Institute of Agriculture News

Have An Ornamental Insect Problem? Ask an Expert Today

Frank Hale, Extension entomologist at the Soil, Plant and Pest Center in Nashville, will bring his “Traveling Elixir of Ornamental Ailments” to campus from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 29, in Hollingsworth Auditorium in the Ellington Plant Sciences Building.

Plant Sciences Presents Distinguished Alumni Speaker

At 3:45 p.m. Monday, April 11, David Songstad, director of cell biology at Cibus, a San Diego-based biotechnology company known as a leader in precision gene editing for agriculture, will present the Department of Plant Sciences Seminar “Genome Editing: Beyond GMOs.”

UT Arboretum Society Plant Sale Is April 16


Beaver Creek and Riverdale Nurseries from Knoxville, Sunlight Gardens from Andersonville, and East Fork Nursery from Sevierville will be offering a selection of shrubs, trees, wildflowers, perennials, annuals, and edibles for sale during the UT Arboretum Society’s fiftieth annual Spring Plant Sale, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

Claxton Rain Garden Completed as Part of Green Infrastructure Project


The Claxton Rain Garden, a 3,500-square-foot space filled with more than 2,000 plants behind the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, captures and filters polluted stormwater while enhancing the campus landscape. The rain garden was one of several campus projects planned and executed last year through the Green Infrastructure Project.