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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Specialty plants, unique garden goods, live musical performances, garden workshops, children’s activities and more make the UT Gardens’ Blooms Days a great destination for more than just gardeners. Blooms Days has become a spring tradition, drawing families, students, and Knoxville natives to experience the splendor of the gardens. The event will run Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, 2013, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.
 
More than 20 workshops (included in the cost of admission), led by regional gardening experts, will be offered for everyone from novice to advanced gardeners. Workshops will cover a variety of gardening topics such as roses, shade gardening, lawn care, gardening with children, and more.
 
This year, give your mom the perfect gift-- a day outside enjoying the sights and sounds of Blooms Days. Moms will receive a free daylily from Oakes Daylilies while supplies last, and families can have a portrait made by Hurley Co. Photography in the Beall Family Rose Garden.
 
New this year is the HGTV Home Showcase Garden featuring the HGTV Home Plant Collection. Also new is a bonsai show hosted by the Knoxville Bonsai Society, where participants can see prize-winning bonsai from around the region and talk with expert bonsai growers to learn a few tricks of the trade.
 
Live musical performances will be held on both days.
 
Kids of all ages can visit the Kids Corner to create make-and-take projects, see an insect zoo and enjoy story time with local author Jean Leigh Claudette.
 
The festival will also include a garden marketplace in which visitors can shop for plants, arts, crafts, garden goods and specialty plants from more than 20 vendors. Snacks will be available on site for purchase. 
 
Round out the day with a self-guided tour of the gardens and learn about some 4,000 annuals, perennials, herbs, tropicals, trees, shrubs, vegetables and ornamental grasses.
 
Tickets at the gate will be $6 per day. Children 12 and under are free.  All proceeds will benefit the UT Gardens.  For more information and a complete schedule of the weekend’s activities, please visit:  http://utgardens.tennessee.edu
 
Blooms Days, in its 11th year, is made possible through the generosity of community partners HGTV Home, Pilot Corporationn and UT Federal Credit Union and media sponsors the Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR-TV Channel 10 and WUOT 91.9 FM.
 
The UT Gardens is located just off Neyland Drive behind the UT Veterinary Medical Center in Knoxville.  Parking is available in lot 66. From I-40 take Exit 386B onto Hwy 129 (Alcoa Hwy toward the Airport). From Hwy 129 take exit for Hwy 158 (Neyland Drive). Turn left at end of exit ramp. Turn left onto Joe Johnson Drive, and right at the next light onto Chapman Drive. Parking lot 66 is directly across from the entrance to the UT Gardens. For more information, please visit utgardens.tennessee.edu
 
The University of Tennessee Gardens in Knoxville, Jackson and Crossville have newly been designated the official botanical garden for the Volunteer State. The gardens are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture and are a destination for an estimated 70,000 families, children, youth, green industry professional and students each year, who learn about plants that enrich their lives with beauty, better health and a closer connection to nature. The gardens’ mission is to educate and cultivate an appreciation of plants through horticultural displays, educational programs and research.
The gardens in Knoxville and Jackson are Tennessee Certified Arboreta and American Conifer Society Reference Gardens. The gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, visit http://utgardens.tennessee.edu and http://west.tennessee.edu/ornamentals/
 
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Contacts:
Derrick Stowell, UT Gardens Educator, 865-974-7151 or dstowell@utk.edu
Margot Emery, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 865-974-7141, or memery@tennessee.edu