One of my favorite stops on our road trip this year was visiting the gardens at the University of Tennessee.
Earlier in our trip, I visited the gardens of the University of South Carolina, so I was looking forward to seeing more campus gardens.
Even though, I had heard great things about the gardens at UT, I was surprised at how much there was to see.
The kitchen gardens were the first area we came up to.
I wish I could grow clematis vines in Arizona. I tried once – it did grow, but wouldn’t flower. Definitely NOT a ‘fuss-free’ plant for a desert garden.
Did you know that garlic keeps bad bugs away from the lettuce? It’s true!
The flowers are so pretty, that I think I’ll let some of my chives go to flower this year.
Do you see the plastic tube in the middle? That is perforated all the way down, in order to get air to all layers of the compost pile, which helps with decomposition.
This was a great example of what I like to call ‘functional garden art’.
Viewing this garden, I was often surprised to find quite a few plants that I also grow, even though my garden was about 1,800 miles away from here.
Throughout the lawn areas were softly mounded planting beds, which I liked because they added height and interest to this large expanse of lawn.
I encourage you to take some time and visit the gardens at your local university. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you find there.
Our trip is nearing its end, but I am looking forward to visiting Kentucky.