Society Celebrates 50 Years of Service in 2015

UT Arboretum Plant Sale

​The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will hold its 48th Annual Spring Plant Sale to benefit the UT Arboretum on April 18 at the arboretum in Oak Ridge. Photo courtesy the UT Arboretum Society. Download image.


OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Throughout 2015 the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society is celebrating 50 years of service to the UT Arboretum, and this year marks its 48th annual spring plant sale to benefit the programs of the UT Arboretum.
The sale will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UT Arboretum at 901 S. Illinois Ave. (Hwy. 62) in Oak Ridge.
This year’s sale, the society will gather the best of four local nurseries in one location. Beaver Creek and Riverdale Nurseries from Knoxville, Sunlight Gardens from Andersonville and East Fork Nursery from Sevierville will be offering a large and varied selections of shrubs, trees, wildflowers, perennials, annuals and edibles. The sale will also feature a limited supply of “The Rising Sun™” Redbud. This brand new redbud displays brilliant, golden tangerine and lime-colored, heart-shaped foliage all summer. 
Brad Greenwood Designs will be on hand to display unique botanically themed copper garden ornaments and steel features for the home and yard. He will also have his forge on site for blacksmithing demonstrations. Dano’s Hot Dogs will be back by popular demand.

Retired UT horticulture professor Will Witte, the “Answer Man,” will be available to answer your plant questions and will be selling books from his personal horticulture library.

The “Members Only” sale will be on Friday evening, April 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Memberships may be purchased at that time for this “early bird” shopping opportunity. Checks and credit cards will be accepted.  

The UT Arboretum Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the objectives and programs of the University of Tennessee’s 250-acre Arboretum in Oak Ridge. Proceeds from this sale and other Society fund-raising events go toward the operating expenses and endowment fund for the UT Arboretum. The Arboretum is part of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. To learn more about the Arboretum Society, and the UT Arboretum Endowment Fund, go to the Arboretum’s website or call 865-483-3571.
The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



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


UT Forest AgResearch and Education Center