Come Early for the Best Selection, Stay Late to Enjoy the Fall Scenery

University of Tennessee Arboretum
Organizers of the UT Arboretum Society Annual Fall Plant Sale, to be held Saturday, October 17, say come early for the best plant selections, and stay late to enjoy the outdoors at the UT Arboretum.​ Photo courtesy UTIA.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The public is invited to the UT Arboretum Society’s Annual Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, October 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UT Arboretum located at 901 S. Illinois Ave. in Oak Ridge.  Organizers say come early for the best selections, and stay late to enjoy the outdoors at the UT Arboretum.

Experts say fall is the ideal time to add plants to the landscape. Milder temperatures, more dependable rainfall, and the fact that plants are devoting all their resources to developing a stronger root system rather than to  top growth, will give additional to your landscape a head start in the spring and a much better survival rate. 

Beaver Creek Nursery, East Fork Nursery, Riverdale Nursery, Sunlight Gardens, as well as the UT Arboretum Society’s members and friends will offer a variety of high-quality plants for sale. 

Will Witte, the Arboretum Society’s “Answer Man,” and a retired member of the faculty of the UT Institute of Agriculture, will be there to answer all of your plant questions. Dano’s Hot Dogs will be selling their popular dogs and lemonade. 

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

The University of Tennessee Arboretum is a project of the UT Forest AgResearch and Education Center. It features several miles of short walking trails that crisscross approximately 250 acres of forest where visitors can enjoy the outdoors. The Arboretum is free and open to the public during daylight hours. For more information contact the center at 865-483-3571 or visit the Arboretum’s website:

The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society is a 50-year old, non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the objectives and programs of the University of Tennessee’s 250-acre Arboretum in Oak Ridge.  To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to For more information call 865-483-3571.

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Kevin Hoyt, Director, UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, 865-483-3571