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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Arboretum Review : University of Tennessee Gardens

The University of Tennessee Gardens
Department of Plant Sciences
252 Ellington Plant Sciences Bldg
2431 Joe Johnson Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-8265
Fax: (865) 974-1947
Email: utgardens@utk.edu
Website: http://utgardens.tennessee.edu/

Date Visited: 04-26-2009

We visited the UT Gardens last spring on our way home from the Smoky Mountains. The Gardens are free to visit and pretty easy to get to from the highway. Had we known how big and beautiful the gardens are we would have allowed more time for our visit. We were able to spend a couple of hours there and still did not have enough time to see everything.



There is a large plaza at the entrance to the gardens. Families with picnics gathered around the tables on this beautiful spring day.

The gardens include a variety of spaces to explore with interesting plants and artwork around every corner. On the day we visited several photographers were taking advantage of the beautiful sceanery. We even saw a bride and her bridesmaids in full dress out for some photos.

Tucked under the shade of the trees is a large Outdoor Classroom.

Some local birds have taken up residency in a birdfeeder in the gardens.

One of the most interesting aspects of the gardens was the large collection of different cultivars. Nearly every tree in the gardens was a selected cultivar. Among these were over a dozen different Japanese Maples, several distinct Falsecypresses and a variety of Spruces, Pines and Redbuds, just to name a few.

For more photos of the UT Gardens visit Early Forest on Facebook.

Observed Trees:
Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium' - Dancing Peacock Maple
Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' - Butterfly Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Emerald Lace' - Emerald Lace Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Goshiki Kotohime' - Goshiki Kotohime Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Ko No Ito' - Ko No Ito Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Orangeola' - Orangeola Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Orido Nishiki' - Orido Nishiki Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku' - Sango Kaku Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Tana' - Tana Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Villa Taranto' - Villa Taranto Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum var. atropurpureum 'Bloodgood' - Bloodgood Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Tamukeyama' - Tamukeyama Japanese Maple
Cedrus deodara 'Snow Sprite' - Snow Sprite Dwarf Deodar Cedar
Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Pendula' - Weeping Katsuratree
Cercis canadensis 'Covey' - Covey Weeping Redbud
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' - Forest Pansy Redbud
Cercis canadensis 'Hearts of Gold' - Hearts of Gold Eastern Redbud
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Van den Akker' - Van den Akker Nootka Falsecypress
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Spiralis' - Spiralis Hinoki Cypress
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'White Pygmy' - White Pygmy Sawara Falsecypress
Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Meth Dwarf' - Meth Dwarf Atlantic White Cedar
Cladrastis kentukea 'Perkins Pink' - Perkins Pink American Yellowwood
Cornus kousa 'Kristin Lipkas Variegated Weeper' - K. L. Var. Weeper Korean Dogwood
Corylus avellana 'Contorta' - Contorted Filbert
Corylus avellana 'Red Majestic' - Red Corkscrew Hazel
Cotoneaster microphyllus 'Cooperi' - Cooper's Rockspray Cotoneaster
Cryptomeria fortunei - Fortune's Japanese Cedar
Cryptomeria japonica 'Taisho Tamasugi' - Compact Japanese Red Cedar
Cupressus arizonica 'Blue Spire' - Blue Spire Arizona Cypress
Ginkgo biloba 'Chase Manhattan' - Chase Manhattan Dwarf Ginkgo
Juniperus chinensis 'Blue Point' - Blue Point Chinese Juniper
Juniperus chinensis 'Kaizuka Variegata' - Variegated Hollywood Juniper
Juniperus communis 'Gold Cone' - Gold Cone Juniper
Kerria japonica 'Picta'- Variegated Japanese Kerria
Liriodendron tulipifera 'Aureomarginata' - Variegated Tulip Tree
Magnolia acuminata x 'Brenda' - Brenda Hybrid Cucumbertree Magnolia
Magnolia acuminata x 'Yellow Bird' - Yellow Bird Hybrid Cucumbertree Magnolia
Magnolia 'Sun Sprite' - Sun Sprite Magnolia
Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Miss Grace' - Weeping Dawn Redwood
Picea abies 'Acrocona' - Acrocona Norway Spruce
Picea abies 'Cupressina' - Fastigiate Norway Spruce
Picea omorika 'Pendula' - Weeping Serbian Spruce
Picea orientalis 'Skylands' - Yellow Oriental Spruce
Picea pungens 'Glauca Globosa' - Globe Colorado Blue Spruce
Picea pungens 'Mesa Verde' - Mesa Verde Colorado Spruce
Pinus bungeana 'Temple Gem' - Temple Gem Lacebark Pine
Pinus mugo 'Corley's Mat' - Corley's Mat Mugo Pine
Pinus ponderosa 'Big Boomer #111' - Big Boomer Ponderosa Pine
Pinus thunbergiana 'Thunderhead' - Thunderhead Japanese Black Pine
Pseudolarix amabalis - Golden Larch
Sciadopitys verticillata - Umbrella Pine
Taxodium distichum 'Peve Minaret' - Dwarf Bald Cypress
Thuja plicata 'Green Giant' - Green Giant Arbotvitae
Ulmus parvifolia 'Bosque' - Bosque Lacebark Elm
Viburnum plicatum tomentosum 'Summer Snowflake' - S. S. Doublefile Viburnum
Wisteria flori 'White Blue Eye' - White Blue Eye Wisteria