The University of Tennessee Gardens
What's Growing and Showing at UT Gardens Crossville?
On an early-August walk through Plateau Discovery Gardens, Master Gardener Rae Hozer found lots to photograph in the themed gardens.
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Membership Benefit Renewed!
The UT Gardens is happy to announce that our Better Homes & Gardens Subscription Program has been renewed! Each member who joins or renews through September 30, 2015 will be offered a free one-year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens magazine (digital or print edition). Current subscribers will receive a one-year extension of their subscription. You will receive a card with your membership letter which you can then redeem for your free subscription. This membership benefit is made possible through the UT Gardens' membership in the American Public Gardens Association (APGA).
Don't forget - members also enjoy reciprocal admission benefits at almost 300 gardens across the United States. This benefit is made possible through the UT Gardens' participation in the Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP) of the American Horticultural Society. Click here for more information and a list of participating gardens.
Classes and Workshops - UT Gardens Knoxville
January (pre-register for any January event)
Garden Sprouts: Fantastic Flower Pots- Tuesday, Jan. 13, 10 - 11:30 am. This class is for children ages 3-5. How do flowers grow and why do pots have holes? This class will answer these questions and more. Pre-schoolers will decorate their own flower pots to take home and use. Cost: $5/member; $10/nonmember
Home Grown: Garden Planning- Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1 - 3 pm. This class is for home-school groups. It may be cold outside, but it's never too early to start planning your garden. Students will practice math, geometry, and a little science as they plan and design their home garden for the next growing season. Cost: $5/student
Adult Workshop: Hypertufa Troughs- Saturday, Jan. 31, 10 am - noon. Make unique garden containers using simple, inexpensive ingredients. These stone-like containers are durable and lighter in weight than ceramic containers of the same size. Participants will make their own hypertufa trough to take home and use. Cost: $30/member; $40/nonmember
Growing Together: Insect Hotel, an Artful Habitat for Beneficial Insects - Saturday, Jan. 31, 1 - 3 pm. Growing organically is a popular trend. Learning how to manage pests using beneficial insects is one important component of gardening organically. This class will explore some beneficial insects and how to attract them to your garden. Participants will build an artful insect hotel to take home. Cost (per family): $30/members; $40/nonmembers
February (pre-register for any February event)
Sunday Garden Talk: Intro to Organic Gardening - Sunday, Feb. 8, 2:30 - 3:30 pm. Growing organically is a popular trend, but it can seem overwhelming to begin. This talk will focus on how to start growing organically. Participants will learn basic techniques to reduce the need for pesticides, inorganic fertilizers, and weed killers in your home garden. Cost: Free/member; $5/nonmember
Garden Sprouts: Carnivorous Plants - Tuesday, Feb. 10, 10 - 11:30 am. This class is for children ages 3-5. Plants that eat animals?! this session will explore the world of plants that attract and kill insects. Preschoolers will get to look at several carnivorous plants and learn how to care for them. Participants will also learn good local sources for buying their own carnivorous plant. Cost: $5/member; $10/nonmember
Home Grown: Water Conservation - Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1 - 3 pm. This class is for home-school groups. Students will learn about the water cycle and why it's important to conserve water. They will learn how to set up a home rain barrel, and explore engineering as we look at how to optimize rain barrels installed in the UT Gardens. Cost: $5/student
Growing Together: Toad Abodes - Saturday, Feb. 28, 10 - noon. Toads need a place to sleep. This class will explore the world of toads. Participants will create their own toad abode to take home and place in their garden. Cost (per family): $10/members; $20/nonmembers
March (pre-register for any March event)
