Event features garden tours, workshops and an amazing plant sale 


Dwarf Bald Cypress
The sun-tolerant, Dwarf Bald Cypress is one of many tree cultivars available at the Autumn Fest plant sale at the UT Gardens, Jackson, on October 2-3. This small sculptural specimen exhibits upswept branches and a cinnamon color in the fall. (Photo by G. Rowsey). Download photo.



JACKSON, Tenn. – If you’re looking to add cool-weather color, shrubs and trees to your fall landscape, come to Autumn Fest at the University of Tennessee West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson. The event not only features an extensive collection of plants on sale for reasonable prices, but also includes workshops from some of the state’s best known gardeners, who will be on hand to help you select the right plants to take home.

Autumn Fest is a two-day event starting Wednesday, Oct. 2, with an exclusive preview party for Friends of the UT Gardens. These supporters of the university’s horticultural research program can enjoy early shopping, light refreshments and special discounts on purchases. The Preview Party is from 5 – 7 p.m.

The event picks back up Thursday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. with a special presentation from Carol Reese, UT Extension horticulturist. Reese will introduce you to her favorite plants featured in the sale, and give tips for siting and success.

The sale re-opens from 3 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.  Early arrivers can choose from a wide selection of trees and shrubs such as Kentucky Coffee tree, Quince tree, Dwarf Bald Cypress, several magnolia cultivars, Winterberry Holly and Anise Shrub.  If you complete your shopping early, attend a 4 p.m. garden tour with Jason Reeves, curator of the UT Gardens Jackson.

At the conclusion of the plant sale, all guests are invited to attend the Madison County Master Gardeners’ meeting where Reeves will delight you with tales of his recent garden travels. Feel free to bring your own brown bag dinner to the meeting; desserts and drinks will be provided.

With a $35 donation, you may become a Friend of the UT Gardens on either day of the event to take advantage of the special discounts. The donations made by Friends help support many of the activities and beneficial research happening at the UT Gardens, Jackson.
Located in Knoxville, Jackson and Crossville, the UT Gardens system includes plant collections that together serve as Tennessee’s official botanical garden. The gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. They deliver research discoveries, promote hands-on learning and provide educational opportunities for their communities. For more information on the program or to become a Friend of the Gardens go to http://utgardens.tennessee.edu/support.html.

For more details on Autumn Fest, go to
http://west.tennessee.edu/events. A complete list of plants to be sold (including quantities and prices) will soon be posted.

All Autumn Fest activities will take place at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center located at 605 Airways Boulevard, in Jackson.

The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 research facilities operated by the UT Institute of Agriculture. In addition to its agricultural research programs, UTIA also provides instruction research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



Jason Reeves, curator, UT Gardens, Jackson, 731-425-4765,

Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768, gtrice@tennessee.edu