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Upcoming Events for Tennessee

To submit your gardening event to our staff, submit it using our contact form or send an email to calendar@statebystategardening.com.

 

 

June

 

June 8, Crossville
Eastern Region TEMG Meeting
Plateau Research and Education Center

Master gardener meeting and workshops for eastern part of the state includes tours of Plateau Discovery Gardens with sessions on garden photography and managing home ponds. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact your local UT extension office or master gardener group or visit extension.tennessee.edu/mastergardener.

 

June 9-11, Beersheba Springs
Tennessee Native Plant Society Annual Meeting
Beersheba Springs Assembly

Speakers include Dr. Ken McFarland, “Mosses are Plants Too” and David Lincicome, “Capacity Building for Plant Conservation: Establishment of a Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA).” Programs on Friday and Saturday evenings after the meals. Field trip details TBA. For more information, visit tnps.org.

 

June 10, Couchville
Cedar Glade Tour—Couchville, John and Hester, Vesta Cedar Glades
Couchville State Natural Area

Brian Bowen will lead this tour of the cedar glades and barrens near Nashville to see globally rare ecosystems and the plants found there. 9:30 a.m. For more information or to register, visit tnstateparks.com/events.

 

June 10, Johnson City
2017 Garden Tour

Tour seven of Johnson City’s most enchanting gardens on this biennial tour sponsored by Shady Oaks Garden Club. There will also be a reception and plant sale. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For ticket purchase details, visit shadyoaksgardenclub.org.

 

June 10, Knoxville
Hardy Succulents for East Tennessee
South Greenhouse Room 124, UT Gardens

UT Garden horticulturist Alexandria Smith will lead interactive workshop with growing instructions, design ideas, and starter pack of four succulent varieties to take home. 10 a.m.-noon. Preregistration required. For more information or to register, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.

 

June 10, Knoxville
Summer Pruning
Cedar Bluff Library

Which shrubs and plants need a haircut during the summer? Master gardener John Payne will discuss which to cut and which ones not to touch. 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-470-7033.

 

June 10, Memphis
Mid-South Hydrangea Society Conference & Plant Sale
Dixon Gallery & Gardens

Natalie Hamill, Mal Condon, Vanessa Gardner Nagel, and Michael Dirr on topics of selection, care, and design. 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Garden tours on June 11. Register early. For more information, visit dixon.org or midsouthhydrangea.com.

 

June 12, Franklin
Garden Talk Series@ Main: Bugs of Tennessee
Williamson County Public Library, Columbia Avenue

Learn symptoms and signs of common insect damage and also about beneficial insects that help to control the bad ones. 1-3 p.m. For more information, visit lib.williamson-tn.org or call 615-595-1243.

 

June 15, Memphis
Monthly Botanic Talks: Rhododendron Hybrids
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Dale Skaggs, director of horticulture, leads this group discussion of Rhododendron. Suggested book: Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel. Supplemental pages and refreshments provided. 5-6 p.m. For more information or to register, visit dixon.org.

 

June 17, Chattanooga
Daylilies for a Day
Hamilton County Agriculture Center

Hamilton County Master Gardeners present George Gannaway to discuss daylilies in their multitude of colors and how they welcome hummingbirds. 10 a.m. Advanced registration is preferred. For more information or to register, visit mghc.org.

 

June 17, Memphis
Build a Bamboo Trellis for a Fragrant Moon Vine
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Create a trellis to support vines in your garden beds or containers and take home moon vine with your trellis. 10:30 a.m.-noon. For more information or to register, call 901-761-5250 or visit dixon.org.

 

June 17-18, Roan Mountain
Rhododendron Festival
Roan Mountain State Park

Festival features crafters, musicians, and tasty food. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit roanmountain.com.

 

June 19, Knoxville
Summer Pruning
Davis Family YMCA, Northshore

Which shrubs and plants need a haircut during the summer? Master gardener John Payne will discuss which to cut and which ones not to touch. 1-2 p.m. For more information, call 865-777-9622.

