KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – 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 is a springtime tradition, inviting all to experience the splendor of the gardens. The event will run Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, 2014, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
More than 25 workshops will be offered for all gardening skill levels a variety of topics. Workshops include: Butterflies-Flying Flowers in the Garden, Gotta Have Shade, Art in the Gardens and Secrets to Rose Success. The workshops will be led by regional gardening experts and included in the cost of admission.
Live musical performances will take place on both days throughout the event and are always a hit with attendees.
Blooms Days is the perfect place to celebrate Mother’s Day. On Sunday, all mothers will receive a free daylily from Oakes Daylilies, while supplies last.
Kids of all ages can visit the Kids Corner to create make-and-take projects, visit the Insect Zoo and Butterfly House. On Saturday, May 10, kids can participate in a physical activity and nutrition station put on by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Blooms Days is also a shopper’s delight, with a number of vendors offering unique crafts, garden goods and specialty plants.
Local food vendors will be on-site both days with tasty treats sure to satisfy any appetite.
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 will be $8 at the gate for one day and $10 for both days. Children under 12 will be admitted free and the event will be held rain or shine. All proceeds will benefit the UT Gardens. For more information and a complete schedule of the weekend’s activities, please visit: utgardens.tennessee.edu
Blooms Days is made possible through the generosity of Pilot, Knoxville News-Sentinel, WBIR-TV, WUOT 91.9 FM, B97.5 FM, HGTV Home, Oakes Daylilies, UT Federal Credit Union, Pleasant Hill Nursery, Kinsey Gardens, Hines Fine Soils, Knoxville Blue Print, Claiborne Hauling and the Friends of the UT Gardens.
The UT Gardens is located just off Neyland Drive behind the UT College of Veterinary Medicine 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 the end of exit ramp. Turn left onto Joe Johnson Drive and right at next light onto Chapman Drive. Parking lot 66 is directly across from the entrance to the UT Gardens.
The UT Gardens include plant collections based in Knoxville, Jackson and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Their mission is to foster appreciation, education and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programming and research trials. The gardens are open during all seasons and are free to the public. See utgardens.tennessee.edu for more information.
Derek Stowell, HGTV-UT Gardens Educator, 865-974-7151, firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Edlund, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 865-974-7141, email@example.com