UT Gardens Brings Plants & A Community to Life
October 13, 2011 8:32 AM by Erin Donovan
Experience one of Knoxville’s unique gardens……..for FREE!! The University of Tennessee’s Gardens are located directly off Neyland Drive next to the College of Agriculture. Open seven (7) days a week, from sunrise to sunset, the UT Gardens are a must see for everyone. Why were the gardens developed? The University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture has been on a mission since 1983 to educate the public about plant life through their amazing and beautiful UT Gardens. This ‘living laboratory’ was founded with a purpose to encourage our community to appreciate the thousands of perennials, herbs, tropicals, trees, shrubs, vegetables, and ornamental grasses that UT Gardens has to offer. The UT Gardens also display seven different flowers and plants as entries for the American Garden Award. Some of the most prominent flower breeders choose their most appealing specimens to enter into the contest where the public can vote on the flower or plant they believe to be the most unique. Photos of the contestant’s flowers and plants can be viewed at www.americangardenaward.org. Would children enjoy UT Gardens? Absolutely. The UT Gardens are a very family friendly environment that offers many activities for children. “Books & Blooms” is a garden adventure held every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. that allows kids to journey through the gardens while singing songs, dancing in the sprinklers, learning about plant life through story time and coloring their favorite flowers in the ‘coloring corner.’ What other unique activities take place at UT Gardens? The UT Farmers Market is a great way to experience fresh produce from the UT Gardens. They offer everything from tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, green beans, peppers, milk, ice cream and baked goods. Every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the UT Gardens, the community is able to enjoy great food and entertainment. The Dogwood Arts Festival and the UT Gardens work together each year to present a planting program called “Bazillion Blooms.” This program promotes the community to beautify East Tennessee by supporting the beloved native dogwood tree. For more information about Bazillion Blooms visit www.dogwoodarts.com/bazillion-blooms.