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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@sbsmags.com.

 

 

Saturdays, Memphis
At the Garden on KWAM 990
Memphis Botanic Garden

One-hour weekly radio program every Saturday hosted by MBG Executive Director Mike Allen and Lauren Squires Ready. The show will focus on programs and activities that are happening at our garden and feature behind the scenes looks at events, educational activities, staff, and outside experts and more. It will be available as a weekly podcast and feature updates via Facebook Live. For information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.



June

 

Now to September, KnoxvilleJoyful Flight: A Hummingbird Exhibit
UT Gardens

The University of Tennessee Gardens has installed their inaugural Art in the Gardens exhibit for the summer for gardens visitors to enjoy. Twenty-eight local artists have interpreted this year’s theme by painting or embellishing plywood hummingbird silhouettes. The hummingbirds will be sold at a live auction on September 9 with all proceeds benefiting the UT Gardens. Other aspects of the exhibit include information on hummingbirds and identification of plants attractive to them. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.



June 30, Chattanooga
June in the Garden Workshop
Grow Hope Urban Farm

Join Grow Hope Urban Farm and Crabtree Farms for a hands-on afternoon of planting, picking and eating. A fresh-from-the-garden food demo will be held at the beginning of the workshop. Noon-2 p.m. For more information, visit crabtreefarms.org.



June 30, Colombia
Deadline to sign up for Master Gardener Certification Classes
Maury County Extension Office

Volunteers must attend 40 hours of training offered by the UT Extension. Classes meet twice a week for six weeks. The sessions cover a wide variety of topics including wildlife, landscaping, flowers, trees, lawns, insects, plant diseases, and more. Classes begin July 12. For more information, contact Jarrod Reeson at 931-375-5301 or jreeson@tennessee.edu.

 

July



July 1, Nashville
Thoroughbred Roses
Cheekwood Botanic Hall

David Clemons, a past president of Huntsville Twickenham Rose Society, will share how he hybridizes award-winning roses, 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit nashvillerosesociety.org.



July 5, Murfreesboro
Gardening Series: Propagation and Gardening with Kids
Limbaugh Library

Expand your garden without buying new plants by taking cuttings, dividing plants by root division, and dividing bulbs. We will also talk about getting children interested in gardening with Nancy Nelson and Joyce Stiles. 7 p.m. Call the library at 615-893-4131 to register. For more information, visit mastergardeners-rc.org.



July 7, Knoxville
Tomatoes 9-1-1!
Halls Branch Library

What should you do when tomato leaves turn yellow, weird spots and cracks appear on the fruit, or pests are dining on your tomato plants? Join master gardener Joe Pardue to learn about these problems and grow brag-worthy tomatoes. 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 865-922-2552.



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

Now is the time to prepare for a cool-season vegetable garden, so join Fred Mullen for discussion of best varieties and tips for successful growing. 9-11:30 a.m. Free, but register with Jennifer at jburns35@utk.edu or call 931-484-0034.



July 8-September 30, Memphis
In The Garden
Dixon Gallery

George Eastman House of Rochester, NY, presents In the Garden, an exhibition that discusses the relationships between photography, botanic images, and the cultivated landscape. For more information, visit dixon.org.



July 9, Chattanooga
The Guardians film
Greenspaces

WildOnes Tennessee Valley Chapter presents this documentary film about the Mexican monarch butterfly habitat. 6 p.m. For more information, visit tennesseevalleywildones.org.



July 11, Memphis
Growing, Cooking, and Grilling Summer Vegetables
Dixon Winegardner Auditorium

In the Munch and Learn Series, Amy Lawrence and Justin Fox Burks, authors of The Chubby Vegetarian and Southern Vegetarian cookbooks share photos of their family’s north Mississippi vegetable and flower garden, discuss their favorite ways to prepare vegetables, and lead a summer grilling demo. Bring your lunch, noon-1 p.m., free for members and students with ID. For more information, visit dixon.org.



July 12, Jackson
Summer Celebration Lawn and Garden Show
West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center

One of the largest gardening shows in the Mid-South, this includes garden talks/tours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and a plant sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be more than 40 lawn, garden, and food vendors; pest, plant, and soil diagnostic clinic, and more. Admission $5 (17 and under free). For more information, visit west.tennessee.edu/events/SummerCeleb.asp.



July 14, Harriman
Lunch ‘n Learn: Fall Gardening
UT Extension Office

Informative one-hour program on getting your garden started for fall. Noon-1 p.m. Sponsored by Roane County Master Gardeners. For more information, visit mgroanecounty.org.



July 14, Knoxville
Tomatoes 911!
Cedar Bluff Library

What should you do when tomato leaves turn yellow, weird spots and cracks appear on the fruit, or pests are dining on your tomato plants? Join master gardener Joe Pardue to learn about these problems and grow brag-worthy tomatoes. 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-470-7033.



