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Upcoming Events for Tennessee

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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


Now to September, Knoxville
Joyful 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

Through 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


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 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

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

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

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

August 18, Chattanooga
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


August 23, 30, Burns
Hummingbird Banding
Montgomery Bell State Park

Watch ruby-throated hummingbirds zipping around the feeders at the park office, sample the population, and learn about the communities where hummingbirds thrive, 4:30-6:30 pm. For more information, visit

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 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

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

August 26, September 2, Burns
Hummingbird Banding
Montgomery Bell State Park

Watch ruby-throated hummingbirds zipping around the feeders at the Montgomery Bell Inn and sample the population and learn about the communities where hummingbirds may thrive, 7:30-9:30 am. For more information, visit


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

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 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

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 For more information, call 423-798-1710.



September 4, Memphis
Slow Flowers: The Local Cut Flower Trade
Memphis Botanic Garden Goldsmith Center Auditorium

Join Brandon Pugh of Delta Sol Growers for this program at Memphis Horticultural Society Meeting – 7 p.m.
For more information, visit

Sept 5,12,19,26 and Oct 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 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. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Class size limited, please register early. For additional information, call 901-636-4128 or visit

September 6, Murfreesboro
Gardening Series: Fall Gardening/Seed Saving
Limbaugh Library

Fall gardening is both an end and a beginning, so preserve and save the warm-season veggies and plan the cool-season veggie garden now. Learn how to save seeds from flowers and vegetables with Jack Smith and Effie Scott at 7 p.m. Call the library at 615-893-4131 to register. For additional information, visit

September 7, Chattanooga
Creating Living Landscapes with Doug Tallamy
UT Chattanooga University Center Auditorium

A presentation by Doug Tallamy. Hear his program as well as the Habitat Hero Awards for the Tennessee Valley. For additional information, visit


September 8, Charleston
International Cowpea Festival
Charleston City Park

Events include professional chef cook-off, family fun activities, live music, food and craft vendors, heritage area, and agri-heritage photo contest. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. For additional information, visit

September 8, Chattanooga
Bringing Nature Home – A Home Garden Tour
Lookout Mountain, Signal Mountain and Chattanooga locations

Join a great tour sponsored by Wild Ones -Tennessee Valley to see native gardens and learn about havens for birds, butterflies, and other native pollinators. Proceeds will go to Seeds for Education grants for pollinator gardens at local schools. For more information or to register, visit

September 8, Harriman
Lunch ‘n Learn – Sprouts and Microgreens
UT Extension Office

Join master gardeners for one-hour program beginning at noon. Bring a brown bag lunch and call the extension office at 376-5558 to ensure a spot. For more information, visit

September 8, Hermitage
Fall Wildflower Identification
Long Hunter State Park

Come enjoy fall wildflowers with David Lincicome, Natural Heritage Program Manager, as he offers an introduction to wildflower identification for beginners. Learn the use of basic wildflower keys, plant family characteristics, and basic botanic terms. Wear sturdy boots, as will be walking off trail and dress for weather. 9 a.m. $10 fee; register at


September 8, Knoxville
Fall Wildflower Walk
Haw Ridge Park

The UT Arboretum Society will host a fall wildflower walk at Haw Ridge Park on Saturday, September 8, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Meet by the kiosk in the parking lot off Edgemoor Road. This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society. For more information on the wildflower walk or the UT Arboretum Society, call 865-483-7277.

September 8, Knoxville
Native Plants in the Suburbs
Bearden Branch Library

Grow wild but not woolly in choosing native plants for a suburban setting with plant combinations that will work in an orderly space for a typical city lot. 1:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 865-588-8813.

September 8, Roan Mountain
Heritage Apple Hike
Hampton Creek Cove Natural Area

Join east Tennessee regional ecologist Lisa Huff on a hike up the cove to sample heritage apples and to collect data, tag, and geo-locate the trees. Make pictures of the apples and tasting notes. Bring a pocketknife and dress for weather with good footgear. 10 a.m.; $12 fee for 13 and up. Register at

September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, Memphis
Garden Tour: Memphis Garden Club Cutting Garden
Dixon Catmur Foyer and Gardens

Dixon docents will focus on the cutting garden each Saturday morning with a different aspect of the garden, such as planting pots, perennial border, sculpture, greenery, etc. Meet in Catmur Foyer to see the large urn design and then tour of the cutting gardens, free admission. For more information, visit

September 9, Knoxville
Ijam’s Symphony in the Park
Ijams Visitor Center Lawn

Join the 33rd annual event for a party with a purpose and a casual, relaxed evening including a silent auction of handcrafted jewelry, art, and photography and a delicious dinner accompanied by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. For tickets or more information, visit

September 10, Knoxville
Seed Saving
Halls Branch Library

Master gardeners Kat Fenstermaker and Alicia Silfies will present what seeds can be saved and how best to save them. 11 a.m. For more information, call 865-922-2552.

