JACKSON, Tenn. – Planting peppers with petunias? Cucumbers next to coleus? Garden designs are trending away from the purely ornamental to more functional layouts that provide sustenance as well as style. The theme of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Summer Celebration Lawn and Garden Show is The Garden of Eatin’, with a focus on creatively adding more edibles to your landscape. Many of the 17 garden talks will provide tips for successfully adding fruits, vegetables and herbs to ornamental flowerbeds and containers. Visitors can see edible landscape designs during guided tours of the UT Gardens Jackson, learn about proper plant selection, siting and maintenance, and pick up a few new culinary concepts.
Summer Celebration takes place Thursday, July 14, at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 18. More program information can be found at west.tennessee.edu/events.
“If you’re looking to enhance your lawn or garden, Summer Celebration is the event to attend,” says Bob Hayes, Director of the West Tennessee AgResearch Center. “Our presentations feature some of the Mid-South’s leading horticulturists, our Diagnostic Center is manned by some of the region’s top plant and pest experts, and our display gardens are simply stunning.”
In keeping with the theme, the UT Kitchen Divas will feature herb-infused recipes in their cooking demonstrations. There is an additional $5 charge to attend the Divas cooking show, which includes generous samples of their signature dishes. A total of seven shows will be presented hourly beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at 9 a.m. outside the demonstration kitchen for morning shows and at 12:15 p.m. for afternoon shows.
Visitors to Summer Celebration can also shop an extensive selection of hard-to-find trees, shrubs and other perennials at the Master Gardener Plant Sale. Plus, dozens of businesses will be on hand selling plants, lawn equipment, garden art and crafts. New this year, Summer Celebration will feature creations from members of the West Tennessee Artisan Trail.
The Master Gardener Plant Sale and Exhibitor Tents open at 9 a.m. Garden talks begin at 10 a.m. Most sessions take place outdoors under spacious tents, but six talks are offered indoors in air-conditioned auditoriums. A wagon tour of the West Tennessee AgResearch Center departs every 30 minutes. Food and drink are available for purchase from 4-H All Stars and Gourmet Your Way.
The West Tennessee AgResearch Center is located at 605 Airways Boulevard, Jackson, Tennessee. Visit the website or like the UT Gardens, Jackson, Facebook page for the most up-to-date information. For large groups of 20 or more, pre-registration is appreciated. Please call 731-425-4751.
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