Annual Garden Festival Offers Education, Food and Fun for All Ages

UT Gardens, Knoxville

​The University of Tennessee Gardens, Knoxville, will host the annual Blooms Days Celebration May 9 and 10, 2015, with more than 20 gardening workshops and additional events for children featured.  Tickets are just for $7 one day or $11 for both days, with children under 12 admitted free.  For more information go online to utgardens.tennessee.eduDownload image. Photo courtesy UTIA.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Unique garden goods, live musical performances, workshops, children’s activities and more. Blooms Days at the University of Tennessee Gardens is a great destination for gardeners or anyone interested in beautifying their landscapes. The event will run Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, 2015, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
More than 20 workshops will be offered for all gardening skill levels on a variety of topics. Workshops include hydroponics, healing gardens, kitchen gardens and much more.  All are led by regional gardening experts and included in the cost of admission.
Enjoy live musical performances taking place on both days throughout the event. They’re always a hit with attendees and add to the enjoyment of the Gardens.
Blooms Days is the perfect place to celebrate Mother’s Day. Treat mom to music, food, fun and a free daylily, while supplies last.
Kids of all ages will enjoy a visit the Kids’ Corner to create make-and-take projects as well as visits to the Insect Zoo and Butterfly House.
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind treasure, look no further than Blooms Days. Vendors are on site, offering unique crafts, garden goods and specialty plants.
Are you hungry for a tasty treat? Stop by the food court and sample some delicious offerings from local food vendors. There’s something to satisfy everyone’s appetite.
Round out the day with a self-guided tour of the gardens and learn about some of the 4,000 annuals, perennials, herbs, tropicals, trees, shrubs, vegetables and ornamental grasses on site.
Tickets will be $7.00 at the gate for one day and $11 for both days. Children under 12 will be admitted free and the event will be held rain or shine. All proceeds will benefit the UT Gardens.  For more information and a complete schedule of the weekend’s activities, please visit the UT Gardens’ website:
Blooms Days is made possible through the generosity of Pilot, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, WBIR-TV, WUOT 91.9 FM, B97.5 FM, HGTV Home, Oakes Daylilies, UT Federal Credit Union, Pleasant Hill Nursery, Dalen, Palmer’s Turf Nursery, Common Grounds and Knoxville Blue Print,.
The UT Gardens is located just off Neyland Drive behind the UT College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville.  Parking is available in lot 66. From I-40 take Exit 386B onto Hwy 129 (Alcoa Hwy toward the Airport). From Hwy 129 take exit for Hwy 158 (Neyland Drive). Turn left at the end of exit ramp. Turn left onto Joe Johnson Drive and right at next light onto Chapman Drive. Parking lot 66 is 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.
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.


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

Doug Edlund, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 865-974-7141,


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