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Upcoming Events for Tennessee

To submit your gardening event to our staff, submit it using our contact form or send an email to calendar@statebystategardening.com.

 

 

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 dixon.org.

 

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 dogwoodarts.com for updates.


Through April 23, Nashville
Cheekwood in Bloom
Cheekwood

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 cheekwood.org for details.

 

April


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 dixon.org after March 20.

 

April 7-9, Chattanooga
Spring Plant Sale & Festival
Crabtree Farms

Healthy, sustainably grown fruit, vegetable, flower, and herb plants as well as free gardening workshops, live music, food, kids’ activities, and handcrafted items. Free gardening classes on Saturday and Sunday. Plant list and schedule available mid-March. For more information, call 423-493-9155 or visit crabtreefarms.org.


April 7-9, Monteagle
Trails and Trilliums
Monteagle Sunday School Assembly

The 14th annual Trails & Trilliums Festival offers guided hikes, ART in the Park, Wine and Wildflowers, vendors, booths and exhibits, natural dye making, birds of prey, birding walks, and more. It’s an important fundraiser for the Friends of South Cumberland State Park, supporting Tennessee’s largest state park. For more information, visit trailsandtrilliums.org.

 

April 8, Crossville
Small Fruits and Berries
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Fred Mullen discusses strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and grapes to grow on the Plateau. Free, 9-11:30 a.m., registration is required. For more information, contact Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.




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 mariwynevans@att.net.


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 mark.taylor@tn.gov.


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

Annual two-day plant sale. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.


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 mghc.org 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 tennesseevalley.wildones.org.

 

April 11-15, Smokies
Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
Gatlinburg and GSMNP

Registration begins in mid-February online for the 67th pilgrimage. See the Facebook page for changes and details.

 

April 13, Kodak
Growing Native Orchids
Citizens National Bank

Wild Ones, Smoky Mountains Chapter, presents John Tullock as speaker. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit their Facebook page, Smoky Mountains Wildones, for details.

 

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 tfgconline.org 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 reflectionriding.org 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 knoxgarden.org.


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 ccmga.org.


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

Details coming soon. For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

 

April 22, Sevierville
Sevier County Flower & Garden Show and Sale
Sevier County Fairgrounds

Hosted by UT Extension and the Sevier County Area Master Gardeners Association. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call the Sevier County Extension Office 865-453-3695.


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 27, Knoxville
Killer Tomatoes – Tomato Killers
Humana, Western Avenue

Master gardener Joe Pardue discusses heirlooms and new hybrids, how to start from seeds, how to prune and sucker, water and fertilize while managing the numerous diseases that target tomatoes. 2:45-3:45 p.m. For more information, visit knoxcountymastergardener.org or call Humana at 865-329-8892.

 

April 26-July 19, Knoxville
Organic Master Gardener Class
All Saints Catholic Church

Seven sessions of OMG including soil testing, transplanting and sowing seeds, insects and diseases, watering and irrigation, fall planting, soils, cover crops and compost. Focus will be on vegetables but also include annuals and perennials. Includes classroom time and Demonstration/Charity Garden for hands-on experience. 9 a.m.-noon. Preregistration required. For more information, visit knoxcountymastergardener.org.

 

April 28, Knoxville
Killer Tomatoes – Tomato Killers
UT Gardens, Room 124 South Greenhouse

Preregistration required for this presentation by Joe Pardue on heirlooms and new hybrids, how to start from seeds, how to prune and sucker, water and fertilize while managing the numerous diseases that target tomatoes. Participants will receive three healthy specialty tomatoes to grow at home. 3-4:30 p.m. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.

 

April 28, Knoxville
Gardens Gala: Garden Legends – Rooted in Tradition
UT Gardens

Join the UT Gardens and honorary host Sherri Lee for the fifth annual gala. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction in the dinner tent prior to the seated dinner and live auction. 5-9 p.m. For more information, visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.

 

April 29, Clarksville
Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale
Clarksville-Montgomery Public Library

Early bird gets the worm and best plants. 8 a.m. until sold out. For more information, call 931-648-5725 ext. 31.

 

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 exchangeplace.info.

