Summer Celebration Lawn and Garden Show is Thursday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A favorite feature for many guests is the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Center. Have a sick-looking plant or an insect that needs to be identified? University experts will do it. Free soil testing, too
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Go for the Gaudy. 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Give your landscape a pop of personality, courtesy Carol Reese. It’s no secret Carol loves the rare and remarkable plants, but she also has many ideas on landscape accessorizing that are both weird and wonderful.
Hydrangea Love Languages. 10 a.m. and noon. Are you giving your hydrangea the love it needs? Jason Reeves will help you show your devotion by simplifying pruning and care for each hydrangea type, while also highlighting some of the best performers in our area.
Flaunt Your Flowers. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Want a landscape bursting with blooms? Sue Hamilton has you covered with advice on plant picks that will provide the most blossom for your buck. Whether you’re into pastel hues or attention-grabbing colors, Sue can help you up your flower game.
Thanks for the Memories. 3 p.m. Remember the kitchen sink planted with succulents? Or the “flying” bicycles and neckties? Who can forget the painted trees?! As we celebrate 30 years of Summer Celebration, Jason Reeves will revisit some of the most extravagant, exotic, and sometimes eccentric garden displays from the past.
Flaunt Your Foliage (Herbaceous). 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Everyone loves flowers, but plants with great foliage can provide just as much drama and color for a longer time. In this talk, Sue Hamilton will highlight annuals and herbaceous perennials with foliage worth flaunting.
Rainbow Veggies. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Want to grow your own veggies but not sure which varieties to plant? Natalie Bumgarner will reveal the top performers for Tennessee home gardens in categories like beans, corn, cucumbers, and squash. Soon, you’ll be enjoying a variety of veggies in all the beautiful, juicy, ripe colors!
Flaunt Your Foliage (Woodies). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Everyone loves flowers, but plants with great foliage can provide just as much drama and color for a longer time. In this talk, Lucas Holman will highlight trees and shrubs with foliage worth flaunting.
Trending Topics. Noon. Join Celeste Scott as she covers current garden issues like pesticide safety, Crape Myrtle Bark Scale and pollinator habitat. You’ll get science-based information on a range of gardening topics.
It’s a Pepper Party! 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.You’re invited to join the UT Kitchen Divas as they celebrate 30 years of Summer Celebration with a poppin’ pepper party! Whether you prefer spicy, savory or sweet, they have you covered. (Admission ticket required. Price $5. Limited to 40 attendees per hour. Tickets sold outside north building entrance beginning at 9 a.m. for early sessions and 12:15 p.m. for late sessions.)
Roots and Branches: Practical Points for Pupils. 9 a.m. and noon. We love our trees but may take for granted the complex root activity beneath the surface...and how our actions above ground can cause harm. David Mercker will help you better understand the function of tree roots and branches and better care for your trees.
So, You Think You Want a Greenhouse? 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Join Lee Sammons as he explores the charms and challenges of maintaining a greenhouse. Will cover types of greenhouses, placement in the landscape and costs.
Pots with Pizazz. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Colorful containers can be costly, but you can create your own imaginative and richly hued porch pots with a few cans of paint and some other tools. Join Carol Reese and Madison County Master Gardeners for some wildly creative ideas.
Shades of Turf and Soil Testing. 9 a.m. and noon. A lush green lawn doesn’t have to be out of reach. Tom Samples and Robert Florence will offer practical advice on establishing and maintaining terrific turf.
Are Nuisance Animals Making You See Red? 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jake Mallard can give you the do’s and don’ts when it comes to preventing property damage from unwanted wildlife. Practical tips and useful resources.
Birds of a Color. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Birds of blue, red and yellow will add sparks of color to your landscape! Mark Greene will show you how to make your landscape a stage that draws them in.
Kaleidoscope of Annuals Tour. 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Let Celeste Scott acquaint you with annuals in an array of colors, textures and sizes.Â Discover new winners for your garden on this walk-and-talk.Â The tour through these vibrant and showy flowerbeds is sure to inspire.
Nine Landscape Principles to Consider. 10 a.m. and noon. Can you really have a beautiful yard without all the extra expense and time involved? Chris Cooper will outline a few simple actions that will transform your yard into a space that better serves you, your budget and the environment.
Colorful History of Summer Celebration. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. It’s flashy, sometimes splashy, and always colorful. Richard Gibson offers a behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of Summer Celebration and how a few “crazy ideas” became gardening inspiration.