Thursday, October 3, 2019

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - "Flowering Shrubs: Tried, True & Primarily New" - Dr. Michael Dirr

3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Plant Sale (Plant list)

6:30 p.m. - Madison Co. Master Gardener Meeting/Potluck Dinner

7 p.m. - "Origins of New Shade & Flowering Trees: The Roles of Breeding & Serendipity" - Dirr



UT Gardens, Jackson Hosts Fall Lecture Series and Plant Sale
Horticulture Icon Dr. Michael Dirr to Speak

Just because the weather will soon be turning cooler does not mean your time in the garden is drawing to a close. Fall is a great time for planting and to get a jump on spring. There are lots of great plants that will provide winter interest during the winter months, and many of them will be available at the UT Gardens, Jackson, Fall Plant Sale on Thursday, October 3, 2019.

More than a plant sale, the event will also feature gardening presentations from one of the nation’s leading experts on woody plants, Dr. Michael Dirr. Garden lectures begin at 1:30 p.m. and the plant sale runs from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dirr will kick off the event with a special gardening presentation. Title and topic coming soon.

Following Dirr’s talk, the plant sale will open at 3 p.m. At the sale, shoppers will find an array of plants ideal for this region, including trees and shrubs, some of which were developed by Dirr. A wide selection of pansies and other plants for fall and winter interest will also be available. UT Gardens’ staff and local Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer plant questions.

After the sale closes at 6:30 p.m., all guests are invited to attend the Madison County Master Gardeners’ meeting and potluck meal where Dirr will share more of his gardening stories and insights. Shoppers who plan to stay for the Master Gardeners’ meeting are asked to bring a dish to share for the meal. Drinks will be provided. The lectures are sponsored by the Madison County Master Gardeners.

With a $35 membership, you can become a Friend of the UT Gardens at the plant sale. Your membership helps support many of the activities and ornamental research taking place at the UT Gardens, Jackson. For more information and benefits on becoming a Friend go to