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UT Gardens, Jackson, Fall Plant Sale Still On, But Garden Talks, Tours Canceled

Two-Day Sale Slated for September 30 – October 1

JACKSON, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Gardens in Jackson will host the annual Fall Plant Sale in 2020; however, all indoor lectures and garden tours have been canceled.

The sale will take place in the main parking area of the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center located at 605 Airways Boulevard, Jackson, Tennessee. To help promote social distancing, event organizers are extending the plant sale to a two-day event. The sale will be open Wednesday, September 30, through Thursday, October 1, from 12 – 6 p.m. both days. The number of shoppers within the sale area will be limited, and face masks will be required.

“By offering extended sale hours, we’re hoping to avoid a surge of shoppers within a short time frame,” says Jason Reeves, curator of the UT Gardens, Jackson. “However, visitors may be asked to remain in their cars if the shopping area exceeds capacity. We ask for patience and understanding as we try to host our sale while observing best health and safety practices.”

The sale will feature tried and true plant selections from the UT Gardens, Jackson, as well as contributions from Madison County Master Gardeners. UT Gardens’ staff and Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and direct shoppers to plants that will be the best fit for their sites. Plant pots and garden art, handmade by local Master Gardeners, will also be available for purchase.

The UT Gardens accepts cash or check payments. No electronic payments will be accepted.

At one time, proposals were made to expand the Fall Plant Sale to include elements typically featured at the canceled Summer Celebration Lawn and Garden Show. However, ongoing concerns for the health and safety of employees and guests led event organizers to forego those plans.

For more information on the two-day Fall Plant Sale, visit the UT Gardens, Jackson, Facebook page, the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center website, or call 731-425-4751.

The UT Gardens plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson and Crossville are collectively designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee. The collections are part of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, and the Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. 

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