This year, the American Horticultural Society’s National Children & Youth Garden Symposium examines how gardening both relies on and creates community. From July 12-15 in Knoxville, hundreds of educators from around the country will unite to explore ways that community support for youth gardening promotes cultural understanding and accessibility, physical and emotional health, and career and business development for the next generation.
Our 2023 symposium offers 26 interactive learning sessions, from basic building blocks to advanced topics, addressing pre-K-12 learning. Personalized visits to the area’s impressive and relevant gardens will offer opportunities to apply new concepts and connect with fellow youth garden educators from a diversity of communities. Come for the fun and learn skills, ideas, contacts, and resources to bring back to your own community!
NCYGS Itinerary & Schedule
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UT Gardens, with locations in Jackson, Crossville, and its flagship garden in Knoxville, feature more than 1,000 woody plants under long-term observation and 2,000 varieties of herbaceous plants evaluated annually. The Gardens function as an outdoor laboratory, teaching and research facility and public gardens, sharing their beauty with more than 50,000 visitors yearly. Established in 1983 by the UTIA Department of Plant Sciences, the Gardens are recognized as an official All America Selections test site for evaluating new plants for the ornamental market, an American Conifer Association and an American Hosta Society reference garden, and a Tennessee certified arboretum. They are a valuable resource for home gardeners and landscape professionals.
The UT Gardens, Knoxville is nothing short of spectacular. We hope you join us for a guided tour, educational experiences, and a reception featuring remarks by UTIA’s senior leadership on their mission to provide Real.Life.Solutions.™ to many of society’s most pressing issues.
The Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum (KBGA), located on 47 acres of former Howell Nurseries, features walking trails, display gardens, unique & historic horticulture and over two miles of distinctive stone walls and timeless buildings. Located just five minutes from downtown Knoxville, KBGA offers beautiful gardens to the public at no cost, and is supported through membership and donations.