Amazing Azalea Symposium and an Exclusive Azalea Sale

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Gardens is hosting a half-day symposium on Saturday, November 11, on how to grow and use azaleas in the landscape. The featured speaker will be Don Hyatt, a national authority on azaleas and rhododendrons. The event runs from 8 a.m. until noon.

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Gatlinburg Post-Fire Planting Guide

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If you are wondering about how to go about recovering and restoring the devastation to plants and animals alike after the devastation of the Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg caused by the recent fires,  the Tennessee Invasive Plant Council & Tennessee Native Plant Society have teamed up to create a brochure that will help.  The fire destroyed many of the native plants that provide shelter and food for wildlife but it also cleared out old growth and provided areas where young saplings and new plants can grow with more light and increased nourishment.  This will add to the diversity of both plants and wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains and the area surrounding Gatlinburg. Unfortunately, invasive plants will also take advantage of beneficial growing conditions. Download a copy of their  complete brochure here to learn what to plants will help and which ones to avoid.

Post-Fire Landscape – What to Plant and What to Pull

Gatlinburg Post Fire Planting Guide 


June 7 & 8, 2017 Junior Master Gardener Camp

This year’s camp dates are June 7 & 8 with Bridgemont Camp once again. This is the same place we have been the last few years. We just love it there and it is a perfect fit for our group. So mark those calendars now and we hope you will be willing to come and help some this year. Whether a few hours or overnight, we can use you to make camp special for our kids.

This year’s them is “Growing Your Career”, a hands on exploration of careers in Horticulture & Plant Science. Camp will be for 4th – 8th graders and we average around 20 kids. If you work in this field and would be willing to come share with our campers, please contact the Sevier County Extension Office at (865) 453-3695. We would also like to do a service project to benefit the camp with a small area they would like landscaped. If you would like to help us with this project, your help would be greatly appreciated.


TN Central Region Master Gardener Summer Workshop

When: June 30th

Where: Ellington Ag Center, Nashville T

Choose three morning educational sessions from:

  • Hands on plant diagnostics
  • Plant CSI tours of the ag Center grounds
  • Tour of the MG DC  demonstration garden
  • Selecting and leading service projects
  • Engaging interns
  • Networking with other officers

Lunch will befollowed by “Plant this Instead” presented by Troy
For more information, session descriptions, and registration  go to:
Central Region MG Workshop


Farmers’ Market Fresh

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Linda Hyder, Family Consumer Science Agent, UT Extension Sevier County, will be presenting a program called “Farmers’ Market Fresh”. This program will be held each Friday from 1 July thru 5 August, 2016 at the Servierville Downtown Farmers’ Market from 9:00 to 1:30. The objective of program is to encourage fruit and vegetable consumption by limited resource families. It is an educational program that includes: a food demonstrations with samples, children challenge activities, educational handouts etc..
Linda Hyder is asking for help from the Master Gardeners. She will need help, each Friday with setting up and taking down a booth at the farmers’ market. This will involve: setting up a canopy, chairs, a table, large cooler and a box of supplies for the program etc.
You can volunteer to set up, take down or both. If you want to stay the whole time your help will be appreciated. There will be a signup list at Mondays Master Gardeners Meeting or you can contact me; George Denton, at: 865 428 0885, or

Gardening Classes Open to the Public

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We will be offering a series starting this month called Twilight in The Garden at the Sevier County Extension Office,  752 Old Knoxville Hwy, Sevierville, TN 37862 Phone:(865) 453-3695

Classes will be a hour each and are held in the Teaching Patch garden open to the public to come learn while visiting our garden. This class will be the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00pm (June – Sept.). We are inviting you to come out and learn (counts as CEU’s), but we also are in need of one more spot filled for teaching a class. Would any of you that worked on the straw bales be willing to do a short class with some time for Q&A and a garden tour? Please contact me ASAP. I need to start adverting, but I would like to have this post filled if possible. It could be either July 28 or August 25. We can help you get something together if needed. This is a great jump into what we do as Master Gardeners…teach others and serve our community.

MG Meeting

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Senior Center Work Day

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The Senior Center Work Day scheduled for Saturday Jun. 4, 2016 has been moved to Tuesday, May 31, 2016. We will be transplanting plants from the greenhouse to the Senior Center grounds and need lots of help.  Hope to see you there from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Common Butterflies

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As you are working out in your yard this spring, keep an eye out for these butterflies common to our area by Glenna Julian & Lois Worthington. Glenna and Lois will be presenting the following topics at the 2016 Wilderness Wildlife Week at the LeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN this week.

Thursday: 9 – 10 AM: Swallowtail & Fritillary Butterflies: Glenna Julian and Lois Worthington – Greenbrier Hall C

Thursday: 4:30 – 5:30 PM: NEW! Backyard B & B for Wildlife: Glenna Julian, Guane Julian and Lois Worthington – Greenbrier Hall A

Sunday: 9:30 – 10:30 AM: Monarch Miracles: From Eggs on Milkweed to Tagging and Releasing the Monarch