to harvest and care for early spring veggies, transplant young starts from the January class, learn how to amend and prepare soil, mulch and how to conduct integrated pest management (IPM) to keep our gardens safe from pest and disease. Join us for this fun and educational field trip.

    Thurday, April 5, 2018: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Cost: $10 per person


    • 04/21/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
    • 50

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    In this workshop we will learn the basics of botanical illustration using branches and leaves from the garden’s collections. We’ll work to observe and accurately render the botanical details of unique species. We will learn how to use colored pencils and contour line drawing to define the renderings. Then we’ll learn how to delicately layer watercolor to create surface color, light, shadow, and form.  

    Cost: Garden member $35/nonmember $45

    ** Please refer to our cancellation policy​ prior to registering.**

    • 05/03/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville

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    “Is that poison ivy?” Ever been unsure what a plant is in the garden? In this lesson, we will learn the basics of plant classification and taxonomy. We’ll look at how plants are name and categorized. From trees, to shrubs, grasses, perennials, annuals, fungi and bacteria, we’ll explore the garden looking for all sorts organisms and what the most important identifying morphological characteristics are to tell one plant from another. This will include close looks at things like leaves, needles, fascicles, bark, flowers, seeds and fruit. Join us for this fun and educational field trip.

    Thurday, May 3, 2018: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Cost: $10 per person


    • 05/19/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Let’s play 21st century impressionists. In this workshop we will look at the works of iconic 19th century impressionists observing the techniques, patterns, colors, compositions and choices that create an individual artist’s style. Then, we will look around the gardens and consider those things in light of the 21st century. What could be a 21st century choice in composition, technique, color, and pattern that would set it apart from the 19th center masters? Then, we’ll explore our answers through our media using the gardens as model to create a record of our moment in 21st century impressionism. 

    Cost: Garden member $35/nonmember $45

    ** Please refer to our cancellation policy​ prior to registering.**

    • 05/29/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    In this day camp we will explore the garden as a living botanical laboratory. We’ll observe unique plants, learning how they reproduce, survive, and contribute to the ecological food web. Participants will observe, plants, fungi, seeds, leaves, flowers, fruits, and fruit in the garden. We’ll explore how plants function as miniature factory producing food and clean air. We’ll even learn how to reproduce and clone plants!

    Ages 4-12 and a grandparent

    Cost: $25/members, $30/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 06/11/2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 06/15/2018
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    Plants are the world’s greatest superheroes! This camp session will take a look at the amazing power of plants to feed the world, clean the air, regenerate and much more. But watch out, a few villains may show up during this week of camp. We will learn how to fight plant villains and save the world as we explore what insects, and plants threaten the population of East Tennessee. Find out ways to help improve the environment and reduce threats from villains. This camp will also explore comic book heroes and villains and how some superpowers were created by looking at plants.

    Ages 6-10

    Cost: $115/members, $135/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 06/18/2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 06/22/2018
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    Plants are the world’s greatest superheroes! This camp session will take a look at the amazing power of plants to feed the world, clean the air, regenerate and much more. But watch out, a few villains may show up during this week of camp. We will learn how to fight plant villains and save the world as we explore what insects, and plants threaten the population of East Tennessee. Find out ways to help improve the environment and reduce threats from villains. This camp will also explore comic book heroes and villains and how some superpowers were created by looking at plants.

    Ages 4-5

    Cost: $115/members, $135/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 07/06/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    This camp will explore the concept of Nature Art. We will view examples of art around UT Gardens, learn what it meant to make nature art, and how to make sustainable art. We will compare examples of traditional art and nature art, explore simple design principles. Then we will learn to make some of our own art supplies from materials around the garden, use them to sketch and plan a sculpture, and then each grandparent and grandchild will create their own temporary nature art sculpture installation!

    Ages 4-12 and a grandparent

    Cost: $25/members, $30/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 07/09/2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 07/13/2018
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    In this week-long camp, young explorers will learn skills to become a Garden Master Chef. Participants will spend four days learning essentials of eating the garden from harvest to a final three course meal preparation and service competition. Skills to be learned will include: identifying edibles in the kitchen garden, harvest, cleanliness/food safety, kitchen safety, food storage, the food groups/nutrition, staples for a useful pantry, integrating fresh raw foods into every meal, food preparation, cutting and chopping techniques, and service! We will also have special guest cooks, chefs, and restauranteurs from around Knoxville! Join us for this tasty culinary adventure in the garden!

    Ages 6-10

    Cost: $115/members, $135/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 07/16/2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 07/20/2018
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    In this week-long camp, young explorers will learn skills to become a Garden Master Chef. Participants will spend four days learning essentials of eating the garden from harvest to a final three course meal preparation and service competition. Skills to be learned will include: identifying edibles in the kitchen garden, harvest, cleanliness/food safety, kitchen safety, food storage, the food groups/nutrition, staples for a useful pantry, integrating fresh raw foods into every meal, food preparation, cutting and chopping techniques, and service! We will also have special guest cooks, chefs, and restauranteurs from around Knoxville! Join us for this tasty culinary adventure in the garden!

    Ages 4-5

    Cost: $115/members, $135/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 07/23/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/25/2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    If you have food allergies, this is an opportunity to attend a food allergy friendly camp at the UT Gardens.  We will spend time learning about plants, exploring the gardens and making new friends. This camp also gives campers a chance to learn about living with food allergies. Campers with and without food allergies are invited to attend. 

    Ages 6-12 (Children under 6 may attend with a parent)
    Cost: Free


    • 07/26/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    In this day camp we will learn all about different species of butterflies, the life cycle of butterflies, and the interdependence of butterflies and host plants. We will learn how to identify specific species, how to sketch and color illustrations of them, and hunt for them in around the gardens. We will also learn the essential elements to create and inviting habitat for butterflies in your garden. To help get your butterfly garden started we will sow seeds and propagate plants for you to take home and grow together!

    Ages 4-5

    Cost: $25/members, $30/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 07/27/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    This day camp will be all about eating in the outdoors! We’ll explore the gardens learning how gardens fit into the food web, different ways to grow food, harvest it, and how to forage for food as well! We’ll learn to plant, collect, clean, and a prepare snacks and recipes from the garden. Participants will transplant veggie seedlings to take home to grow!

    Ages 4-12 and a grandparent

    Cost: $25/members, $30/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 07/30/2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 08/03/2018
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    Let your imagination run wild in this earth focused fairy and gnome adventure camp. Fairies are a great source of inspiration for children to connect with the natural environment. We will let nature be our guide as we build a magical fairy village in the children’s garden, make pinecone fairies, wind streamers, stick mobiles, a kid size stick fort and fresh from the garden snacks and herbal teas.

    Ages 6-10

    Cost: $115/members, $135/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


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