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Healthy Gardening Classes

Be Well is excited to announce the Healthy Gardening Series in partnership with UT Gardens. The goal of this series is to empower UT faculty and staff to take control of their nutritional intake Gardening can seem like an overwhelming task at first. However, with the help of professionals from UT Gardens UT Faculty and Staff will learn the basics skills necessary to easily grow fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables at home.

The following programs are free for University of Tennessee employees. Be Well sponsors the $35 registration fee. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 15 participants. 

Houseplants

Saturday, June 19th, 2021
10am-12pm

Houseplants come in various different sizes, shapes, and colors, making them an asset to introduce livelihood and nature to any home. While some individuals are discouraged by the responsibilities associated with caring for a houseplant, or merely their gardening inabilities, research shows that our houseplants can actually take care of us! Indoor plants have been recognized to encourage healing, promote happiness, all while simultaneously reducing pain, anxiety, and stress, making them an essential element of the home. This class will give participants an introduction to houseplants. During the class, you will learn about several species of house plants and you will get to propagate several plants to grow at home. This class will be sure to help turn any interested gardener’s thumb green.

Cost: Free – Only UT employees are eligible to attend this session.
You must register and indicate your UT email and list your office/place of work.

 

Seed Starting and Planning a Cool Season Vegetable Garden

Saturday, July 24th, 2021
10am-12pm

This session will focus on growing cool season vegetables at home. Cool season vegetables include asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, chives, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, Swiss chard, kale, leek, lettuce, onion, parsnips, peas, radishes, spinach, and turnips. These vegetables are high in Vitamin A & K, and contain healthy compounds that may potentially reduce inflammation in the body. Participants will learn how start seeds and plan out their cool season vegetable garden.

Cost: Free – Only UT employees are eligible to attend this session.
You must register and indicate your UT email and list your office/place of work.

 

Hypertufa

Saturday, August 14th, 2021
10am-12pm

Hypertufa Planters: Selecting a planter that can endure all seasons and weather is crucial for the success of the plant overtime. In extreme weather, plastic and cement will crack and terra cotta will crumble. Hypertufa is the solution for many individuals seeking a capable and enduring planter. Hypertufa consists of concrete, peat moss, & perlite which generates a strong concrete like substance. Given its natural  appearance, “wild-looking” plants such as ferns, rock plants, and hostas compliment the planter’s rugged and rustic appearance. Do not let this planter’s rustic appearance fool you, while it may look aged and fragile, the combination of concrete, peat moss, and perlite allows any plant to flourish in this strong planter. During this workshop, each participant will make a hypertufa planter to take home and plant.

Cost: Free – Only UT employees are eligible to attend this session.
You must register and indicate your UT email and list your office/place of work.​