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Upcoming events

    • 01/24/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville

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    This session will focus on winter and how plants change and adapt to survive the harsh conditions of winter. Dress for warmth as we explore the gardens. We will be looking for signs of life throughout the garden. Some of the things we may see will include winter blooming flowers, flower and leaf buds, and birds.

    Thursday, January 24, 2019: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Cost: $10 per person


    • 01/27/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Cost: $35/Garden members, $45/nonmembers

    The Orchid Family is one of the largest groups of flowering plants in the world. With over 28,000 species, the wondrous variety of shapes, colors and scents is astounding. This workshop will introduce some of the most popular genera of orchids and explore the growth requirements of these beauties so that you can successfully grow them at home. By gaining a deeper understanding their natural habitat, you will be well equipped to coax their charming blooms for years to come. Fee includes one tropical orchid plant.

    (No blooms guaranteed at time of class)

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

    • 02/01/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Cost:  $20/Garden members, $30/nonmembers

    Make sure your tools are in good working order for this year’s growing season in this hands-on class with our garden machine guru, Ben Cordes. Learn best practice for keeping your tools clean and sharp for longevity and functionality. Bring your dull pruners and learn the basics of sharpening using metal files, wet stones, sandpaper and an electric grinder.

    Presenter: Ben Cordes
    Ben Cordes is a lead horticulturist for UT Gardens. He manages the turf, irrigation and construction needs of the Garden. He attended Auburn University where he earned a bachelors degree in agronomy. He has many years of experience working on golf courses and in the private landscape industry.

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

    • 02/02/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Microgreens may be tiny, but they pack a mega punch of nutrients and flavor! Come learn how to grow these miniature delicacies in your home or garden. We’ll cover which seeds to grow and how to get the best results and we’ll send you home with your own growing tray to try at home.

    Saturday, February 2, 2019
    1-3 p.m.

    Cost: $35 members/$45 nonmembers

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

    • 02/03/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Cost: $35/Garden members, $45/nonmembers

    Join us for an introduction to the fine art of Outdoor Bonsai. In this make & take workshop Knoxville Bonsai Society vice president, Noah Frere will demonstrate how to make a bonsai out of a nursery-grown dwarf Cypress tree. Participants will then create their own bonsai tree to take home. Training pot, tree, soil, wire and tools will be provided. Registration is limited to 18 participants.

    Presenter: Noah Frere

    “Although I am pursuing a graduate degree in Astrophysics (studying the relationship between asteroids and meteorites) at UTK, I spend much of my time watering the 60 plants around my house I have gathered (mostly collected from the ground) over the past three years, most of which are bonsai or pre-bonsai, and repotting and training them. What started as a curiosity has grown into a passion, and I may have to drop out of school to open a greenhouse. I am married to Jill, a dancer and yogini, and raise a 4-year-old girl, Santosha."

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

    • 02/21/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville

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    These tiny plants pack a punch. Students will learn how microgreens are an excellent source of nutrients and can be grown easily inside. Microgreens are a great way to keep fresh veggies growing in your home during the winter. Students will get to sample a variety of microgreens. All students will get to sow a tray of microgreens to take home and grow.

    Thursday, February 21, 2019: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Cost: $10 per person


    • 03/07/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville

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    Students will learn all about propagation and germination in this session. We will explore plant hormones and how plants have the power to regenerate roots. Students will learn about several methods of propagation and get to take a cutting of a plant home to grow. We will also look at seed germination and sow seeds for your vegetable garden.
    Thursday, March 7, 2019: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Cost: $10 per person


    • 03/09/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Microgreens may be tiny, but they pack a mega punch of nutrients and flavor! Come learn how to grow these miniature delicacies in your home or garden. We’ll cover which seeds to grow and how to get the best results and we’ll send you home with your own growing tray to try at home.

    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.


    • 04/06/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    We will learn how gardening has been proven to reduce stress, improve mood and offer a variety of health benefits. This session will focus on the people-plant interaction and participants will get to experience the positive benefits plants can have on their health. Participants will get to sow seeds and transplant a flower to take home and grow. We will also take time to walk through the UT Gardens and learn how mindfulness can be used to help us de-stress.

    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.


    • 04/06/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Bee Ridges Farm, 816 Bull Run Road, Clinton, TN 37716
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    TN AgrAbility Project/UT Gardens 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. 

    A Family Dinner and bonfire will follow the workshop from 5-7:30 p.m.

    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:

    Bee Ridges Farm
    816 Bull Run Road
    Clinton, TN 37716


    • 04/11/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville

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    Succulents are plants that have adapted structures to help retain water in dry climates. Students will learn about succulents we have at the gardens and learn about succulents that are used for a variety of purposes such as, cacti, aloe and more. Students will assist with propagating succulents forth UT Gardens and will get to take a succulent home to grow.

    Thursday, April 18, 2019: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Cost: $10 per person


    • 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


    • 05/18/2019
    • 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.


    • 05/28/2019
    • 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)


    • 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


    • 06/24/2019
    • 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


    • 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)


    • 07/15/2019
    • 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


    • 07/17/2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 07/21/2019
    • 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


    • 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


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