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    • 02/10/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • University of Tennessee Gardens


    Get your youngest ones gardening with our preschool program. These activities are designed for ages 3-5 with an adult.

    How does a seed grow? We will look at seeds and learn how a tiny seed can turn into a huge tree. Participants will also sow spring vegetables.

    Cost: members $6/nonmembers $8 per child. 

    • 02/10/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville


    Enhance your home-school program with hands-on fun and educational classes. Cost: $6 per student. Pre-pay $25 for all five sessions.

    Germination Garden fun really starts to happen as we study different kinds of seeds and how they grow. Seeds can remain dormant for thousands of years waiting for the perfect environment to sprout.
    Wednesday, February 10; 1-3 p.m. 

    Cost: $6 per student

    Series Cost: $25 for all five sessions please register for the entire Spring Series. 

    • 02/10/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • University of Tennessee Gardens


    Soil: It’s Important  
     More than just the medium in which our plants grow, soil can be thought of as its own organism, containing the lives of many bacteria, fungi, and bugs. Learn how to take care of your soil so that it can take care of your plants.

    Wednesday,
     February 10; 6-7:30 p.m.

    Cost: $5/members per session, $10/nonmembers per session (UT Students receive the member rate.)
    Prepay for the series: Garden member $20/nonmember $40 (Please register using the Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: Series) 

    • 02/24/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • University of Tennessee Gardens

    Vegetable Plants to Consider for TN  Both tradition and modern trends play a role in what we want to plant in our gardens. Learn how to select the best varieties for your needs. Also, learn how to find less-available varieties and how to start plants from seed.
    Wednesday, February 24; 6-7:30 p.m.                      

    Cost:
    $5/members per session, $10/nonmembers per session (UT Students receive the member rate.)
    Prepay for the series: Garden member $20/nonmember $40 (Please register using the Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: Series) 

    • 02/27/2016
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens

    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.                                                 

    Cost: $25/member, $35/nonmember


    • 03/04/2016
    • 7:00 AM
    • Leaving from UT Gardens in Knoxville, TN

    Join your fellow gardening enthusiasts on a day-long chartered bus trip to attend The Nashville Lawn and Garden Show on Friday, March 4th. We are hoping to make this trip a ‘GO’ but first, the UT Gardens needs to gauge your interest. Plans are for a chartered bus to leave Knoxville at 7am est (6am cst) the morning of Friday, March 4th, and return that same evening, leaving Nashville around 5pm est (4pm cst).  Our estimated time of arrival back in Knoxville is between 7:30pm and 8pm est.  The cost of the trip is $60 per person.  This price includes transportation to and from the show, admission to the show, and transporting any items you purchase. Lunch is not included, but can be purchased at the show, or you can bring your own. We will have snacks and water on the bus, and we will stop around the halfway mark for a restroom break both on the way down and back.  The bus has large cargo bays underneath to hold items purchased at the show.

    We need at least 50 folks to sign up for the trip to be a ‘GO’. Please let us know if you are interested by 5pm EST, Friday, FEBRUARY 12th, by using this link https://utgardens.wildapricot.org/event-2161602.  We will be back in touch after the 12th to let everyone know if we have enough interest for the trip to move forward. Several UT Garden members have been to the show in the past and find it to be a fun and worthwhile experience.  

    The theme for this year’s Lawn & Garden Show is “All things green and growing!”  An acre of live gardens designed by some of middle Tennessee’s top landscape and garden companies greets you at the main entrance.  More than 20 of the region’s top floral designers showcase their talents in the floral design gallery.  A series of free lecture presentations across all four days offer hints, tips, and practical advice on a variety of horticultural topics.  And, more than 150 vendors in 250 exhibit booths fill the Marketplace with a variety of plants, seeds, home décor, gardening equipment, books, and free advice to help you succeed in your gardening adventures! Our very own UT Gardens Dr. Sue Hamilton, Andy Pulte, and Carol Reese will all be guest speakers throughout the day.

    More information about the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show can be found at Nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com:

    • 03/06/2016
    • 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • UT Hollingsworth Auditorium, 2431 Joe Johnson Drive


    Specialty Plant Sale & Lecture: Winter Blooming Shade Perennials

    An informative lecture on how to grow and use Helleborus (Lenten Rose/Hellebore) and Epimedium (Barrenwort) in the garden followed by a plant sale of numerous selections of each plant.

    1:30 - 3:00 Lecture by Dr. Sue Hamilton
    3:00 – 5:00 Plant Sale

    Location: University of Tennessee Hollingsworth Auditorium, 2431 Joe Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37996  

    Come and learn about a two of the most beautiful winter-blooming and durable shade perennials you can have in your garden followed by an exclusive sale of choice selections of each plant! The UT Gardens staff has searched far and wide to offer select, choice offerings not readily available and known to perform well in our mid-south region. A sale not to be missed! 


