Jump-Starting Spring

The Kirklands

Did you know that your UTAA chapter can be a great resource for gardening?

Several chapters, including the Carroll County Chapter of UT Alumni, have produced gardening programs for their local alums. The chapter jumped right into the 2010 chapter year, as well as the planting season, with “Spring into Gardening” in February.

Jason Reeves (UTM ’96, UTK ’99), Carroll County native and research horticulturist at the UT West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson, spoke about the best plants for West Tennessee this spring and gave helpful tips to attendees about best practices for gardening. Reeves holds a master’s degree in ornamental horticulture and landscape design that he has put to use at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Conservatory and the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis.

“The crowd was truly impressed with Jason’s expertise, and the program was so helpful for spring planting,” Steve Baker, Carroll County chapter president said.

Several attendees went home with coveted door prizes that included a large arrangement of gorgeous spring flowers. If you are interested to see if your local chapter is offering any gardening or other learning programs—photography, wine-tastings, or other pursuits—visit the UTAA website for more information.

Pictured above, from left: Ron Kirkland, former UT Alumni president, TK, and Carol Kirkland, director of alumni programs.

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