Lawn and garden show scheduled
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 10:44 am
For more than 20 years, gardeners from across the Mid-South have journeyed to Jackson each July. Here, in the midst of a lazy Tennessee summer, they find an oasis of fresh flowers, colorful foliage and lively garden displays, more commonly known as the Summer Celebration Lawn and Garden Show.
Summer Celebration 2011 takes place on July 14, on the grounds of the University of Tennessee’s West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, and this year’s event includes all the features that have made the Summer Celebration a sensation for so many years.
• Sixteen garden talks (half of which are held indoors in a lovely air-conditioned facility), led by local and regional plant experts like Carol Reese, Don Shadow, Rita Randolph and Jason Reeves.
• A diverse plant sale featuring hydrangeas, ferns, flowering trees, elms, plus many more shrubs and perennials.
• A fun and flavorsome cooking demonstration presented by the UT Kitchen Divas. (A reservation ticket is required for this presentation.)
Of course, Summer Celebration is known for introducing novel garden displays, and this year is no different. The theme, “Come Check the Mail,” will be evident as you tour the new Mailbox Gardens. From elegant to rustic, the array of mailboxes and ornamental plantings will demonstrate what plant combinations look good and can be successfully grown around a mailbox. And each mailbox will contain an informative brochure that lets you know what materials were used to create the mailbox designs and where you can purchase the materials.
If you have specific plant questions, you can get them answered at the Plant Diagnostic Center, which will be staffed by UT plant pest and disease experts. And if you need a break, enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by 4-H All-Stars, or take a relaxing wagon ride around the AgResearch and Education Center and learn more about the breakthroughs in agricultural research that are happening right here in Jackson.
Summer Celebration begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and the event is free for children 17 and under. For more details on specific garden talks or featured speakers go to http://west.tennessee.edu or follow us on Facebook at “UT Gardens Jackson.”
The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 unique research facilities operated by the UT Institute of Agriculture. In addition to its agricultural research programs, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.wcp 5/17/11