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UT Gardens Jackson
Curator: Jason Reeves


The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is home to the UT Gardens-Jackson. In addition to the Jackson location, the UT Gardens can be found at the UT Institue of Agriculture campus in Knoxville and the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center in Crossville. The UT Gardens mission is to cultivate an appreciation of plants through horticultural displays, educational programs and research. In 2013, Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill designating the UT Gardens as the official botanical garden for Tennessee.

The Gardens are located around the office building area.  Visitors are welcome during daylight hours all year long.  Our website is ever evolving, so check back in soon for new pictures and updates.






Ornamental Research

Ornamental plant research has grown tremendously at the center. Many large seed and plug producers enlist UT's expertise in the assessment of the heat tolerance, flower production, plant uniformity, flower and plant size, pest resistance, and overall landscape appeal of their products.  Climatic and environmental conditions can vary widely in Tennessee.  Information collected provides comprehensive data on cultivar performance.  Such information is important not only to the commercial sponsors of the research, but to in-state commercial growers, landscapers and gardeners as well.  This research aids the economic growth of Tennessee's green industry and helps gardening remain a healthy and popular pastime.

Ornamental research has also grown to include pumpkins, as these vegetables have become very popular in autumn displays.  Each year between 80 to 90 cultivars of pumpkins, gourds and winter squash are grown on twoPumpkins grown & harvested at WTREC acres at the center.  They are evaluated for characteristics such as disease and insect susceptibility, size, yield and storage longevity.  The end product of these trials is used to create an original and magnificent display containing more than 5,000 pumpkins.  The Pumpkin Harvest Display has made national headlines and attracts hundreds of visitors.


 Trial Reports

 Other Useful Links


Master Gardeners


Local Master Gardener Volunteers provide welcomed assistance with the implemenation and maintenance of the UT Gardens-Jackson.  They also contribute greatly to UT's Summer Celebration Lawn & Garden Show by helping maintain the gardens.

Learn more about Madison County Master Gardeners.


Master Gardener Volunteers recently helped researchers pot more than 800 roses for WTREC No-Spray Rose Trials.  See more pictures.


The West TN Research & Education Center staff thanks our 2014 donors!



Past Donors

Bailey Nurseries -

Corona -

Dramm -

First Editions -

Florikan -

Netherland Bulb Company -

PanAmerican Seed -

Seedway Seed -

Siegers Seed Company -

Spring Meadow Nursery -





Learn more about our sister garden in Knoxville!

Visit UT Gardens' Homepage.









The gardens are located around the office building area.
Visitors are welcome during daylight hours.


More UT Gardens Photos
2008 Pumpkin Article by Chris Gang