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Enhance your homeschool program with hands-on fun and educational classes. Cost: $5 per student.
In this lesson we will learn about flowers and pollinators by exploring the garden looking at different types of flowers, collecting flowers to dissect and learning about the processes of pollination and reproduction in flowers. We will also learn about pollinator syndrome and the unique symbiotic relationship between different types of flowers and their pollinators including the structural, color, scent and nectar characteristics adapted to attract specific pollinators.
Cost: $5 per student
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
Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.
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.
Cost $25/member, $35/nonmember
The Chemical Free Vegetable Garden:
Come learn simple, functional methods to boost your vegetable garden's productivity and beauty. UT Kitchen Garden manager, Holly Jones, will share her successes and failures over the past five years growing small fruits, herbs, veggies and cut flowers. Best practices for weed control, pest and disease control, and soil management will be covered.
Cost: $12/member; $15/nonmember
Far from spooky, bats are an integral part of our ecosystem which help keep insect populations in balance. Come celebrate these amazing mammals with wings at the annual UT Gardens nature based Halloween festival. Children and their parents are invited to come dressed in costumes and enjoy food-free trick or treating and bat education. The event is designed to avoid the feared sugar rush and allow those with food allergies to participate in safe, seasonal, food-free activities. Scare yourself silly as you take part in activity stations throughout the garden and gain enchanting information about beautiful, bewitching bats!
Cost: $6 per child (12 and under)
Cancellation policy:Cancellations received (by email or phone) 7 days prior to the event will receive a full refund. Refunds within 7 days of the camp session are not possible due to financial commitments to the event.
Register and pay online at https://tiny.utk.edu/utgardensbats.
Ever wonder why so many plants in gardens and landscapes look almost identical? Well, it’s because genetically they are identical! In a world where so many people and animals of the same species all look so different, how is it that we have identical plants? In this lesson will learn about basic plant physiology and the movement materials in, through and out of plants so that we can learn how to propagate, or clone, identical plants. We learn various propagation methods and how to manipulate the environment to provide an optimal environment for propagation.
In this leafy lesson, we will learn about the structure and function of plant leaves, leaf morphology, nomenclature, identification, why they fall and change colors and ways to collect leaves. We will learn how to save leaves, create rubbings and prints using leaves collected as we scavenge around the gardens.
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