 

April 29-May 6, Dresden
Tennessee Iris Festival
Main Street, Downtown Dresden

The traditional parade highlights the 38th annual festival with BBQ cook-off, pageant, live music, arts and crafts, beautiful irises, and more. Please visit tennesseeirisfestival.net for all event information or see the Facebook page for updates.


 

May

 

May 1, Franklin
Garden Talk Series @ Main: From My Head, Tomatoes
Williamson County Public Library

Learn how to distinguish diseases and disorders and treatments including organic insect and disease controls with Amy Dismukes. 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 615-595-1243.

 

May 2, Memphis
Photographer’s Gardens of Birds, Butterflies, and Blooms
Memphis Botanic Garden

Hannah Underhill presents program at Memphis Horticultural Society at MBG. For more information, visit memphishorticulture.org.

 

May 3, Knoxville
Flower Arranging Secrets
Museum of Art

Knoxville Garden Club presents speaker Jane Godshalk, instructor at Longwood Gardens. Free meeting, open to the public. 7 p.m. For more information, visit knoxvillegardenclub.org.

 

May 6, Crossville
UT Gardens-Crossville Plant Sale
Plateau UT Gardens

UT Gardens Friends Program has presale on Friday with a 10 percent discount for the members. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit ccmga.org or plateau.tennessee.edu.

 

May 6, Crossville
Deer Resistant Plants for the Plateau
Plateau UT Gardens

Janet Dowlen discusses “deer-resistant” trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals along with deterrents and repellents. 10-11 a.m. Free, but registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

May 6, Jackson
Master Gardener Plant Sale
West TN Research Education Center

Plants are from master gardeners’ gardens/greenhouses and plants offered by Jason Reeves, UT Gardens horticulturist. 7 a.m.-noon. For more information, email Judy Rice at trice@eplus.net.

 

May 6, Lebanon
40th Annual Elise Quarterman Wildflower Festival
Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Cedar Forest Lodge

Join botanists and naturalists in the beauty of the Cedar Glades for workshops, lectures, hikes, and exhibits about the ecosystem of the cedar glades and its unique plant community. All-day activities are free; for more info contact the park at 615-443-2769 or MTSU Center for Cedar Glade Studies, mtsu.edu/mtsucee/cedar_glades.php for schedule.

 

May 6, Nashville
Iris Show
Ed Jones Auditorium, Ellington Ag Center

Middle Tennessee Iris Society holds their annual iris show. Center opens 6:30 a.m. for entries. For more information, visit middletnirissociety.org.

 

May 7-13, Humboldt
West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Various Venues

Join the 79th year for events, food, and fellowship with friends and family in and around Humboldt with contests, pageants, music, parades, carnival, car show, and festival cuisine. For more information, visit humboldttnchamber.org/strawberry-festival.html.

 

May 7, Knoxville
The B’s: Bees, Butterflies, and Birds
Heska Amuna Synagogue

First annual event forbackyard gardeners who want to support wildlife includes three naturalist speakers, silent auction, local artisans, gardening decor, door prizes, a high tea for an additional charge, and release of monarch butterflies as finale. 1-4 p.m. $5 entrance fee, children under 10 free. For more information, visit heskaamuna.org/butterfly-bush/ or email HAbutterflybush@gmail.com.

 

May 8-13, Dayton
Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Downtown Dayton

Evening events of week culminate in 5K run, pancake breakfast, parade, gospel singing, art show, carnival, craft and food vendors, and more. For more information, visit tnstrawberryfestival.com.

 

May 9-13, Pigeon Forge
Wilderness Wildlife Week
LeConte Center

Educational programs, children’s activities, guided hikes in the GSMNP, photography exhibit, music, storytelling, vendors, and more for this 27th annual activity-packed week. See mypigeonforge.com/events/wilderness-wildlife-week for all the details.

 

May 10, Crossville
Straw Bale Gardening
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Bev Beers and Rhoda Hiller discuss container gardening in a straw bale. Free, 1- 3 p.m., registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

May 10, Rutledge
Workshop – Considerations for Beginning Farmers
Grainger County Ag Pavilion,

A full day of education for anyone with no or little farming background desiring to start a farming enterprise. Identify goals, basic crops and livestock needs, evaluating land, equipment and risks. Registration, $25 fee. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact Mitchell Mote at the Rutherford County Extension Office, 615-898-7710.

