Tree Veneration Series

Venerate:  to regard with reverential respect or with admiring deference

In this series of four seasonal workshops at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Gerry Moll will lead an artistic investigation into our relationship with trees. Participants will explore both historic and modern cultural and aesthetic traditions honoring trees and create temporary art installations venerating trees on the Arboretum grounds.

Gerry Moll lives and works as an artist, naturalist and gardener in Knoxville TN. He received an MFA in sculpture from the University of Michigan, is the founder of Mollworks studio and co-founder of the Native Plant Rescue Squad.

No trees will be permanently altered or damaged during the installation of these temporary installations. Good photographic documentation will be a critical part of the artistic process so please bring your cameras.

Spring: Bark HeART, Saturday April 14th, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Summer: Personification of Bough & Limb, Saturday June 30th, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Fall: Between the Crown & Ground, Saturday October 27th TBD

Winter: The Wreath & the Shiminawa, Saturday December 1st TBD

Download the Tree Veneration Workshop Schedule to learn more about each of the classes that will be offered.

Registration for individual classes $20 per class for Garden members and $25 per class for non-members.  Participants who register for the entire series in advance save 10%.  Pre-registration is required.  To register online, please fill out the form below.  Please call 865-832-8717 or email with any questions.


Personification of Bough & Limb

The next Tree Veneration art workshop that will be offered is Personification of Bough & Limb.  The class will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 30th in the Dogwood Center located at 2817 Boyds Bridge Pike.

This workshop begins with an investigation into the anatomy of trees, drawing out similarities and connections with human anatomy.  We will explore a variety of historic examples of tree personification from several cultures.  Participants will select a tree on the grounds to dress in human clothing with an eye towards attributing specific human characteristics in the adornment of their carefully chosen tree.

All supplies will be provided, but if you have a good sharp utility knife please bring it with you.  Please wear comfortable work clothes as we will spend most of our time creating art installations.

Tree Veneration: Personification of Bough & Limb

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