The UT Gardens in Knoxville, Crossville and Jackson are open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset. Admission is typically free to the public, although certain events may charge an entrance fee to enter the gardens.
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To the UT Gardens, Knoxville
To get to the UT Gardens in Knoxville, from I-40 take Exit 386B onto Hwy 129 (Alcoa Hwy toward the Airport). From Hwy 129 take exit for Hwy 158 (Neyland Drive). Turn left at end of exit ramp. Turn left onto Joe Johnson Drive, and right at next light onto Chapman Drive. Visitor parking is directly across from the entrance to the UT Gardens, and is marked with signs for "2-Hr Visitor Parking."
Etiquette and Policies. . .
- Do not pick, cut or remove any plant materials or containers
- Place trash in waste containers
- Keep pets on a leash
- Clean up after pets
- Bicycling and skating are prohibited
Garden Map. . .
To download a larger image of the garden map or to print the map, click on the Open a Large Image of Map link
Parking for Visitors to the Garden. . .
Parking is limited during the week (Monday thru Friday, 8-5). There are 10 parking spaces reserved for UT Gardens visitors. They are located in the southeast corner of the parking lot, just opposite the plaza. Other spaces in that lot are for permit-holders only, and you will be subject to ticketing if you park in them. If none of the reserved parking spaces are available, call UTIA Services Office (865) 974-7159.
Professional Photography Policy. . .
The UT Gardens in Knoxville are proud to provide an attractive venue and colorful setting that has become a popular location for all types of photography in the East Tennessee region. Considerable materials and labor are required to maintain the Gardens to the high standard that has attracted so many professional photographers to use the Gardens in their work.
As a result, the UT Gardens has implemented the following Professional Photography policy. ‘Professional Photographer’ being defined as one who charges a fee for their services.
Professional photographers who wish to take advantage of the UT Gardens’ as part of their commercial work are asked to become Friends of the UT Gardens at the $100 level or above. These funds will directly support the maintenance and upkeep of the UT Gardens. Please refer to the information on the Membership page.
Photographers who do not wish to become Friends of the UT Gardens at this level may schedule photo shoots on the grounds for a fee of $35 per hour. Non-member (commercial) photographers who bring clients to the UT Gardens without scheduling in advance, or without paying the sitting fee, may be asked to leave the grounds.
Please read the UT Gardens Professional Photography Policy.
Tours and Field Trips. . .
The UT Gardens in Knoxville offer scheduled tours of the gardens at various times throughout the year. In addition, we are happy to accommodate garden clubs or schools that wish to arrange for a special tour. Cost for a guided tour is $5 per person. Funds raised through tours and classes help support the operation of the UT Gardens. To schedule a tour please contact our education director at email@example.com or call 865-974-7151.