Invigorate autumn landscapes with plant sale finds

UT Gardens, Jackson, plant sale
A wide selection of plants and accomplished garden speakers keep guests returning to the annual Fall Plant Sale and Garden Lecture Series at UT Gardens, Jackson. Mark your calendar for October 1-2, 2014. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. Download image.

JACKSON, Tenn. – If you’re tired of toiling over a lackluster landscape during the autumn and winter months, come to the Fall Plant Sale and Garden Lecture Series hosted by the University of Tennessee Gardens, Jackson. The event features special presentations and an exceptional plant sale.

This two-day event begins Wednesday, October 1, with an exclusive preview party for Friends of the UT Gardens. These supporters of the UT Institute of Agriculture’s horticultural research program can enjoy early shopping, light refreshments and special discounts on purchases. The preview party is from 5 – 7 p.m.

The event picks back up Thursday, October 2, with garden lectures beginning at 1:30 p.m. and the re-opening of the plant sale from 3 – 6:30 p.m.  All are welcome and admission is free.

The garden lectures will feature special speaker Hayes Jackson, Urban Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service. Jackson is an accomplished garden traveler and plant collector. He is known for introducing the Hayes’ Starburst Hydrangea, and his 7-acre garden has been featured in numerous publications, including Southern Living. Jackson’s afternoon presentation is titled Confessions of a Plant-aholic.

At the conclusion of the plant sale, all guests are invited to attend the Madison County Master Gardeners’ meeting where Jackson will speak again. His evening talk, Tropicalesque Plants, will focus on using hardy tropicals or tropical-like plants in the garden.

With a $35 donation, you may become a Friend of the UT Gardens on either day of the event and take advantage of the preview party and special discount on purchases. The donations help support many of the activities and beneficial research taking place at the UT Gardens, Jackson.  For more information on the program or to become a Friend go to the UT Gardens' website.

The UT Gardens, Jackson, is part of UT’s West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, located at 605 Airways Boulevard, Jackson, Tennessee.  For more details on the plant sale, visit the center's website.

The UT Gardens include plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Their mission is to foster appreciation, education and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs and research trials. The gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. See their website for more information.



Jason Reeves, UT research horticulturist, 731-425-4765,

Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768,