Workshops, Seminars, and Classes

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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 student 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.

2019 Workshop & Education Schedule

Worm Composting

Can’t wait for the gardening season to get here? Wish you could do something now to get ready? Join us for a worm composting workshop!

Participants will learn how to transform their household kitchen scraps into a rich, fine, and nutritious soil amendment for their gardens. Come prepared to learn about worm care and compare vermicompost techniques. Participants who are interested in building their own bins can bring a 3 gal or 10 gal Roughneck Rubbermaid tote or a small, resealable container to transport worms.

January 26, 2019
9-11am
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non-members, $5 Neighbors*
Click here to register!

Collagraph Print Cards, GreenPease Art Series

In this workshop, participants will learn how to make basic collagraph printing plates using natural cuttings of conifers and evergreens and then make one-of-a-kind printed notecards. This workshop will engage mixed media, exploration of the Gardens conifer collections, and mindful observations of the unique visual details of conifer species that aid in identifying them.

This series is a self-serve wine event. Feel free to bring your favorite beverage to sip on!

This is Part 1 of the 2019 GreenPease art series!

February 9, 2019
3pm-6pm
Cost: $65 Members, $75 Non-members, $50 Neighbors
$400 for the entire GreenPease art series ($360 for members)
Click here to register!
If you wish to register for the entire series, please call 865-862-8717.

‘Asteraceae’ Seminar by Dr. Edward Schilling

UT Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Dr. Edward Schilling will be giving a lecture on the Asteraceae family, more commonly know as the sunflower family. One of the largest plant families, it includes marigolds, asters, daisies, dahlias, zinnias, sunflowers, and more. Dr. Schilling’s research specializes in the Asteraceae family and this seminar will have something for everyone, from the professional gardener to the casual flower admirer.

February 21, 2019
6:30pm
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-members
Click here to register!

Lawn Mower Maintenance

Warmer weather is just around the corner. How confident are you that you can get that old mower started up again? Come learn the basics of lawn mower maintenance! Topics covered will be general maintenance, troubleshooting a mower that won’t start, and winterization. All skill levels welcome!


March 9, 2019
10am-12pm
Cost: $15 Members, $20 Non-members, $5 Neighbors
Click here to register!

Intro to Drawing & Gesture in the Landscape, GreenPease Art Series

In this workshop, we will learn basic practices for developing observational drawing skills from plants and nature using various charcoals. This will take place outdoors amidst the gardens’ meadows and open spaces. We will learn basic design principles that aid us in turning infinite views and vistas into two dimensional sketches as we learn to trust and coordinate our eyes and hands. Techniques will be demonstrated that will aid you in what will hopefully become an ongoing practice where we learn to embrace our own individual drawing styles.

This is Part 2 of the 2019 GreenPease art series!

March 23, 2019
3pm-6pm
Cost: $65 Members, $75 Non-members, $50 Neighbors
$400 for the entire GreenPease art series ($360 for members, $270 for neighbors)
Click here to register!
If you wish to register for the entire series, please call 865-862-8717.

Flemish & Dutch Inspired Still Life Pastels, GreenPease Art Series

In this workshop, participants will observe 15th & 16th Century still life paintings by master realists, then mimic their style using pastels on dark papers. We will explore the gardens observing spring flowering bulbs and other plants and sketching them. We will culminate by making spring floral arrangements that we will preserve in a still life drawing.

This is Part 3 of the 2019 GreenPease art series!

April 6, 2019
3pm-6pm
Cost: $65 Members, $75 Non-members, $50 Neighbors
$400 for the entire GreenPease art series ($360 for members, $270 for neighbors)
Click here to register!
If you wish to register for the entire series, please call 865-862-8717.

Hypertufa, GreenPease Art Series

Hypertufa is an artificial stone made from a few simple ingredients, used to create planting containers and garden art. David Pease of GreenPease will show you how easy it is to make beautiful faux stone containers to liven up your garden. The class will cover materials, forms, colorants, and more. All materials will be included. Things can get messy so dress accordingly. 

This is a bonus installment of the 2019 GreenPease art series!

