KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The UT Gardens, Knoxville, is holding its biggest sale of the year on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year the focus will be on "Pollinator Power."
Butterflies, bees, and birds as well as bats and other small mammals are all responsible for pollinating about 80 percent of all flowering plants on Earth. That means that one out of every three bites of food you eat is dependent on pollination. Many of these organisms are in decline due in great part to a loss of feeding and nesting habitats. Adding pollinator plants to your garden is one of the best ways you can help them out. This year’s Spring Plant Sale at the UT Gardens will feature plant varieties beneficial to pollinators. Plants will be clearly marked and trained staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions.
The sale will also include a wide array of herbs, edibles, ornamental perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs as well as hard-to-find choice selections like ‘Carolina Sweetheart’ redbud, hardy Bulgarian Windmill Palm, and ‘Chocolate Fountain’ mimosa with it’s striking, dark purple foliage and sterile blooms.
Limited quantities of the brand new, creamy gold-tipped ‘Kosmic Kale’ will be available. Bred in Boskoop, Netherlands, this semi-hardy vegetable is beautiful enough to add to the flower garden while producing delicious and nutritious greens for your culinary pleasure.
A preview sale will be held on Friday, April 7, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. for all University of Tennessee employees, Gardens volunteers, and UT Gardens members. Gardens members will also receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases. Memberships can be purchased on Friday with an immediate discount on plants.
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, visit the UT Gardens website: ag.tennessee.edu/utg