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    • 05/23/2017
    • 07/18/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    Plant ID 101

    Introduction to Plant Identification I: The Path to Successful Gardening 

    Instructor: Dr. Sue Hamilton, UT Gardens Director
    Tuesday evenings starting in May.

    This eight-week class will introduce you to the fundamentals of plant identification and then teach the identification and landscape use of over 120 fundamental and important garden plants. Knowing the art and science of plant identification and plant nomenclature (names) makes all kinds of gardeners (novice all the way to hard core) more successful in their gardening endeavors. Individual plant knowledge is key to garden design and gardening success and this class will study annuals, perennials, bulbs, herbs, ornamental grasses, trees, and shrubs. Using the UT Gardens as our classroom, this fast-paced class will spend a lot of time in the Gardens studying plants and their use. This class is not a botany taxonomy, morphology, or anatomy class but a fun, hands on plant identification gardening class. No credit, ungraded review quizzes will be offered before and after each class to encourage memorization of plants studied. Whether you are just a beginner, a novice, just moved to this area, or an advanced gardener, this course is designed to help us all become better gardeners!

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

    Tuesday, May 23 – Introduction to Plant Nomenclature and Identification; Use of Plants in the Landscape; Plant Genera We Will Study 

    Tuesday, May 30 – Optional review quiz for self-study; Introduction and details of the 15-20 plants to study for the week; Outdoor walk in UT Gardens to observe live specimens of plants to study. 

    Tuesday, June 6 – Optional review quiz for self-study; Introduction and details of the 15-20 plants studied for the week; Outdoor walk in UT Gardens to observe live specimens of plants studied. 

    Tuesday, June 13 –Optional review quiz for self-study; Introduction and details of the 15-20 plants studied for the week; Outdoor walk in UT Gardens to observe live specimens of plants studied. 

    Tuesday, June 20 – Optional review quiz for self-study; Introduction and details of the 15-20 plants studied for the week; Outdoor walk in UT Gardens to observe live specimens of plants studied. 

    Tuesday, June 27 – Optional review quiz for self-study; Introduction and details of the 15-20 plants studied for the week; Outdoor walk in UT Gardens to observe live specimens of plants studied. 

    Tuesday, July 11 – Optional review quiz for self-study; Introduction and details of the 15-20 plants studied for the week; Outdoor walk in UT Gardens to observe live specimens of plants studied. 

    Tuesday, July 18 – Last Class - Optional review quiz for self-study; Introduction and details of the 15-20 plants studied for the week; Outdoor walk in UT Gardens to observe live specimens of plants studied. Wrap-Up. 

    • 06/01/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 2


    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.

    Ages 6-10

    Cost: $22/members, $26/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 06/02/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 7


    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

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 06/05/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 10


    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.

    Ages 4-5

    Cost: $22/members, $26/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 06/10/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
    • 40

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    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

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

    • 06/12/2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 06/16/2017
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 8


    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.

    Ages 4-5

    Cost: $110/members, $130/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 06/19/2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 06/23/2017
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 15


    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.

    Ages 11-14

    Cost: $110/members, $130/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 06/26/2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 06/30/2017
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 0


    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.

    Ages 6-10

    Cost: $110/members, $130/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 07/10/2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 07/14/2017
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 9


    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.

    Ages 6-10

    Cost: $110/members, $130/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 07/17/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/19/2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 16

    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


    • 07/20/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 14


    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.

    Ages 4-5

    Cost: $22/members, $26/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 07/21/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 7


    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.

    Ages 4-12 and a grandparent

    Cost: $20/members, $25/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 07/24/2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 07/28/2017
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 3


    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!

    Ages 6-10

    Cost: $110/members, $130/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 07/31/2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 08/04/2017
    • 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 13


    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.

    Ages 4-5

    Cost: $110/members, $130/nonmembers

    **Please review our cancellation policy before registering**


    • 08/12/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    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

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

    • 08/26/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    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 

    Cost: $25/Garden members, $35/nonmembers

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

    • 08/26/2017
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    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

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

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