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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.

 

 

Through August 1, Clarksville

Registration for Montgomery County Master Gardener Course – Fall of 2017
Montgomery County Extension Office

All classes on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. August 22-November 14.The fee for the class is $125 or $150 for couples. For more information, see Facebook page or contact Karla Kean at kkean@utk.edu or 931-648-5725.

 

July 28-30, Rutledge
Grainger County Tomato Festival
Festival grounds and sites in Rutledge

Named one of Parade Magazine’s Top Ten Festivals in the USA, the free festival returns for its 25th year to promote the Grainger County tomato and local products, craftsmen, and authors. Special guest this year is Charles The Pig who survived the Great Smoky Mountain wildfire last November and will feature his books and artwork to help raise money for his family to rebuild. The annual famous Tomato Wars will benefit God’s Planet for Haiti, a nonprofit that helps educate children in Haiti. Special music will feature The McCameys Saturday afternoon and Charlie Daniels Band Saturday night, all free. For more information, visit graingercountytomatofestival.com.

 

August

 

August 6, Kodak
Hummingbird Banding
Bluebird Barn, Seven Islands State Birding Park

Master bander Mark Armstrong leads this one-of-a-kind experience to get up close and personal with wild birds. Take an easy 1-mile hike to the banding site. Wear good walking shoes or boots and bring water and a snack. 7 a.m. Must preregister at tnstateparks.com/events.

 

August 7, Franklin
Garden Talk Series@ Main: Fall Gardening
Williamson County Public Library

Get tips on cool-season vegetable gardening and maintenance as well as hints on preserving and protecting your plants and harvest with Sadira Ebert. 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 615-595-1243.

 

August 11-12, East Nashville
Tomato Art Fest
Five Points area of East Nashville

The free, costume-encouraged event provides a wildly entertaining, fun-filled day for all types and all-ages. For more information, visit tomatoartfest.com. 

 

August 12, Knoxville
Moss: More Than a Four-Letter Word
Cedar Bluff Library

If you are wrestling with what to grow in those shady spots, join master gardeners Jean Hess and Rosanne Smith to learn how to use mosses. 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-470-7033.

 

August 12, Knoxville
Hypertufa
UT Gardens

Learn how to make unique garden containers out of hypertufa and explore the origins of stone troughs with Derrick Stowell. Pre-registration required, $25 garden members, $35 nonmembers. 1-3 p.m. For additional information, email dstowell@utk.edu, call 865-974-7151, or visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.

 

August 17 & 24, Burns
Hummingbird Banding
Montgomery Bell State Park, Park Office

Join ranger Tim Wheatley for banding of ruby-throated hummingbirds to help sample the population and understand communities where they may thrive. Number and consistency of birds for banding is unknown. 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, visit tnstateparks.com or email timothy.wheatley@ tn.gov.

 

August 20 & 27, Burns
Hummingbird Banding
Montgomery Bell State Park, Park Inn

Hummingbird banding with ranger Tim Wheatley and environmental education specialist Heather Gallagher at the busy feeders at the Park Inn. Number of birds is variable, but hummers feed heavily in the morning after a night of fasting so populations should be present. 7:30-9:30 a.m. For more information, visit tnstateparks.com or email timothy.wheatley@ tn.gov.

 

August 21, Franklin
Garden Talk Series@ Main: Urban Trees and Best Management Practices
Williamson County Public Library

Learn about the best trees for an urban environment with Amy Dismukes. Learn what to do and how to do it and about the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 615-595-1243.

 

August 26, Knoxville
Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival
Ijams Nature Center

See ruby-throated hummingbirds up close and personal, wildlife demonstrations, speaker programs, guided walks, food vendors, birdfeeders, plants, and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit ijams.org.

 

August 26, Knoxville
Natural Flower Dyes and Silk Scarves
UT Gardens

Beth Willis will explore how natural dyes are made from plants and you will get opportunity to practice dying natural fibers and learn about growing plants and dying at home. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pre-registration required, $25 garden members, $35 nonmembers. For more information, email dstowell@utk.edu, call 865-974-7151, or visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.

