UT Gardens: One Step Closer to Designation as “Official Botanical Garden of the State”

UT Botanical GardensHB29 (Eldridge R-Jackson)/SB71 (Massey R-Knoxville) passed in the House State Government subcommittee today on a voice vote. The bill will designate the University of Tennessee’s botanical gardens as the official botanical garden of the state.

The botanical gardens contain over 4,000 annuals, perennials, herbs, tropicals, trees, shrubs, vegetables and ornamental grasses and are open to the public year round. The UT botanical gardens, located in Knoxville and Jackson, also feature a kitchen garden, rose garden, rock garden, bio-energy garden, shade garden, and in the coming year a children’s garden.

The bill will move on to the House State Government Committee. It has not yet been calendared in the Senate.