First Showing is ‘Symphony of the Soil’ on Sunday, Jan. 17


Falls Park, Greenville, South Carolina by A. Windham

​P​hoto of tree and soil at Falls Park, Greenville, S.C., by Alan Windham.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — If you’re looking for something to do on Sunday afternoons this winter, come visit the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture campus. The UT Gardens is presenting a monthly “Sunday Horticulture Film Series” beginning on January 17, with the documentary film “Symphony of the Soil” by Deborah Koons Garcia.

The film examines human use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development as well as the latest scientific research on the soil’s role in amending challenging environmental issues. The film will be presented at 2 p.m. in the Hollingsworth Auditorium, Ellington Plant Sciences Bldg., 2431 Joe Johnson Drive. Admission is $5 and concessions will be available. All proceeds will go to benefit the UT Gardens, Knoxville.

arking is available near the building.

UT Soil Science professor Dr. Neal Eash will lead a question and answer session following the film for those who wish to explore the topic further.

The dates for the two remaining films in the series are February 21 and March 20; however, the titles will be announced at a later date. Each will be followed by a Q & A session moderated by a UT expert. Each film will start at 2 p.m. Eastern time. 

The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs and research trials. For more information see the Gardens website:

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.



Susan Hamilton, Director of the UT Gardens, 865-974-7972