    • 03/08/2016
    • 03/22/2016
    • 3 sessions
    • University of Tennessee Gardens


    UT Gardens Docent Program
    The UT Gardens is excited to introduce our new docent program for 2016. Docents are guides for museums, zoos, art galleries, or gardens. This program is key to the continued development of our education mission. Throughout the year, we provide tours for garden clubs, school groups and any other organization that is interested in learning more about gardening. The class will provide information on plant identification, how to lead a tour, and how to work with adults and children. The training will provide 9 hours of continuing education for volunteers. Participants who complete all 3 training sessions will receive a UT Gardens t-shirt and will be qualified to lead tour groups in the Gardens.

    Cost for 3 sessions: $10

    Plant ID & How to Lead a Garden Tour - This session will begin with some basic plant identification. We will look at 10 plants we have growing in the UT Gardens and teach you the scientific names and other growing characteristics. We will also look at some basic tour tips and information how to lead a great tour of the gardens.                

    Tuesday, March 8; 9 a.m.-noon

    Plant ID & How to lead a garden tour 2 - This session will review 10 additional plants growing in the UT Gardens. We will also continue our discussion of what elements make a successful garden tour.

    Tues
    day, March 15; 9 a.m.-noon

    Working with Adults/Children, Garden Tour Practice - We will start our third session by looking at tips and techniques when working with adults and children. We will then take time to have each docent practice giving part of a garden tour.                                  

    Tuesday, March 22; 9 a.m.-noon






    • 03/09/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville


    Get your youngest ones gardening with our preschool program. These activities are designed for ages 3-5 with an adult.

    Spring is less than a month away. This session will explore how garden is getting ready for spring. We will also learn about cool season vegetables and when to plant them outside.

    Cost: members $6/nonmembers $8 per child. 

    • 03/09/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville


    Enhance your home-school program with hands-on fun and educational classes. Cost: $6 per student. Pre-pay $25 for all five sessions.

    Spring Is In The Air! Learn the ways that spring comes to the Northern Hemisphere: learn about the vernal equinox and also the meteorological changes that occur in spring in Tennessee. Work in our garden will continue as we transplant cool-season veggies.                                                                                           Wednesday, March 9; 1-3 p.m.

    Cost: $6 per student 

    Series Cost: $25 for all five sessions please register for the entire Spring Series.

    • 03/09/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • University of Tennessee Gardens


    Benefits of Garden Design
     Learn about the differences between in-ground and raised-bed gardens, add some color to your garden with beneficial flowers, and see what plants benefit from vertical gardening. This class also contains a recap of the topics we have covered.

    Wednesday, March 9; 6-7:30 p.m.

    Cost: $5/members per session, $10/nonmembers per session (UT Students receive the member rate.)
    Prepay for the series: Garden member $20/nonmember $40 (Please register using the Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: Series) 






    • 03/12/2016
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens


    Did you know that healthy soil can help prevent climate change? This class will look at the benefits of healthy soil and explore ways to improve  your gardens soil. We will also explore worm compost and participants will get to make a worm bin to take home.                            

    Cost: $25/member, $35/nonmember


    • 03/19/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • University of Tennessee Gardens

    Celebrate the coming of spring with a fun family event. This year, we’re putting an interesting twist on the traditional egg hunt. Wild birds are beginning to nest for the season. Come learn about their eggs and how to protect and support our feathered friends. Families will learn how to attract birds to their home garden and create natural spring inspired crafts. All kids will leave with a bird house, a bird feeder, a bird nest model and an egg model. Kids will have an opportunity to hunt for 3,000 eggs in the garden, some of which have prize tickets. 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 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!

    Click here to register. 

    Due to limited capacity, advanced registration is required.

    Saturday, March 19; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Cost: $6 per child







    • 04/06/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • University of Tennessee Gardens


    Get your youngest ones gardening with our preschool program. These activities are designed for ages 3-5 with an adult.

    Spring is in full swing now! Explore what is sprouting and blooming in the garden. We will learn about vegetables like cauliflower and plant some in our Growing Healthy Garden.

    Cost: members $6/nonmembers $8 per child.

    • 04/06/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville


    Enhance your home-school program with hands-on fun and educational classes. Cost: $6 per student. Pre-pay $25 for all five sessions.

    Get Ready, Get Set, Grow! Tour the gardens and observe all the plants and animals that are starting to “pop” now that it’s springtime! We will also learn about warm-season vegetables and plant some for our garden.  
    Wednesday, April 6; 1-3 p.m.

    Cost: $6 per student  

    Series Cost: $25 for all five sessions please register for the entire Spring Series. 




