2022 Workshops, Seminars, & Classes

Lifelong learning is an important value here at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. We offer workshops, lectures and classes for people of all ages throughout the year. Our programs cover a broad variety of topics such as vegetable gardening, plant maintenance, landscape design, sustainability, health & wellness, and the arts.

Each program listing includes an online registration form. Pre-registration is required for all programs unless stated otherwise. The decision to hold a class or program is based on the number of registrants five business days prior to the program. If it is necessary to cancel a class due to insufficient registration, you will receive a full refund. Every attempt will be made to notify you regarding the status of your class.

Should you be unable to attend a class you have registered for, you may send an alternate person in your place. Please notify the Garden of this change at 865-862-8717 or info@knoxgarden.org. If you are unable to find a replacement, notify the Garden within five days of the class for a full refund. Cancellations in less than five days before the program will not receive a refund.

Participants should come dressed for the weather and activity. Most classes are held rain or shine. If we are unable to hold a class due to inclement weather, you will be notified.

COVID-19 in 2022

We have designed this year’s workshop and seminar schedule with COVID-19 safety in mind. All events are designed to allow for social distancing and low attendance. Mask wearing is mandatory at all events, including those outside. We will take continual stock of the situation throughout the year and make adjustments as appropriate.

Soil Health and Testing

The Knox County UT-TSU Extension Office will give a short indoor talk on the importance of soil tests and how to make home gardening decisions based on results. Then, attendees will use the Botanical Gardens’ outdoor raised beds to practice taking soil samples, and will also have the chance to ask questions and take home boxes for their own soil samples.

January 29, 2022
1pm
Members: $5
Non-Members: $10
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Orchid Kokedama

This workshop is offered in conjunction with Cotton + Moss, a lifestyle brand based out of Nashville, TN.

Orchids symbolize love, beauty, strength, & fertility. Not to mention they are one of the most diverse species with endless varieties. 

Kokedama is Japanese in origin and refers to a style of bonsai. It showcases not only the plant, but highlights the root as well. This style of planting encapsulates the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Think of it as a living, sculptural art form. These are great if you prefer a hanging indoor garden too! Come prepared to use a combination of moss, twine, coconut fiber, and an orchid to craft your own version.

Participants will:

– Take home one kokedama plant that they have crafted.

– Instruction & Care Info Sheet

-*15% Off Cotton & Moss goods

ALL ARE WELCOME, NO PREVIOUS PLANT EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.


February 19, 2021
12-2pm
Cost: $45
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Mysterious Mosses” with Dr. Jessica Budke

Unless you look closely, you may never know all the wonders that lie hidden in the miniature world of mosses.  Join Dr. Budke to explore the diversity of mosses that live in our lawns, between the sidewalk cracks, and in our local forests. You will gain identification skills, learn how these tiny plants are important players in our native ecosystems, and go on a photographic adventure to explore mosses from around the world.
Presentation by Dr. Jessica Budke, Assistant Professor and Herbarium Director at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

February 22, 2022
6pm
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-members
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Winter Tree Walk

Join Board Member & former KBGA staff, Dan Steinhoff, on a guided tour of KBGA’s unique & historic tree collection, starting off in the late winter stages of their lifecycle.

February 26, 2022
10am
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-members
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Spring Ephemerals Flower: But Then What?

Spring ephemeral flowers – like daffodils, trilliums, and tulips – are show stoppers and head turners, but what role do they play in wild ecosystems?

We all love our spring daffodils and other ephemeral flowering plants. Though they rarely do in our garden, these plants commonly go to seed in the wild: but then what? Join Dr. Charles Kwit of the UT Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries as he talks about the ecological role of the seeds produced by flowers like daffodils, buttercup, violets and others when they grow in the wild.

March 8, 2022
6pm
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-members
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Worm Composting Demonstration

This demonstration by A Vermi Farms from Maryville, TN will cover worm composting, brewing actively aerated compost tea with basic equipment and how best to use worm castings and compost tea. All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a worm bin to take home, and A Vermi Farms will also bring have a limited supply of worm castings ($10) and worm starter mixes ($25) for you to purchase. 

April 9, 2022
10am
Cost: $10
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Spring Tree Walk

Join Board Member & former KBGA staff, Dan Steinhoff, on a guided tour of KBGA’s unique & historic tree collection. This time you’ll be walking through the grounds during Spring’s blooming.

April 9, 2022
10am
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-members
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SEE! Drawing from Life

The world around us pulses with life, the more we get to know one another, the more we see the fullness and diversity that envelops us. One strategy for getting to know the many more-than-human folks that we share the world with is through careful observation. Ashlee Mays and Logan Szymanowski are co-founders and directors of the Museum of Infinite Outcomes, a neighborhood museum of conservation. Join us for a Saturday morning stroll through the Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, learning how to take nature notes and practice drawing from life.

April 16, 2022
10am
Cost: $35
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Botanical Cocktails: Spring Edition

Join your Bartending Friends from PostModern Spirits for a spirited journey into the Spring Garden. Learn how to develop the flavors from our spring bounty of East Tennessee botanicals and make seasonally appropriate cocktails for all occasions. During the class we will sample three distinct cocktails and explore the flavor impact provided by the spring garden.