 

June 20, Murfreesboro
Summer Evening Walk in the Prairie
Flat Rock Cedar Glades and Barrens State Natural Area

Wildflowers of the prairies and glades provide a great early summer show on this 3-mile hike through the three community types. Some walking will be off-trail. 5 p.m. For more information or to register, visit tnstateparks.com/events.

 

June 22, Nashville
Central Region TEMG Meeting
Ellington Ag Center

Master Gardener meeting and workshops for central part of the state includes tours of Ellington, Cedars of Lebanon State Park Butterfly Garden, and the arboretum and garden in Fiddlers Grove at James Ward Ag Center. Two afternoon sessions – Help with Your Helpline and Working With Youth And Horticulture. Contact your local UT extension office or Master Gardener group for details.

 

June 22, Knoxville
Flying Flowers – The Lives of Local Butterflies and Native Bees
Humana, Western Avenue

Join Master Gardeners Amy Haun and Kat Fenstermaker to learn about local butterflies and native bees. 2:45-3:45 p.m. For more information, call 865-329-8892.

 

June 24, Crossville
New Ways to Build Gardens Using Nature’s Principles
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Carol Burdett discusses how to garden if you have a shallow or non-existent soil depth. What to do to give you the landscape you desire. Free, 9-10:30 a.m., registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

June 24, Knoxville
Flying Flowers – The Lives of Local Butterflies and Native Bees
Bearden Branch Library

Join Master Gardeners Amy Haun and Kat Fenstermaker to learn about our local butterflies and native bees. 1:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 865-588-8813.

 

June 26, Franklin
Garden Talk Series@ Main: Gardening to Attract Pollinators
Williamson County Public Library

Amy Dismukes discusses which plants will attract bees and butterflies to your garden and about pollination of your fruits and veggies. 1-3 p.m. For more information, visit lib.williamson-tn.org or call 615-595-1243.

 

June 27, Knoxville
Flying Flowers – The Lives of Local Butterflies and Native Bees
Karns Senior Citizen Center

Join Master Gardeners Amy Haun and Kat Fenstermaker to learn about the lives of our local butterflies and native bees. 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 865-951-2653.



June 29, Memphis
Summer Diseases and Insect Control on Plants
Shelby County Extension Office

Walter Battle, UT extension director of Haywood County, gives this lunchtime talk. Noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 901-752-1207.

 

June 30-July 1, Memphis
Mid-South Great Tomato Contest
Shelby Farms Park Visitor Center

Educational programs on heirlooms, growing tomatoes in straw bales, best tomatoes for the Mid-South, tomato pests and diseases, salsa making with kids, and more. Also judging of best overall tomato, best slicing, best cherry, best heirloom, heaviest tomato, and best salsa. Star-spangled music festival and laser show on Hyde Lake on July 1. Sponsored by Memphis Area Master Gardeners. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday. For more information, email
greattomatocontest@gmail.com.

 

July

 

Through August 1, Clarksville
Registration for Montgomery County Master Gardener Course – Fall of 2017
Montgomery County Extension Office

All classes on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. August 22-November 14.The fee for the class is $125 or $150 for couples. For more information, see Facebook page or contact Karla Kean at kkean@utk.edu or 931-648-5725.

 

July 2, Kodak
Hummingbird Banding
Bluebird Barn, Seven Islands State Birding Park

Master bander Mark Armstrong leads this one-of-a-kind experience to get up close and personal with wild birds. Take an easy 1-mile hike to the banding site. 7 a.m. Must preregister at tnstateparks.com/events.

 

July 8, Crossville
Fall Vegetable Gardening
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Fred Mullen discusses the best varieties and tips for successful growing for a cool-season vegetable garden. Free, 9-11:30 a.m., registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

July 8, Knoxville
Are You Water Wise or Water Wasteful?
Cedar Bluff Library

Join master gardener Jan Gangwer to learn the various ways to give your plants the water they need without running up a giant water bill. 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-470-7033.

 

July 10, Chattanooga
Plant This, Not That
Greenspaces

Free public meeting of the Tennessee Valley Wild Ones with speaker Lisa Huff. 6-8 p.m. For more information, visit tennesseevalley.wildones.org.

