The focus of the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum’s Green Drinks Garden is on the agriculture of spirits. The Green Drinks Garden showcases plants that have been grown around the world to brew, distill, and infuse visitors’ favorite and less-familiar beverages. This garden is still growing into fruition. Our hope is that attractive interpretive plant labels will provide information about the culture and history of each specimen. The idea for the garden was inspired by members of Green Drinks Knoxville during a staff led presentation in 2017.
As a feature of the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum’s Center for Urban Agriculture, we hope the space can also be used to educate area farmers on the culture of plants to further support our region’s burgeoning local brewery, distillery, and winery economy. In addition to the educational value, the Green Drinks Garden will be a beautiful feature that will attract a wide variety of visitors. Lovely spring blooms of fruit trees and bulbs, bold summer flowers of herbs, and delicate heads of grain in the fall will make this new garden the gem of the western side of our 47-acre property.
Helping our gardens grow is as easy as buying a drink!
Knoxville Botanical BREWBILEE, Saturday April 27
This annual festival showcases Knoxville’s own breweries and distilleries. Enjoy refreshing beverages, live music, and delicious food while you explore and experience the gardens. All proceeds benefit the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. To learn more, visit www.knoxgarden.org/brewbilee
Botanical Brew Fundraiser (ongoing)
Blackhorse Brewery has created a delicious Kölsch ale with proceeds going toward the Green Drinks Garden. Head brewer Ben Copelin describes this Botanical Brew as, “A light drinking Ale that drinks much like a lager. Notes of pear like fruitiness come through from the Kolsch yeast, and hints of citrus zest from the hops.”
For every Botanical Brew sold, Blackhorse and Eagle Distributing are donating to create our new Green Drinks Garden! Cans are available at SoKno Taco Cantina, Bearden Beer Market, Hops and Hollers, Maple Hall, Merchants of Beer, Public House, South Coast Pizza, Total Wine and More, Trailhead Beer Market, and the Downtown Knoxville, Maryville, and Thunderhead Casual Pints.
Stay tuned to our e-newsletter, website, and social media for updates on upcoming fundraiser events with partner breweries, distilleries, and wineries!