 

August 26, Knoxville
Moss: More Than a Four-Letter Word
Bearden Branch Library

If you are wrestling with what to grow in those shady spots, join master gardeners Jean Hess and Rosanne Smith to learn how to use mosses. 1:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 865-588-8813.

 

August 29, Crossville
9th Annual Fall Gardeners Festival
Plateau Discovery Gardens, UT Gardens

Topics chosen for the home gardener will be presented under tents throughout the gardens, along with wagon tours of the facility, opportunities to shop from garden vendors, educational exhibits, and more. For more information, visit ccmga.org or plateau.tennessee.edu.

 

September

 

September 2, Bath Springs
Exploring the Western Tennessee Valley Limestone Barrens
Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area

Join Allan Trently to recognize plants found in the Limestone Barrens, naturally treeless ecosystems found primarily in Decatur County. Learn basic tips for identifying the hard to identify asters and goldenrods. The approximately 1-mile trail contains gentle slopes, is considered easy to moderate in difficulty and there will be off-trail walking so wear boots. 10 a.m. Advance registration required, $10 for adults and teenagers. For more information, visit tnstateparks.com/events.

 

September 2, Hohenwald
Rare Plant Fall Hike and Creek Walk
Dry Branch State Natural Area, Brushy Creek Road

Perfect time for a walk with Andrea Bishop along picturesque Dry Branch and surrounding woodlands of the rare plant community known as Highland Rim Calcareous Seeps. Hike will take three to four hours and is moderate but could include slick rocks in the creek.10 a.m. Bring water, lunch and snacks, bug spray, and get your feet wet or wear rubber boots. Advance registration required, $10 for adults and teenagers. For more information, visit tnstateparks.com/events.

 

September 3, Burns
Hummingbird Banding
Montgomery Bell State Park, Park Inn

Hummingbird banding with ranger Tim Wheatley and environmental education specialist Heather Gallagher at the busy feeders at the Park Inn. The number of birds is variable, but hummers feed heavily in the morning after a night of fasting so populations should be present. 7:30-9:30 a.m. For more information, visit tnstateparks.com or email timothy.wheatley@ tn.gov.

 

September 9, Fairview
Nature Fest, Celebrating the Honey Bee
Bowie Nature Park, Nature Center Building and Outdoor Classroom,

The 33rd annual festival features music, hayrides, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact the Fairview Area Chamber of Commerce at 615-799-9290 or visit naturefesttn.com for a map of the festival.

 

September 8-10, Roan Mountain
Fall Naturalists’ Rally
Roan Mountain State Park, Highway 143

55th annual fall gathering will include informative lectures, guided hikes, bird watching, and more led by Friends of Roan Mountain. For more information, call Friends at 423-543-7576 or the park 423-772-0190 or visit friendsofroanmtn.org

 

September 9, Knoxville
Bulbs
Cedar Bluff Library
Join master gardeners Alice Greene and Tracy Polite-Johnson for all the dirt on bulbs to plant this fall. 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call the library at 865-470-7033.

 

September 10, Knoxville
Symphony in the Park
Ijams Nature Center

Ijams’ Symphony in the Park, presented by Stephen and April Harris, is a wonderful benefit for Ijams Nature Center that features the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra along with special musical and visual artists. Proceeds from this event, which is Ijams’ largest annual fundraiser, help provide outstanding environmental education programs and engaging outdoor experiences as well as maintain this 300-acre wildlife sanctuary. 5:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit ijams.org.

 

September 11, Chattanooga
Sunflowers & Relatives
Greenspaces

Free public meeting of the Tennessee Valley Wild Ones with speaker Ed Shilling. 6-8 p.m. For more information, visit tennesseevalley.wildones.org.

