Summer Celebration Lawn & Garden Show
July 11, 2013
- 2013 Program
- Plant Sale List *Updated*
- Best Butterfly Plants - Carol Reese
The annual Summer Celebration Lawn & Garden Show, a one-day adventure for gardening enthusiasts, devoted naturalists, and anyone who enjoys the outdoors, will take place at the UT Gardens Jackson, located at the West Tennessee AgResearch & Education Center on Thursday, July 11.
This will be the first Summer Celebration since the UT Gardens was named the Volunteer State's official botanical garden. Fittingly, the event will honor the state with the special theme, "Wild Tennessee." In addition to tours and talks on the best ornamental plants for your landscape, you can learn more about Tennessee wildlife. From the birds of the air, to elusive furry mammals, amphibians, reptiles and other creepy crawlies, these presentations will dazzle and delight visitors of all ages. There will be special talks that emphasize Tennessee's native trees and shrubs, as well.
Other presentations include tours of the newly expanded conifer gardens, as well as the annual and perennial trial beds. Best plants for butterflies, organic and herb gardening, and gardens of New Zealand round out the agenda.
The 18 garden and wildlife lectures officially begin at 10 a.m., but we suggest you arrive a little early. Beginning at 9 a.m. you can shop an amazing selection of trees, shrubs and perennials at the Master Gardeners' Plant Sale. You can also use this time to reserve a spot at the UT Kitchen Divas' cooking demonstration, "Eggcellent Ideas Throughout the Day." These spots fill up quickly, so stop by Room 162 for a reservation ticket at no extra charge.
If you have a gardening grievance, take it to the experts manning the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Center. They can identify weeds, disease and insect damage. Additionally, they're offering free testing of soil pH levels, so bring a cup of soil from your landscape.
When you're ready for a break, take a ride on the relaxing AgResearch wagon tour. You'll get to see areas of the farm not generally open to the public, as UT scientists fill you in on their cutting edge research that's contributing to the success of Tennessee farmers. You can also visit the 4-H All-Stars food tent for a hamburger right off the grill with all the fixings. And don't forget to visit the vendor tent to check out garden tools and unique garden art.
Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 17 and under.
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Spicy Salsa & Relish - Homemade! (Recipes from the Family and Consumer Science Dept...all were made at Summer Celebration 2008)