July 14, Memphis
Herbal Work Study: Preserving Your Herbal Harvest: Shrubs, Vinegars, Pastes, and More
Memphis Botanic Garden

Work-study morning – the first two hours spent weeding, thinning, planting, or whatever else needs doing in the herb garden. The next hour will be spent learning about the different methods to preserve herbs. Bring your favorite hand tools for weeding and grooming (soil knives, trowels, pruners, gloves, etc. – no hoes or rakes needed). Everyone will take home a handout that includes tips and recipes. If you would like to make a vinegar shrub to take home, please bring an 8 oz. glass jar and 8 ounces of apple cider vinegar. Arrive at the Horticulture Building at the south end of the parking lot between 8-8:15 a.m. This learning opportunity is “purchased” via a barter system: You must work the first two hours (8:15-10:30 a.m.) to attend the class (10:30-11:30), making this a free event. For more information, call Sherri McCalla at 901-636-4134.



July 15, Kingsport
Farm Fest 2018
Exchange Place Living History Farm

Hamlett-Dobson Farm Fest provides old-fashioned family fun, no entry fee or registration. Step back into the 19th century for traditional music, sack races, hayrides, cakewalks, watermelon and corn on the cob, old-time crafts, and more. 2-5 p.m. For more information, visit exchangeplace.info.



July 17, Crossville
Riparian Plants
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Bill Morgan will discuss appropriate landscaping for property at water edges – lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, and wetlands, 9-11 a.m. Free, but register with Jennifer at jburns35@utk.edu or call 931-484-0034.



July 18, Memphis
The Wonder of Migration – How and Why
Dixon Winegardner Auditorium

Dick Preston, co-chair conservation and past president of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, discusses why birds migrate and how they accomplish the amazing feat. This is part of Munch and Learn series, noon-1 p.m., free for members and students with ID. For more information, visit dixon.org.



July 19, Knoxville
Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Planted My First Rose
UT Gardens South Greenhouse

This Lunch and Learn Series talk will feature Carolyn Noey as she shares her rose gardening experiences. Pack your lunch. No reservations required; be sure to get parking slip from Beth Willis when you arrive. Noon-1 p.m. For more information, visit utgardens.tennessee.edu.



July 21, Chattanooga
Protecting the Garden From Predators
AG Center

Do you have a deer problem or other creatures invading your garden? Richard and Sally Ford have the perfect answer: invisible fencing. You will not want to miss this class if you have any problems with nature’s creatures that get your food before you can. 10 a.m. No charge, but register at mghc.org/education-committee-classes.

 

July 23, Memphis
Summer Lecture Series: Bats of Tennessee
Memphis Botanic Garden

Bat expert Chris Grow will discuss the important insect-eating bats that live in our area, how to attract them, and why they need our help. 6:30-8 p.m. Sponsored by the Wolf River Conservancy and Memphis Botanic Garden. $5 admission benefits environmental education programming of both organizations, free to WRC & MBG members. For more information, visit wolfriver.org.



July 24, Knoxville
Water and Fertilizer Needs of Your Summer Garden
Karns Senior Citizen Center

Join master gardeners JD Burnette and Jan Gangwer to discuss strategies, methods, and tips to keep your garden healthy and productive during the dog days of summer. 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 865-951-2653.



July 26, Memphis
Lunch and Learn: Summer Diseases & Insect Control on Plants
Shelby County Extension Office, Agricenter International

Wayne Battle, UT County Director of Haywood County, presents this Lunch and Learn session, noon-1 p.m. For more information, contact Booker Leigh at 901-752-1207.



July 27, Crossville
Nature Explore Workshop
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Nature Explore is a national non-profit program to help nature become an integral joyful part of children’s daily learning. Two sessions “Using Your Outdoor Classroom” and “Choosing Effective Indoor and Outdoor Materials” will be presented, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. Register online (deadline July 20) or download registration form at natureexplore.org/event/180727.



July 27, Hixson
Tri-State Rose Society Program
Trinity Lutheran Church

Gary Rankin and Monica Valentovic from Marshall University will share their passion for roses. Meeting at 7 p.m. after refreshments at 6:30. For more information, visit chattanoogarose.org or their Facebook page.



July 27-29, Rutledge
26th Annual Grainger County Tomato Festival
7480 Rutledge Pike

This festival began in 1992 to promote the world-famous tomatoes and other agricultural products, local artists, authors, and craftsmen. For more information, visit graingercountytomatofestival.com.

 

August



August 2, Murfreesboro
Gardening Series: Tennessee Lawns
Limbaugh Library

Rocky and Gaye Bernard tell the story of moving to Tennessee and turning a weed-infested yard into a lawn with soil preparation, seed selection, timing for planting, watering, early growth, and mowing and maintenance of a new lawn. 7 p.m. Call the library 615-893-4131 to register. For more information, visit mastergardeners-rc.org.



August 9, Crossville
Saving Seeds
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Jewell Wilhoite will demonstrate the best practices for harvesting and storing seeds. 10 a.m.-noon. Free, but register with Jennifer at jburns35@utk.edu or call 931-484-0034.

 

August 9, Memphis
Lunch and Learn: Beneficial Insects
Shelby County Extension Office, Agricenter International

Garden expert Tonya Ashworth will present this program. For more information, call the extension office, 901-752-1207.



