The University of Tennessee Gardens

Address: 2341 Joe Johnson Drive Knoxville, TN 37996 Contact Email: utgardens@utk.edu Phone: (865) 974-8265 Fax: (865) 974-1947

The University of Tennessee Gardens inspire thousands of people each year with our show of plants. We strive to inform the population on plants by offering educational program, horticultural displays, and conducting plant research.

Recognized in 2013 as the official botanical gardens of the state of Tennessee, the Gardens are located in Knoxville, Jackson and Crossville—all part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Open during all seasons and free to the public, the Gardens contains some 4,000 annuals, perennials, herbs, tropicals, trees, shrubs, vegetables and ornamental grasses are evaluated each year.

The UT Gardens function as an outdoors laboratory to evaluate the performance and landscape use of every type of plant. Its location in the midsouth is instrumental in discovering the proving grounds for plants under extreme heat and humidity and variable winters. Leading commercial seed and plant companies around the world depend on UT Gardens for information about the plants that reach the commercial market. 

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The UT Gardens is located just off Neyland Drive behind the UT College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville. Parking is available in lot 66. From I-40 take Exit 386B onto Hwy 129 (Alcoa Hwy toward the Airport). From Hwy 129 take exit for Hwy 158 (Neyland Drive). Turn left at end of exit ramp. Turn left onto Joe Johnson Drive, and right at next light onto Chapman Drive


City: Knoxville, TN
Region: East Tennessee
Subregion: Knoxville & Middle East

Hours Open:
Open all year round -Sunrise to Sunset.