 

July 10, Franklin
Garden Talk Series@ Main: Native Plants for Tennessee
Williamson County Public Library

Amy Dismukes asks “Why use native plants in your yard?” Find out which plants work best in your Middle Tennessee landscape. 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 615-595-1243.

 

July 13, Jackson
Summer Celebration Lawn and Garden Show
West TN AgResearch and Education Center

Garden talks 10 a.m.-5 p.m., plant sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit westtennessee.tennessee.edu/ornamentals/Garden Events.

 

July 13, Kodak
Native Trees and Shrubs in the Sevierville Arboretum
Citizens National Bank

Jim Rouhan of the City of Sevierville is speaker at open meeting of the Smoky Mountains Chapter of Wild Ones. 6:30-8:30 p.m. For updates, visit their Facebook page (Smoky Mountains Wild Ones).

 

July 14-15, Ripley
Lauderdale County Tomato Festival
Downtown Ripley

Come to 34th annual festival for two fun days. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce will honor the Tomato Farmer of the Year in opening ceremonies. See the world’s longest “mater” sandwich. For more information, visit lauderdalecountytn.org/living_tomato.

 

July 17, Kingsport
Hamlett-Dobson FarmFest
Exchange Place

Celebrate the pleasures of country life with fresh summer food, sack races, hayrides, cakewalks, and traditional music from the 19th century. Try your hand at tin punch, stenciling, and carding wool and children will enjoy petting the animals and jumping in the haystack. 2-5 p.m. Free event, no ticket required. For more information, call 423-288-6071 or visit exchangeplace.info.

 

July 17, Knoxville
Are You Water Wise or Water Wasteful?
Davis Family YMCA

Join master gardener Jan Gangwer to learn the various ways to give your plants the water they need without running up a giant water bill. 1-2 p.m. For more information, call 865-777-9622.

 

July 18, Crossville
Benefits of Using Native Plants in the Home Landscape
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Bill Morgan will discuss how gardening with plants native to our region protects biodiversity and creates an authentic sense of place. Free, 9-11 a.m. Registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

July 22, Knoxville
Win the War with Weeds!
Bearden Branch Library

Join master gardeners Barbara Bunting and Tracy Polite-Johnson to learn various ways to deal with weeds without exhausting yourself or resorting to lots of chemicals. 1:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 865-588-8813.

 

July 24, Franklin
Garden Talk Series@ Main: The Dirt on Composting
Williamson County Public Library

Learn about composting with Amy Dismukes. Use recycled kitchen scraps and garden debris to make humus. Learn what can and cannot be safely composted. 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 615-595-1243.

 

July 25, Knoxville
Win the War with Weeds!
Karns Senior Citizen Center

Join master gardeners Barbara Bunting and Tracy Polite-Johnson to learn various ways to deal with weeds without exhausting yourself or resorting to lots of chemicals. 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 865-951-2653.

 

July 28-30, Rutledge
Grainger County Tomato Festival
Festival grounds and sites in Rutledge

Named one of Parade Magazine’s Top Ten Festivals in the USA, the free festival returns for its 25th year to promote the Grainger County tomato and local products, craftsmen, and authors. Special guest this year is Charles The Pig who survived the Great Smoky Mountain wildfire last November and will feature his books and artwork to help raise money for his family to rebuild. The annual famous Tomato Wars will benefit God’s Planet for Haiti, a nonprofit that helps educate children in Haiti. Special music will feature The McCameys Saturday afternoon and Charlie Daniels Band Saturday night, all free. For more information, visit graingercountytomatofestival.com.

 

August

 

August 6, Kodak
Hummingbird Banding
Bluebird Barn, Seven Islands State Birding Park

Master bander Mark Armstrong leads this one-of-a-kind experience to get up close and personal with wild birds. Take an easy 1-mile hike to the banding site. Wear good walking shoes or boots and bring water and a snack. 7 a.m. Must preregister at tnstateparks.com/events.

 

August 7, Franklin
Garden Talk Series@ Main: Fall Gardening
Williamson County Public Library

Get tips on cool-season vegetable gardening and maintenance as well as hints on preserving and protecting your plants and harvest with Sadira Ebert. 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 615-595-1243.

