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    • 02/05/2017
    • 03/26/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
    • 31

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    Program Description: 
    This 8-week series will explore gardening through the lens of sustainability. The most enduring landscapes are those with diverse biological systems. By working with nature we can create productive, functional gardens that will provide us lasting nourishment for the body, mind and spirit. The series will cover aspects of growing your own food, reducing water consumption, soil conservation, garden ecology and more. Many sessions will provide take home materials to aid the success of your home garden. 

    Series Cost: $180/Members; $200/Nonmembers

    If you are only able to attend one or two sessions, contact Derrick at 865-974-7151 or dstowell@utk.edu. 

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

    February 5 – Garden Ecology 
    Presenter: John Tullock 
    Take Home: Solitary bee home. 
    Join local writer and biologist John Tullock to learn about your garden’s “network” of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Learn to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys. Participants will have the opportunity to take home a solitary bee home. 

    February 12 – Growing with the Seasons—Warm and Cool Season Edibles 
    Presenter: John Tullock 
    Take Home: Seed kit with a variety of the presenter's favorite seeds. 
    John Tullock shares his experience and expertise in growing vegetables and culinary herbs in the beautiful Tennessee Valley region. Besides popular warm season crops like corn and tomatoes, cool season edibles such as lettuce, broccoli and some lesser known ones will be covered. Participants will receive a seed kit with a variety of seeds chosen for their performance in our area. 

    February 19 – Healthy Soil for Healthy Plants 
    Presenter: Holly Jones 
    Take Home: Participants can bring in a soil sample to have tested.
    Make your garden a success by building healthy vibrant soil. UT Gardens’ Kitchen Garden manager Holly Jones will share her experiences working with pH adjustment, nutrient management, cover cropping, composting, soil testing, mulching and much more. Techniques such as Hugelkultur and swale based systems will be explored. 

    February 26 – Simple Propagation: Seed Saving, Division, and Cuttings   
    Presenters: John Tullock and David Pease 
    Take Home: Cuttings participants take this day will be available once they have taken root. John Tullock and horticulture graduate student David Pease team up to explain how to save seeds from your vegetables and ornamental plants, and how to propagate plants by division or cuttings. Participants get hands-on experience with making cuttings, and may choose to take them home or leave them on our mist bench until they have taken root. 

    March 5 –  Organic Pest Control 
    Presenter: Holly Jones 
    Take Home: Participants will receive seeds beneficial insect attracting plant seeds. 
    While 95% of insects are either neutral or beneficial to humans, that other 5% can be a real nuisance! Join, UT Gardens Kitchen Garden manager Holly Jones to learn chemical free methods to deal with the pests that are ailing your garden. We will look at companion planting, mechanical control, variety selection, attracting predatory insects, natural insecticides and more. 

    March 12 – The “Other” Edibles in the Garden 
    Presenter: John Tullock 
    Take Home: Participants will receive a perennial berry plant. 
    John Tullock shares his favorite tips and techniques for growing backyard berries both in containers and in the garden. Rich in vitamins and phytonutrients, berries grown at home also taste better than supermarket ones. Participants will be able to choose a perennial berry plant to take home. 

    March 19 – Best Practices for Irrigation 

    Presenter: Ben Cordes 
    UT Gardens horticulturist Ben Cordes will discuss the benefits and challenges of the most common methods for watering your garden. Learn the basics for a sprinkler and drip system installation, how much water to apply and when, as well as adjusting water pressure, timers, water conservation and rain barrel systems. 

    March 26 – Gardening With Native Plants 
    Presenter: John Tullock 
    Take Home: Participants will take home native plant seeds. 
    Learn about incorporating native plants and their cultivars into your garden plan with local author and wildflower enthusiast John Tullock. He will discuss choosing plants for a variety of garden situations, identifying sustainable native plant sources, best and worst plant picks, and caring for native plants in the garden. John shares his insights from four decades of native plant gardening experience.

    Presenter Bios: 
    John Tullock is a full time freelance writer who specializes in books on horticulture, with a focus on edible gardening. He earned a masters degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of TN. His latest book is entitled Seed to Supper: Growing and Cooking Great Food No Matter Where You Live. 

    Holly Jones has been managing the production, maintenance, and display of vegetable, small fruits, herb and cut flower crops for the UT Gardens sustainable kitchen garden for the past 4 years. She studied public horticulture at the University of TN where she received a bachelors degree in Plant Sciences. She has been practicing horticulture for over 15 years in a variety of climates and landscapes. 

    David Pease is a graduate assistant in the UT Dept. of Plant Sciences and in UT Gardens education and therapeutic horticulture programs. He is pursuing a masters degree in Plant Sciences with a concentration in Public Horticulture. He created and now runs the UT Gardens 'DIG IT!' afterschool program for urban at-risk youth. David is also a 2016 recipient of the Garden Club of America Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship in Public Horticulture and the Tom Dunlap Fellowship in Agriculture.

    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. 

    • 02/25/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    UT Extension fruit tree specialist Dr. David Lockwood will lead this session on pruning all types of fruit trees. We will have an extensive indoor presentation followed an exploration in the garden to look at actual specimens. Dr. Lockwood has over 40 years of experience with fruit trees, nut trees and wine production. Bring your questions!

    Cost: $15/Garden members, $20/non-members.


    • 04/28/2017
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
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    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.**

    • 05/13/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens - South Greenhouse 124
    • 50

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    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

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

    • 06/01/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 19


    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
    • 19


    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
    • 20


    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
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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
    • 19


    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
    • 20


    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
    • 20


    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
    • 20


    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
    • 19

    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
    • 19


    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
    • 18


    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
    • 19


    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
    • 20


    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
    • 50

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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
    • 50

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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
    • 50

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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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