Classroom techniques for teachers and homeschoolers to be featured

Gardening With Children Symposium 2013

The 2014 Gardening with Children Symposium in the UT Gardens, Knoxville, will present classroom and homeschooling techniques to enhance curriculums using garden-based learning. Photo of students in the UT Gardens Kitch Garden by D. Stowell, courtesy UTIA. Download image.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Gardens is hosting its annual symposium focused on getting children gardening on Saturday, August 2, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Research shows that getting children active and in nature has many benefits. Gardening is an easy way for children to interact with nature no matter where they live. This symposium is designed for teachers, homeschool families and volunteers who are interested in learning more about gardening and how it can impact children’s education. Teachers will acquire techniques to enhance their curriculum using garden-based learning, learn ways to fund their school gardens.

Come and learn how local gardening programs can assist you in the classroom or at home.

The cost for the symposium is $30 per adult and $15 per college student. Please register online at the UT Gardens website at by 5 p.m., Monday, July 28.

For more information contact Derrick Stowell at 865-974-7151 or

You can find the UT Gardens in Knoxville just off Neyland Drive behind the UT Veterinary Medical Center on the Institute of Agriculture campus. From I-40 take Exit 386B onto Highway 129 (Alcoa Highway south toward the airport). From Highway 129 take the exit for Highway 158 (Neyland Drive). Turn left onto Neyland Drive at end of exit ramp. Turn left onto Joe Johnson Drive and right at the next light onto Chapman Drive. Free visitor parking is available 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 for more information.



Derrick Stowell, UT Gardens, 865-974-7151,