The Kitchen Garden at The University of Tennessee

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Heres a view of the Kitchen Garden at the University of Tennessee. The use of lavender paint makes a pleasant backdrop for green-growing plants. Click on other pix to enlarge and read captions.
The garden is surrounded by a picket fence, which allows for climbing vines and berry bushes, as well as showy sunflowers.
A rosemary just outside the garden thrives in the summer heat, reflection from the crushed stone pathways and rock garden.
The entrance has a trellis, which provides some shade and will eventually be covered with plants. Here, IHA members are being welcomed by UT gardener, Holly Jones.
This recycled, louvred shutter is a fun upright in the garden, which is easily and attractively planted with colorful summer annuals.
Raised garden beds are planted with colorful annuals, perennial herbs, all kinds of vegetables, and some hold compost.
Buckwheat makes a great cover crop and the flowers attract our pollinators; honey bees love it and gather it to make a dark buckwheat honey.
Heres an innovative way to drain a raised bed container--an ash bucket--with a handy pour spout.
IHA members admiring plant selections in the Kitchen Garden.
Raised bed with showy perennial herbs--lemon grass and echinacea.
This little purple garden shed has a raingutter which is directed into this lovely, decorated rain barrel. The water is then used for watering.
Although the general rule in most public gardens is that one cannot pick plants or gather specimens... when we asked, we were told that ripe fruit is allowed to be sampled. :)
Heres a view of the Kitchen Garden at the University of Tennessee. The use of lavender paint makes a pleasant backdrop for green-growing plants. Click on other pix to enlarge and read captions.Click To Enlarge

Here's a view of the Kitchen Garden at the University of Tennessee. The use of lavender paint makes a pleasant backdrop for green-growing plants. Click on other pix to enlarge and read captions.

Photo: Susan Belsinger

Last weekend, the International Herb Association held their annual conference in Townsend, Tennessee, known as the quiet side of the Smokies. Nestled down in the Appalachian Mountains, we had nature surrounding us; though we did venture out on a few tours. My favorite was a visit to the University of Tennessee Gardens in nearby Knoxville, with the highlight being their Kitchen Garden. 

We were welcomed by the director, Dr. Susan Hamilton and then had an educational tour of the trial gardens by James Newburn, assistant director, who has been there for 20 years. The gardens contain a vast number of botanicals from annuals and perennials, herbs, grasses, sedums, shrubs, and trees planted in beds, islands and even the back of an old pick-up truck. There is also an impressive array plants grown in containers from huge gorgeous pots to metal trashcans.

I think that the favorite garden for most of us was the Kitchen Garden full of herbs, flowers, veggies and fruit, where the head gardener, Holly Jones, gave us an informative tour. See photos taken in the Kitchen Garden below. If you are ever down that way, the gardens are well worth a visit. The gardens and staff are very teacher/child friendly--these are good teaching gardens. http://utgardens.tennessee.edu/

 


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