The Kitchen Garden at The University of Tennesseecomments (0) July 31st, 2013
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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