2021 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 2021

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.

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 20, 2021
10am
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-members
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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.

March 9th, 2021
6-7pm
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-members
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‘Cotton + Moss’ Spring Hoop Wreath workshop

Come ready to craft a spring hoop wreath perfect for your home. We’ll be using a combination of twine, a variety of dried & preserved greens, dried flowers or faux blooms, ribbon, floral wire, and a metal ring to craft your own version. These wreaths will be a modern take on a traditional wreath so we’ll look to simplicity and asymmetry to craft something beautiful for your front door.

Cotton + Moss is a garden lifestyle brand based in Nashville, TN.

April 10, 2021
11am
Cost: $55
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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 11, 2021
10:45am
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-members
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Naturscaping: An Eco-Conscious Approach to Landscaping

This unique workshop will explore the role of native plants and trees in the landscape through ecology, garden design, and philosophy, providing a fresh perspective on garden aesthetics in urban and suburban landscapes.

We will cover the the importance of pollinator and native plants in your garden, which plants are essential for specific wildlife, the importance of proper site preparation, and year-round landscaping strategies to anyone looking for some help selecting trees and plants that provide interest throughout all the seasons.

Native plants will be available on site for purchasing, and there will also be a few varieties of surprise plants as a gift for participating. Led by Joy Grissom, co-founder of Native Plant Rescue Squad.

May 15th, 2021
1-3pm
Cost: $30 non-members, $25 Members, $25 Neighbors
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Pollinators and the New Meadow

In the past few years, the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum has been working to establish 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.

May 2021
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Zen Gardens

Perfect for those who love succulents and have the desire to craft a meditative garden space. Zen gardens, also known as Japanese rock gardens or a dry landscape garden, use a combination of soil, sand, rocks, and succulents or bushes.

At present, we believe we will be able to host this workshop in person, but in the event that stricter social distancing guidelines are put back in place, the facilitator, Cotton + Moss, will be sending out at-home-kits for the garden and posting tutorial videos on Youtube.

In this workshop, we’ll be crafting a miniature zen garden that will be great to place in any area of your home. We’ll be focusing on succulents that have lower light requirements and be utilizing sand to evoke waves and calm. In a spin on the classic rock garden, we’ll be providing a variety of crystals like amethyst, kyanite, and others that symbolize purity and meditation to make your garden really speak to your needs. Come ready to design your peaceful landscape!

June 2021
Cost: $55
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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 10, 2021
9am
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-members
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Intro to Native Medicinal Herbs

Come listen, learn, and experience a collection of herbs native to the Southeast. Elderberry, passionflower, yarrow, and pleurisy root have all been used for centuries in herbal medicinal traditions. Detailing parts used, preparations, uses, possible safety concerns, as well as identification and basic plant care and harvesting sustainably. This will take place in KBGA’s newest garden feature, the Native Medicinal Garden.

August 7, 2021
10-12pm
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Moss Walk

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.

August 2021
10am
Cost: $5 Members, $10 Non-members, $5 Neighbors
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Ancient Flowers

A seminar given by Dr. Joseph Williams of UT’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He will be speaking on the evolutionary role and development of flowering structures in plants. More info to come!

September 10, 2021
6pm
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Introduction to Canning

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! Participants will get to choose between a jar of salsa and a jar of pickled okra.

September 18, 2021
10am
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Beeswax Candle Making

Get your fill of fall vibes with our beeswax candle making workshop. Come ready to partner up and select a favorite seasonal scent while sipping on hot cider.
We’ll be focusing on the art of making scented beeswax pillar candles by hand pouring each one. We’ll chat about best practices and tips like cleaning beeswax & choosing the best wicks. Creating pillar candles is no easy feat, but we’ll help walk you through how to perfect getting smooth edges & balancing scents. While the candles cool we’ll heat up some hot cider with fresh orange peel & spices for a festive happy hour.

October 17, 2021
1-3:30pm
Cost: $20 Members, $25 Non-members, $20 Neighbors
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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. The Garden in its full fall glory!

October 23, 2021
10am
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-members
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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. The workshop will include hands on opportunities to prune.

December 2021
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non-members, $5 Neighbors
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Wreath Making

Learn and practice the holiday art of making wreaths, with the beautiful winter backdrop of the Garden. Participants will get to create and take home their own wreath.

December 2021
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GIVE THE GIFT OF LEARNING

Want to share the excitement of KBGA classes with a friend? Give them a gift certificate! These make great gifts and are a wonderful way to introduce new people to the Garden. Call 865-862-8717 to purchase a gift certificate today.

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