UT Gardens Book Club

UT Gardens Book Club
UT Gardens Book Club
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." (Cicero) This book club is for those folks who love plants and books and even books about plants (or nature in general at the very least.) We will spend three months reading three different books and meeting to discuss them once each month. At each meeting we will provide you with a new plant, tea, and snacks; you provide your own copy of the book. Feel free to use an audio book, check it out from the library, borrow a friend’s copy, or purchase your very own!

Cost per session: Garden member $30/nonmember $45
Cost per series: Garden member $85/nonmember $130

The Garden Party by Grace Dane Mazur
Our first book club read is a novel that takes place entirely in one day! Set in a garden, two families must behave civilly towards one another at the rehearsal dinner for their children who are getting married. People magazine says, "Lyrical and charming, this comedy of errors is a delightful summer read." This first book will give us some insight to each of our own quirks and interests that will make our book club unique! We will also plant and take home a nice end-of-summer/early autumn plant at this meeting.

Date: September 20, 2019; 1-4 p.m

An Orchard Invisible by Jonathan Silvertown
"The story of seeds, in a nutshell, is a tale of evolution bursting with questions," says author Jonathan Silvertown in An Orchard Invisible. He takes the reader on a journey of discovering the natural history of seeds through the lenses of evolution. Regardless of one's perspective on evolution itself, this book raises some interesting thoughts that will be fascinating to discuss during our October book club meeting. We will plant and take home a beautiful chrysanthemum this month!

Date: October 18, 2019; 1-4 p.m.

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
An environmental classic, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson had to be on our list for our first book club series. It will round out our trio of books by allowing us to dig deeper into our understanding of the impact our choices make on the environment, which is something gardeners experience more often than most. Our final plant for the year will be a lovely houseplant that will be able to stay nice and cozy during the winter months indoors with you.

Date: November 15, 2019; 1-4 p.m.

Cost per session: Garden member $30/nonmember $45
Cost per series: Garden member $85/nonmember $130

University of Tennessee Gardens, Knoxville Cancellation & Refund Policy:
Classes may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. A full refund will be made in the event the UT Gardens cancels a class.

Individual Cancellations
If you find you cannot attend the class or lecture you’ve registered for, please email dstowell@utk.edu and let us know. A full refund of the registration will be issued for cancellations made at least 30 days prior to the event. A 50% refund will be issued 15 days prior to the event. No refunds will be made for cancellations made fewer than 7 days before the event.

If you are unable to attend a program due to an unforeseen issue, you may transfer the class fee to another class. This class transfer must be redeemed within 6 months of your original class registration. If the class you transfer your fee to is greater than your original registration fee, you will need to pay the difference. If the class you wish to transfer the fee to is less that your original fee you will not be reimbursed the difference. In order to transfer the registration fee you must email dstowell@utk.edu within 24 hours of the starting class time.

Cancellations received (by email or phone) 7 days prior to the camp session will receive a full refund of their registration. Refunds within 7 days of the camp session are not possible due to financial commitments to the camp.