Join the UT Gardens and regional native
plant experts as we explore how native plants can not only enhance our
landscape but also increase biodiversity and improve our environment. Margie
Hunter, author of Gardening with Native Plants of Tennessee: The Spirit of Place, will give us a chance to learn
how to garden with native plants of Tennessee. Participants will also explore
how native plants support pollinators and learn about native orchids and how to
grow them in your landscape.
Location: UT Gardens, Knoxville. Room 156/157 Plant Biotech Building E. J. Chapman Dr.
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Cost:$60 members; $80 nonmembers
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Native Plant Sale open to symposium attendees: 3:00-3:45 p.m.
Native Plant Sale open to the public: 3:45-6:00 p.m.
8:30-9:30 Natural Communites and Gardening: Ecology in the Residential Landscape—Margie
9:30-10:30 Pleasing your Pollinators with Native Plants—Andy Sessions
10:45-11:45 The UT Native American Interpretive Garden— Sam Rogers
11:45-12:45 Lunch Provided with
optional tours of the Native American Interpretive Garden
12:45-1:45 Native Orchids and Trilliums—John Tullock
2:00-3:00 East Tennessee Native Plant Almanac— Margie Hunter
3:00 Plant Sale opens to symposium attendees
Sale opens to general public.
NATIVE PLANT MARKET FEATURING:
Sunlight Gardens, Overhill Gardens, Beaver Creek, and UT Gardens
Grow your Native plant collection with premium selections from these specialty nurseries!
*UT Gardens members receive 10% off purchases of plants at UT Gardens booth only.
Natural Communities and Gardening:
Ecology in the Residential Landscape: While it may not always appear so, Nature is well organized. Diverse
plant and animal communities develop around specific sets of conditions based
on geology, topography, soil, water, and climate. Understanding
Nature’s principles of organization can help gardeners design a more successful
and satisfying home landscape. Native plants serve as the primary
community components, setting the stage for gardens to please aesthetically and
function biologically — a trait that provides practical benefits for gardeners.
Pleasing your Pollinators with Native Plants: According to the USDA, "Three-fourths of the world's flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world's food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce." These essential organisms are declining in population due to a variety of environmental pressures. Learn to how to attract and support native pollinators to your backyard using the plants that they depend on for survival.
The UT Native American Interpretive Garden: Sam Rogers will peresent an illustrated overview of the history, background, and development of the University of Tennessee Native American Interpretive Garden. Formally dedicated in 2011, the garden began over three decades earlier to pay homage to the prehistoric Woodland burial mound which is believed to date friom the period of around 600-1000 AD. The Woodland tribe are the ancestors of the Cherokee. This garden space features a diverse native plant collection as well as extensive interpretive signage honoring the connection between the native people and plants. It now serves as an important aesthetic, educational, and service learning resource for the UT campus and the larger community.
Native Orchids and Trilliums: Many native plant enthusiasts think orchids and trilliums
are the Holy Grail of horticultural acquisitions. And while it is true that
a few native orchid species can be successfully adapted to the garden,
trilliums are easier to grow. Local author and wildflower enthusiast John
Tullock will explain which orchids and trilliums to purchase and how to grow
them. We will also discuss the issue of wild plant collection, and how
gardeners can avoid unethically harvested plants.
East Tennessee Native Plant Almanac: A sample checklist of suitable native plants for seasonal interest and wildlife value in the garden spring through winter.
Margie Hunter is a writer and author of Gardening With the Native
Plants of Tennessee: The Spirit of Place. She gives presentations on native
plants and natural history, serves on the boards of the Tennessee Native Plant
Society and Tennessee Naturalist Program, and volunteers with the Spring
Wildflower Pilgrimage in Gatlinburg.
John H. Tullock has been an advocate for sustainable living and
biodiversity preservation since the 1970s. He has taught college courses in
environmental science and has lectured extensively on biodiversity and
sustainability issues. He is the author of Growing Hardy Orchids and
at least a dozen other books.
Sam Rogers is an Associate Professor Emeritus and retired UT professor of landscape architecture whose career championed native
plants and sustainable plant communities. Sam is a Fellow with the American
Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), their highest honor. Rogers is one
of the founding members of the accredited Landscape Architecture Program at UT.
He also founded the UT Environmental Landscape Design Lab which served to
connect student academic experiences with ‘service learning’ and community
outreach projects such as restoring native plants and plant communities to
greenways, wetlands, meadows, riparian areas, and schoolyard environments. The
Native American Interpretative Garden on the UT Agriculture Campus is an
example of the amazing work Rogers completed throughout his career.
Andy Sessions is Co-Owner of Sunlight Gardens, a small mail
order nursery specializing in nursery propagated plants that are native to the
eastern United States. Our mission is to assist gardeners in becoming successful
by providing them with the highest quality plants, accurate information, and
excellent customer service. Andy has a BA from Hampshire College in horticulture and botany, and a MS in botany from UT, thesis was on tropical ferns. She was employed in the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History, dept of botany,
categorizing ferns and composites before moving to Tennessee.