If you decide to use bamboo, the best place I have found for ordering is Frank’s Cane and Rush Supply in Huntington Beach, California 
Photo Credits:
1.  Bombus ternarius, Tri-colored Bumble Bee.  Photo courtesy of  John Ascher
2.   Peponapis pruinosa, Squash Bee.  Photo courtesy of Katharina Ullmann.
3.  Hapropoda laboriosa, Southeastern Blueberry Bee. Photo courtesy of Hannah Burrack.
4.  Bombus vagans, Half-black Bumble Bee.  Photo courtesy of  John Ascher.
5.  Agapostemon splendens, Shining Agapostemon Sweat Bee. Photo courtesy of  John Ascher.
6.  Osmia lignaria, Blue Orchard Bee.  Photo courtesy of Stephen Bambara.


Garden Tip #1

Prepare your planting beds now so they are ready when you want to plant. The addition of well-rotted manure, processed manure, peat moss or compost are good additives for building compost humus in the soil. It's recommended to wait to plant annuals until after April 15th, our average last frost-free date.

Garden Tip #2

After April 15th, plant warm season veggies like tomatoes, peppers, and corn.  Planting of the “high sugar” or sugar sweet corn varieties should be delayed until May 1st  because the seeds do not germinate in cold garden soils.

Garden Tip #3

Stake now any perennials that may later fall over from the weight of their late spring or summer blooms. By staking now, it will allow plenty of time for new growth to hide these support structures that would otherwise take away from the plants’ beauty.  


ATennessee Smart Yardis beautiful, earth-friendly and saves money. Learn how to create one at the Home Landscape Workshop!

Where: City of Germantown
Economic & Community Development
1920 S. Germantown Road

Cost is $10 per person.

Advance registration is required.

Space is limited to 25 participants.
Lunch will be provided by the Town of Collierville & City of Germantown

To register or for more information, call (901) 752-1207.
Rain Barrel Sale!
Saturday, June 4th
9 am - 1 pm

Where: UT Gardens
(off of Neyland Dr)
2518 Jacob Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37996

Purchasing: We recommend pre-ordering

A limited supply will be available for sale on the day of distribution.

The Ivy rain barrel:
50 gallon capacity
100% made in the USA
Made of recycled plastic
Two large overflow ports
Child-resistant lid

Pre-order here:
June 11th

Near Ijams Nature Center

With the help of biologists, explore the aquatic life in Toll Creek and participate in cool activities to learn about what we can all do to help protect our creeks!

Limited to 40 participants ages 7 and up. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult during the event.

Waders will be provided but please bring old shoes you don’t mind getting wet and muddy that can go over

For more information and/or to reserve a spot, contact Kellie at the UT-TN Water Resources Research Center at or 865-974-2151.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday June 1st, 2016 or until slots are filled. First time participants will receive slot preference.

Cost: $40 per barrel
Advanced registration is required. Space is limited. Payment is due the day of the workshop (cash or check only)

To register for any of the workshops contact:
Kellie at the UT Water Resources Research Center
Phone: (865) 974-2151

When you register, please provide the following:
1. Workshop you want to attend  2. Number of barrels you want to make  3. Number of people in your party  4. Your e-mail address; if you don’t have an email address, please leave a phone number. We will only use this information for workshop reminders.

The rain barrel workshop series is brought to you by the Water Quality Forum, a coalition of partners working together to keep our waters clean. For more information on the Water Quality Forum, please visit or find us on Facebook at Water Quality Forum (

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