Full Day of Science-Driven Information for Gardeners

Picture of plant at UT Gardens Crossville
The ​11th Annual Fall Gardeners' Festival will be held in Crossville on August 27 at the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center. Topics covered include growing food items, choosing the right ornamentals and the best plants to grow on the Plateau. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIA. 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Hydrangeas, tomatoes, turf varieties, and more are the focus of the 11th Annual Fall Gardeners’ Festival in Crossville. For plateau and central Tennessee gardeners, this event is a must. Hosted by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, the festival will be held at the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center and include talks from UT researchers and faculty. 

Education sessions will feature topics like best plants for the Plateau, cool-season color, and choosing the right ornamental tree for a location. Sessions focused on growing food items will be presented as well, including talks on tomatoes, home fruit growing, and results of the Tennessee Home Garden Variety Trails.

In additional to educational workshops, the festival will also include wagon tours of the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center and an exhibit area with garden vendors. An Ask-the-Expert table will also be available for any plant or pest identification or general garden problem-solving needs.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. CDT with presentations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food items will be available for purchase throughout the day.

The Plateau AgResearch and Education Center is located off of Highway 70N at 320 Experiment Station Road in Crossville. A map to the facility and complete directions are available online at 
plateau.tennessee.edu. The center is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. 



Walt Hitch, director, Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, 931-484-0034,