    • 04/06/2016
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens


    This workshop will teach you how to build your own Tomato Tower to grow the best tomatoes on. Participants will leave with a constructed tower to use in the home garden.

    Cost: $25/member, $35/nonmember


    • 04/09/2016
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens


    Nature fairies enjoy sweetly scented herbs, soft delicate flowers and magical dwellings made from natural fibers and found objects. Join us to create your own sun loving perennial fairy herb garden. This class will include a demonstration on small scale wattle fencing and other tiny landscape features using materials collected from nature. Plants, containers and accessories will be provided. All ages welcome.

    Cost: $25/member, $35/nonmember


    • 05/11/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • University of Tennessee Gardens


    Get your youngest ones gardening with our preschool program. These activities are designed for ages 3-5 with an adult.

    This session will look at compost and explore the life of worms. Participants will also get to transplant some warm season veggies and take a few home to grow.

    Cost: members $6/nonmembers $8 per child. 




          


     


    • 05/11/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville


    Enhance your home-school program with hands-on fun and educational classes. Cost: $6 per student. Pre-pay $25 for all five sessions.


    Flowers They’re pretty, for sure, so let’s learn more about flowers and how they make seeds. We’ll walk through the garden to look for different kinds of flowers and pollinators.                                     
    Wednesday, May 11; 1-3 p.m.

    Cost: $6 per student  

    Series Cost: $25 for all five sessions please register for the entire Spring Series. 



    • 05/20/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 20


    Join us for a fascinating day of geology. Learn how plants become fossilized and check out our living pre-historic trees and rock and gem collection. Campers will make their own plaster of Paris fossil creation to take home. 
    Grands & Me (ages 4-12)

    Cost: Garden member $20/nonmember $35


    • 05/23/2016
    • 05/27/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 20


    Come exercise the right side of your brain as we use the beauty of nature to inspire artistic creativity. Learn to press flowers, weave baskets, create leaf masks, build rock sculptures and let your imagination run free. 

    Lil’ Gardeners (ages 4-5)

    Cost: Garden member $100/nonmember $120
    After Care: Garden member $20/nonmember $25 per week.

    * Camp is from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day.


    • 05/31/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 20


    Campers will explore the Garden’s new wetland and learn about how wind and rain help the gardens grow. We will look at seed dispersal, how plants use water, and how plants have adapted to survive strong winds.
    Lil' Gardeners (ages 4-5)

    Cost: Garden member $20/nonmember $35
    After Care: Garden member $5/nonmember $10 per day.


    • 06/04/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • University of Tennessee Gardens


    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 take home samples of an artisanal Italian herb blend as well as Herbs de Provence.  Instructors: UT Kitchen garden manager, Holly Jones and Blount County master gardener and professionally trained culinary artist Rosemarie Cirinna.  Specially selected herbs will be available for purchase after the workshop.                                                                                    
    Cost: $15/member, $20/ nonmember


    • 06/06/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 20


    Beetles, butterflies and bees, oh my! Learn about pollinators and how to attract more to your garden. Go on an insect hunt and help the UT Gardens collect and document specimens. Learn skills to scout and manage exotic invasive insects in your yard.
    Grands & Me (ages 4-12)

    Cost: Garden member $20/nonmember $35


    • 06/07/2016
    • 06/10/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 35


    UT Extension and Tennessee Master Gardeners will help the UT Gardens bring this fun-filled week of camp. Campers will grow into gardeners from the ground up. Sow your own seeds to take home. Learn about soils, composting, harvesting, photosynthesis and much more. Garden camp will be a feast for the senses as youth have fun exploring sights, sounds and tastes of the garden as they learn in a hands on environment. 

    Explorers (ages 6-11)

     To register for this camp click here.

    • 06/13/2016
    • 06/17/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 19


    Stems are crucial plant structures which provide support for leaves and flowers as well as protection for the vascular system. This camp will utilize Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) to understand plants and other garden elements. Campers will get to develop and test hypothesis and perform experiments to gain a deeper knowledge about the natural world.

    Teen Thrive (ages 11-13). 
     

    Cost: Garden member $100/nonmember $120
    After Care: Garden member $20/nonmember $25 per week.

    * Camp is from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day.

    • 06/18/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • University of Tennessee Gardens


    The UT Gardens provides an excellent backdrop to study the effects of climate change in East Tennessee. This symposium will explore several programs designed to engage the general public in monitoring threatened plants and animals. Featured presenter Dr. Joanne Logan will discuss climatology on both a global and local scale. Participants will learn how to strengthen their observation skills through nature journaling and botanic sketching. We hope that participants will be interested in exploring the Gardens and helping us monitor natural changes throughout the year. Monitory programs will include the Great Sunflower Project, Project BudBurst, and Monarch monitoring. This event is suitable for children, parents and educators. Lunch is included in the cost. 

