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Upcoming Events for Tennessee

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Feb 25, Apr 22 & 29, May 6, Memphis
Woodland Garden Tours
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Saturday morning tours featuring a different tree, shrub, and flowering plant each month. For more information, visit




March 2-5, Nashville
Nashville Lawn & Garden Show, Gardens of the Future
Fairgrounds Nashville

An acre of live gardens, free lectures, and demonstrations, a floral design gallery featuring more than 20 designers, 250 exhibit booths, and 150 vendors. This show is produced by the Horticultural Association of Tennessee. Visit for details, ticket prices, and latest updates.

March 4, Byrdstown
Gardening for Butterflies and Moths
Cordull Hull Birthplace State Park, Activity Room

Middle TN regional interpreter John Froeschauer will present an illustrated talk on gardening for butterflies and moths, their ecology, and natural history. 1-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 931-864-3247 or email

March 4, Crossville
Weed Wrangle 2017
Cumberland Mountain State Park

Join us for weed wrangle to remove invasive plants as well as clearing back mountain laurel that has taken over the historic CCC picnic area. Bring snacks, water, and gloves. For more information, call 931-484-6138 or email

March 4, Kingsport
Weed Wrangle at Warriors’ Path: Garlic Mustard Pull
Warriors Path State Park

Garlic mustard can choke out native wildflowers and kill rare butterflies but it can be easily controlled in early season without toxic herbicides. Help us control this nasty pest along scenic park trails. Dress for weather and wear gardening gloves for weed pulling. 10 a.m.-noon. Meet at Campfire Circle at the east end of park’s main campground. For more information, call 423-239-8531 or email

March 4, Knoxville
ABCs of Blueberries
Cedar Bluff Library

Master gardener Marsha Lehman teaches the basics of growing blueberries: prepping the soil, choosing varieties, and pruning. 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-470-7033.

March 9, Crossville
First United Methodist Church Annex

Plateau Chapter of Tennessee Trails Association will host meeting at 6 p.m. with Karla Miller as speaker. For more information, call chapter chair Cheryl Heckler at 931-200-7436 or email

March 11, Chattanooga
Ferns and Mosses
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

Joey Shaw presents this elective class in the Certificate in Native Plants series. Class open to the public and registrants do not have to be working toward the certificate to attend. There will be several full-day “core” classes offered, as well as a wider variety of half-day “electives” later through the year. Visit for registration and schedule details.

March 11, April 12, Knoxville
Hikes & Blooms
Knoxville Parks and Paths, Legacy Parks Foundation

Interpretive hikes on these two dates led Dogwood Arts and Legacy Parks Foundation will highlight interesting facts, features, and flora in unique locations. Visit for updates.

March 17-18, Memphis
Spring Fling
Big Red Barn at the Agricenter

Memphis Area Master Gardeners sponsor a festival of plants and gardening delights. “Kick off” your spring gardening with informative speakers, garden societies, garden accessories, Q&A clinics, refreshments, and plants, plants, plants. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Come early to get the best deals. See for details.

March 18, Statewide
Spring Hike
Tennessee State Parks

Longer days and warmer weather means time to explore the spring wildflowers in the state parks. All hikes will be led by park staff. Call the state park near you or visit for details.

March 18, Chattanooga
Designing for Nature Symposium
University Center Auditorium, UTC

Sixth annual all-day symposium presented by Tennessee Chapter of Wild Ones. Keynote speaker and book author Claudia West will also present a workshop on March 17 for landscapers, planners, and experienced native plant gardeners. See for registration and schedule details for these two events.

March 18, Memphis
Gardening for Fragrance
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Catmur Horticulture Building

Bring your garden plans, images of garden spaces, and learn about all of the fragrance plants that will grow well in Memphis. Walk through the most desirable plants and desirable locations for each plant; get a booklet specifically written for this workshop and seeds to plant at home. Call 901-761-5250 or visit to register.

