Everyone Invited to Meet and Greet Prior to Walk


Beautyberry at the UT Gardens, Knoxville

Laden with berries from late September through November, the beautyberry is a shrub that lives up to its name. Plenty of specimens can be seen throughout the UT Arboretum. Photo by James Newburn, courtesy UTIA.
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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will host a Meet and Greet followed by a fall wildflower walk on the UT Arboretum grounds, Saturday, September 17. The walk will begin at 9 a.m., but coffee and donuts will be served beginning at 8:30. Everyone is invited to come and learn more about the Arboretum and the Arboretum Society.

Kris Light, an expert naturalist, educator and photographer will lead the fun, educational and easy walk. “Most people think of springtime as wildflower season, but late summer and fall color the fields and roadsides in gold, purple and white. Come to the UT Arboretum to learn more about the wildflowers of the fields,” Light said. 

Participants may want to bring a camera to take pictures of the many wildflowers on the arboretum grounds.

The 250-acre UT Arboretum is a project of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center. The UT Arboretum generally hosts more than 30,000 visitors annually and features more than 800 native and exotic woody plant species, varieties and cultivars. Its system of walking trails crisscross the property allowing for visitors to enjoy both short walks and longer hikes. For more information about the UT Arboretum visit the website utarboretum.tennessee.edu. For more information about the Wildflower Walk or the UT Arboretum Society, call 865-483-3571.

The Arbortum is located at 901 Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge. A map is featured on the website forestry.tennessee.edu 

The Fall Wildflower Walk is one of many activities offered by the UT Arboretum Society, which is celebrating 51 years of service in 2016. The program is co-sponsored by the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, which is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. 

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​

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Contacts: 

Kevin Hoyt, UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, 865-483-3571, khoyt@utk.edu

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