    Saturday, June 18; 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

    Cost: $50 member/ $60 nonmember

    Children under 18 (a parent must attend): $10 member/$15 nonmember

    Registration will open in February.






    • 06/20/2016
    • 06/24/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 20


    Get to know the untamed organisms right outside your door. Mammals, reptiles, insects and more! Each day will focus on a different local plant/animal theme.  Participants will sharpen their observation skills and learn how to build gardens that attract and support wildlife such as butterflies, lizards and songbirds. 
    Lil' Gardeners (ages 4-5)

    Cost: Garden member $100/nonmember $120
    After Care: Garden member $20/nonmember $25 per week.

    * Camp is from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day.


    • 06/27/2016
    • 07/01/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 20


    Get to know the untamed organisms right outside your door. Mammals, reptiles, insects and more! Each day will focus on a different local plant/animal theme.  Participants will sharpen their observation skills and learn how to build gardens that attract and support wildlife such as butterflies, lizards and songbirds. 
    Explorers (ages 6-10)

    Cost: Garden member $100/nonmember $120
    After Care: Garden member $20/nonmember $25 per week.

    * Camp is from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day.


    • 07/06/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 20


    Come learn about worms and how they help the garden. First we’ll study different kinds of compost and discover how worms turn food scraps into nutrient rich plant food.  Then campers will create a fully functioning worm-bin to take home.

    Lil' Gardeners
     (ages 4-5)

    Cost: Garden member $20/nonmember $35
    After Care: Garden member $5/nonmember $10 per day.

    • 07/08/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 20


    Birds are chirping, leaves are rustling and nature is calling us to play! Come explore the garden using your sense of sound. Campers will create their own musical instruments and take part in a melodious garden parade. 
    Grands & Me (ages 4-12)

    Cost: Garden member $20/nonmember $35

    • 07/11/2016
    • 07/15/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 20


    Learn to grow, harvest, and prepare fresh fruits and veggies. Campers will gather ingredients from the garden for delicious culinary creations. Build a solar powered oven, cook over a camp fire, and experience food in a whole new way! 

    Lil' Gardeners
     (ages 4-5)

    Cost: Garden member $100/nonmember $120
    After Care: Garden member $20/nonmember $25 per week.

    * Camp is from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day.


    • 07/18/2016
    • 07/22/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 20


    Learn to grow, harvest, and prepare fresh fruits and veggies. Campers will gather ingredients from the garden for delicious culinary creations. Build a solar powered oven, cook over a camp fire, and experience food in a whole new way! 

    Explorers (ages 6-10)

    Cost: Garden member $100/nonmember $120
    After Care: Garden member $20/nonmember $25 per week.

    * Camp is from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day.


    • 07/25/2016
    • 07/27/2016
    • 3 sessions
    • 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


    • 07/28/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 20


    Who lives in the garden? Join us as we discover all the animals of the garden and create models of the animals using natural materials. 
    Lil' Gardeners (ages 4-5)

    Cost: Garden member $20/nonmember $35
    After Care: Garden member $5/nonmember $10 per day.

    • 07/29/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 20


    Investigate the scene of a garden crime and deduce “whodunit?” This session will look at plants, insects and animals. Campers will find all the clues and determine who is eating our plants.

    Grands & Me (ages 4-12)

    Cost: Garden member $20/nonmember $35



    • 08/01/2016
    • 08/05/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 20


    Experience chemistry in the great outdoors. From combustion to saponification to germination, chemistry is happening all around us. Campers will conduct safe and exciting experiments and learn about the role of chemistry in everyday life.

    Explorers
     (ages 6-10)

    Cost: Garden member $100/nonmember $120
    After Care: Garden member $20/nonmember $25 per week.

    * Camp is from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day.

    • 08/08/2016
    • 08/12/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • UT Gardens, Knoxville
    • 20


    Experience chemistry in the great outdoors. From combustion to saponification to germination, chemistry is happening all around us. Campers will conduct safe and exciting experiments and learn about the role of chemistry in everyday life.

    Lil' Gardeners
     (ages 4-5)

    Cost: Garden member $100/nonmember $120
    After Care: Garden member $20/nonmember $25 per week.

    * Camp is from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day.

    • 08/13/2016
    • 1 sessions
    • University of Tennessee Gardens


    Join us for this daylong series of classes to learn about natural dying. This symposium is for both the crafter and gardener, as you will learn how to grow plants that produce natural dyes and how to dye natural fiber. Participants will get an opportunity to dye some fibers during the program. Unique textiles and choice plants that produce natural dyes will also be available for sale. All participants will receive one plant and seed to grow your own natural dye at home. Lunch is included.   

    Saturday, August 13; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

    Cost: $50 members/ $60 nonmembers 

    Registration will open in February.






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