Spring at the Garden

Monday, March 14th, 2016

March is Daffodil time and boy, do we have daffodils this year thanks to over 3,000 bulbs going in the ground this winter! Most of these harbingers of spring were planted […]

Tennessee’s Very Own Coneflower

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

The Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is one of the most ubiquitous perennials in the summer garden. With its spiky central “cone” it’s no wonder the genus name comes from the […]

Pollinators Receive a Gold Award Part II

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

  The first part of my job in compiling the herbarium for KBGA was to collect, identify, and press the flowers. I researched the specific information about each individual flower […]

Pollinators Receive a Gold Award!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Aesclepias, Agastache, Coreopsis and Echinacea. If someone said any of those words to me a year ago I probably would have said “bless you”. The previous stated words are each […]

Using Cultivars in a Native Landscape

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

There is much discussion in the horticultural world regarding the use of cultivars of native plants versus using the species. This topic came up recently in reference to the new […]

Building a Garden for Our Other Visitors Part I

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Providing habitat for our local wildlife is a priority here at the KBGA and with this in mind we have begun our newest wildlife friendly garden. The area being planted […]

What’s in a Name?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

      Toad Lily? Although its name is certainly less than inspiring, bringing to mind images of slimy (read yucky) amphibians, this perennial is anything but slimy and yucky. […]

Well Worth the Wait

Monday, August 11th, 2014

       While the late summer humidity and heat continue to take its toll on the plants of East Tennessee, there are a couple of stand-out plants that seem […]

You Gotta Know When to Fold ‘Em

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

One of the best things about working at a botanical garden is being able to try out different plants in different situations. Success is not only measured in plants that […]

Pics From the Pollinator Garden

Friday, June 13th, 2014



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