 

May 13, Crossville
Tomatoes
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Fred Mullen discusses heirloom versus hybrid, seeds and seedlings, planting and fertilizing, watering and mulching as well as common problems and solutions. Free, 9-11:30 a.m., registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

May 13, Portland
Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Downtown Portland

The 76th annual festival highlights the Portland strawberry tradition that dates back to 1865. The events include a carnival, beauty contest, 5K run, live music, food and craft vendors, and everything strawberry! See their Facebook page for details and updates.

 

May 15, Franklin
Garden Talk Series @ Main: Thugs of Tennessee (Plant Diseases)
Williamson County Public Library

Amy Dismukes discusses blights, rot and cankers, and plant pathology. Bring a sample for diagnosis. 1-3 p.m. For more information, call the library at 615-595-1243.

 

May 15, Knoxville
Container Gardens for Season-Long Cheer
Davis Family YMCA

Join master gardener Lynn Carlson and talk about a rainbow of colors for your outdoor containers with design, balance, and proportion. 1-2 p.m. For more information, call YMCA 865-777-9622.

 

May 18, Memphis
Monthly Botanic Talks: Rhododendron Natives
Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Dale Skaggs, director of horticulture, leads this group discussion of the rhododendrons. 5-6 p.m. For more information, visit dixon.org.

 

May 19, Crossville
Saving Seeds
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Jewell Wilhoite will discuss best practices for harvesting and storing seeds. Free, 1-2:30 p.m., registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

May 20, Chattanooga
Herbs
Ag Center on Bonny Oaks Drive

Ivana Patterson discusses all aspects of herbs about a healthy garden, how to grow, harvest, and uses. 10 a.m.
Advanced registration is preferred. For more information, visit mghc.org/education-committee-classes.

 

May 20, Knoxville
Native Plant Symposium & Plant Sale
UT Gardens

Join regional native plant experts to explore how to enhance your landscape. Margie Hunter headlines the program. Plant sale features Beaver Creek, Overhill Gardens, and Sunlight Gardens as well as UT Gardens. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Pre-registration required Register at ag.tennessee.edu/utg/Pages/symposia.aspx or contact Derrick Stowell at dstowell@utk.edu, 865-974-7151.

 

May 20, Nashville
Urban Gardening Festival
Ellington Agricultural Center

Master Gardeners of Davidson County present an outreach program (free, rain or shine) for the public to learn gardening methods and techniques including topics on hummingbirds and bluebirds, tomato disorders, container gardening, beekeeping, aeroponic gardening, and garden remedies. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit mgofdc.org/ugf.

 

May 20, Wartburg
Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival
Wartburg Courthouse Square

Morgan County features the mountain laurel bloom in a month of Saturday events in May including the Festival in Wartburg. Visit tnmlf.com for a brochure, hiking trails, and events in the county.

 

May 20-21, Greeneville
Greeneville Iris Festival
Downtown Greeneville

Join the 23rd annual festival featuring artists, craftsmen, merchants, car show, food vendors, and entertainers from across the country. See their Facebook page for details and schedule.

 

May 21, Memphis
Dog Day at the Garden
Memphis Botanic Garden

Doggie expo with samples and information, vendors, pools to keep your doggie cool and fun. Must sign a release form when entering with pets, tickets available at gate. 2-5 p.m. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for details and online forms.

 

May 23, Crossville
Ugh! Weeds!
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Gregg Upchurch discusses the details of weeds and recommended treatment. Free, 9-11 a.m., registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

May 27, Crossville
Groundcovers
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Carol Burdett discusses the beauty of ground covers in your landscape and how to solve planting problems on difficult sites. Free, 9-10:30 a.m., registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

June

 

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

Alan Windham discusses the basics of plant disease management and logical ways to prevent or minimize damage. This will include classroom and garden instruction. Free, 10-11:30 a.m., registration is required. Register in person at the UT PREC office, or by phone/email to Jennifer Burns at 931-484-0034, jburns35@utk.edu.

 

June 10, Memphis
Mid-South Hydrangea Society Conference & Plant Sale
Dixon Gallery & Gardens

Natalie Hamill, Mal Condon, Vanessa Gardner Nagel, and Michael Dirr on topics of selection, care, and design. 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Garden tours on June 11. Register early. For more information, visit dixon.org or midsouthhydrangea.com.

 

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.