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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

Mar 11, Apr 8, Memphis
Signs of Spring Walk
Memphis Botanic Garden Visitor’s Center

Walk the grounds of MBG at 1:30 p.m. with master gardener Judith Hammond. Free with garden admission, no reservations necessary, cancelled in case of rain. For more information, visit



March 6-27, Chattanooga
23rd Annual Beginner & Newcomer Gardening Classes
UT Extension

Classes including soils, turfgrasses, landscape design, wildlife, edible landscapes, perennials, annuals, and vegetables. $50 for four classes, 6:30-9 p.m. includes notebooks, door prizes, and refreshments. Call 423-855-6113 to reserve a spot in this program that fills quickly. For more information, visit


Mar 10, Crossville
Summer Vegetable Gardening and Raised Beds
UT Plateau Discovery Gardens

Fred Mullen and Sid Morgan give advice on how to plant, grow, and harvest summer vegetables and an overview of raised-bed gardening. 9-11:30 a.m. Free; register by emailing or calling


March 11, Memphis
Signs of Spring Walk
Memphis Botanic Garden Visitor’s Center

Walk the grounds of MBG at 1:30 pm with master gardener Judith Hammond. Free with garden admission, no reservation necessary, cancelled in case of rain. For more information, visit


March 16-17, Chattanooga
Plant Natives 2018! What’s the Buzz?
UTC University Center

Seminars on Friday and all-day symposium and native plant marketplace and expo on Saturday sponsored by Wild Ones Tennessee Valley. Speakers include Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants; Phyllis Stiles, founder of Bee City USA; and Carol Reese of UT West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. Brochure and details at


March 17, Bell Buckle
Daffodil Day

Bell Buckle Daffodil Day and plant exchange on Saturday, March 17 starting at 10:30 am. Go to Town of Bell Buckle Facebook page for further information.


March 17, Crossville
Growing in a Greenhouse
UT Plateau Discovery Gardens

Fred Mullen will discuss the proper techniques to be twice as successful with half the trouble growing plants. 9-11:30 a.m. Free; register by emailing or calling 931-484-0034.


Mar 17-April 15, Nashville
Cheekwood in Bloom

More than 100,000 blooms, including snowdrops, crocus, hyacinths, daffodils and tulips, brighten the gardens for spring. Six weekends of family activities and entertainment celebrate the change of seasons. Visit for all the details of this spectacular garden time.


March 19, Maryville
Vegetable Gardens & Organics
Blount County Public Library

Free program on basics of vegetable gardening presented by the Blount County Extension Office. 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit

March 19-21, Spencer
Wildflower & Waterfall Tour
Fall Creek Falls State Park

Join state naturalists Randy Hedgepath and Ranger Cara Alexander for this hiking tour of spring ephemeral wildflowers and the waterfalls of FCFSP with a two-night stay in the park. $299 per person double occupancy, $399 single occupancy; meals, transportation included. Reserve your spot with Connie or Renee by calling 800-250-8610.

March 23, Nashville
Botanical Watercolors Teacher Workshop: Tulips

Explore the techniques used for centuries to portray in accurate detail the flora and fauna of our world. Learn dry brush watercolor, color theory and other methods for the depiction of nature with teaching artist Mary Gwyn Bowen. Cost of workshop is free and lunch is included, pre-registration is required. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit

March 23-24, Memphis
Spring Fling
Farmers Market Red Barn, Agricenter

Think spring for the 14th annual event – details next month from the Memphis Area Master Gardeners. Add to your gardening knowledge and get great plants and garden goodies too. For more information, visit


March 24, Crossville
Hugelkultur, Nature’s Raised Garden Beds
UT Plateau Discovery Gardens

Dean Towers will discuss these raised beds created by stacking decaying wood, creating a garden loaded with organic material and nutrients. 2-3:30 p.m. Free; register by emailing or calling 931-484-0034.


