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Fall Plant Sale at UT Gardens, Jackson

​The UT Gardens, Jackson, located at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center on Airways Boulevard, will hold a fall plant sale and gardening lectures on October 1. The event is free to attend. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. Download image.

JACKSON, Tenn. – Autumn is a great time to revive a lackluster landscape, so for inspiration and expert advice come to the Fall Plant Sale and Garden Lecture Series hosted by the UT Gardens, Jackson.  The event features special presentations and an exceptional plant sale.

The event is Thursday, October 1, with garden lectures beginning at 1:30 p.m. and the plant sale running from 3 – 6:30 p.m.  All are welcome and admission is free.

The garden lectures will feature special speaker Linda Askey, horticulturist by training and accomplished garden writer. Askey wrote for Southern Living magazine for 21 years and since 2000 has been a freelance contributor to magazines, a frequent speaker at symposia and a consultant to horticultural businesses. Her afternoon presentation, What is Your Garden Style, will focus on using your personal tastes to create a garden that is cohesive and distinctive.

At the plant sale, shoppers will find an array of plants ideal for this region, including trees, shrubs and a wide selection of pansies and other plants for winter seasonal interest. UT Gardens’ staff and local Master Gardeners will be on hand to help out with plant or siting questions. If you finish shopping early, or would like to learn a little more about these plants before making a purchase, join UT Extension Horticulturist Carol Reese for a 5 p.m. tour of the Gardens.

After the sale, all guests are invited to attend the Madison County Master Gardeners’ meeting and potluck meal where Askey will speak again. Her evening talk is titled, Bring Home a Little Wow. Askey will share some of her favorite “wow moments” from over three decades of travel as a garden journalist, and share her epiphanies on the use of color. Shoppers who plan to stay for the Master Gardeners’ meeting are asked to bring a dish to share for the meal. Drinks will be provided.

With a $35 donation, you can become a Friend of the UT Gardens at the plant sale, and receive a special shopping discount. 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
http://utgardens.tennessee.edu/support.html.

The UT Gardens Jackson is part of the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, located at 605 Airways Boulevard, Jackson, Tennessee.  For more details on the plant sale, go to
http://west.tennessee.edu/events.

The UT Gardens 
includes 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 http://utgardens.tennessee.edu for more information.

Through its mission of research, teaching and service, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu
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Contacts:
Jason Reeves, UT research horticulturist, 731-425-4765, jreeves@utk.edu
Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768, gtrice@tennessee.edu