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    • 03/11/2019
    • 05/22/2019
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    UT Gardens - Art in the Gardens

    “Wings of Wonder: A Butterfly Exhibit”

    -Details & Guidelines-

    UT Gardens, Knoxville is building on our successful 2018 Art in the Gardens project with a new project for 2019, designed to promote community participation and artist collaboration at the UT Gardens. This fun and whimsical event will serve to raise awareness and support for the UT Gardens. Local artists are asked to decorate and/or embellish, then donate pre-fabricated butterfly silhouettes (plywood wings and turned-wood bodies) which will be put on display in the Gardens during the summer. Pieces will then be auctioned off in the fall of 2019 with all proceeds benefiting the UT Gardens.

    GUIDELINES

    •   The number of silhouettes is limited to 30.
    •   The registration fee or sponsorship fee (if you wish to sponsor an artist) is $30.
    •  Registration fee payment must be completed at time of pickup by cash, check, or credit card.
    •  Jerry's Atarama will provide a $25 gift certificate to their store for all participating artists.
    •  Registration ends when all silhouette blanks are picked up. Artists will be added to a   waiting list after all blanks are reserved and will be contacted in order if any blanks are   not picked up.
    • Butterfly silhouette blanks will be distributed through arrangements with James (jnewburn@utk.edu or 974-7256) or Beth (ewillis2@utk.edu or 974-2712).
    • Pick up times will be available beginning Mar. 25th, M-F, 8am-5pm. 
    • All artist supplies are the responsibility of the artist / sponsor.
    • Artistic, colorful, unique, and/ or whimsical designs are encouraged.
    • Names of individuals, groups, organizations, slogans, political messages, or businesses cannot be incorporated into design or visible on the finished product.
    • The art project must be suitable for all audiences and ages as it will be displayed in the UT Gardens for public viewing. UT Gardens reserves the right to exclude any projects considered disrespectful or inappropriate at any time.
    • The butterfly wings, made of 1/2" marine-grade plywood, are painted with a primer; however the artist may want to consider additional primer coats. The body of the butterfly, a lathed piece of Sapele, will not be pre-primed, so that the artist can choose whether or not to leave it natural.
    • Artists should work with materials and finishes that provide longevity to the butterfly and resistance to the elements.
    • Materials MUST hold up throughout the season and are subject to rain, direct sunlight, etc.  UT Gardens (UTG) is not responsible for wear and tear.
    • Artists may be asked to restore or touch-up Butterflies (due to weather or damage) prior to the auction in September.
    • Please use exterior industrial grade adhesives for securing surface artwork (i.e. additional embellishments, beads, sequins, tile, etc.)
    • Clear coat sealant will be applied to each piece by UT Gardens after all works are returned, unless the artist would prefer to seal their own piece. If so, the product they use must be clear, non-yellowing, and UV resistant suitable for exterior applications.
    • Completed projects must be turned in to UTG no later than Friday, May 3.
    • Specific placement of the art project within the Gardens will be decided by the UT Gardens.
    • Works will be identified in the garden by a label with the following information: title of the piece, artist, sponsor (if applicable), media used (if provided), and event sponsors.
    • The completed work will become the property of the UT Gardens when turned in for display, and, images of the artwork may be used in promotional materials.
    • An opening reception honoring the artists will be held on Friday, June 7 as part of First Friday. We encourage artists to attend the reception.
    • Works will be on display throughout the summer of 2019.
    • The final product will be auctioned at a fundraiser for the UT Gardens in September (date TBA).
    • The artists will receive no monetary reimbursement for their artwork or materials. 
    • If the project cannot be completed on time, or there are any questions please contact James Newburn at 865-974-7256.

    Thank you to the following sponsor of this event:

    Jerry's Artarama

    • 04/28/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019

    Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    This class covers several topics:

    1. How to collect and submit a soil sample for testing.

    First things first! Before you start planting, you need a baseline of your soil and a plan for your garden. We’ll help you decide how many samples you need as well as instructions on how to collect a soil sample, complete the forms, and send it off for testing. (How to read the soil test report will be a later class.)

    2. Aesthetics in designing your garden.

    In the design portion, we’ll look at how to apply principles of design to vegetable production for a garden that is both beautiful and functional.

    3. Year-round production.

    Finally, we’ll discuss how to plan your garden for year-round production. Students can bring in a sample of soil from their home garden to the next class meeting for an agricultural laboratory soil analysis.

    • 05/02/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville

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    This session will focus on art as students explore the garden to look for art in many forms. From garden design to sculpture, art is around every corner in our garden. Students will also learn about the art of making lightweight garden containers called hypertufa. Students will make a hypertufa container to take home and plant.

    Thursday, May 2, 2019: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Cost: $10 per person


    • 05/05/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Transplanting and Direct Sow + Tomato Time!

    Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019

    Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Plan before you plant! Bring your garden plans to share your ideas as well as your challenges. We’ll consider what options you might have. Then we’ll review proper planting techniques for both direct seeding as well as transplanting. We’ll spend time in the garden looking at various structural options for climbing and vining plants, as well as how covered hoops can help protect plants. Lead instructor: Marsha Lehman.