March 18-April 23, Nashville
Cheekwood in Bloom

Visit beautiful Cheekwood in the spring when more than 100,000 tulips erupt along with snowdrops, crocus, hyacinths, daffodils, redbuds, and dogwoods. Six weekends of family activities, entertainment, tours, and more. See for details.

March 19, Knoxville
Bees: Tales from the Hive
Hollingsworth Auditorium, UT Ag Campus

The Winter Movie Series ends with up-close footage filmed with specially developed macro lenses in a working bee colony. It’s frightening and fascinating. Discover newfound facts about the strange and complex life of bees. 2 p.m. Free admission and concessions will be available. For more information, visit

March 20, Knoxville
ABCs of Blueberries
Davis Family YMCA

Master gardener Marsha Lehman will teach the basics of growing blueberries: prepping the soil, choosing varieties, and pruning. 1 p.m. For more information, call 865-777-9622.

March 23, Knoxville
Successful Seed Starting

Start your own seeds to get varieties of veggies and herbs that you can’t find at the local stores. Master gardeners Barbara O’Neil and Marsha Lehman will show you the basic steps of successful seed starting and care for seedlings until they can be set out in beds or containers. 3:15 p.m. For more information, call Humana at

March 25, Crossville
Evergreens for Your Garden
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Carol Burdett will provide a tour of the evergreen and conifer varieties in the gardens beginning at 8:30 a.m. followed by a PowerPoint presentation and additional questions/answers at 10 a.m. Registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office or contact Jennifer Burns by phone/email: 931-484-0034,

March 25, Knoxville
Straw Bale Gardening Workshop
Knoxville Botanic Garden Visitors’ Center

Straw-bale gardening is a great way to grow food in limited space. Learn how with John Tullock. 9-11 a.m. Cost $15 KBGA members, $20 non-members. For class reservation, visit

March 25, Memphis
Photographing Tulips
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Catmur Horticulture Building

Curt Hart will teach about safety while photographing in the public garden, basic camera work, lens options, and storing images. Workshop will include classroom time and field practice. For more information, visit

March 25-26, Nashville
Southeast Regional Daffodil Show
Cheekwood Gardens

Regional show hosted by the Middle Tennessee Daffodil Society. See their Facebook page for details or email Becky Fox Matthews at to receive an electronic version of the show schedule. Show set-up is March 24 and daffodil entries can be made 7-10:15 a.m. Saturday.

March 25, Knoxville
Build ‘em and Fill ‘em
Bearden Branch Library

Master gardener Mike Powell teaches how to build raised beds and fill them. 1:30 p.m. For more information, call the library at 865-588-8813.

March 28, Knoxville
Build ‘em and Fill ‘em
Karns Senior Citizens Center

Master gardener Mike Powell teaches how to build raised beds. 11 a.m. For more information, call the Karns Center at 865-951-2653.

March 31, Memphis
Preparing Daffodils for Competition
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Winegardner Auditorium

Learn grooming, staging, and preparing techniques for entering your flowers into the Daffodil Show. Pick young flowers, put them in water, and bring them to get tips from members of the American Daffodil Society. Free with regular admission. For more information, visit

March 31-May 1, Knoxville
Dogwood Trails, Open Gardens and Camera Sites

Enjoy the natural beauty of the region in springtime. More than 60 miles of trails, open gardens, and photo ops await you. Fountain City is the 2017 Featured Trail. For more information, visit




April 1, Chattanooga
Pollinator Rally
Crabtree Farms

Save the date, details soon.  

April 1, Knoxville
Racheff Spring Plant Sale
Ivan Racheff House and Gardens

This annual event kicks off spring in Knoxville with all your favorite native plant vendors, birdhouses, hypertufa, garden tools, and more. For more information, visit the gardens’ Facebook page.