August 10-11, East Nashville
Tomato Art Fest
Historic Five Points

This two-day free celebration invites everyone to enjoy fun days of art, live music, wacky contests, food, costumes, shopping, children’s activities, and more. For more information, visit tomatoartfest.com.



August 11, Memphis
Herbal Work Study: Herbal Beverages
Memphis Botanic Garden

Work-study morning – the first two hours spent weeding, grooming, thinning, planting, or whatever else needs doing in the herb garden. The next hour will be spent learning about using herbs to create drinks. Bring your favorite hand tools for weeding and grooming (soil knives, trowels, pruners, gloves, etc.). Everyone will get to go home with a handout that includes tips and recipes. Arrive at the Horticulture Building in the south end of the parking lot by 8:15 a.m. This learning opportunity is “purchased” via a barter system: You must work the first two hours (8:15-10:30 a.m.) to attend the last hour of class (10:30-11:30), making this a free event! If you have questions, call Sherri McCalla at 901-636-4134.



August 13, Chattanooga
Native Upgrades for Common Imported Landscape Plants
Greenspaces

WildOnes Tennessee Valley Chapter presents the program on better choices from the native plant lists to plant in your landscape. 6 p.m. For more information, visit tennesseevalleywildones.org.



August 16, Memphis
30 Thursdays: Nature at Night
Memphis Botanic Garden

Join a horticulture staff member for a guided stroll through gardens. 6 pm, free with garden admission. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays.



August 18, Chattanooga
Propagation
AG Center

Carol Mathews shares ways to propagate your existing plants – bulbs, rhizomes, cuttings, runners, and seeds. 10 a.m. No charge, but register at mghc.org/education-committee-classes.



August 23, Hixson
Tri-State Rose Society Program
Trinity Lutheran Church

Kathy Brennan, a past president of the Tennessee Rose Society of Knoxville, will talk about redesigning her rose garden to make it easier for her to maintain. Meeting at 7 p.m. after refreshments at 6:30. For more information, visit chattanoogarose.org or their Facebook page.



August 23, Memphis
30 Thursdays: It’s a Plant Party
Memphis Botanic Garden

Design a tiny landscape in a terrarium with your friends while getting expert advice on plant care. These indoor alt-gardens feature forgiving plants and soil mixed on-site. Head home with a fabulous horticultural haul. Order small plates from Fratelli’s and BYO drinks. 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale July 1, limited quantities. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays.



August 25, Knoxville
Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival
Ijams Nature Center

Banding demonstrations in the morning, weather permitting, includes speakers on nature topics, wildlife demonstrations, children’s activities, vendors selling food and drinks, local arts and crafts, bird feeders and supplies, and garden items. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For the complete schedule and ticket prices, visit ijams.org/hummingbird-festival.

 

August 27, Memphis
Summer Lecture Series: Dr. Shannon McGee on Reptiles and Amphibians
Memphis Botanic Garden

Veterinarian and herpetologist Shannon McGee will discuss reptiles and amphibians, especially those found in the Wolf River watershed. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, visit wolfriver.org.



August 28, Crossville
10th Annual Fall Gardeners Festival
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Free admission for this series of presentations under the tents, along with wagon tours, garden vendors, educational exhibits, and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit ccmga.org after August 1.



August 29, Memphis
Beneficial Insects and Pollinators
Dixon Winegardner Auditorium

Bring your own lunch or purchase on-site at Park & Cherry for the Munch and Lunch Series presentation by Tonya Ashworth, former UT extension agent. Noon-1 p.m. Free for members and students with ID. For more information, visit dixon.org.



August 30, Greeneville
Fall Clean-up Guide: Season Extension, Cover Crops, and Harvest/Storage Ideas
UT Extension Office

One of GROWing Great Gardens Series presented by Big Spring Master Gardener Association. Get fall cleaning tips, to be ready for a cleaner spring as well as how to plant cover crops and care for winter perennial veggies. Take home resources and maybe a door prize. 5:30-7 p.m., $10. Register online at bsmga.com. For more information, call 423-798-1710.

 

September



September 5, 12, 19, 26, and October 3, Memphis
Urban Forestry Advisor’s Class
Memphis Botanic Garden

Join the West Tennessee Chapter of the Urban Forestry Council (WTUFC) and the Memphis Botanic Garden on Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., for this opportunity to learn about trees and issues facing the urban tree canopy. The class fee ($85) includes a digital handbook and dues for WTUFC. This course is designed for the general public, municipal employees, members of neighborhood associations, and garden clubs. Lectures and fieldwork will cover tree biology, ID and selection, risk management, diagnostics, site analysis, tree inventory, construction protection, and the role of federal, state, and local agencies. Instructors include Eric Bridges, Overton Park Conservancy; Wes Hopper and Jim Volgas, certified arborists; Joellen Dimond, UT-TSU Extension; and Dr. David Mercker, extension forester. Participants who want to be certified as an Urban Forestry Advisor are required to complete 20 volunteer hours in the field of Urban Forestry. Class size limited, please register early. For additional information, call 901-636-4128 or visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

 

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.