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Upcoming Events for Tennessee

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June 8 Knoxville
Botanical Cocktails
Knoxville Botanical Garden
Come experience the intoxicating arts of creating delicious cocktails and growing the herbs needed for them. In partnership with PostModern Distillery, participants will watch demonstrations of cocktails being made, with special emphasis on incorporation of fresh herbs. Then, after sampling, participants will head outside to the Green Drinks Garden to see those herbs growing and to get tips and advice for their own gardens. 3-5 p.m. Cost TBD. For more information, visit or call 865-862-8717.

June 8 Virginia Beach
Second Saturdays – Rain Barrel Workshops
Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market
Join the Virginia Beach Master Gardener Water Stewards to construct a 55-gallon sealed rain barrel. Each barrel is $50, and includes a free diverter kit for installation on an existing down spout. 9-10 a.m. Registration required. Register at

June 11 Knoxville
Roses & Rosé
UT Gardens
Discover new rosé wines, and leisurely stroll the UT Gardens while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, music, and friends. Sample rosé wines from area wine distributors who will be providing tastings of a variety of summer wines for your enjoyment. Discover the beauty of the UT Gardens, Knoxville - especially the Beall Family Rose Garden, which will be at its peak. 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

June 11 Spring Hill
Fruits of the Backyard
Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center
Plant the right cultivars and trees, and your backyard could yield cucumber salad, elderberry syrup, pecan pie, and more. Session topics include nut trees that are native to Tennessee, cucumbers and vine crops for the backyard garden, and uncommon fruits, such as elderberry, pawpaw, and persimmon. For the first time ever, this year’s Fruits of the Backyard event will also include a plant sale. The local Young Farmers and Ranchers group along with UT Extension Master Gardener programs have teamed up to provide an assortment of plants available for field day attendees to purchase. The Center for Profitable Agriculture will be present, with special guests Joy and Tony Foster, owners of Blue Honey Farms in Williamson County. The Fosters will be available to answer questions about production and marketing and share the lessons they have learned. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free and open to the public. Educational displays from the Institute, UT Extension, the Tennessee AgrAbility Project and several Columbia agricultural businesses will be set up in the exhibit tent. A display from Spring Hill High School agriculture students and educator Gwynne Evans showing the importance of honeybees for food production will be set up as well. For more information, visit

June 13, Oak Ridge
Southeastern Grasslands Preservations
UT Arboretum
Dwayne Estes, Tennessee Conservationist of the Year and known in the ecology community as “the prairie preacher”, will present "The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative: Charting a New Course for Conservation in the 21st Century" at 7:00 p.m. on June 13 at the UT Arboretum Auditorium. This is a free program sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society, Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning. Strata-G and the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center. No registration is required. For more information contact Michelle Campanis at (865)483-7277 or To learn more about this program or the UT Arboretum Society, go to For more information on the program, contact Michelle Campanis at 865-483-7277 or

June 15, Oak Ridge
Third Saturday Hike
UT ArboretumMeet at the UT Arboretum Visitors Center, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge at 9:00 a.m. Please wear clothes appropriate to the weather and boots or good shoes for outdoor walking. Hikes will be varied in intensity level, and the route may be changed due to weather conditions or leader’s choice. These hikes are designed to be suitable for all, but the difficulty level of the hike is dependent on individual fitness. Be sure to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated at you hike. This hike will be led by a volunteer familiar with the UT Arboretum and the trail system. This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society. No registration is required. To learn more about this hike or the UT Arboretum Society, go to For more information on the program, call 865-483-7277.

June 28, Murfreesboro
Rachel Jackson Garden Club members present "A Summer Dance"
St. Clair Senior Center, 325 Saint Clair Street
This is an NGC Design Specialty Flower Show free and open to the public. Show viewing hours are 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

More events coming soon!


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