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Rudbeckia by D. Stowell

oin the UT Gardens’ staff and regional native plant experts as we explore native plants on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rudbeckia (shown above) is among the many plants that will be discussed at the symposium and featured at the sale. Photo by D. Stowell, courtesy UTIA. Download image.​ 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Join the University of Tennessee Gardens’ staff and regional native plant experts as we explore native plants on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

During this day-long symposium, we will explore how native plants can add beauty to our landscape and enhance biodiversity while improving our surrounding environment. Margie Hunter, author of Gardening with Native Plants of TN: The Spirit of Place, will speak on ecology in the residential landscape and how to best use natives to promote a sound garden ecosystem. Other guest speakers include UT Associate Professor Emeritus Sam Rogers, local garden author John Tullock and Tennessee native plant nursery owner Andy Sessions. 

Participants will learn about the connection between native plants and pollinators and learn about native orchids and how to grow them in the landscape. Symposium attendees will be able to start shopping for plants 45 minutes prior to the sale, which opens to the general public at 3:45 p.m. The sale will feature a group of local nurseries who specialize in native plants. This event will be a great way to for people to learn about our regionally native and endemic plants and have access to growers whose nurseries are located outside the city. 

The cost for the symposium is $60 for UT Gardens Members and $80 for nonmembers. Lunch will be provided. Register online at​ by 5 p.m., Thursday, May 18. 

Recognized in 2013 as the official botanical gardens of the state of Tennessee, the University of Tennessee Gardens located in Knoxville, Jackson and Crossville are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Some 4,000 annuals, perennials, herbs, tropical plants, trees, shrubs, vegetables and ornamental grasses are evaluated each year. Both the Knoxville and Jackson gardens are TN Certified Arboreta. The gardens are open during all seasons and are free to the public.​

You can find the UT Gardens, Knoxville, just off Neyland Drive behind the UT Veterinary Medical Center on the Institute of Agriculture campus. Free visitor parking is available directly across from the entrance to the UT Gardens.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.​.



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