Plan to Attend April 8th or 9th​

Baptisia 'Capsian Blue'
The UT Gardens, Knoxville, spring plant sale will be April 8 and 9. Featured plants include bleeding hearts and baptisia varieties including the 'Capsian Blue' shown above. For more details see Photo courtesy UTIA.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –  Spring has sprung and n
ow is the ideal time to shop for some unique plants for your garden. The University of Tennessee Gardens is holding its spring plant sale on Saturday, April 9, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A preview sale will be held on Friday, April 8, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. for all UT employees, Gardens volunteers, and Friends of the UT Gardens. Friends will also receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases. If you are not a Friend yet, you will can sign up for a membership at the preview sale and receive the member discount on purchases.

We will be offering brief informational sessions throughout the day Saturday on many of the choice plant selections as well as blueberry planting basics and flower garden design. Special guest and author John Tullock will be speaking and signing his newest book:
Seed to Supper: Growing and Cooking Great Food No Matter Where You Live--100+ Delicious Recipes & Growing Tips for Windowsills to Wide Open Spaces.

Featured spring-blooming perennials at the sale are bleeding hearts and baptisia (false indigo). Bleeding hearts are deer resistant and the sale features only 50 of each of the following 4 selections:  ‘Alba’ – solid white flowers that glow in the shade garden, $20; ‘Pink’ – pink flowers with some white, $20; ‘Gold Heart’ – vibrant gold foliage with pink flowers that is striking in the shade garden, $24; and ‘King of Hearts’ – a hybrid with fern-like foliage that lasts all summer and deep rosy pink flowers, $16.

Baptisia is revered as one of the great sun-loving backbone perennial plants available to American gardeners. It is a tall (3-4ft), rugged character whose intense blue flowers appear in April-May above handsome, gray-green leaves that remain an attractive feature of the garden all summer. The sale will include only 50 of each of the following selections: ‘Caspian Blue’ – Deep blue flower spikes on strong, sturdy stems, $16; ‘Carolina Moonlight’ – Creamy yellow flower spikes, $20; and B. tinctoria – Bright gold flower spikes, $9.

Additionally, the sale will include a huge variety of plants to meet your gardening needs. Some edibles include
Blueberry varieties: 'Brightwell', ‘Pink Lemonade’, 'Tifblue', and 'Premier'; thornless blackberries ‘Natchez’ and ‘Triple Crown’; and figs 'Black Mission', 'Brown Turkey', 'Ischia', and 'Panache'.

Also on sale will be an array of herbs including
Italian parsley, assorted mints, hardy selections of rosemary and lavender, and various thymes and sages. Ornamental perennials, trees and shrubs that will be available include choice conifer selections not easily found, the new ‘Alley Cat’ variegated redbud tree, the new seedless and double flower ‘Smoothie’ series of Rose-of-Sharon shrub, ‘Moonlight’ Chinese hydrangea vine, and new selections of Chinese fringe flower shrub.

For directions to the Gardens’ location on the campus of the UT Institute of Agriculture on Neyland Drive, or for a listing of the huge selection of plants on sale, go to the UT Gardens website​.



Derrick Stowell, UT Gardens, 865-974-7151,​