​29th Annual Lawn and Garden Show Scheduled for July 13


UT Gardens, Jackson, Summer Celebration

Visitors to the Summer Celebration at the UT Gardens, Jackson (shown above), will be treated to indoor and outdoor garden tours and lectures as well as a plant sale and a number of vendors selling unique gardening items and crafts. Gates open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 13. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 18. Photo courtesy UITA. Download image​.

JACKSON, Tenn. – Is it possible to create a magazine-worthy garden on even the most challenging sites? Speakers at the Summer Celebration Lawn and Garden Show say, yes! On Thursday, July 13, they’ll provide garden inspiration with an emphasis on solutions.

Hosted by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Summer Celebration runs from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at UT's West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. Visitors can enjoy 17 garden talks, an extensive plant sale and access to the UT Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 18. More program information can be found online at west.tennessee.edu/events.

“In many cases, before you can design your dream lawn or garden you have to overcome a challenge, such as sloping terrain, too much shade or limited space,” says Jason Reeves, curator of the UT Gardens, Jackson. “Many of our garden talks will address these tough sites and help visitors see results in their landscapes.”

Beginning at 9 a.m. visitors can shop hard-to-find ornamentals at the Master Gardener plant sale, or visit the Exhibitor Tent featuring more than 40 local businesses selling plants, lawn equipment, garden art and crafts.

Garden talks begin at 10 a.m. and repeat throughout the day. They’re held both indoors and out. Visitors can hear fresh ideas for dealing with common landscape challenges in lectures like “Garden Big in Small Spaces,” “What Plant Would Grow Here?” and “Turf Made for the Shade.” Talks will also cover topics such as weed management, hydrangea care, wildlife concerns and the devastating crapemyrtle bark scale.

In keeping with the solutions theme, the UT Kitchen Divas will provide tips and tricks for meal prep that save time and money. Their cooking demonstration will be presented hourly beginning at 10 a.m. There is an additional $5 charge to see this very popular presentation. Tickets can be purchased at 9 a.m. outside the demonstration kitchen for morning shows and at 12:15 p.m. for afternoon shows.

A wagon tour of the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center rounds out the program. These tours will depart every 30 minutes.

​The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education 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.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.
ag.tennessee.edu.


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Contacts:

Dr. Bob Hayes, Center Director, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 731-424-1643,
rhayes1@utk.edu

Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768,
gtrice@tennessee.edu


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