We are now able to take online payments using our University of Tennessee payment system. Please follow the links below to register. You will receive a payment confirmation an automatic email from our Wild Apricot system once you register.
Pre-registration is required.
Celebrate the coming of spring with a fun family event. Come learn about wild birds, the vegetarian side of their diet and how to feed your favorite wild birds with their favorite foods and flowers! Families will learn how to attract birds to their home garden and create natural spring inspired crafts. All kids will leave with two bird feeders, a seed dispersal craft to attract wild birds, a bird seed mix catering to your favorite back yard birds’ favorite foods and young seedling that can grow to attract and feed birds in your garden! Kids will have an opportunity to hunt for 3,000 eggs in the garden. Children will also get a chance to win a prize or two. We ask that kids limit themselves to finding 10 eggs so everyone has a fair chance to hunt. Come dressed in your best and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. In partnership with the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET), our annual Wild Bird Eggstravaganza is food-free. This is a family friendly event and is intended for children ages 12 and under. Bring your Easter basket and a camera! Wild Bird Eggstravaganza is sponsored by Allergy & Asthma Affiliates, and the Allergy, Asthma, & Sinus Center.
Due to limited capacity, advanced registration is required.
Join Master Gardeners Joe Pardue for a presentation on growing killer tomatoes while preventing tomato killers. Whether the newest garden center hybrid or Grandma's ancient heirlooms, everybody's favorite garden vegetable is the tomato. Learn how to select varieties, start seeds, plant seedlings, fertilize, water, prune, sucker and harvest a bountiful crop -- all while managing the numerous diseases that target tomatoes. Participants will receive three award winning tomato varieties to grow at home. Preregistration is required.
Cost: $25/ Garden members, $35/ nonmembers
** Please refer to our cancellation policy prior to registering.**
Back by popular demand! Join us as we preserve the season's finest culinary herbs. We’ll cover methods for drying, freezing and creating herb infused oils. Participants will receive a complimentary herb blend to try at home. Make a Mother's Day gift.
Instructors: UT Kitchen garden manager, Holly Jones and Blount County master gardener and professionally trained culinary artist Rosemarie Cirinna.
Cost: $20/ Garden members, $30/nonmembers
Join the UT Gardens and regional native plant experts as we explore how native plants can not only enhance our landscape but also increase biodiversity and improve our environment. Margie Hunter, author of Gardening with Native Plants will give us a chance to learn how to garden with native plants of Tennessee. Participants will also explore how native plants support pollinators and learn about native orchids and how to grow them in your landscape.
Location: UT Gardens, Knoxville. Room 156/157 Plant Biotech Building E. J. Chapman Dr.
Cost:$60 members; $80 nonmembers
Native Plant Sale open to symposium
attendees: 3:00-3:45 p.m.
Native Plant Sale open to the public: 3:45-6:00 p.m.
Join us for this day camp where we will learn about gardens in art, art in gardens and make art in the gardens. We will look at gardens in artwork throughout art history. Then, we will explore the gardens looking for art. Participants will practice drawing while observing plants in the gardens, use collage to make a plant portrait and learn to make an impressionist inspired landscape drawing. Don't let the idea of creating art intimidate you. This camp will be fun and give you plenty of opportunity to be creative and develop your artistic side.
Cost: $22/members, $26/nonmembers
**Please review our cancellation policy before registering**
In this day camp we learn all about birds around the garden. We will learn what birds do for a garden and what gardens can do for birds. We will explore the gardens looking for birds in their natural habitats and how they make their homes. We will also learn how to build a birdhouse/feeder to take home to get your garden ready for the birds of summer!
Ages 4-12 and a grandparent
Cost: $20/members, $25/nonmembers
Children will spend time learning how plants grow in this exciting camp session. Campers will get to help us care for the plants in our Children's Garden. We will also get to harvest and taste some of the things growing in our Kitchen Garden.
From sempervivums to sedums and ice plants to agaves, there are a multitude of colorful, versatile and frost hardy succulents perfect for our local climate. UT Gardens horticulturist Alexandria Smith will lead this interactive workshop offering growing instructions, design ideas and a starter pack of four outstanding succulent varieties to add to your home collection.
Cost: $25/Garden members, $35/non-members
During this week-long camp, we will learn about plants and gardening through arts, crafts and exploration. We learn about different kinds of plants, gardens and art. Participants will learn how to find art in nature and put nature into art using observation, collection, patterns, and manipulation of found objects to create two and three dimensional art.
Cost: $110/members, $130/nonmembers
In this week long camp, participants will learn about botany, horticulture, plants and landscaping through creative arts exploration. We will explore the fundamentals of two dimensional art and design, as well as nature art, while learning how to identify, classify and care for plants in the summer landscape. We will look at benchmarks in art history where gardens, plants and people have come together as subjects of art and learn how context informs perceptions of meaning. We will also learn how to mimic the styles of various artists and artworks to create new works of art.
Enter into the amazing world of the UT Gardens and share in the excitement as Newt Scamander helps us explore the many beasts that we find crawling and flying around the garden. Learn how to help encourage beasts like pollinators and birds in your garden. We will learn ways to help conserve these beasts. Of course we will throw a little magic into the mix also.
In this week long camp we will explore the world of edible gardening and foraging in nature. We will learn how to plant, maintain and harvest seasonal vegetable gardens. We will also learn about different ways that people grow vegetables, how to identify them, clean them, prepare and serve them. Participants will learn through exploration of the gardens' plant collections how to forage for unusual edibles.
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
Have you ever wondered where fairies live and how to attract them? Well, look no further than this day camp where young and old can learn all about fairy gardening. We will learn all about fairies, dwarf and miniature plants. Then we will design and maintain the perfect miniature landscape to attract fairies to your garden for all seasons.
During this week-long camp, we will learn all about the science behind plants and gardens. Participants will learn how plants grow, the movement of materials through plants, the life cycle of plants, the water cycle, the nitrogen cycle, decomposition and more! In this exciting week of camp participants will learn how to indulge inquiry in the garden, set up simple research experiments, collect and share data! It's never too early to cultivate research gardeners!
In this week-long camp, campers will learn about where people get their food. We will explore the ideas of gardening, farming, producers, consumers and food chains. Lil' gardeners will learn to plant vegetables, care for the vegetable garden, harvest, clean, store and prepare summer veggies for snacks! We will also learn about different kinds of food using MyPlate.
Learn how to make unique garden containers out of simple materials. This class will explore the origins of stone troughs and how hypertufa can make a great container for your plants. Participants will create their own hypertufa to take home. Instructor: Derrick Stowell, HGTV – UT Gardens Education Director
Cost: $25/Garden members, $35/nonmembers
This class will explore natural dyes made from plants. Participants will get an opportunity to practice the skill and art of dying natural fibers and learn a little about cultivating plants that produce dyes so you can grow and dye at home.
Instructor: Beth Willis, UT Gardens Volunteer and Membership Coordinator
Join us for a relaxing evening of wine and painting in UT Gardens. This class is geared towards beginners ready to delve into their creative side. Follow along with UT Gardens educator and accomplished artist David Pease to create your very own masterpiece. All painting supplies and wine will be provided. Ages 21 and up.
Cost: $30/Garden members, $40/nonmembers
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
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