Everyone loves garden fresh tomatoes. They are the most popular vegetable to grow in America. They can also be very challenging! There are over 40 different diseases and insects that can appear in your East TN tomato patch. Come learn how to prevent and treat many of those pests from UT Residential and Consumer Specialist, Dr. Natalie Bumgarner. Participants will also have the opportunity to sample a variety of tomato cultivars from our AAS vegetable trials.
Dr. Natalie Bumgarner is the UT Residential and Consumer Extension Specialist with responsibilities for educational content development and programming across Tennessee. She received a M.S. degree from WVU in Horticulture with research focusing on growing practices for small scale organic vegetable producers. In 2012, she completed a Ph.D. in Horticulture and Crop Science from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the UT Department of Plant Sciences, Natalie was the Horticulturist and Research Director for CropKing, Inc. in Lodi, OH where her work focused on research and education in the area of small to medium scale greenhouse vegetable production.
Cost: $10/member, $15/ nonmember.
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.
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
Register online by clicking here.
Learn about this Japanese variation of bonsai. These interesting ornamental plant creations can add style and interest to your home. Participants will create a kokedama to take home as part of this workshop.
Cost $25/member, $35/nonmember
Summer is winding down but many vegetable plants are still producing. Come enjoy the flavors of the garden with delicious, healthy home-made soup and salad. We’ll teach methods to make two delectable soups plus a unique seasonal salad. Instructor: Blount County master gardener and professionally trained culinary artist Rosemarie Cirinna. Uncommon vegetables will be introduced! Free samples will be provided!
Cost $15/member, $20/ non-member
Hypertufa - Workshop - October ,1 1-3 p.m.
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.
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.
Cost $25/member, $35/nonmember