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year round gardens

Interesting gardens year round. Even in the winter this is a great place to walk around. Just relax... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
Flowers everywhere

A must see for natives and visitors alike. The grounds and variety of plants and flowers is amazing.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gary C
Knoxville, Tennessee
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The UT Gardens function as an outdoor laboratory to evaluate the performance and landscape use of every type of plant, from trees and shrubs to annuals and perennials. The gardens feature a children's garden, formal rose garden, a sustainable...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
2518 Jacob Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996-0001
+1 865-974-8265
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting gardens year round. Even in the winter this is a great place to walk around. Just relax and listen to the birds.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must see for natives and visitors alike. The grounds and variety of plants and flowers is amazing.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Gary C
Reviewed 9 October 2018

We found the UT Gardens to be well tended with a wide variety of plants. On the weekend, parking was plentiful and easily accessible. The only drawback was the mosquitoes in the wetland area. You might want to bring some insect repellent.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MauraD100
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Well kept and easy access, it's, a nice place to take a walk and it's pet friendly. Keep up the great work UT.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank corpspower
Reviewed 19 August 2018

Very beautiful, lots of trails/pathways, peaceful and serene. Themed Gardens i.e. Japanese, Rose Garden, Children's Garden, Herb Garden, Labyrinth and more!. Great place for weddings as well. Ever changing and updated.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Jacqueline C
Reviewed 29 July 2018

My wife and I toured these grounds in July and honestly wasn't impressed. I have a plant material background and was hoping to see more native trees, shrubs and plants. Parking was not easy, some interns were weeding, and other working but the grounds just...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank fhayward2018
Reviewed 24 May 2018

Gardens of natural species to the area welcome you for an evening meal or welcome distraction from a busy day.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank ClassroomDoctor
Reviewed 15 May 2018

After walking from downtown and following Google map directions that took me by the sewage treatment plant and along railroad tracks, I finally found the UT Gardens and was slightly disappointed to see that it wasn't as lush as anticipated. Still, it was in a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank sstmango
Reviewed 23 April 2018

free, easy to get around. I liked Knoxville gardens better, they have lots of dogwood tree that bloom in April

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Aquafitness
Reviewed 27 March 2018

This is a beautiful place to take a leisurely walk. It's very peaceful, and has plenty of pleasures for the eye if your a plant lover.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank AlvildaL
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17 March 2018|
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Response from Doug S | Reviewed this property |
You could park in the Wal-Mart/Publix parking garage and walk. It is about three blocks to the Gardens from there. Likely the safest bet for during the week.
17 April 2017|
Response from hollydahlia | Property representative |
Hello, Our garden is admission free for everyone. You are welcome to visit 7 days a week from dawn until dusk. We do offer pre-scheduled tours for a fee of $5 per person. Please email Derrick Stowell at dstowell@utk.edu... More
5 October 2016|
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Response from 4knots | Reviewed this property |
Pretty much all the time. Exceptions would be when there are special events, e.g., when someone rents it.