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Tuesday March 31, 2020 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Kathy Mihalczo is one of our most popular teachers and we are
happy to have her back teaching us more ways to use herbs!

 POSTPONED Learn how to make your own herbal insect repellent spray at the UT Arboretum Auditorium, IS POSTPONED. A NEW DATE WILL BE DETERMINED AND POSTED WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO RESCHEDULE 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge.

The “Make and Take A Herbal Bug Spray” class, taught by Kathy Burke Mihalczo, owner of Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm, will cost $10 for UT Arboretum Society members and $15 for non- members.  The cost includes all materials and worksheets. Participants will leave the class with their own insect repellent. Additional products and herbs from Erin’ Meadow Herb Farm will be for sale after the event.

Registration is required for this class by calling 865-483-7277 or registering online at  Participants may join the UT Arboretum Society at the event for member pricing..

Mihalczo is a community herbalist who started Erin’s Meadow Farm in 1995. She teaches a variety of herbal education classes including growing herbs, using herbs in the kitchen, herbal and natural skins care, herbal teas and herbal medicine making.

Celebrating 55years in 2020, this program is one of many lectures and 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 ten 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 Herbert College of Agriculture, 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 For more information on the program, call 865-483-7277 or


Tuesday April 7, 2020 7:00 PM

Can We Save Our Hemlocks? POSTPONED, NEW DATE TBD at the UT Arboretum Auditorium, free program, no registration required.

Christy Leppanen studies hemlocks and the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), an insect from Asia that was first discovered in eastern North America in 1951 where it has since killed many native eastern and Carolina hemlock trees.  Christy will provide an overview of HWA biology, impacts, and management.   

Christy studies and teaches invasion biology and environmental toxicology at the University of Tennessee.

She grew up in West Tennessee, earning her B.S. and M.S. at the University of Memphis, then a Ph.D. at the University of Maine, and has worked in regulatory and management fields and with NGOs with a variety of pests, contaminants, and endangered species.  

Thursday April 16, 2020 7:00 PM

Trout are among the most abundant but unnoticed vertebrates in the Smokies. The Southern Appalachians feature exceptionally abundant trout habitat. Ian & Charity Rutter will speak about the qualities of the Smoky Mountain region that make it a unique trout habitat. They will discuss the difference between Smoky Mountain streams and TVA tail waters. They will also speak about the recent resurgence of native brook trout. You don’t have to be a fly fisher to enjoy this program, but a portion of the program will address how trout fishing in the Smokies differs dramatically from other areas.

Ian & Charity Rutter are fly fishing guides who live in Townsend, TN. Ian has been guiding since 1995 in the Smokies as well as the Clinch, Holston, and other tail waters in East Tennessee. Ian has written five books about fly fishing in the area including Great Smoky Mountains National Park Anglers Companion and Tennessee Trout Waters: A Blue Ribbon Guide. Charity has been guiding in the Smokies since 2002 and over the past few years has been named a top female guide by both Field & Stream and Backpacker magazines.

In addition to their fly fishing business, both are ardent conservationists and have been volunteering as National Park Fisheries on a variety of projects from water quality monitoring to native brook trout restoration.

This is a free program , no registration required.

Tuesday April 21, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

POSTPONED-Have you wanted to create a more sustainable landscape but not been sure where to start? Learn how to create a healthy landscape free from herbicides. NEW DATE TBD for this informative program which will help you get a great plan for this season to plan a garden that works with our ecosystem!

Andy Linville, owner of OBED Forest Gardens, will discuss practical solutions that create stable ecosystems. He will also address plant selection, placement, soil health, native ecosystems, and designed disturbance. With extensive experience in designing and maintaining sustainable landscapes, Linville assisted with the design and maintenance of the UT Arboretum Rain Garden.

This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society but donations are gratefully accepted. No registration is required. The program is co-sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society.  For more information on this program or the UT Arboretum Society, call 865-483-7277. 

Thursday April 30, 2020 12:00 AM
Thursday April 30, 2020 12:00 AM

ALTERNATIVE FUNDRAISER FOR SPRING PLANT SALE ANNOUNCED TO BENEFIT UTAS by Tennessee Naturescapes and East Fork Nursery of Sevierville use promo code UTAS and 20% of sale Donated to UT Arboretum Society!!

We were sad and disappointed at the cancellation of our UT Arboretum Society Spring Plant Sale, but our vendors have come to our rescue with an alternative spring fundraiser for the UT Arboretum Society now through April 30th! Tennessee Naturescapes in Clinton  and East Fork Nursery of Sevierville are both offering a donation of 20% of any sale that you give them the code UTAS from now until the end of April! This is an amazing offer which allows you to shop for an extended period of time without gathering in large groups on one day and you will also have access to a much wider range of plants than is typically available at our one day spring plant sale.  We hope you will support these wonderful vendors as many of their spring sales have been cancelled as well.  Remember to give the promo code UTAS when you call, email, order on line or go in person to Tennessee Naturescapes or East Fork Nursery in Sevierville so your purchase will provide that 20% donation to UTAS. Tennessee Naturescapes and East Fork are working together to make pick up of plants as easy as possible ­- plants ordered from East Fork in Sevierville may also be picked up on assigned delivery date at Tennessee Naturescapes in Clinton for your convenience. Both of these nurseries provide plants grown without the use of neonicotinoids so they are safe habitat for wildlife. The promo code UTAS  is a multiple use code. It can be used repeatedly at both vendors, in person and online! Good now through April 30th! Details for each vendor below:

Tennessee Naturescapes, 2131 Oliver Springs Highway, Clinton Tennessee (865) 730-6125  Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm or online with promo code UTAS at:  Tennessee Naturescapes- One of East Tennessee’s best resources for native plants, shrubs and trees. For online orders enter the promo code UTAS during checkout.

East Fork Nursery of Sevierville– to visit the nursery in person or place orders call or email Vivian at: (865)453-6108 or Please leave a message if no one is in the office  specifying that you want to place a UTAS order and Vivian will call  you back to get your order set up.

You may see some of their beautiful conifers and native azaleas at their Facebook page (  ). East Fork Nursery has some beautiful specialty grafted conifers and azaleas from the Buddy Lee Southern Living “Solar” series that are not usually available at the plant sale. Contact Vivian for details and to place orders. If you prefer your orders from East Fork in Sevierville will also  be available for pick up at Tennessee Naturescapes in Clinton on a designated date.

* ( There is also an Eastfork Nursery in Washington State so please make sure to contact East Fork Nursery in Sevierville, TN)

Saturday August 1, 2020 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM