Tenn. – The Summer Celebration Lawn and Garden Show is back for its 25th
Scheduled for Thursday, July 10, 2014, the annual event at the University of
Tennessee Gardens, Jackson (located on the grounds of the West Tennessee
AgResearch and Education Center), features a full day of garden talks, tours,
sales and demonstrations. The event kicks off at 9 a.m.
never been to this gardening extravaganza, here are seven reasons why visitors say
they love it.
1. Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale: Summer Celebration is known for its plant
sale! Sponsored by Master Gardeners, the sale offers an extensive selection of
hard-to-find trees, shrubs and other perennials. Proceeds from the sale benefit Master
Gardener projects that beautify West Tennessee and support the UT Gardens.
2. Garden Talks: These presentations begin at 10 a.m. and repeat
throughout the day. Topics range from
planting and pruning to viticulture and vegetables. There’s a not-to-be-missed presentation on a
damaging new pest to fruit trees. And
the highly acclaimed Felder Rushing will share his unconventional take on gardening. Raising chickens, recycling trash and
Southern folklore round out the program.
A total of 16 talks will be given, both indoors and out. Talk descriptions are available at west.tennessee.edu.
3. Expert Advice: Not only can
you get great information at one of the many garden talks, but you also have
access to a plant and pest diagnostic center.
Here UT experts will identify and prescribe treatment for weeds,
disease, insect damage and other plant ailments. They’ll also provide free testing of soil pH
levels. So don’t forget to pack a cup of
soil and your forlorn plants before leaving home.
Scenery: The UT Gardens in Jackson,
along with the UT Gardens in Knoxville and Crossville, are collectively known
as Tennessee’s official botanical gardens. The grounds always look beautiful,
but for Summer Celebration, they really pop!
To top it off, curator Jason Reeves typically assembles an elaborate
garden display to wow the crowd. For 2014
he’s planning a stunning bottle art exhibit with more than 3,000 bottles!
5. Friendly Folks: The staff at the West Tennessee AgResearch and
Education Center will make visitors feel welcome. They’ll provide rides to and from the parking
area, lend a hand to load newly purchased plants, and help locate presentation
rooms or tents. Just look for the people
in the gray and orange UT caps.
6. More Great Shopping: Around 50 businesses typically set up booths
in the Exhibitor Tent, selling items like plants, lawn equipment, garden art
and crafts. Purchase books from
gardening greats Felder Rushing and Troy Marden in this location. Refreshments are also sold here. Lots of great finds!
7. Learning about the UT Institute
of Agriculture: The ongoing
ornamental research at the UT Gardens, Jackson, assists the state’s growing
green industry. Center scientists also
conduct research on row crops and forestry.
Discover more about their work while taking a wagon tour of the facility. You can also hear about 4-H programs by
visiting the food tent, where 4-H All-Stars will be selling hamburgers hot off
Event admission is $5 for adults and free for children 17 and under. Activities conclude at 6 p.m.
information, including directions to the event, visit west.tennessee.edu.
Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 unique research
facilities operated by the University of Tennessee Institute of
Agriculture. In addition to its
agricultural research programs, the UT Institute of Agriculture 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.
Hayes, Director, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center,
Ginger Trice Rowsey,
UTIA Marketing and Communication Services, 731-425-4768, email@example.com