​Event Celebrates Golden Anniversary

UT Arboretum Society Spring Plant Sale
The ​2016 University of Tennessee Arboretum Society Spring Plant Sale will be held April 15 and 16 on the grounds of the UT Arboertum in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The 15th is a members only sale, but you may choose to join the Society on the spot to attend the sale on that date. Photo courtesy UTIA. Download image​

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society’s 50th annual Spring Plant Sale will gather the best of four local nurseries in one location. Beaver Creek and Riverdale Nurseries from Knoxville, Sunlight Gardens from Andersonville and East Fork Nursery from Sevierville will be offering a large and varied selection of shrubs, trees, wildflowers, perennials, annuals and edibles. Brad Greenwood Designs will have unique botanically themed copper garden ornaments and steel features for the home and yard. Dano’s Hot Dogs, with an expanded menu, will again be at this event. 

Back by popular demand, the Society will be offering ‘The Rising Sun™’ Redbud. This new Redbud displays brilliant, golden tangerine and lime-colored, heart-shaped foliage all summer and was a quick sell-out plant last year. The Society will also be offering a limited supply of another new redbud tree: ‘Alley Cat’. ‘Alley Cat’ was literally discovered in an alley in Kentucky and has beautiful green and white variegated foliage which is stable and scorch resistant.

Retired UT horticulture professor Will Witte, the “Answer Man”, will be on hand to answer your plant questions and will be selling books from his personal horticulture library.

The sale will be held on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UT Arboretum at 901 S. Illinois Ave. (Hwy. 62) in Oak Ridge. The “Members Only” sale will be on Friday evening, April 15th from 5-7 p.m. Memberships may be purchased at that time for this “early bird” shopping opportunity. Checks and credit cards will be accepted.

The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society has existed for 51years as a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the objectives and programs of the University of Tennessee’s 250-acre Arboretum in Oak Ridge. Proceeds from this sale and other Society fund-raising events go toward the operating expenses and endowment fund for the UT Arboretum. To learn more about the Arboretum Society, and the UT Arboretum Endowment Fund, visit the website

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Melanie Staten, UT Arboretum Society, 865-776-8227

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