UT Gardens – Jackson receives grant

UT Gardens – Jackson receives grant

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8:02 pm

The Southeastern Reference Garden Committee of the American Conifer Society has awarded the University of Tennessee Gardens in Jackson a grant to provide identification labels for the Gardens’ conifer collection.  

In addition, the $1500 grant is to be used to help fund a one-day conifer symposium. 

Jason Reeves, curator of the UT Gardens – Jackson, will manage the grant and symposium.

The date for the symposium has yet to be determined, but Reeves said conifer enthusiasts can look for it in Feb. 2012. He expects the topic to be conifers for “our” climate. 

The UT Gardens – Jackson are located on the grounds of the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. Research gardens and displays include a kitchen garden, a low-maintenance fruit demonstration orchard, an All-American Selection display, a no-spray rose research garden, turf wheel, turf variety trials, compost display, plant screen demonstration, and a magnolia collection. 

They are free to visit and open to the public during daylight hours. 

The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 field laboratories operated across the state by the AgResearch unit of the UT Institute of Agriculture. More information about the UT Gardens – Jackson, the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center and the Summer Celebration, including a map and directions, is available online at http://westtennessee.tennessee.edu/.

wcp 3/29/11

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