March 24, Lebanon
Spring Hike
Cedars of Lebanon State Park

Meet at the park office at 9 a.m. for a 1-hour free stroll through the Cedar Glades focusing on the unique wildflowers that may be sprouting up in this unique ecosystem of Middle Tennessee. Bring the kids who will be doing an ABC hike to see what they can find. Park phone number is 615-443-2769, Park Ranger Shauna Bridgers’ email is

March 24-25, Memphis
Daffodil Show
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Daffodil Show sponsored by the Mid-South Daffodil Society and the American Daffodil Society. For more information, visit


March 29-April 30, Knoxville Area
Dogwood Arts Festival

This annual spring extravaganza features trails, open gardens and camera sites for all the beautiful spring blooms. For more information, visit




April 5-7, Burns
2018 Tennessee State Conference, Master Gardeners
Montgomery Bell State Park

Pre-day tour and workshop at Carter House in Franklin April 5. Sessions and speakers on Friday and Saturday at the state park include landscape walkabouts, wildflower and photography hikes, tree ID, fireflies in TN, beekeeping, arboretums, youth programs, community gardens, and more. Lodging at park or nearby motels in Dickson; meals at The Forge park restaurant. Contact your local master gardener organization for more information or visit


April 5-8 Nashville Area
American Daffodil Society National Convention
Franklin Marriott Cool Springs

The Middle Tennessee Daffodil Society will celebrate its 60th anniversary by hosting the ADS National Convention! View a beautiful daffodil show including horticultural exhibits, photography, and floral designs. Participate in educational sessions and enjoy spectacular outings to local attractions, historic houses, and gardens. Thursday afternoon Brent Heath of Brent and Becky Bulbs will provide an introduction to the wide variety of shapes and colors of daffodils. Michael Berrigan, president of ADS, will demonstrate the basics of choosing and preparing blooms to enter a daffodil show. For more information, visit


April 6-8, Chattanooga
Crabtree Farms Plant Sale
Crabtree Farms

18th Annual Spring Plant Sale and Festival at Crabtree Farms offers gardeners healthy, sustainably grown fruit, vegetable, flower, and herb plant starts for their spring and summer gardens. Guests can enjoy free gardening workshops, live music, food, fun-on-the-farm activities for kids, and handcrafted items from local artisans. For more information, visit


April 7, Crossville
Small Fruits & Berries
UT Plateau Discovery Gardens

Straw, blue, black, rasp or grapes – which grow best on the Plateau? Fred Mullen will discuss the steps for a successful harvest, 9-11:30 a.m. Free, register by emailing or calling 931-484-0034.


April 7, Knoxville
Spring Spectacular Plant Sale
UT Gardens

Come shop from a great selection of perennials, edibles, shrubs, trees, herbs, conifers and hostas. Take a walk in the gardens to get design inspiration and also expert gardening advice at the sale. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit 


April 7, Knoxville
Herb Your Enthusiasm!
Bearden Branch Library

Master gardener Susan Kiss shares the best herb tips for gardening newbies to get you off to a good start. 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 865-588-8813.


April 7, Knoxville
Spring Wildflower Sale
Ivan Racheff House and Gardens

This traditional first plant sale of spring in Knoxville returns with native plants, shrubs, herbs, birdhouses, hypertufa, garden markers, and more. The proceeds support the Wildflower Garden and other specialty gardens in the 3 acres of grounds around the historic house. See their Facebook page for details.


April 7, Nashville
Perennial Plant Sale
The Fairgrounds

Free admission and doors open at 9 a.m. for this Perennial Plant Society sale of over 450 varieties of plants for gardens large and small with expert advice on choosing and growing in Middle Tennessee. Parking $5. For a plant list, visit or email questions to


April 7, Rock Island
Natural Areas Week: Badger Flat Wildflower Talk
Rock Island State Park

Join Ranger Nathaniel Garrison at Badger Flat picnic area to discover the wonders of wildflowers, some that grow practically in the parking area! Free but register at state parks calendar for this 10-11 a.m. program.


April 8, Memphis
Signs of Spring Walk
Memphis Botanic Garden Visitor’s Center

Walk the grounds of MBG at 1:30 p.m. with master gardener Judith Hammond. Free with garden admission, no reservations necessary, cancelled in case of rain. For more information, visit


April 9, Chattanooga
Tree Canopy

Tennessee Valley WildOnes present public event with Erica Lewis as speaker. For more information, visit


April 11, Crossville
Plant This, Not That
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Lisa Huff, regional stewardship ecologist, will discuss invasive plants of Tennessee and what you could plant instead of the invaders, 1-2:30 p.m. Free, but register with Jennifer at or call 931-484-0034.


April 13, Knoxville
Hats in Bloom Luncheon
Knoxville Botanical Garden Dogwood Center

Sixth annual luncheon features milliner Patricia Frankum’s hats with champagne mimosas and delicious seated lunch. Proceeds support KBG& A. For more information, visit or call 865-862-8717.


