Proceeds to benefit the arboretum's programs

Will Witte (in tent) at UT Arboretum Plant Sale

Dr. Will Witte, the UT Arboretum Society's "Answer Man" (under shelter), will be on hand at the 2014 Fall Plant Sale to answer any questions visitors have about their plants or sale plant selections. Dr. Witte is a retired faculty member of the UT Institute of Agriculture Plant Sciences Department. Photo courtesy UTIA.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - Fall is the ideal time to add plants to the landscape, so gardening enthusiasts and those wishing to add to their landscape are invited to attend the UT Arboretum Society’s Fall Plant Sale, Saturday, October 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UT Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Ave. in Oak Ridge.

Milder temperatures, more dependable rainfall, and the fact that plants are devoting all their resources to developing a stronger root system, will all combine to give new plants a head start in the spring and a much better survival rate.

The sale will feature high quality plants from Beaver Creek Nursery, East Fork Nursery, Riverdale Nursery, Sunlight Gardens, as well as the UT Arboretum Society’s members and friends. Will Witte, the Society’s “Answer Man,” will be there to answer all of your plant questions. Dano’s Hot Dogs will have his popular dogs and lemonade.

New this fall is Brad Greenwood, a copper and blacksmithing artisan from Clinton, with his unique, botanically-themed home and garden treasures. Greenwood will also bring his forge and put his hammer to the anvil as he demonstrates blacksmithing techniques during the sale.

Proceeds from the plant sale and other UT Arboretum Society events go to support and secure the future of the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge.

For 49 years, the UT Arboretum Society has served as a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the objectives and programs of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center's 250-acre arboretum. To learn more go online to the Arboretum Society's website.

The UT Arboretum and the Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center are outdoor demonstrations and laboratories operated by UT AgResearch, a division of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. The Center is celebrating 50 years of service in 2014. For more information, visit their website.

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.



Melanie Staten, UT Arboretum Society, 865-776-8227