April 1, Knoxville
River Rescue
Tennessee River cleanup locations

Ijams Nature Center sponsors the 28th annual community-wide event at 50 cleanup sites along the Tennessee River and its creek tributaries. Bags and gloves are provided for groups or individuals working to clean up tons of trash. To learn about volunteering, contact Lauren Bird at 865-577-4717 ext. 135 or email

April 1-2, Memphis
Annual Daffodil Show
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

The Dixon hosts its seventh annual daffodil show; entries accepted March 31 or early Saturday morning. Show schedule will be available at

April 7-8, Memphis
Dixon Garden Fair: Offering Rare, Choice, and Unusual Plants
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

The annual spring plant sale is a Memphis garden tradition offering difficult-to-find natives, choice shrubs, and herbaceous perennials, including ferns and shade perennials. A list of plants for sale is available at the Dixon Business Office or at after March 20.

April 8, Knoxville
Spring Rose Care
Cedar Bluff Library

Did you winterize your roses? What should you do now? Join master gardener Carolyn Noey at 10:30 a.m. to learn how to have healthy and beautiful roses this summer. For more information, call the library at 865-470-7033.

April 8, Nashville
2017 Perennial Plant Sale
The Fairgrounds Nashville

Perennial Plant Society annual sale offering more than 450 varieties of plants for gardens big and small as well as expert advice on choosing and growing in Middle Tennessee. 9 a.m.-noon. Free admission, but fairgrounds parking is $5. Sale supports horticulture education and scholarships. For more information, email

April 8, Silver Point
Celebration of Spring
Edgar Evins State Park

Free all-day event with wildflower, birding and butterfly hikes, crafting, live animal demonstrations, pontoon boat rides, and much more including an Easter egg hunt. For more information, call 931-858-2114 or email

April 8-9, Knoxville
UT Gardens Spring Plant Sale
UT Gardens

Annual two-day plant sale. For more information, visit

April 8-9, East Ridge
Garden Expo – Master Your Garden
Camp Jordan Arena

The fifth annual expo brings together an array of exhibits, demonstrations, educational activities, and vendors. Our goal is to bring the latest gardening information to the community through 17 free seminars. Topics will include vegetable gardening, monarchs, daylilies, bluebirds, lasagna gardening, container gardening, and more. Visit or the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County Facebook page for updates.

April 10, Chattanooga
Myths and Realities of Native Plants
Green Spaces

Will Nicholls leads this program meeting of Wild Ones. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit

April 17, Knoxville
Deer-Resistant Plants
Davis Family YMCA  

Join master gardener Sandra Lee to learn which plants are least appetizing to the four-legged nibblers and make attractive additions to your landscape. 1 p.m. For more information, call the YMCA at 865-777-9622.

April 19-20, Gatlinburg
Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs Convention
Park Vista Hotel

Come enjoy springtime in the Smokies and help TFGC in landscaping and conservation plans to rejuvenate the areas in Gatlinburg destroyed by the November wildfire. See for details and updates to help Gatlinburg regain its greenery.

April 20-22, Chattanooga
Spring Native Plant Sale
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

Details coming soon for this sale of the plants you need for a native natural garden. Visit for more information.

April 21, Knoxville
Hats in Bloom Luncheon
Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Join us for the fifth annual signature luncheon featuring designer hats by milliner Patricia Frankum. Wearing a hat is not required but wear one if you have one. Seated luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Reservation required. For more information, visit

April 21-22, Crossville
Bees, Buds and Butterflies, 2017 Spring Flower and Garden Show
Fairgrounds at Cumberland County Complex

Annual show includes educational speakers, exhibits and marketplace for all gardeners. For more information, visit

April 21-22, Memphis
Spring Plant Sale
Memphis Botanic Garden

Details coming soon. For more information, visit

April 25, Knoxville
Deer-Resistant Plants
Karns Senior Citizens Center

Join master gardener Sandra Lee to learn which plants are least appetizing to the four-legged nibblers and make attractive additions to your landscape. 11 a.m. For more information, call Karns Senior Center at 865-951-2653.

April 29-30, Kingsport
Spring Garden Fair
Exchange Place Living History Farm

Demonstrations of springtime activities on a 19th-century farm, traditional music, old-fashioned foods, educational talks, animals and children’s activities, along with plant sales, garden accessories and farm products. 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.