April 13-14, Memphis
Spring Plant Sale at the Garden
Memphis Botanic Garden

Both green thumbs and not-so-green thumbs alike look forward to this sale each spring for sun and shade perennials, ferns, hostas, iris, peonies, ground covers, ornamental grasses, and herbs for the Mid-South. Download the sale list to get all the varieties and prices and see details of preview party on evening of the 12th at


April 13-15, Monteagle
Trails and Trilliums
South Cumberland State Park Visitor Center

15th annual three-day festival featuring guided hikes, programs and workshops, native plant sale, and work of guest artists. For more information, visit or their Facebook page, Trails & Trilliums.


April 14, Knoxville
Talahi Plant Sale
Lakeshore Park

This plant sale has been held since 1964 and boasts a vibrant assortment of native plants, herbs, trees, shrubs, annuals, homemade baked goods, and the ever-popular Green Elephant. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit


April 14, Knoxville
Ornamental Containers for Summer Color
Cedar Bluff Library

Master gardeners Lynn Carlson and Vickie Smith talk about making your outdoor containers a rainbow of color. Think outside the pot for this one for design, color balance and proportion. 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-470-7033.


April 14, Nashville
Nashville Herb Society Annual Plant Sale
Sports Arena Building, Tennessee State Fairgrounds

Annual sale featuring heirloom vegetables, rare varieties of annual and perennial herbs, and member-grown plants. Come early for best selection. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit for more information and a plant list or find us on Facebook at The Herb Society of Nashville.


April 14-15, East Ridge
6th Annual “Master your Garden” Garden Expo
Camp Jordan Arena

Hamilton County Master Gardeners present the garden expo with 17 free seminars, numerous garden and educational vendors, live demos, Q and A table, children’s area, bonsai exhibit by the Tennessee Valley Bonsai Society, door prizes, and more. $10 admission covers both days; children under 12 free; free parking. Proceeds help fund hort and ag scholarships for Tennessee students. See for details and speakers’ schedule.


April 17, Crossville
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Hannah Crouch discusses aquaponics to combine conventional aquaculture of aquatic animals with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water), 1-2:30 p.m. Free but register with Jennifer at or call 931-484-0034.


April 18, Crossville
Using Native Plants in the Home Landscape
UT PREC, Plateau Discovery Gardens

Bill Morgan discusses gardening with plants native to our region. 9-11 a.m. Free but register with Jennifer at or call 931-484-0034.


April 19-21, Chattanooga
Reflection Riding Spring Plant Sale
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

See for details of this 31st annual native plant sale.


April 20-22, Kingsport
39th Annual Spring Nature Festival
Warriors’ Path State Park

Friday evening through Sunday noon including seminars and hikes about birdlife, moths, nature photography, plants and pollinators, stream ecology, geology, spring night skies, worship service, and concert. See state park calendar for complete listing of schedule.


April 21, Cleveland
Spring Forward
Museum Center at 5ive Points

The Bradley County Master Gardeners will be hosting a “Spring Forward” inaugural event with seminars, workshops, garden crafts, vendor booths, G Daddys BBQ, Kinder Garden children’s activities, yard sale, door prizes, and more! 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit


April 24-28, Smokies
Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
Gatlinburg and GSMNP

Features professionally guided walks to explore the region’s natural and cultural resources. For more information, visit


April 27-28 Crossville
Creative Containers, Think Outside of the Box
Cumberland County Fairgrounds

Spring Flower and Garden Show sponsored by Cumberland County Master Gardeners. This fundraiser supports the gardens and college internships. For more information, visit


April 28-May 5 Dresden
Tennessee Iris Festival

39th annual festival includes parade, arts and crafts, and more for all ages. Visit or Facebook for details.


April 28, Crossville
8th Annual Wildflower Photography Workshop
Cumberland Mountain State Park, CCC Museum patio (near restaurant)

Join ranger Monica Johnson and photographer Anthony Ladd in search of the perfect wildflower photo and picturesque vistas with photography tips, wildflower identification, and hike. Bring camera and sturdy hiking shoes. Free, but register for event at state parks event calendar or call Cumberland Mountain State Park at 931-484-6138.


April 28, Knoxville
Earth Fest 2018!
Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Join us for the 19th annual festival from as an Earth Day celebration. The theme this year is “Make Your Mark.” Find an environmental niche through engaging keynote speakers and demonstrators, a youth area, music, and food. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit or their Facebook page.


April 28, Nashville
Middle Tennessee Iris Society Iris Show
Calvary United Methodist Church

Annual show is free to the public to see beautiful colorful iris in flower. 1-4 p.m. For additional info, email


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.