April 23, 2022
3pm
Cost: $30 Members, $35 Non-members,
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Houseplants 101

Houseplants have exploded in popularity over the last few years, even more so with the pandemic. Knoxville’s own Oglewood Avenue will be leading a workshop on the basics of indoor plant care with an open Q+A afterwards. Additionally, attendees will have a paint and pot experience creating their own mini plant arrangement. The plant arrangement will consist of a 4 inch terra cotta pot, 2-3 mini terrarium planters, and your own hand painted creation. 

June 4, 2022
10am
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Botanical Cocktails: Summer Edition

Beat the Heat this summer with refreshing cocktails! Join the Team from PostModern Spirits as we make and sample three summer-time cocktails. From spritzes to sours and everything in between, this class will focus on the interplay of summer herbs in traditional warm weather cocktails. 

July 23rd, 2022
3pm
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Dyeing with the Flora Around Us

This eco-printing class will be fun and playing with fresh flowers from the Botanical Gardens of Knoxville – feel free to bring flowers from your own garden! This class will be great for creative folks, gardeners, and anyone who loves color and flowers. We ask that you stop and smell the flowers, think about color and then smash them into beautiful silk scarves. In this class, we will go over flower gardening, sustainable foraging, and fun flower facts.

July 30th, 2022
10am
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Summer Tree Walk

Join Board Member & former KBGA staff, Dan Steinhoff, on a guided tour of KBGA’s unique & historic tree collection. This time we’ll be starting a little earlier to beat the summer heat!

July 30, 2022
9am
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-members
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SEE! Drawing from Life Redux


You are invited to spend a warm summer evening sitting in the garden and sketching, noticing how the world around us pulses with life. The more we get to know one another, the more we see the fullness and diversity that envelops us. Our leaders, Ashlee Mays and Logan Szymanowski, are co-founders and directors of the Museum of Infinite Outcomes, a neighborhood museum of conservation in Parkridge, and will guide us through multiple informal short sketches to prepare for one longer drawing session. Participants will receive all sketching materials (or can bring your favorites from home). 

August 18th, 2022
6:30-8:30pm
Cost: $35
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Canning 101

There is nothing like fresh produce from a summer garden. Join us as we learn from Vivian Williams about ways to keep that rich flavor in the kitchen even after the garden begins winter hibernation! Come ready for a hands on canning demonstration in our Carriage House kitchen. Not only will you leave with your own freshly canned produce, but with the energy and confidence to grow and prepare your own fresh foods at home!

August 27th, 2022
10-12pm
Cost: $30
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Guided Nature Walk: Moss

Join Eric Shershen for an interactive walk around the Garden centered around mosses. Oftentimes we walk right past mosses without so much a second glance, but in this guided walk you will learn just where and what to look out for! You will become familiar with the various species of mosses found throughout the Gardens and learn the key characteristics to identify them. On our walk, we will also talk about the adaptations these plants have to survive an ever-changing world. As a sort of follow up to our Mysterious Mosses lecture, this walk will be led by Eric Shershen, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Jessica Budke’s lab from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

September 3rd, 2022
10am
Cost: $5 Members, $10 Non-members, $5 Neighbors
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Beeswax Candlemaking

You’ve asked and we are so glad to finally be making this happen! Our most requested class has been beeswax candlemaking, so we’re very excited to be partnering with Cotton + Moss on this workshop.

Join us to learn more about crafting pillar beeswax candles. Creating pillar candles is no easy feat. We’ll share tips and tricks to perfect your pillar candle from choosing a wick to avoiding cracks. Beeswax has a subtle, natural scent but we will be providing scent options as well! 

In this class we will be partnering up. This means that you’ll share a pot and scent with one other attendee. You will leave with your own 3 x 3.5″ candle! Come prepared to use a combination of beeswax, tape, mold, hemp or cotton wick, and a scent. Partner up, pick a scent, and pour! 

During the time it takes for the candles to set we’ll be offering a 45minute-1 hour tour of the gardens. 

Participants will:

– Take home a 3 x 3.5″ Scented Beeswax Candle 

– Enjoy a Garden Tour

– Learn Tips & Tricks of Beeswax Candlemaking

ALL ARE WELCOME, NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.

September 10, 2022
11:30a-2p
Cost: $40 Members, $45 Non-members
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Herbal Bath Teas

Elevate your bathing experience by learning about bath teas using the power of therapeutic salts, clays, herbs and oils. You can absorb plant constituents through the largest organ in your body, your skin. Each participant will create their own bath tea using the many different herbs grown here at the Botanical Gardens.

October 8, 2022
11am
Cost: $30 Members & Neighbors, $35 Non-members
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Smart Yards

Tennessee Smart Yards is an UT Extension-led program that guides Tennesseans on practices they can apply in their outdoor spaces to create healthier, more ecologically-sound landscapes and communities. Join Knox County Masters Gardeners Sarah DeWitt and Mona Yethiraj for an event at the garden learning all about how to modify what you do to get your home landscape (and neighborhood, too!) certified as a TN Smart Yard. You don’t have to be an expert gardener, just a willingness to think about how things work.

October 22, 2022
11am
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-members
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Fall Tree Walk

Join Board Member & former KBGA staff, Dan Steinhoff, on a guided tour of KBGA’s unique & historic tree collection. Explore the Garden in its full fall glory!

October 29, 2022
10am
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-members
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Botanical Cocktails: Cold Weather Edition

It’s FINALLY Toddy Time! As the weather cools, we look to warm things up with three cold weather cocktails. From Hot Toddies to Warm Holiday Punches, learn how to make the most delicious cool weather bar treats with the PostModern Spirits Team.

November 12th, 2022
3pm
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