Children learning how to transplant knock-out roses

Home Grown

Enhance your home school program with hands-on fun and educational classes.
Cost: $5 per student 
All programs require preregistration. Contact Derrick Stowell, Director of Education, at, (865) 974-7151, or visit to register online for any event.


Clones in the Garden! aka Plant Propagation

Ever wonder why so many plants in gardens and landscapes look almost identical? Well, it’s because genetically they are identical! In a world where so many people and animals of the same species all look so different, how is it that we have identical plants?  In this lesson will learn about basic plant physiology and the movement materials in, through and out of plants so that we can learn how to propagate, or clone, identical plants. We learn various propagation methods and how to manipulate the environment to provide an optimal environment for propagation. ​

Friday, October 28 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Autumn Leaves: Collection & Identification

In this leafy lesson, we will learn about the structure and function of plant leaves, leaf morphology, nomenclature, identification, why they fall and change colors and ways to collect leaves. We will learn how to save leaves, create rubbings and prints using leaves collected as we scavenge around the gardens. ​

Friday, November 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.