September 11, Crossville
Turf: Now’s The Time to Plant!
Plateau Research and Education Center

Free seminar by Gregg Upchurch on timing seeding and why fall is the best time to plant cool-season grass. 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, visit


September 12, Memphis
Munch and Learn: Favorite Garden Tools
Dixon Winegardner Auditorium

Dale Skaggs, director of horticulture, will share his expertise. Bring your own lunch. For more information, visit

September 15, Gladeville
Cedar Glade Hike
Vesta Cedar Glade State Natural Area

Come see one of the coolest flowers in Tennessee, the Tennessee coneflower. Meet at 8 a.m. to hike through the cedar glade and barrens ecosystem to see the coneflower and other glade plants with Sam King, park ecologist. Wear long pants and closed toe shoes for this 1.5-mile hike and bring plenty of water. $10 fee, register at

September 15, Memphis
Garden Workshop Series: Fall Wreath with Natural Elements
Dixon Catmur Horticulture Building

Kim Jameson, current owner of Kim Jameson Design and floriculturist at Dixon, will lead the third workshop sharing her experience and knowledge of floral design with hands-on designs of participants. Learn “tricks of the trade” and create a wreath to take home. 10:30 a.m.-noon. For more information or to register, visit or call 901-761-5250.

September 20, Knoxville
Lunch and Learn Series: Hostas 101
UT Gardens

Lecture will take place at noon in the South Greenhouse with mini excursions into the UT Gardens after the discussion and lunch. (Pack your lunch, UT will provide drinks and dessert). You do not necessarily need to work in the gardens before, but are more than welcome to assist the Thursday volunteers under Beth Willis’ direction. For more information, visit

September 20, Memphis
Lunch and Learn: The Currant Way to Plant Trees and Shrubs
Shelby County Agricenter International

Booker T. Leigh, UT Extension Agent, will discuss tree planting. Noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 901-752-1207.


September 22-23, Memphis
2018 Nashville Rose Society Annual Rose Show
Belmont University

Rose show begins 10 a.m. Saturday and closes 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit

September 24, Memphis
Summer Lecture Series: Wild Turkeys
Memphis Botanic Garden

Dr. Richard Buchholz will discuss wild turkeys in the Midsouth, around the world and his research over the years. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, visit

September 25, Crossville
Seminar: Soils and Mulch
Plateau Research and Education Center

Free seminar by Gregg Upchurch to discuss many materials used as mulch to retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds. 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, visit or


September 25, Knoxville
Native Plants in the Suburbs
Karns Senior Citizen Center

Grow wild but not woolly in choosing native plants for a suburban setting with plant combinations that will work in an orderly space for a typical city lot. 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit or call 865-951-2653.

September 26, Knoxville
Seed Saving
Pellissippi State Community College – Harden Valley Cafeteria Annex

Master gardeners Kat Fenstermaker and Alicia Silfies present what seeds can be saved and how best to save them. Free and open to public, park in any OPEN lot. For more information, contact Jennifer Mesick, Library Services, 865-694-6520.

September 27, Memphis
Senior Day
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Free admission for anyone 65 and over; art and garden activities, live music, and more, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit

September 28-29, Kingsport
Fall Folk Arts Festival
Exchange Place

The historic valley farmstead bustles with activity with demonstrators, vendors, bakers, and kettle corn makers as well as Brunswick stew and apple butter kettles. Music, dulcimers, and bluegrass bands, craftspeople of the necessities of the 1850s, vegetable dyeing, quilting, soap making, carving, blacksmithing, and so much more to entertain and educate you for a fun-filled weekend. For more information, visit

September 29, Memphis
Garden Workshop: Lawn Care for Fall with Chris Emanus
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, South Lawn

Chris Emanus, Dixon grounds and landscape manager, will discuss fall care of your fescue lawn – how and when to overseed, how to water, and the specifics of care and maintenance along with a worksheet to take home. 10-11 a.m. For more information, visit



October 2, Memphis
Memphis Botanic Garden

Join Margie Hunter, author of Gardening with Native Plants of Tennessee for the program of Memphis Horticultural Society meeting. 7 p.m. For more information, visit

October 4, Jackson
Fall Plant Sale
West Tennessee Research and Education Center

Join us for a three-hour sale, 3-6 p.m. for plants for the fall landscape. For more information, visit


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.