UTAS Fall Plant Sale – Oct 21

The UT Arboretum Society’s Fall Plant Sale will be held Saturday, October 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the U.T. Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Ave. in Oak Ridge.

Fall is the ideal time to add plants to your landscape.  Beaver Creek Nursery, East Fork Nursery, Riverdale Nursery, Sunlight Gardens, as well as the UT Arboretum Society’s members and friends, will be offering a variety of high quality plants at this sale.

Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted for payment.

Brad Greenwood Designs with his copper garden ornaments and steel features for the home yard will be a returning vendor.

Dr. Will Witte, the Society’s “Answer Man,” will be there to answer all of your plant questions.

For refreshments, Dano’s Hot Dogs will be back with his popular dogs, burgers and lemonade.

Proceeds from this sale and other Society events go to support and secure the future of the University of Tennessee Arboretum in Oak Ridge.

For more information on the Fall Plant Sale, call 865-482-6656

2nd Annual Butterfly Festival on July 29

Monarch release, UT Insect Zoo, speakers and children’s activities are highlights

The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will present its Second Annual Butterfly Festival on Saturday, July 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the UT Arboretum Auditorium and surrounding grounds, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge.  It is cosponsored by the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center. The gate will be open at 9:30 a.m., with coffee and donuts available.  The event will take place rain or shine.

The event, which drew hundreds of area participants in 2016, is designed for children and adults of all ages. There is ample parking in designated areas of the Arboretum adjacent to the event.

The day’s highlight will be the release of 100 butterflies, some at noon and the remainder at 2:00 p.m. We invite children to help release the monarch butterflies, which will be offered at a cost of $10 per butterfly. Cash or credit cards will be accepted.

Nationally recognized author Rita Venable is the keynote speaker. An award-winning writer, photographer and butterfly expert, Rita will speak about “Small-scale Butterfly Gardening” at 10:00 a.m. At 1:00 p.m., she will speak on “Butterflies of Tennessee,” the subject of her popular book. Her book will be available for purchase and signing.

Local nature educator Kris Light will present a talk at 11:00 a.m. entitled “Butterfly Bonanza.” Kris is a frequent speaker at the UT Arboretum as she leads wildflower hikes in the spring and fall.

The festival will feature five local artisans and one native plant vendor, Tennessee Naturescapes of Clinton. Food vendors include Dano’s Hotdogs, featuring hotdogs, hamburgers and lemonade. Mediterranean Delight will offer Middle Eastern fare.  The UT Arboretum Society will be selling bottled water and soft drinks for $1.00 each.

From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., there will be music by Boogertown Gap, an old-time string band. Craft activities will be available for children at a cost of $1 ticket per activity or $5 for six tickets.

Children of all ages will enjoy the UT Insect Zoo, a traveling exhibit of insects. The goal of the Insect Zoo is to have fun while sharing knowledge of insects with others to help them appreciate the important role of insects in our environment. The Insect Zoo showcases preserved and live insects and their relatives (scorpion, tarantula, etc.) found in Tennessee and throughout the world. Kids can get “up close and personal” with such insects as the Madagascar hissing cockroach.

Celebrating 52 years in 2017, this program is one of many lectures and activities that will continue to be offered this year by the UT Arboretum Society. The program is cosponsored by the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center.

The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. AgResearch is a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension offices, with locations in every county in the state.

To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to www.utarboretumsociety.org. For more information on the program, call 865-776-8227.

COMEDY COMES TO THE UT ARBORETUM JUNE 11

Join the fun with renowned local comedy group Einstein Simplified

The UT Arboretum Society presents a special first-of-its-kind fundraiser on June 11th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge. Come enjoy the fun as this well-known Knoxville area comedy improv group entertains us with original, unrehearsed improv. If you like Second City and Saturday Night Live, this show is for you! Given today’s roller coaster political climate, we expect a very funny show. Don’t miss it!

Tickets are now on sale and they are selling quickly. Due to space limitations, only 90 tickets can be sold. All tickets will be sold before the event. There are no walk-up sales. Tickets are $30 each. Various cheeses will be served, a ticket for one glass of wine and the live show are included in the ticket price. Soft drinks will be provided. A cash bar for wine will be available for sale. The preferred method of ticket sales is online at the UT Arboretum Society website http://utas.brownpapertickets.com/

If you are not able to purchase online, you can send a check to:  10626 Forest Crest Road, Knoxville, TN 37922 made out to the UT Arboretum Society. Please put “Einstein Simplified” on the memo line. For information call 865-776-8227.

The event is Sunday, June 11, from beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the UT Arboretum Auditorium, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge.  Gates open at 4:30. Social hour, with drinks and a variety of cheeses and crackers from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. and will end about 7:00 p.m.

Einstein has been a Knoxville staple for 23 years, having performed at Side Splitters and, for the past few years, every Tuesday night at Scruffy City Hall (Preservation Pub) in Market Square in Knoxville. These comedians are in demand, doing a weekly show and many special appearances. They were recently one of the featured improv groups at the famous Gatlinburg Improv Fest earlier this year. Several of our board members have seen Einstein Simplified and they have given rave reviews.

For more information on Einstein Simplified check out their Facebook page.

Bring your spouse, significant other, friends and neighbors. But mostly, bring your sense of humor!!!!

Celebrating 52 years in 2017, this program is one of many activities that will be offered this year by the UT Arboretum Society. The program is cosponsored by the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center.

The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. AgResearch is a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension offices, with locations in every county in the state.