UT can help perk up fall landscapes

UT can help perk up fall landscapes

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 8:00 pm

JACKSON — Residents who have ever struggled with how to maintain a beautiful landscape during the fall and winter months should visit Autumn Fest at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson.  The event features garden tours, workshops and an amazing plant sale featuring all of the must-have plants for the fall garden.
Autumn Fest is a two-day event starting Oct. 3 with an exclusive preview party for Friends of the UT Gardens. These supporters of the university’s horticultural research program can enjoy early shopping, light refreshments and special discounts on purchases. The preview party is from 5–7 p.m.
The event picks back up Oct. 4 with garden lectures and the re-opening of the plant sale. All are welcome and admission is free. The garden tours and lecture series, which will be led by Carol Reese, UT Extension horticulturist, and Jason Reeves, UT Gardens-Jackson curator, will begin at 2 p.m. The plant sale re-opens from 3–6:30 p.m.
At the conclusion of the plant sale, all guests are invited to attend the Madison County Master Gardeners’ meeting, where Reeves will delight attendees with tales of his recent garden travels. Participants can bring their own brown bag dinner to the meeting; desserts and drinks will be provided.
With a $35 donation, attendees may become a Friend of the UT Gardens on either day of the event and take advantage of the special discount. The donations made by Friends help support many of the activities and beneficial research happening at the UT Gardens-Jackson. For more information on the program or to become a Friend, go to http://utgardens.tennessee.edu/support.html.
For more details on Autumn Fest, go to http://west.tennessee.edu/events.
All Autumn Fest activities will take place at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center located at 605 Airways Blvd., in Jackson.
The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 research facilities operated by the UT Institute of Agriculture.  In addition to its agricultural research programs, UTIA 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.

Published in The Messenger 9.25.12

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