Tenn. — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and the Cumberland
County Master Gardeners will once again host a Fall Gardeners’ Festival at UT’s
Plateau AgResearch and Education Center. The festival will be held Tuesday, Aug.
26, in the Plateau Discovery Gardens, also known as the UT Gardens, Crossville.
The site is on Hwy. 70N, west of Crossville.
is free and there is no fee to park at the site. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The
program is scheduled to adjourn at 3 p.m.
Festival activities will include four educational themes of interest to
Rainwater and rain gardens and plants that are suited for the extremes of
drought versus soggy
Ornamentals, particularly azaleas and native plants and online resources for
Fruit and vegetable gardening, specifically basic organic gardening, berry
production and vegetable pests
Harvesting herbs, healthy gardening for gardeners as well as Garden2Tailgate.
For the Garden2Tailgate presentation, Dean Towers, a member of the Cumberland
County Master Gardeners who holds the unofficial title “Chef of the Gardens,”
will be offering cooking classes focused on safety tips for healthy
tailgating. Towers plans to demonstrate
special recipes that feature seasonal fruits and vegetables and which will make
everyone's tailgating party the "talk of the game.” For a small donation in support of the
Gardens, visitors may sample Towers’ fares.
other presentations will be made by UT experts and local gardening
personalities. Nine of the sessions to be presented have been approved as
continuing educational opportunities for pesticide recertification points.
may also participate in wagon tours of the center’s operations and walking
tours of the Gardens. In 2013 the UT Gardens,
Crossville, became the third site in the UT Gardens’ statewide plant collection.
Last year the combined UT Gardens collections were designated by the Tennessee
General Assembly as the state’s official botanical garden.
The Fall Gardeners’ Festival will
also feature vendors selling their wares and educational exhibits with information
for gardeners and those interested in landscaping and nursery products.
The popular UT Extension Ask-the-Expert booth invites visitors to bring samples
or photos of "needy" plant materials for analysis and recommended
treatments. Also, Debbie Joines, manager of UT Extension’s Soil, Plant and Pest
Center, will be on hand to provide free soil pH analyses. Those interested in
this service should bring a sandwich bag full of the soil they wish to be
and lunch items will be available for purchase throughout the day. A map and
complete directions are available here. For more
information, call the center at 931-484-0034 or visit the Cumberland County
Master Gardeners website.
Cumberland County Master Gardeners Association is a program of the county’s UT
Extension office. The Plateau AgResearch and Education Center in Crossville is
one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT
AgResearch system. Both Extension and AgResearch are divisions of the
UT Institute of Agriculture, which 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.
Hitch, Director, UT Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, 931-484-0034, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Christopherson, Cumberland
County Master Gardner and Fall Gardeners’ Festival Coordinator, 931-707-0120, email@example.com