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UT Arboretum Society 2010 Plant Sale

Camellias Featured at UT Arboretum Society Plant Sale

The UT Arboretum hosted the UT Arboretum Society's Annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 17, 2010 and a Members Only Sale on Friday, April 16.

This year's featured plants were Hardy Camellias. Both spring-blooming and fall-blooming varieties of this evergreen shrub were available. These camellias, natives of India, China, and Japan, are hardy in the mild zones of the Southeast US. In addition to the featured plants, the Society had a wide variety of trees and shrubs for garden and landscape planting.

All proceeds from this annual spring event go toward supporting the mission of the UT Arboretum.


Elmore Holly Collection Entrance Dedication

Elmore Holly Collection Entrance Structure

The UT Arboretum and the UT Arboretum Society hosted a Dedication Ceremony for the newly constructed entrance structure at the Elmore Holly Collection on Saturday, July 24, 2010. The stone structure was designed and built by Arboretum staff and Arboretum Society volunteers to commemorate the contributions of the late Harold Elmore. "Mr. Holly", as he was known throughout the holly world, in collaboration with Richard Evans, Arboretum Director, and the late Lois Good, former Arboretum Society President, established the collection at its current location in the 1980s. Since then the collection has grown to over 200 different cultivars and is a recognized holly test garden by the Holly Society of America. The Society established a Holly Task Force of volunteers to expand and maintain this valuable resource.

At the Dedication, members of the Elmore family were presented with a commemorative poster which contained the photo shown above.

To read more about Harold Elmore and the collection, including a list of the holly cultivars and a map of their locations, visit the Elmore Holly Collection.


Cub Scout "Leave No Trace" Hike at the Arboretum

Echota District Cub Scout Hike

On September 18, Doug Buchanan, District Executive of the Great Smoky Mountain Council Echota District, led Cub Scout Troops from the Knoxville and Powell, TN area on a "Leave No Trace" Hike. According to the Cub Scouts web site, the "Leave No Trace is a plan that helps people take better care of the environment and protect it for future generations. Cub Scouts and their leaders may earn the Leave No Trace Awareness Award."


Arboretum Society Fall Wildflower Walk

Arboretum Society Fall Wildflower Walk

Bright sunshine greeted those who attended the Fall Wildflower Walk on September 18 - led by naturalist Kris Light (third from left). Due to the past popularity of this event, the Arboretum Society sponsored two walks this year, one at 10 am and a second at 2 pm. Participants saw as many as 30 different kinds of wildflowers.


UT Arboretum Society Fall Plant Sale

Fall Sale 2010 The Arboretum Society Fall Sale featured plants suitable for fall planting.

With fall being the ideal time for adding plants to the landscape, the UT Arboretum Society's annual Fall Plant Sale was the perfect event to find special plants. At the sale, held on Saturday, October 9, Beaver Creek Nursery, East Fork Nursery and Sunlight Gardens were among the vendors offering quality plants especially suited for fall planting.


UT Arboretum Society "Owl Prowl"

Participants Learn Owl Information from John Byrd John Byrd with the CRESO project provides information to Owl Prowl participants before the "prowl" on the Arboretum grounds.

Owl Prowl 2010 'Guest' This popular event was held on Saturday, October 23, and included a display of live birds by Katie Cottrell, information about the natural history of owls, and a "prowl" on the Arboretum grounds to hear some "night noises" from owls and other creatures.

One of the "guests of honor", pictured at left, seemed content with all of the attention from participants as well as the camera flashes!


Methodist Medical Center "Walk to Remember"

A very special event sponsored by the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge was held on Sunday, October 24, at the UT Arboretum. This remembrance program gave families who have lost a child an opportunity to remember and celebrate the life of that child.


Elmore Holly Collection Entrance Re-Dedication

Elmore Holly Collection Entrance Structure

In conjunction with the Holly Society of America Annual Meeting held in Oak Ridge on November 4 - 7, the UT Arboretum and the UT Arboretum Society hosted a Re-Dedication Ceremony for the newly constructed entrance structure at the Elmore Holly Garden. The stone structure was designed and built by Arboretum staff and Arboretum Society volunteers to commemorate the contributions of the late Harold Elmore. "Mr. Holly", as he was known throughout the holly world, was a member and past president of the Holly Society of America. Dennis Superczynski, UT Arboretum Society Holly Task Force Chair and Holly Society member, organized the annual meeting and was a speaker at the Re-Dedication Ceremony.

To read more about Harold Elmore and the collection, including a list of the holly cultivars and a map of their locations, visit the Elmore Holly Collection.


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