April 13 2019
3pm-5pm
Cost: $75
Click here to register!

Dogwood Guided Walk

Come take a guided walk through our extensive Dogwood collection with KBGA Head Gardener, Joy Grissom. With 20 cultivars of our native Cornus florida, 16 distinct species and dozens of varieties other Cornus family members, our Dogwood collection is one of Knoxville’s hidden gems. Not a plant scientist? Don’t worry! This tour will be of interest to anyone with an appreciation for nature’s diversity and beauty.

April 12, 2019
1:35pm
Cost: $5 Members, $10 Non-members, Free for Neighbors!
Click here to register!

Birding 101

Birds are all around us, but do you ever wish you knew a little bit more about the ever-present flyers? Local bird enthusiast Mark Campen will be leading a Birding 101 nature walk throughout the Botanical Gardens. This interactive walk will teach participants the basics of birding, including bird and song identification as well as some tree, shrub and other flora identification. Grow a little more intimate with nature while exploring our gardens!

May 19, 2019
12pm-2pm
Cost: $5 Members, $10 Non-members, Free for Neighbors!
Click here to register!

Spring Flower Arrangement Workshop

Join Emily Campen of the Flower Pot and bask in the return of color with our spring Flower Arrangement workshop. Beautiful spring flowers will used in creating unique arrangements, which participants will take home with them.

May 19, 2019
2pm-4pm
Cost: $40 Members, $50 Non-members, $30 Neighbors!
Click here to register!

Seed-to-Plate: Flavoring with Herbs

We have a treat for this Seed-to-Plate workshop! Rex Bradford Jones, formerly of Bradford Catered Events, is going to treat us to a number of recipes centered around herbs commonly found in many of our home gardens: mint, lavender, thyme, basil, parsley, and more!

May 25th, 2019
10:30am-12:30pm
Cost: $15 Members, $20 Non-members, $10 Neighbors!
Click here to register!

Botanical Cocktails

Come experience the intoxicating arts of creating delicious cocktails and growing the herbs needed for them. In partnership with PostModern Distillery, participants will watch demonstrations of cocktails being made, with special emphasis on incorporation of fresh herbs. Then, after sampling, participants will head outside to the Green Drinks Garden to see those herbs growing and to get tips and advice for their own gardens.


June 8, 2019
3:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: $30 Non-members, $25 KBGA Members, $20 Neighbors
Click here to register!

Trillium Seminar, with Jayne Lampley

Join us for an engaging seminar about one of the Southeast’s most beloved wildflowers, Trillums! Jayne Lampley received her M.S. degree in Biology at Jacksonville State University and is currently working on her doctoral dissertation in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.  She studies the systematics and taxonomy of Trilliums.  Join us at the Knoxville Botanical Garden on July 11th as she gives an introduction to this unique genus including its geographic distribution, diversity of species, life cycle, and ethnobotanical usage.  She will then inform us of some of her latest research efforts including her work to describe newly discovered Trillium species. 

July 11, 2019
6:30pm
Cost: Free for Members! $5 for Non-members
Click here to register!

Perfectly Pressed Plants

Learn the long-standing practice of pressing plants for both artistic and scientific purposes and find out about the work being done by the University of Tennessee Herbarium. Participants will gain hands-on experience pressing plant specimens, learn how to mount pressed plants on paper for preservation, and go home with a mini specimen to display.


July 13, 2019
10a-12p
Cost: $15 Non-members, $10 KBGA Members, $10 Neighbors
Click here to register!

Watercolor Landscape Sketches, GreenPease Art Series

Participants will learn basic practices for developing observational skills for painting plants and landscape vistas using watercolor and gouache. As with our landscape sketching course with charcoals, we will disperse amongst the gardens open spaces and practice sketching vistas using watercolor techniques that capture the essence of the moment through deliberate mark making with a brush.

This is Part 4 of the 2019 GreenPease art series!

July 20, 2019
3pm-6pm
Cost: $65 Members, $75 Non-members, $50 Neighbors
$400 for the entire GreenPease art series ($360 for members, $270 for neighbors)
Click here to register!
If you wish to register for the entire series, please call 865-862-8717.

