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March 2016
Spring at the Garden
Brian Campbell Director of Horticulture

March is Daffodil time and boy, do we have daffodils this year thanks to over 3,000 bulbs going in the ground this winter. Most of these harbingers of spring were planted in the Knoxville Garden Club Danae Garden and with all this warm weather they are coming up fast and strong. Among the thousands of bulbs are unique cultivars such as ‘Sir Winston Churchill’,

a tall heavily fragrant double flowering variety that has been a star performer for years in the Danae Garden. Other varieties include the truly unique ‘Prototype’ with its yellow petals and nearly orange cup, ‘Sovereign’ which looks a lot like an egg over-easy, and the beautiful ‘Mary Gay Lirette’. Daffodils are one of the easiest and most rewarding of all garden plants so be sure to come to the Garden this spring to see their many colors and forms.

2016 Hats in Bloom

Friday, April 22, 2016

Celebrate Spring in a beautiful garden with champagne mimosas and a seated lunch by Bradford Catered Events. Featuring milliner Patricia Frankum and her new collection of designer hats to try on and purchase.

More information and online reservations


Join us in the LeConte Meadow at the
Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum on

Sunday, March 27 at 7:00 am

All churches are welcome
Elder Chris Battle, Preacher
Participating churches: Lennon-Seney UM,
St. Luke’s Episcopal, Mount Calvary Baptist,
Knoxville District AME Zion, Mattie E. Coleman CME,
Tabernacle Baptist Church, Shiloh Presbyterian

Wear comfortable shoes and clothing
Everyone in the community is invited to attend
Offering to benefit community garden
Garden Notes
Jim Richards, Executive Director

Flower, Shrubs and Trees, oh my! It’s always an exciting time here at the gardens when the first signs of color start emerging from winter’s deep sleep. It not only signals that spring is just around the corner, but that many fun events here at KBGA are about take place. 

In April our annual Hats in Bloom Luncheon takes over our welcome center. How much fun to see the gardens full of beautiful ladies and colorful hats enjoying a fabulous lunch in a very special garden. If you have never attended, plan this year to make it a part of your annual celebration in the gardens. What a great way to start the weekend, stay for the rest of the day and enjoy an afternoon of fun and hats.

In June, we celebrate the increasingly popular Summer Solstice Dinner. This year the dinner will take place on Friday evening in an open meadow highlighted with vegetables grown right here at the gardens in our center for urban agricultural. What could be better than an evening taking in all the beautiful scenery overlooking the views of the mountains with hundreds of your closest friends all the while supporting local agriculture here at the gardens?

One of Knoxville premiere parties, The Green Thumb Gala, takes place on the Sunday of the first weekend in October. This should be on everyone’s bucket list. Don’t miss the Gala and its live and silent auction to benefit the expanding gardens here at KBGA. What a great way celebrate one of the gardens’ most beautiful months of the year!

It’s going to be an exciting year as we forge ahead making KBGA a regional attraction and revealing this hidden gem of East Knoxville to all.

Stay tuned! I look forward to seeing you in the gardens soon!
Don't forget! Story Thyme in the Garden begins in April!

Check out the calendar for a complete list of upcoming events!

Looking for a place for your upcoming special event?
The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum has a variety of indoor and outdoor options for you to choose from! We are currently scheduling holiday parties for this year and special events and weddings for 2017. Call Ann White at 865-862-8717 or email her at today.

Volunteer at the Gardens!

Join us for for Master Gardener workdays every Wednesday, help greet visitors, or join us for our monthly Saturday workdays!

Volunteers are at the heart of the Gardens! With 47 acres full of specialty gardens to tend to and countless visitors to introduce to our hidden gem, you can find a wide variety of opportunities to get involved and help us grow. 

For more information or to RSVP, please click here
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