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Upcoming Events for Tennessee

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November 11-17, Statewide
Agriculture Literacy Week in Tennessee

Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week allows everyone involved in agriculture to focus attention through literacy promotions in local school systems. Volunteers are encouraged to contact local school systems and schedule a visit to read agriculturally themed books to school students. A Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week guide including appropriate books, useful support material and useful steps for success has been created. These resources are available at

November 14, Memphis
Munch & Learn – Trees for Fall and Winter Interest in the Landscape
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Tonya Ashworth of  the garden’s education leads this program, noon-1 p.m. For more information, visit or call 901-761-5250.

November 16, Knoxville
Creative Fall Centerpieces
UT Gardens

Decorate your holiday table with the beautiful bounty of nature. Knox County Master Gardener and passionate decorator Vickie Smith and UT Gardens kitchen garden manager Holly Jones will lead this interactive workshop on the art of nature-inspired table displays using colorful foliage, interesting succulents, seedpods, grasses, moss, and other found objects. Participants will take home an ornamental pumpkin centerpiece. Register at the education workshops part of utgardens website,

November 17, Chattanooga
Live Wreath Making Class
Ag Center, Bonny Oaks Drive

Each year master gardeners teach how to create your own wreath using natural materials from your gardens. All you need to bring is a 12-16-inch wreath form stores. We will provide evergreen materials, pinecones, berries, bows, etc. Feel free to bring items from home that you would like to include in your wreath. Class size is limited to 30 people so advanced registration is required. To register for this class, visit

November 13- December 30, Nashville
Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

Delight in the joy of the holiday season with Nashville’s tradition of one million lights illuminating the gardens in a mile-long walking path. This is a time-ticket event with two evening time slots available for all seven nights of the week at 5-7 p.m. or 7-9 p.m. Online ticket sales end at 4 p.m. each day. Tickets purchased at gate are subject to a $5 per ticket processing fee. Late Night Lights 8:30-10 p.m., discount tickets can be purchased at the gate. See reindeer and holiday carolers and meet Santa. Saturday daytime will have breakfast with Santa, visit with Santa, reindeer, gingerbread workshops, and more. See for all the details, ticket prices, reservations, etc.

November 30- December 1, Spencer
Christmas on the Mountain
Fall Creek Falls State Park

What could be better than enjoying live music, Christmas decorations, and a handmade crafts fair with a visit from Santa Claus, Christmas tree lighting, hayrides, and marshmallow roasting? For more information,



December 1, Goodlettsville
Goodlettsville Visitor’s Center & Historic Mansker’s Station

Kick off the holiday season at the free annual event with musicians, storytellers, and demonstrators in the cabins of the fort and the historic Bowen house. Take in beauty of simple natural decorations, carriage rides through Moss-Wright Park, refreshments, and shopping, 5-8 p.m. For details, visit

December 1, Kingsport
Christmas in the Country
Exchange Place, Orebank Road

Free admission for this special day on the 1850s farm (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) with the traditional Yule Log Ceremony at 4 p.m. See for information or call 423-288-6071.

December 1, Knoxville Area
Bazillion Blooms
Participating Garden Centers

Through the Bazillion Blooms community-wide tree-planting program, Dogwood Arts along with corporate and community support has planted more than 9,600 new dogwoods in nine years. Join in to purchase trees for your yard or an “In Memory or Honor” tree for public lands in Knoxville and surrounding counties. Provide flowers in spring for pollinators and berries in fall and winter for the birds. See details and order form at

December 1, Vonore
18th Century Christmas Garrison
Fort Loudoun State Historic Park

Cooking, laundering, blacksmithing demonstrations and artillery drills all day (10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.) with a church service and wassail tasting included. Tour the barracks and Cherokee encampment. Candlelight tour at 6 p.m. and a rare firing of the cannon at the Visitor’s Center between 5-6 p.m. See for contact information and details or call 423-420-2331.

December 3, Jackson
Decorating with Live Greenery Workshop
West TN Research & Education Center

Join this master gardeners’ workshop 2-5 p.m. Visit for details.

December 4, Memphis
Epimediums: Jewels of the Shade
Memphis Botanic Garden

Memphis Horticultural Society presents Karen Perkins, owner of Garden Visions Epimediums, a Massachusetts-based mail order nursery. Karen will illustrate the many  types of epimediums and discuss characteristics, growth habit, growing, and propagation of these tough shade-loving perennials, 7-8:30 p.m. Visit for event details.

December 5, Memphis
Munch & Learn – Easy and Creative Holiday Designs
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Horticulturist Kim Jameson will lead this lunch program, noon-1 p.m. For more information, visit or call 901-761-5250.

December 7, Knoxville
Racheff Greens Tea
Ivan Racheff House and Garden

Join us for the annual greens of Christmas as the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. welcome visitors to the historic house in the tradition of Ivan Racheff’s decorating and celebrating in the community of Lonsdale, where his steel mill was located. Volunteers will have magnolia and other green wreaths, table decorations, kissing balls, fresh greenery, baked goods, gift shop items, pecans, Racheff cookbooks, amaryllis, and paperwhites for sale to help you celebrate the holidays. Proceeds support the maintenance of the 116-year-old house and nearly 50-year-old gardens.  For more information, call 522-6210 or see their Facebook page.

December 8, Knoxville
Holiday Wreath Making
UT Gardens

Kick off your winter festivities by making your own gorgeous wreath using freshly harvested greenery from the gardens. All levels of experience welcome. We will provide a mixture of seasonal greens and decor for your take-home wreath that will last throughout the holiday season. Participants are welcome to bring personalized decorations as well. This is our most popular class so don’t delay in registering. Register at

December 8, Memphis
Planting Bulbs in the Mid-South
Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Catmur Horticulture Building

Dixon comes alive in spring with more than 100,000 bulbs, so go behind the scenes in this workshop, 10:30 a.m.-noon, to find out what it takes to make it happen. Dale Skaggs and Tonya Ashworth will take you from selection and designs to planting techniques so you can create spring magic in your yard; free admission. For more information, visit

December 8, Memphis
Pruning Azaleas and Other Plants
Urban Earth Garden Center

Pruning is often confusing, but we will sort it out. Learn about azalea and general pruning of several other plant species. Also gift ideas for the holidays, 1-2 p.m. For more information, visit or call 901-323-0031.



January-April, Chattanooga
2019 Master Gardener Training Course
Agricultural Center, Bonny Oaks Drive

University of Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Training Course offers extensive training in gardening. Classes are taught by the highest-quality trained instructors using research-based information from the University of Tennessee. The classes bring you the newest and most practical information available on topics related to home gardens and landscapes. Choice of evening or morning classes. The evening classes meet 6-9 p.m. Monday nights, starting January 7 and morning classes meet 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday mornings, starting January 8. The classes meet for 15 weeks, with graduation in April. Registration for the 2019 classes is now open. The cost of the class is $170, which includes course materials and first year membership dues. The price for couples who share materials is $270. A limited number of scholarships are available to persons who have a financial hardship. A deposit of $50 is required to hold your space in the program. Find details and registration form at

January-April, Knoxville
Master Gardener Training 2019
UT Campus

Residents of Knox and surrounding counties are invited to participate in the UT/ TSU Knox County Master Gardener Volunteer Training in 2019. The training dates will be held at the UT campus on the following Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:30: January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16. The cost of the course is $125 if paid on or before the early registration deadline of November 1st or $150 if paid by November 15. The registration fee includes all training materials and is due after your application has been approved.  For more information and application form, see


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.