Leaf Prints, GreenPease Art Series

Participants will learn two dimensional mixed methods approaches to create and preserve one of a kind prints of leaves. We will explore various techniques using colored pencils, paint, screen prints, and explore mindful compositions/collages of simple printmaking.

This is Part 5 of the 2019 GreenPease art series!

August 10, 2019
3pm-6pm
Cost: $65 Members, $75 Non-members, $50 Neighbors
$400 for the entire GreenPease art series ($360 for members, $270 for neighbors)
Click here to register!
If you wish to register for the entire series, please call 865-862-8717.

Seed-to-Plate: Edible Natives

Come expand your palate and join Center for Urban Agriculture manager, Jacob Resor, as we look at some of the edible plants native to this area, many of which may be growing in your backyard. Participants will learn where some of these plants can be found growing ‘naturally’, how to grow them for home use, and get to taste the foods for themselves. Some plants that will be covered will be paw paws, amaranth, and Jerusalem artichoke.


August 24, 2019
10am-12pm
Cost: $15 Members, $20 Non-members, $5 Neighbors
Click here to register!

‘Mysterious Mosses’, Dr. Jessica M. Budke

Dr. Jessica Budke, Assistant Professor and Herbarium Director at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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.


September 12, 2019
6pm
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-members
Click here to register!

Dye Making

Come learn the art of natural, plant-based dye making, taught by Native Plant Rescue Squad co-founder, Joy Grissom. Participants will learn to identify indigenous plants for their dye property, see demonstrations of how to prepare plants for dyeing, and take home a jar of plant dye. 

September 21, 2019
12-2p
Cost: $15 Members, $20 Non-members, $5 Neighbors
Click here to register!

Craft Beer Exploration in the Garden

Join us in the Knox Botanical Gardens Mule Barn for a fun and thirst-quenching evening, as we explore the modern craft beer world, hosted by the Brewing and Distilling Center’s Dr. Todd White and Elkmont Exchange Brewery’s Brew Master, Chris Meadows. We will sample the basic beer styles with a description and discussion of each and also enjoy some of the latest beer trends in American Craft Beer. Tasty appetizers will also be served to compliment our liquid treats as our local craft beer experts lead us through a delightful evening, exploring craft beer.

October 18, 2019
6:30-8:30p
Cost: $30 Members, $35 Non-members, $30 Neighbors!
Registration coming soon! Sign up below to be alerted about upcoming workshops!

Fall Floral Arrangement Workshop

Join us on October 20 as Emily Campen from The Flower Pot leads a floral arrangement workshop, utilizing the colors and aesthetic of fall. Participants will create beautiful arrangements which they will then take home!

October 20, 2019
Cost: $40 Members, $50 Non-members, $30 Neighbors!
Registration coming soon! Sign up below to be alerted about upcoming workshops!

Pollinator Meadow Seminar

This year, the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum installed a new Pollinator Meadow. To help the community learn the importance, impact, and significance of this new feature, a representative of the National Resource Conservation Service will be giving a community talk on the importance of pollinator habitats.

October 2019
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Fruit Tree Pruning

Pruning is an essential part of keeping trees happy, healthy, and productive. Come learn the art and science of pruning fruit trees, led by KBGA’s Director of Horticulture, Amanda Spangler.

November 23, 2019
Cost: $15 Members, $20 Non-members, $5 Neighbors
Registration coming soon! Sign up below to be alerted about upcoming workshops!

Christmas Kokedama, GreenPease Art Series

Participants will learn and practice the Japanese inspired art of growing plants in unique mixture of growing media wrapped as a ball of moss with a holiday twist! We will learn about the materials, methods, and maintenance required for Kokedama. We will learn about plants some of the best plants to use with this technique and explore festive ways to dress them up for the holidays!

This is Part 6 of the 2019 GreenPease art series!

December 14, 2019
3pm-6pm
Cost: $65 Members, $75 Non-members, $50 Neighbors
$400 for the entire GreenPease art series ($360 for members, $270 for neighbors)
Click here to register!
If you wish to register for the entire series, please call 865-862-8717.


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