Events At Our Center

In addition to Field Days at other Centers, a variety of events take place throughout the year at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. Below is a schedule of bigger events, and we invite you to participate! Links to more details are included as additional information becomes available.
Photo by Tyson Raper

2023 Cotton Tour

Wednesday, September 13

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Learn the latest and greatest about variety selection, fertility, irrigation, pest control, and more!

UT Gardens, Jackson, is hosting their annual Fall in the Gardens plant sale and lecture series on October 5th and 6th at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. On Thursday, the event will feature guided garden tours, informational talks, food trucks, local vendors, wagon tours of the research center and the beginning of the highly anticipated fall plant sale featuring hundreds of varieties of locally grown plants as well as pumpkins and pansies.

Guest lecturers include Troy Marden and Ed Lyon who will be sharing gardening and horticulture tips with attendees.

Food trucks will be onsite on the 5th. Local Master Gardener volunteers will also be present during the sale to help attendees with all their plant questions. The event will last from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 5th and from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m on Friday, October 6th. Lectures and tours will take place on Thursday only.


Thursday, October 5th

9:00 a.m. – Walking tour of UT Gardens, Jackson

10:30 a.m. – Guest lecture by Troy Marden (TOPIC: Troy’s Garden Truths & Garden Tales)

12:00 p.m. – Guest lecture by Ed Lyon (TOPIC: Innovative Inspirations From American Gardens)

2:00 p.m. – Fall plant sale begins

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Wagon tours of research center (beginning every half hour)

4:00 p.m. – Walking tour of UT Gardens, Jackson

6:00 p.m. – Fall plant sale ends for Thursday

6:30 p.m. – Madison County Master Gardener meeting

7:00 p.m. – Guest lecture by Ed Lyon (TOPIC: It’s About Culture: Plants Don’t Die; We Kill Plants)

Friday, October 6th

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Fall plant sale continues

2023 Fall in the Gardens

• Thursday, October 5th, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Lectures, Tours, and Plant Sale)

• Friday, October 6th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Plant Sale Only)

Free Admission and open to the public.

A list of Plants For Sale will be posted shortly before the event.

Don’t miss Thursday’s presenters!

Troy Marden is a widely-known expert in gardening and landscape design based out of Nashville and co-host of Nashville Public Television’s Volunteer Gardener.

Ed Lyon is the director of Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University and is a renowned author and educator on all things horticulture.