​Invigorate the Landscape with Plant Sale Finds

Fall Plant Sale Jackson
Gardeners can prep their landscapes for cooler weather at the 2018 Fall Plant Sale and Garden Lecture Series at the UT Gardens, Jackson. The plant sale is bookended by presentations from gardening expert, Vincent Simeone. Lectures begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 4. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. Download image​.

JACKSON, Tenn. – Autumn is a great time to revive a lackluster landscape, so for inspiration and expert advice come to the Fall Plant Sale and Garden Lecture Series hosted by the University of Tennessee Gardens, Jackson.  The event features special presentations and an exceptional plant sale.

Garden lectures begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 4. The plant sale runs from 3 – 6:30 p.m.  All are welcome and admission is free. 

After a one-year hiatus due to a building renovation project, the garden lectures return to the program with special guest Vincent Simeone. Simeone is an acclaimed garden writer and speaker—traveling throughout the U.S. on the garden lecture circuit. He is the author of six gardening books and has appeared on several gardening television shows, including Martha Stewart Living. Simeone was a student of esteemed horticulture professors Michael Dirr and Allan Armitage and is currently the director of Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, New York.

Following Simeone’s presentation, the plant sale will open promptly at 3 p.m. At the sale, shoppers will find an array of plants ideal for this region, including trees, shrubs, and a wide selection of pansies and other plants for winter seasonal interest. UT Gardens’ staff and local Master Gardeners will be on hand to help out with plant or siting questions.

After the sale closes at 6:30 p.m., all guests are invited to attend the Madison County Master Gardeners’ meeting and potluck meal where Simeone will once again share his gardening stories and insights. Shoppers who plan to stay for the Master Gardeners’ meeting are asked to bring a dish to share for the meal. Drinks will be provided. The UT Gardens, Jackson staff thanks the Madison County Master Gardeners for sponsoring the garden lecture portion of the event.

With a $35 donation, you can become a Friend of the UT Gardens at the plant sale. The donations help support many of the activities and beneficial research taking place at the UT Gardens, Jackson.  For more information on the program, or to become a Friend, go to http://utgardens.tennessee.edu/support.html.

The UT Gardens, Jackson is part of the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, located at 605 Airways Boulevard, Jackson, Tennessee.  For more details on the plant sale, including a list of available plants, go to http://west.tennessee.edu/events.

The UT Gardens include plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. The UT Gardens mission is to foster appreciation, education and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, see the Gardens website: ag.tennessee.edu/utg​.



ason Reeves, UT research horticulturist, 731-425-4765, jreeves@utk.edu

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