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State Botanical Garden and Horticulture Programs Reaching All Generations

Located across the state in Jackson, Crossville, and Knoxville is the UT Gardens. The UT Gardens is nationally recognized for its function as an outdoor lab that utilizes every type of tree, aquatic plant, shrub, and even ornamental grasses.

The botanical gardens were established in 1983, by the Department of Plant Sciences. Since  the beginning it has been recognized as one out of thirty-four All American Selections test sites in the United States. Through its functionality, it is able to provide information such as: the tolerance of heat and cold, production of flowers, uniformity of plants, flower and plant size, the resistance of pest and the appeal within landscape.

UT Gardens Offers  Camps for Children

Superheroes vs Villains

Date: 6/18-6/22/18
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $115/members; $135/nonmembers

Participants will look at the power of plants to feed the world, clean the air, regenerate, and more. Campers will learn how to fight plant villains and save the world as they explore what insects, and plants threaten the population of East Tennessee. They will also learn ways to help improve the environment and reduce threats from villains, while exploring comic book heroes and villains and how some superpowers were created by looking at plants.

Teen Thrive: Theater in the Garden

Date: 6/25-6/29/18
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $115/members; $135/nonmembers

The camp explores aspects of theater while enjoying  time in the Gardens. Campers will learn theater skills and techniques throughout the camp. Eleven to fifteen-year-olds will culminate with a performance in the UT Gardens for friends and family. Tracey Copeland Halter, adjunct lecturer for the University of Tennessee Department of Theater is the director. Professional acting credits include Seven Guitars, Richard III and Two Gentlemen of Verona and more.