Adult Workshop: Intro to Garden Photography - Saturday, Mar. 7, 10 am - noon. With the invention of smart phones, almost anyone can take great photos. This class will explore basics of photo composition and will touch on the use of traditional and non-traditional cameras. Using the garden as a backdrop, participants will get to practice and sharpen their photography skills. Cost: $10/member; $20/nonmember
Sunday Garden Talk: Spring Flowers - Sunday, Mar. 8, 2:30 - 3:30 pm. Spring is just around the corner. Come and learn about flowers that bloom early in the UT Gardens. If weather permits, we will spend time outside exploring what is or is about to be in bloom in the garden. Cost: Free/member; $5/nonmember
Garden Sprouts: Toads & Frogs - Tuesday, Mar. 10, 10 - 11:30 am. This class is for children ages 3-5. Toads are not frogs, and frogs are not toads. This class will take a look at these two amphibians and how they might live in your garden. Participants will create a toad abode to take home and place in their garden. Cost: $10/member; $20/nonmember
Home Grown: Seeds - Wednesday, Mar. 11, 1 - 3 pm. This class is for home-school groups. Seeds are vital to human survival. Without them we could not eat. Students will explore the life of a plant and how seeds grow. Each student will get to sow vegetable seeds to take home and grow. Cost: $5/student
Eggstravaganza - Saturday, Mar. 28, 10 am - 2 pm. Hop on down to the UT Gardens and enjoy the spring. Don't forget to bring your Easter basket! You can take part in crafts and hunt for some eggs. The Easter Bunny will also be jumping to get his picture taken with you. (Preregistration for a specific hunting time is required. Hunts will begin at 10:15, 11:30, 12:15, and 1:30.) Cost: $5/child
April (pre-register for any April event)
Garden Sprouts: Worms - Tuesday, Apr. 7, 10 - 11:30 am. This class is for children ages 3-5. Worms are a part of every successful garden. Preschoolers will explore the life of a worm and see how they help improve garden soil. Participants will make a worm compast bin to take home and care for. Cost: $10/member; $20/nonmember
Growing Together: Leaf Casting - Saturday, Apr. 11, 10 - noon. Learn to preserve garden leaves through leaf castings. This fun and easy activity will give you ideas for adding art to your garden or home. Participants will make a leaf casting to take home and display. Cost (per family): $20/members; $30/nonmembers
Sunday Garden Walk: Spring Flowers - Sunday, Apr. 12, 2:30 - 3:30 pm. Take a walk through the UT Gardens and see what is in bloom this time of year. Cost: Free/member; $5/nonmember
Drawing and Painting Classes - UT Gardens Knoxville
Charcoal, Lines and Trees, Saturday, Jan. 10th, 1 - 4 pm. This class will explore basic drawing and observation techniques. Plants from the UT Gardens' collection will be our models as we apply the principles of classical figure drawing to develop coordination between our hands and eyes.
Black and White Conifers, Saturday, Jan. 24th, 1 - 4 pm. Here we will focus on the forms, textures, and mass of conifers. We will work to interpret and express those qualities through the observation of light and value using only black-and-white dry and wet media.
Late Winter Color, Saturday, Feb. 14th, 1 - 4 pm. In this class we will explore the Gardens in search of colorful winter interest specimens. We will then explore the basic principles of color theory as we observe and render our cut specimens using colored pencils.
Color and Depth, Saturday, Feb. 28th, 1 - 4 pm. Using acrylic on wood, we will work to observe and render cuttings of a unique and colorful winter interest specimen. We will begin pre-study drawings and exlore composition.
Spring Stiff-Life, Saturday, Mar. 14th, 1 - 4 pm. With 15th- and 16th-century Flemish and Dutch masters in mind, we will cut, arrange, and draw our own still-life masterpieces. We will use pastels and various mid-range colored to black drawing papers to help us break through the standards of the color wheel and understand the less exalted realities of the color spectrum.
Spring Flower Portraits, Saturday, Mar. 28th, 1 - 4 pm. This class will focus on the selection, placement, observation, and rendering of a single cut spring flower. Using watercolor on watercolor paper, we will explore mixing colors, timing and patience when working with fresh spring models cut from the Gardens.
