UT Gardens’ Next Secret Gardens Party at the Renowned Blackberry Farms

Blackberry Farm

Don’t miss one of the most interesting Secret Garden Parties of the year – Blackberry Farm. The party will be on Saturday, August 25, 2008.  $200 per person.

An extraordinary opportunity to visit this renowned, private garden spot in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains in Walland, Tenn. Consistently proclaimed one of the worlds finest resorts by food and wine lovers and respected travel publications, the 4,200 acre Blackberry Farm has extended a special invitation in support of the University Garden’s Silver Anniversary Year.

Attendees of this event will be the first group ever given the opportunity to visit and tour the Farmstead, the heart of the resort.  Facilities include the gardens, where much of the food for  the award winning menu is grown, plus the barn, dairy, jammery, preservation kitchen, butchery, smokehouse and pastures.

You will also see the flower garden with numerous annuals and perennials in bloom where most of the flower arrangements around the resort come from.

The tour will be led by Blackberry Farm gardeners, Jeff Ross and John Coykendall. Guests will enjoy a fabulous breakfast and Executive Chef Pete Glander will work his magic with the Farmstead’s ultimate in fresh, local fare served al fresco on the lovely grounds.  Bus transportation will be provided for all, departing from the UT Gardens, across from the Friendship Plaza, at 7:30 a.m. and returning at l:00 p.m.  Guests should wear comfortable shoes and casual clothing.

To make a reservation, you can order tickets using Pay Pal online at http://www.friendsoftheutgardens.org/, or mail a check to Friends of the UT Gardens, P. O. Box 51394, Knoxville, TN  37950-1394.  For information, please call the Friends infoline 865-525-4555.