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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



May 14, Chattanooga
Sunflowers & Relatives

Dr. Ed Schilling will give an overview of the sunflower family and a review of their uses in gardens. Free program, 6-7:30 p.m.

May 15, Crossville
Water Features
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Rhoda Hillier will discuss adding interest and sound to your yard, 9-11 a.m. Free but register with Jennifer at or call 931-484-0034.

May 15, Nashville
PPSMT Presents Allan Armitage

Renowned garden writer Allan Armitage will be the speaker at the Perennial Plant Society of Middle Tennessee meeting at 7 p.m. with book signing at 6:30 p.m. His presentation will draw on ideas from his 2017 book Of Naked Ladies and Forget-Me-Nots. Meeting free for members, $10 for nonmembers. Admission to
Cheekwood is free for all attendees. For more information, email

May 19-20, Greeneville
2018 Iris Festival
Downtown, 115 Academy Street

This 24th annual festival features a pageant, song stage, dance stage, Sundown on Depot Car Show, food vendors, craftsmen, merchant booths, woodcarvers competition and show, and more. For more information, visit


May 19-20, Memphis
Cooper Young Goes Native
Cooper and Young Intersection Neighborhood

Third annual Garden Walk with a tours of gardens focusing on native plants including chic and formal design, homesteading, edibles, native plant demos, Peabody Elementary School Garden, restaurants, shops, farmers’ market on Saturday, and noted speakers on native plants. Shuttle service will help you get around to see it all or ride your bike or a rental. Early bird tickets $20 before May 5. For more information, visit

May 31, Knoxville
Through the Garden Gate Flower Show
John T. O’Connor Senior Center

Knox County Council of Garden Clubs hosts an NGC standard flower show at the senior center with participation by TFGC garden club members and center seniors. Free and open to public, afternoon hours of the senior center. For more information, visit




June 1, Crossville
Plant Disease Identification and Common Sense Disease Management
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Dr. Alan Windham discusses the basics of plant disease management and logical ways to prevent or minimize damage. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free, but register with Jennifer at or call 931-484-0034.


June 1-June 2, Clarksville
Dixie Regional Hosta Society Convention
Quality Inn, Wilma Rudolph Blvd.

Hosted by Middle Tennessee Hosta Society – includes speakers Jeff Poppen “The Barefoot Farmer,” Troy Marden, Rita Venable, Chris Cooper, and Adam Chapman. There will be garden tours, plant sales, door prizes, and hostas, hostas, hostas! Visit convention for all the details, registration form, schedule, and hotel info.

June 2, Crossville
Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Fill your garden with fluttering insects and support biodiversity by being butterfly friendly as discussed by Ernie Wood. 9 a.m.-noon. Free, but register with Jennifer at or call 931-484-0034.

June 2, Memphis
Through Our Garden Gates – Garden Tour

Memphis Area Master Gardeners host their ninth annual tour of five gardens. Master gardeners will be on hand at each garden to answer questions, provide take-away plant lists and educational displays, and help identify plants. Tour is free to public but donations are appreciated. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, visit


June 2, Memphis
Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds
Urban Earth Garden Center

Greg Touliatos presents free class, 1 p.m. For more information, visit or call 901-323-0031.

June 7, Athens
Attracting Pollinators to East Tennessee Gardens
McMinn County Living Heritage Museum

Presentation 1-2 p.m. with the Athens and Iota Garden Clubs. For more information, email or call 978-551-7274.


June 9, Knoxville
Summer time: ‘Tis The Season For Pruning!
Cedar Bluff Library

Master gardener Marsha Lehman will show how and when to properly prune those shrubs and small trees in your yard, 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-470-7033.

June 9, Memphis
Perennials, New and Surprising
Urban Earth Garden Center

Jeanne Guidi of the wholesale Melodia Hill Plant Farm, Jackson, presents free class, 1 p.m. For more information, visit or call 901-323-0031.

June 14, Memphis
What is the Tennessee Extension Master Gardening Program?
Shelby County Extension Office, Agricenter International

Dr. Chris Cooper presents this informational session beginning at noon. For more information, contact Booker Leigh, 901-752-1207.

June 17, Crossville
Becoming Your Own Garden Detective
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

This time of year we still have great aspirations for our summer gardens but as the season progresses, one or more plants will start to fade. Gregg Upchurch will give you the steps to identify the causes. 9-11 a.m. Free but register with Jennifer at or call 931-484-0034.

June 18, Knoxville
Bees, Butterflies & Birds
Davis Family YMCA

Join Master gardener Amy Haun to learn the basics of making a garden that welcomes a mix of bees, butterflies, and birds. 1 p.m. For more information, call 865-777-9622.

June 18-24, Nationwide
Pollinator Week

Celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. For more information, visit

June 23, Memphis
Urban Earth Garden Center

Darrell Brandon, volunteer Memphis Herbarium Collections Manager, presents this free program beginning at 1 p.m. Current research at University of Memphis Herbarium (MEM) focuses on the vascular plants of West Tennessee and the Lower Mississippi River Basin. For more information, visit or call 901-323-0031.

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

Carol Burdett presents gardening with a shallow or non-existent soil depth. Use nature’s principles to get the landscape you desire, 9-10:30 a.m. Free but register with Jennifer at or call 931-484-0034.




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 or call 931-484-0034.


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.