    Special focus on tomatoes! We’ll focus on the beloved tomato plant and share favorite varieties as well as growing techniques. Students will take home a variety of choice tomato selections including the brand new ‘Garden Gem’ or ‘Garden Treasure’ heirloom hybrids from the University of Florida. Lead instructor: Holly Jones

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    • 05/10/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
    • Alpha Omega Urban Farm, 2226 Ball Rd, Memphis, TN 38114
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    TN AgrAbility Project/UT Gardens/Alpha Omega Veterans' Horticultural Therapy Workshop

    This 6-hour workshop is designed for current military personnel and veterans. Research shows that exposure to nature and gardening has been shown to improve mental health outcomes for veterans. This workshop will explore the following: 

    1. Career options for veterans and opportunities to learn about how TN AgrAbility Project can assist veterans. 

    2. Hands-on gardening/horticulture activities that can help assist veterans when starting a career in horticulture/agriculture. 

    3. Opportunities to network with other veterans with similar interests. 

    If you are current military personnel or a veteran and are interested in this program, contact Derrick Stowell at 865-974-7151 or dstowell@utk.edu.

    Event location:

    Alpha Omega Urban Farm
    2226 Ball Rd, Memphis, TN 38114

    • 05/18/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Herbs have many uses. This class will look at tea and a variety of herbs that can be used for teas. We will also explore the history of tea and its importance for economic growth through the centuries. Participants will get to sample several teas made during the class. The class will end with a look at how to plant and grow your own herbs at home to make tea.​

    Cost: Free - Only UT employees are eligible to attend this session. 

    You must register and indicate your UT email and list your office/place of work.

    Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 30 participants.


    • 05/19/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Reading and Understanding Soil Test Reports

    Converting from Synthetic to Organic Fertilizers

    Date: Sunday, May 19, 2019

    Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Does your soil pass the test? We’ll review your soil test report and discuss what the different numbers mean. Is “satisfactory” good enough? We’ll also look at the recommendations for fertilizer application that are included in the report – and show you how you can convert the recommendations to organic equivalents. Lead instructor: Marsha Lehman.

    • 05/28/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville

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    Plants and nature are constantly growing and changing. See how the natural world grows and adapts to change. Campers will become engineers for a day and create their own garden creations based on nature inspirations. See how plant structures help plants to grow. Learn how creatures like amphibians grow and change as they morph into adults.

    Tuesday, May 28, 2019; 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Cost: Garden member $30/nonmember $35 (cost is for 1 grandchild and a grandparent)


    • 05/29/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 05/31/2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    May 29-31 
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    $40 members/ $50 nonmembers

    Grow into a gardener from the ground up with this fun-filled camp hosted by the Knox Co. UT Extension Master Gardeners. Sow your own seeds to take home. Learn about soils, composting, harvesting, and photosynthesis while exploring the sights, sounds and tastes of the UT Gardens. This camp has a different registration process. Please download the registration form and mail it into the address on the form.

    Ages 6-11.


    • 06/08/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Herbs have many uses. This class will look at tea and a variety of herbs that can be used for teas. We will also explore the history of tea and its importance for economic growth through the centuries. Participants will get to sample several teas made during the class. The class will end with a look at how to plant and grow your own herbs at home to make tea.

    Saturday, June 8, 2019

    Cost: $35 members/$45 nonmembers

    1-3 p.m.

    Cost: $35 members/$45 nonmembers

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

    • 06/10/2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 06/14/2019
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    Come and explore the gardens as we discover how water and wind shape the gardens. Campers will learn about the water cycle as they experience nature play. Dig in the soil, play in the mud and see how rocks and other materials can be used to make a miniature river in the gardens. We will take a walk to the river, our wetlands, and learn all about pond ecology. Campers will get to create boats out of natural materials and see how wind and currents make them move. Don’t forget the power of wind. We will see how wind affects plants, and learn how wind is produced. We will also create some wind powered machines.

    June 10-14, 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Cost: Garden member $150/nonmember $175


    • 06/17/2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 06/21/2019
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    This camp will explore aspects of theater while enjoying spending time in the Gardens. Campers will learn theater skills and techniques throughout this fun filled week of camp. Campers will end the week with a performance in the UT Gardens for their friends and family. This session will be directed by Tracey Coper Halter. Tracey is an Adjunct Lecturer for the University of Tennessee Department of Theater. Her professional acting credits include Seven Guitars, (Broadway) Richard III and Two Gentlemen of Verona, (New York Shakespeare Festival) and much more.

    June 17-21, 2019; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Cost: Garden member $150/nonmember $175

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 06/24/2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 06/28/2019
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    Come and explore the gardens as we discover how water and wind shape the gardens. Campers will learn about the water cycle as they experience nature play. Dig in the soil, play in the mud and see how rocks and other materials can be used to make a miniature river in the gardens. We will take a walk to the river, our wetlands, and learn all about pond ecology. Campers will get to create boats out of natural materials and see how wind and currents make them move. Don’t forget the power of wind. We will see how wind affects plants, and learn how wind is produced. We will also create some wind powered machines. 

