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Books and Blooms postponed for 2016

We regret to notify you that we will not be hosting Books & Blooms this summer due to lack of funding and other garden construction projects. Books & Blooms began in 2005 as a free outreach program for the UT Gardens. At that time it was one of the only educational programs offered by the UT Gardens. As the educational department has grown and evolved, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone Books & Blooms for this year.

2016 Rain Barrel Sale - UT Gardens Knoxville

Saturday, June 4th from 9am-1pm
50 gallon Ivy rain barrel
$70 each (retails for $129)
Pre-orders recommended (deadline to pre-order is Sunday, May 29)

Pre-order now! The Water Quality Forum is accepting orders for 50 gallon Ivy rain barrels. Barrels will be available to pick up at the UT Gardens in Knoxville on Saturday, June 4th from 9am to 1pm. A limited number of barrels will be available for sale on the day of distribution, but pre-ordering guarantees your barrel.

More information about rain barrels and collecting rainwater is available at the above link, or you can download a pdf for more details of the sale.

Ivy Rain Barrel

Education - UT Gardens Knoxville

The schedule for classes and workshops is available on our Education page. Check out what is being offered through the end of the year!

Pre-registration is required for all classes. All classes will be held at the UT Gardens in Knoxville. Contact Derrick Stowell at 865-974-7151 or for more information.

Membership Benefit Renewed!

Better Homes and Gardens subscription program

The UT Gardens is happy to announce that our Better Homes & Gardens Subscription Program has been renewed! Each member who joins or renews through September 30, 2016 will be offered a free one-year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens magazine (digital or print edition). Current subscribers will receive a one-year extension of their subscription. You will receive a card with your membership letter which you can then redeem for your free subscription. This membership benefit is made possible through the UT Gardens' membership in the American Public Gardens Association (APGA).

Don't forget - members also enjoy reciprocal admission benefits at almost 300 gardens across the United States. This benefit is made possible through the UT Gardens' participation in the Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP) of the American Horticultural Society. Click here for more information and a list of participating gardens.


2016 Community Sponsors








Oakes Daylilies

Palmer's Turf Nursery logo



Pleasant Hill Nursery



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, starting March 1, 2011, the UT Gardens will implement 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.  Membership information is available at

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. 

The full policy may be viewed here.

UT Gardens Knoxville Volunteers

The UT Gardens Volunteer Program in Knoxville is currently offering two sessions each week, held on Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9-12. Volunteers may also help at special events, such as our plant sales, Blooms Days festival, or Howl-O-Ween. To learn how you can join in any of these volunteer opportunities, contact Beth Willis at; 974-2712


Dogwood Arts Festival Presents Bazillion Blooms

Bazillion Blooms is a Dogwood Tree planting program to beautify our East Tennessee communities, improve the health of our environment and foster community support and pride in our beloved native dogwood. For more information, click here




Corona is the official tool sponsor of the UT Gardens.

Dramm Logo

Dramm provides a portion of the watering tools used in the UT Gardens.

Contact The UT Gardens

UT Gardens in Knoxville
Physical Address:
2518 Jacob Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996

Mailing Address:
Department of Plant Sciences
252 Ellington Plant Sciences Bldg
2431 Joe Johnson Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-7324
Fax: (865) 974-1947

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