​​A Food-Free Event for Children Accompanied by an Adult


UT Gardens Trick or Trees participant

Trick or Trees participants will enjoy many activities, such as painting, at the food-free event.  Admission is $6 per child, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.  Photo by D. Stowell, courtesy UTIA.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Be silly, not scared at the UT Gardens’ 5th annual Trick or Trees!

Children are invited to wear their costumes to the UT Gardens, Knoxville, on Saturday, October 24, 2015, from 1 to 3 p.m., to enjoy food-free trick or treating. The event is designed to avoid the feared sugar rush and allow those with food allergies to participate in safe, seasonal, food-free activities.
The Food Allergy Community of East TN (FACET), Allergy & Asthma Affiliates, and The Allergy Asthma and Sinus Center have helped to create this food-free event. All youth in attendance will have the opportunity to learn about natural science topics such as spiders, leaves and pumpkins. They can also make beautiful crafts to take home!
This event will occur rain or shine. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per child (12 and under). Families are welcome to come and enjoy the festivities anytime between 1 and 3 p.m.  Advance registration is required. To register, please contact Derrick Stowell, UT Gardens Educator, at dstowell@utk.edu or 865-974-7151, or register online at the UT Gardens website: utgardens.tennessee.edu
More information, directions and a calendar of this fall’s events are also available at the website.
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 free and open to the public as part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The UT Gardens, Knoxville, is located just off Neyland Drive behind the UT Veterinary Medical Center on the Institute of Agriculture campus. Free visitor parking is available directly across from the entrance.

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


Derrick Stowell, UT Gardens, 865-974-7151, dstowell@utk.edu