Pastels in the Gardens, Saturday, Apr. 11th, 1 - 4 pm. Here we will turn to basic techniques of drawing and observation as we work outside. We will use pastels and various papers as we explore and express single specimens, beds, and vistas in the Gardens.
Sketching with Watercolor, Saturday, Apr. 25th, 1 - 4 pm. We will observe landscape watercolors by masters, then go into the Gardens to sketch with watercolors and discover the boundaries and nuances of the medium - as well as the artist's need to edit.
Drawing for Botanic Realism, Saturday, May 9th, 1 - 4 pm. We will work with pencils and erasers to explore and strengthen observational techniques, as well as accurate rendering of species within the UT Gardens' collection using line, value, and texture.
Painting Iris, Saturday, May 23rd, 1 - 4 pm. One goal in this class will be to produce an accurate likeness of a specific iris cultivar in the Gardens' collection using dry-brush watercolor technique. The other will be to create a loose, expressive painting of a mass of iris or other flowers using watercolor, pastels, or charcoal through direct outdoor observation.
Cost per session: $30/member, $40/nonmember
Cost for entire series of ten classes: $275/member, $375/nonmember
All classes will take place at the UT Gardens Knoxville, and some will be held outdoors (as weather permits). All materials will be provided. Preregistration is required. To register contact Derrick Stowell at 865-974-7151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Community Sponsors
The UT Gardens is pleased to announce our 2014 Community Sponsors:
Platinum Sponsor - HGTV HOME
Gold Sponsor: Ruth and Erbin Baumgardner
Silver Sponsors: Oakes Daylilies and Pleasant
Hill Nursery LLC
Bronze Sponsor: UT Federal Credit Union
Professional Photography Policy
The UT Gardens in Knoxville are proud to provide an attractive venue and colorful setting that has become a popular location for all types of photography in the East Tennessee region. Considerable materials and labor are required to maintain the Gardens to the high standard that has attracted so many professional photographers to use the Gardens in their work.
As a result, starting March 1, 2011, the UT Gardens will implement the following Professional Photography policy. ‘Professional Photographer’ being defined as one who charges a fee for their services.
Professional photographers who wish to take advantage of the UT Gardens’ as part of their commercial work are asked to become Friends of the UT Gardens at the $100 level or above. These funds will directly support the maintenance and upkeep of the UT Gardens. Membership information is available at http://utgardens.tennessee.edu/membership.html.
Photographers who do not wish to become Friends of the UT Gardens at this level may schedule photo shoots on the grounds for a fee of $35 per hour. Non-member (commercial) photographers who bring clients to the UT Gardens without scheduling in advance, or without paying the sitting fee, may be asked to leave the grounds.
The full policy may be viewed here.
UT Gardens T-Shirts and Note Cards - Now Available
Visit the eMarketplace of the UT Institute of Agriculture to order your UT Gardens logo t-shirt, spring or fall notecard set, or garden poster. Proceeds from all sales benefit the UT Gardens.
UT Gardens Knoxville Volunteers
The UT Gardens Volunteer Program in Knoxville is currently on winter hiatus. Regular weekly sessions will resume in late February. After that, they will be held each Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9-12. To learn how you can join in these work sessions, contact Beth Willis at email@example.com; 974-2712
Thanks due to Spring Meadow Nursery and Netherland Bulb Co.
Dogwood Arts Festival Presents Bazillion Blooms
Bazillion Blooms is a Dogwood Tree planting program to beautify our East Tennessee communities, improve the health of our environment and foster community support and pride in our beloved native dogwood. For more information, click here
Corona is the official tool sponsor of the UT Gardens.
Dramm provides a portion of the watering tools used in the UT Gardens.
Contact The UT Gardens
Department of Plant Sciences
252 Ellington Plant Sciences Bldg
2431 Joe Johnson Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-8265
Fax: (865) 974-1947
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