 

August 11-12, East Nashville
Tomato Art Fest
Five Points area of East Nashville

The free, costume-encouraged event provides a wildly entertaining, fun-filled day for all types and all-ages. For more information, visit tomatoartfest.com. 

 

August 12, Knoxville
Moss: More Than a Four-Letter Word
Cedar Bluff Library

If you are wrestling with what to grow in those shady spots, join master gardeners Jean Hess and Rosanne Smith to learn how to use mosses. 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-470-7033.

 

August 12, Knoxville
Hypertufa
UT Gardens

Learn how to make unique garden containers out of hypertufa and explore the origins of stone troughs with Derrick Stowell. Pre-registration required, $25 garden members, $35 nonmembers. 1-3 p.m. For additional information, email dstowell@utk.edu, call 865-974-7151, or visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.

 

August 17 & 24, Burns
Hummingbird Banding
Montgomery Bell State Park, Park Office

Join ranger Tim Wheatley for banding of ruby-throated hummingbirds to help sample the population and understand communities where they may thrive. Number and consistency of birds for banding is unknown. 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, visit tnstateparks.com or email timothy.wheatley@ tn.gov.

 

August 20 & 27, Burns
Hummingbird Banding
Montgomery Bell State Park, Park Inn

Hummingbird banding with ranger Tim Wheatley and environmental education specialist Heather Gallagher at the busy feeders at the Park Inn. Number of birds is variable, but hummers feed heavily in the morning after a night of fasting so populations should be present. 7:30-9:30 a.m. For more information, visit tnstateparks.com or email timothy.wheatley@ tn.gov.

 

August 21, Franklin
Garden Talk Series@ Main: Urban Trees and Best Management Practices
Williamson County Public Library

Learn about the best trees for an urban environment with Amy Dismukes. Learn what to do and how to do it and about the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 615-595-1243.

 

August 26, Knoxville
Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival
Ijams Nature Center

See ruby-throated hummingbirds up close and personal, wildlife demonstrations, speaker programs, guided walks, food vendors, birdfeeders, plants, and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit ijams.org.

 

August 26, Knoxville
Natural Flower Dyes and Silk Scarves
UT Gardens

Beth Willis will explore how natural dyes are made from plants and you will get opportunity to practice dying natural fibers and learn about growing plants and dying at home. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pre-registration required, $25 garden members, $35 nonmembers. For more information, email dstowell@utk.edu, call 865-974-7151, or visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.

 

August 26, Knoxville
Moss: More Than a Four-Letter Word
Bearden Branch Library

If you are wrestling with what to grow in those shady spots, join master gardeners Jean Hess and Rosanne Smith to learn how to use mosses. 1:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 865-588-8813.

 

August 29, Crossville
9th Annual Fall Gardeners Festival
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Topics chosen for the home gardener will be presented under tents throughout the gardens, along with wagon tours of the facility, opportunities to shop from garden vendors, educational exhibits, and more. For more information, visit ccmga.org or plateau.tennessee.edu.

 

September

 

September 2, Bath Springs
Exploring the Western Tennessee Valley Limestone Barrens
Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area

Join Allan Trently to recognize plants found in the Limestone Barrens, naturally treeless ecosystems found primarily in Decatur County. Learn basic tips for identifying the hard to identify asters and goldenrods. The approximately 1-mile trail contains gentle slopes, is considered easy to moderate in difficulty and there will be off-trail walking so wear boots. 10 a.m. Advance registration required, $10 for adults and teenagers. For more information, visit tnstateparks.com/events.

 

September 2, Hohenwald
Rare Plant Fall Hike and Creek Walk
Dry Branch State Natural Area, Brushy Creek Road

Perfect time for a walk with Andrea Bishop along picturesque Dry Branch and surrounding woodlands of the rare plant community known as Highland Rim Calcareous Seeps. Hike will take three to four hours and is moderate but could include slick rocks in the creek.10 a.m. Bring water, lunch and snacks, bug spray, and get your feet wet or wear rubber boots. Advance registration required, $10 for adults and teenagers. For more information, visit tnstateparks.com/events.
 

 

State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.