    June 24-28, 2019; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
    Cost: Garden member $150/nonmember $175


    • 06/30/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Fall Planting Strategy

    Seed Starting for Fall Crops

    Date: Sunday, June 30, 2019

    Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Summer is the time to start seeds for a fall garden. Some call this succession planting, others call it the second cool season. We’ll talk about why a fall garden is worthwhile as well as what edibles do well in the fall. You’ll get to start some seeds for your home garden as well as get a variety of disease resistant seed varieties and supplies to start fall crops from the UT Gardens! Lead instructor: Marsha Lehman

    • 07/01/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    All bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs. Come and learn the world of insects and see how insects can help or harm our plants. Campers will explore insects and the beauty of the UT Gardens in this camp. We will go on an insect hunt, explore the aquatic insects in our wetland, and much more.

    Monday, July 1, 2019; 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Cost: Garden member $30/nonmember $35 (cost is for 1 grandchild and a grandparent)


    • 07/08/2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 07/12/2019
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    Travel the world in this weeklong botanical exploration camp. By studying food, fiber, exotic invasive plant species, medicinal and ornamental plants, we will learn how humans have shaped our civilization through plant introductions. We will share stories from real life plant explorers like David Fairchild who introduced over 200,000 plants to the United States during his life. Campers will get to experience new and exciting spices and fruits as well as well-loved imports such as chocolate and vanilla.


    Date: 7/8-7/12/19

    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Cost: Garden member $150/nonmember $175


    • 07/14/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Cover Crops and Compost

    Date: Sunday, July 14, 2019

    Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Never leave the soil bare. Something will grow, and it will most likely be weeds! This class will explain how you can feed the soil even when you’re not growing something for YOU to eat. We’ll discuss the many benefits of cover crops as well as where to get them and how to integrate them into the soil. We’ll also discuss the options for composting (hot, cold, worm) and then go to the garden to build a compost pile. Students will take home a sampling of UT Gardens’ favorite cover crop seeds. Lead instructor: Marsha Lehman

    • 07/15/2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 07/19/2019
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    Mythical forest characters provide inspiration for creative nature play in this fun-filled fairy and gnome adventure camp. Imaginations will be running wild as campers build a magical fairy village in the children’s garden, make flower stamped art, create miniature bouquets, listen to fairy and gnome lore from around the world and enjoy fresh from the garden snacks and herbal teas.

    July 15-19, 2019; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Cost: Garden member $150/nonmember $175


    • 07/22/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/24/2019
    • 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


    • 07/25/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    Travel the world in this weeklong botanical exploration camp. By studying food, fiber, exotic invasive plant species, medicinal and ornamental plants, we will learn how humans have shaped our civilization through plant introductions. We will share stories from real life plant explorers like David Fairchild who introduced over 200,000 plants to the United States during his life. Campers will get to experience new and exciting spices and fruits as well as well-loved imports such as chocolate and vanilla.

    Thursday, July 25, 2019; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Cost: Garden member $30/nonmember $35


    • 07/26/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    Did you know some plants eat insects? This camp session will take a look at carnivorous plants. See how Venus fly traps, and pitcher plants attract, catch and eat their prey. We will talk through UT Gardens and explore native carnivorous plants in our wetland and children’s garden. Campers will get to take a carnivorous plant home to grow. 


    Friday, July 26, 2019; 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 
    Cost: Garden member $30/nonmember $35 (cost is for 1 grandchild and a grandparent)


    • 07/29/2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 08/02/2019
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
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    Mythical forest characters provide inspiration for creative nature play in this fun-filled fairy and gnome adventure camp. Imaginations will be running wild as campers build a magical fairy village in the children’s garden, make flower stamped art, create miniature bouquets, listen to fairy and gnome lore from around the world and enjoy fresh from the garden snacks and herbal teas.

    July 29-August 2, 2019; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Cost: Garden member $150/nonmember $175


    • 10/20/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Grow Food Year-Round

    Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019

    Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Learn how to stretch the growing season a bit and extend your harvest into the winter as well as to get a jump start in the spring. There’s even a history lesson, as some of these techniques have been around a long time. We’ll explain the difference between growing season and harvest season, and take a look at how length-of-day impacts the growing season. Then we’ll head to the garden to look at various options for winter crop protection. You will take home a culinary herb plant to be grown indoors for fresh herbs all winter. Lead instructor: Marsha Lehman


    • 10/27/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Sweet Success with Perennial Berries

    Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019

    Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Learn the basics to successfully grow blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, elderberries, goumi, goji, bush cherries, aronia and arctic kiwi berries. UT Kitchen Garden manager, Holly Jones will share her experiences over the past 6 years growing these nutritious and delicious perennial fruits. We will cover pest protection strategies, fertilization and pruning. Students will be given a berry plant to take home.



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