 

September 14, Kodak
Banding Hummingbirds
Citizens National Bank

Free public meeting of the Smoky Mountains Chapter of Wild Ones with speaker Mark Armstrong of the Seven Islands Birding State Park. 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, see the Smoky Mountains Wild Ones Facebook page.

 

September 14, Memphis
Preparing the Landscape for Winter
Shelby County Extension Office

Tipton County extension agent Joellen Dimond will present the program. Noon-1 p.m. For more information,
call 901-752-1207.

 

September 16, Chattanooga
Dahlias
Ag Center off Bonny Oaks Drive

Master gardener Holly Colf will discuss how to grow amazing dahlias in your own garden. 10 a.m. Register at mghc.org/education-committee-classes.

 

September 16, Hermitage
Wildflower Identification for Beginners
Long Hunter State Park Visitor Center

David Lincicome will offer an introduction to the use of wildflower keys, plant family characteristics, and basic botanic terms. Walking off-trail, so wear sturdy boots and bring notebook, pencil, lunch, water, and bug spray. 9 a.m. For more information, email david.lincicome@tn.gov. Register at tnstateparks.com/events.

 

September 17, Knoxville
Ijams Family Wildlife Series: Bug-ology 103 (Butterflies and Moths)
Ijams Nature Center Miller Building

Join Ijams Nature Center naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales for a lighthearted look at some of the winged wonders that live in East Tennessee. Ijams “ology” workshops are perfect for families with young children, or just folks that are young at heart. We’ll start with a short class and buggy snack, and then head outside to search for signs of Ijams’ insect inhabitants. 2-4 p.m. Pre-registration required. For more information, visit ijams.org/events/ijams-family-wildlife-series-bug-ology-103-butterflies-and-moths.

 

September 18, Knoxville
Bulbs
Davis YMCA

Join master gardeners Alice Greene and Tracy Polite-Johnson for all the dirt on bulbs to plant this fall. 1-2 p.m. For more information, call 865-777-9622.

 

September 18, Franklin
Garden Talk Series@ Main: Seed Savers United (Collecting and Storing Seeds)
Williamson County Public Library

September is prime time to collect seeds from your garden, so learn how to properly collect, clean, store, and save seeds. Become familiar with the library’s new seed exchange and how it works. 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 615-595-1243.

 

September 23-24, Kingsport
Exchange Place Fall Folk Arts Festival
Exchange Place Living History Farm

Inaugurated in 1972, this is the region’s oldest autumnal celebration with harvest time activities on the 1850s farm. Artisans will demonstrate and sell traditional folk arts and the Harvest Market will feature plants, fall produce, and seasonal crafts. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. For more information, visit exchangeplace.info.

 

September 23-24, Nashville
Music and Molasses Festival
Tennessee Agricultural Museum, Ellington Agricultural Center

24th annual festival to celebrate the harvest and bring history alive with blacksmithing, sorghum mill, pony rides, local artisans, bakers, growers, and more. For more information, call the Tennessee Agricultural Museum at 615-837-5197 or visit tennessee.agricultural.museum@tn.gov.

 

September 30, Nashville
Through the Garden Gate: A Glimpse of Edwardian England
Cheekwood Botanic Hall

Celebrate the gardens and foods and flowers that delighted Downtown Abbey family and friends as the 19th century turned into the 20th. Visit www.herbsocietynasville.org for details and registration.

 

October

 

October 1, Knoxville
8th Annual Green Thumb Gala
Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Join us for an evening of music, great food, and a live auction. 5-9 p.m. For more information or to register, visit knoxgarden.org.

 

October 6-7, Knoxville
Fall Bulb and Plant Sale
Ivan Racheff House and Gardens

Two-day bulb sale offering all kinds of spring bulbs held for over 40 years at the historic Racheff House. New this year is a vendor plant sale on Saturday with perennials, native plants, shrubs, and small trees. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit the Ivan Racheff House and Gardens Facebook page.

 

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.