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Classes in the Garden

In-person 2023 classes start February 18th.  See the 2023 schedule and class descriptions below.  All classes will be held at the UT Gardens - Crossville downstairs classroom except as noted in the class description.  If you have further questions or problems registering online, please email them to

     ***Reservations are required...Please Use the Links Shown in the "Upcomng Classes" Listings Below***

                           Some Upcoming Classes

Thursday, May 4, 10:00-11:00 am


Don Hazel, Nature Columnist

We will talk about the snakes that live in our state and how to identify them: where they live, what they eat, and which ones are dangerous. There will be lots of beautiful colorful photos, but no live animals.

Saturday, May 6, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Held in the PDG Outdoor Pavilion

Spring Plant Sale

Purchase from our selection of annuals, herbs, perennials, vegetables, and shrubs. Come and see what new varieties are available. Proceeds benefit the Plateau Discovery Garden.


Monday, May 8, 1:00 – 2:00 pm


Robin Piacine, Master Gardener

Come join us as we explore origins, cultivation requirements, types, and uses of herbs. Handouts as well as examples of herbs will be provided. Also included will be samples of the various ways to grow and utilize these amazing plants.


Friday, May 19, 9:30 – 11:00 am

Plateau Discovery Garden Tour *

Shalena Durkot, Garden Coordinator

Limit 20

Join us for a guided spring tour of the Gardens. Learn about the history of its creation, how it has evolved, and of course, all about the beautiful plants within it.


Saturday, May 13, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Held in the PDG Outdoor Pavilion

Mother's Day Tea * Limit 40 -- Reservations required.

Price: "Tea for Two" $35 or $20 per person

      **SOLD Out***     A selection of teas and delicate edibles will be served. Enjoy a tour of the spring gardens and a short presentation on the meaning of favorite flowers. Finery encouraged. Mothers & Daughters especially welcome! Call (931) 879-8980 for questions. Requires advance payment by check payable to CCMG and mailed to CCMG P.O. Box 483, Crossville, TN 38557.


Saturday, May 20, am 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Strawbale Gardening and Composting

Vicki May, Master Gardener

Straw bales make a great growing medium when properly prepared. Create an instant raised bed to grow herbs and vegetables, and ornamental plants. You'll have control over where you grow your garden...sun, shade, hillside, or on top of hard surfaces. Also, learn the basics of composting to repurpose materials to create awesome soil.

Saturday, June 1 10 am–noon

Thyme for Herbs

Melody Rose, UT Extension Agent, Greene County

Enjoy discussion and demonstration as we explore origins, culture, types, and uses of herbs. See herb examples and take home informative handouts. Learn how to grow, harvest and use various herbs. Try drying, preserving, and making herbal vinegars and oils–sachets and wreaths. Door prizes too! Dress appropriately for a walk through the PDG herb garden.


Saturday, June 10, 9:30 - 11:00 am

Tennessee Smart Yards

Mike Barron, Master Gardener

Keep Tennessee’s land and water healthy one yard at a time. This is a “smart yard” in balance with the local environment benefiting people and our ecosystem. You’ll be introduced to this program and its stewardship principles. Learn why a Smart Yard is right for you!

“Thursday Morning Timely Topics”. 

For several weeks in 2021, Gregg Upchurch hosted a Zoom session where he addressed current horticultural / landscape topics to assist homeowners with their landscape, lawns, gardens and orchards. 

Most of those Zoom sessions were recorded and can now be viewed on YouTube.  Click on the button below to go to that YouTube channel.



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