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Upcoming events

    • 08/29/2017
    • 10/17/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
    • 7

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    The Fall Landscape: the best trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals for the autumn season.

    Instructor: Dr. Sue Hamilton, UT Gardens Director
    Tuesday evenings starting August 29.

    Let autumn be one of the most exciting and beautiful times in your landscape. With careful plant selection and planning your landscape can be a blaze of color and drama creating a 'feast for your eyes' that everyone will enjoy. In addition to learning details about choice plants and cultivars, tips on garden design, companion planting, and gardening will be provided. 8 weeks. Tuesday nights. 6:00-8:30. SGH location. Limited to 15 students.

    Cost: $180.00 for members, $220.00 for nonmembers. Save $5 by joining the UT Gardens for $35. 


    • 09/23/2017
    • 7:00 AM - 7:30 PM

    Join Dr. Sue Hamilton, UT Gardens director, and fellow garden enthusiasts for a fun day-trip to Gibbs Garden, a beautiful public garden just an hour north of Atlanta. It’s an ideal time to visit, because, not only will you get to revel in the 220 acres of Gibbs' summer beauty but you can enjoy their Fall Arts Festival and Monet Waterlily Festival. The French-inspired Waterlily Festival showcases hundreds of Waterlilies in bloom along with a French market featuring chocolates, flowers, soaps, produce and French-inspired cuisine available for purchase (wine and beer for purchase too!). You can also shop the juried Arts and Crafts Show with over 48 vendors selling their original work; categories include 2-D Mixed Media, 3-D Mixed Media, Clay, Drawing, Fiber/Leather, Glass, Metal, Painting-oil/acrylic, Painting-watercolor/pastel, Photography, Sculpture, Wood and Jewelry. Lunch will be on your own. When it’s time for a bite to eat, head for the Gibbs’ Arbor Café, where you can enjoy a delicious lunch or snack (Gibbs Gardens Cafe Menu ), or enjoy a delectable assortment of French cuisine that will be offered for sale at the Festival. 

    If you've never been to Gibbs Garden, here's a little background - Jim Gibbs traveled for 15 years covering the nation and the world viewing gardens of every style and decided that he wanted to design and build a world class garden. He spent six years looking for a suitable site with a strong source of water and beautiful mature trees covering a rolling topography. It was truly “a dream come true” when he found the most beautiful site in the nation to construct the garden. The property is 292 acres and the house and gardens include 220 acres, making it one of the nation’s largest residential estate gardens. You can visit their web site for more information at Gibbs Gardens 

    A chartered bus will leave Knoxville on Saturday, September 23th at 7:00 am. *See bus departure location and parking instructions below. We will stop at the TN-GA Stateline Visitor Center for a restroom break and then arrive at Gibbs Garden about 10:30 am. You will have until 2:45 to enjoy the gardens and festivals and then we will head back to Knoxville leaving promptly at 3:00 pm. We will stop at The Barn Nursery in Chattanooga for restrooms and a quick shopping spree at this wonderful garden center. We will arrive in Knoxville about 7:30 pm. 

    The trip is limited to 47 participants so register soon. Registration deadline is September 8th. The fee which covers transportation and admission into Gibbs Garden is $60 members/$75 nonmembers (a portion of the fee will be a donation to benefit the UT Gardens). Lunch is on your own. 

    If you feel you'd like to enjoy the gardens without having to be on your feet, they offer a tram rotating to different stops every 30 minutes ($5 plus tax). 

    The Barn Nursery is right off an I-75 exit on the way home where we can take a restroom break and shop for a few minutes. Barn Nursery 

    *Bus Departure Location & Parking Instructions: Because Saturday, September 23rd is a UT Football Game Day, we will be parking and departing off-campus! Meet at Central Baptist Church in Bearden located at 6300 Deane Hill Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919. We have permission to park in their lot located furthest behind the church. This parking lot is behind Anderson avenue which runs behind the church. You will easily see the bus coach which will be there ready for loading at 6:40 am. 

    • 09/28/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse - 124

    Register for this Event

    Enhance your homeschool program with hands-on fun and educational classes.

    In this homeschool class, we will learn about all of our garden’s helpful pollinators like bees, birds, beetles, butterflies, moths, and one surprise pollinator. September is a particularly perfect month to explore one of our favorite pollinators – monarch butterflies. These orange beauties migrate through our region on the way down south to Mexico where they will spend the winter. After they’ve learned how to identify these creatures and their plant preferences, homeschoolers will embark on a scavenger hunt throughout the garden and even get to create their own Mason bee house. 

    Thursday, September 28th, 2017: 10 a.m - 12 p.m.
    Cost: $8 per child

    • 10/21/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Bats, raccoons, owls, possums, flying squirrels, and other nocturnal "beasts” come alive at night while we are sleeping. Join us in the Garden for Bewitching Beasts – your chance to learn about and perhaps get to view some of these elusive animals and insects! Children and their parents are invited to dress up in costumes, enjoy food-free trick or treating, and take part in arts and crafts, raffles, and demonstrations throughout the garden. The event is designed to avoid the feared sugar rush and allow those with food allergies to participate in safe, seasonal, food-free activities. Prepare to be Bewitched!

    Cost: $6 per child (12 and under)

    Tickets are only needed for children. 


    • 11/11/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
    • 49

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    Whether you call it a vivarium a paludarium, a terrarium or a dish garden, most of us agree that growing your own miniature jungle is rewarding and fun. Come create your very own indoor garden to take home. Containers and plants provided.            

    Instructor: Derrick Stowell, HGTV – UT Gardens Education Director     

    Cost: $35/Garden members, $45/nonmembers

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

    • 12/02/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
    • 48

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    This workshop will help you get in the Holiday mood by teaching you how to create a wreath from natural materials. Decorate your home and enjoy the smells of the season with gorgeous freshly cut greenery. 
    Instructor: Derrick Stowell, HGTV – UT Gardens Education Director    

    Cost: $25/members, $35/nonmembers

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

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