Garden Research

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Natalie Ruth Bumgarner
Assistant Professor

Bobby J. Cook
Senior Field Worker
UT Gardens Horticulturist

Thomas V. (Tom) Dailey
Research Scientist I
Bobwhite conservation

Susan Lynne (Sue) Hamilton
Director and Associate Professor

Jeffrey Martin
Extension Assistant I
Student Market Garden Coordinator

Lori D. Osburn
Greenhouse Manager
Greenhouse Manager

Timothy G. (Tim) Prather
Extension Specialist I
Farm safety, AgrAbility, & precision ag

Thomas J. (Tom) Samples
Turfgrass science and management

Derrick Ryan Stowell
Extension Assistant I

Elizabeth Stinnett (Beth) Willis
Research Associate I
UT Gardens Trials Coordinator

Groups and Facilities

(4 mentions)

UT Gardens 
An outdoor lab to evaluate various plants, trees, and shrubs.


Fall Plant Sale & Garden Lectures, 10/4/2018

Brie Arthur Presentation at the Plateau Discovery Gardens, 9/8/2018

Fall Gardeners' Festival, 8/28/2018

Summer Celebration Lawn & Garden Show, 7/12/2018

UT Gardens Green Industry Field Day, 6/26/2018

Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale, 5/6/2017

Fall Plant Sale & Garden Lecture Series, 10/6/2016

Fall Gardeners' Festival, 8/30/2016

Wild Bird Eggstravaganza at the UT Gardens, 3/19/2016

Fall Plant Sale & Garden Lecture Series, 10/1/2015



Wetlands Boardwalk Installed at UT Gardens, 6/4/2018

2018 Spring Plant Sale List Now Available, 4/20/2018

AgResearch Faculty and Staff Presented with Awards at 2017 UTIA Luncheon, 11/8/2017

5 Things You Should Know about the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 8/9/2017

Faculty 360 | John Munafo, 7/12/2017

Office Story: Sue Hamiltonís Office Shows How Her Garden Grows, 10/26/2016

Five Things You Didn't Know about the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 5/24/2016

Summer 2016 Upcoming Events, 5/16/2016

New Ventures | Creative Agricultural Technologies, LLC, 2/25/2016

Faculty 360 | Meg Staton, 2/24/2016


(10 mentions)

Bottle Art at UT Gardens Jackson 
More than 6,000 bottles were used to create this stunning garden display!

(6 mentions)

Wall Gardening 
You obviously need dirt to grow something, but you can also use .... a wall.

(3 mentions)

Hosta Garden 
The UT Gardens in Knoxville now features a new section devoted to Hostas where you can see hundreds of varieties. Take a tour of the hosta garden and meet the lady who made it possible.

(2 mentions)

Kinder Garden 
An outdoor classroom with some very young students - getting their hands dirty, but also learning at the UT Gardens in Crossville, TN.

(2 mentions)

Governor's Garden 
Some Tennessee teachers have a new lesson plan this fall, and their curriculum came straight from the grounds of the Governor's home.

(2 mentions)

Soil Testing 
If youíre looking for a healthy garden or green grass, itís good to know the content of your soil. UT Extension offers inexpensive soil tests, and itís all done in a special lab in Nashville.

(1 mention)

Cotton Sub-Irrigation 
Watering plants to make them grow works in a small garden or lawn, but is not so easy when you're talking about large acres. However, UT AgResearchers have made gains in recent years.

(1 mention)

Tennessee AgrAbility 
Living with a disability can be challenging, but imagine the difficulty if youíre a farmer. Now thereís a program to help disabled producers with their equipment, farm management, and overall outlook.

(1 mention)

Home Tomato Production 
UT Extension shares tips that can enhance the quality of the tomatoes you grow in your garden.

(1 mention)

Obed Watershed 
For every flowing river in Tennessee, there are many streams that feed it. A group of volunteers on Tennesseeís Cumberland Plateau work to preserve water quality in these tributaries.


Recent Publications

Best Management Practices for Livestock Production and Operations in Karst Areas Harry Moore, and E. C. Drumm.  2018.  Extension web publication W 453-B. [Abstract]

Plant Diseases.  Windham, A. S.  2018.  TN Master Gardener Handbook, Ch. 14, 32 pp.

Chrysanthemum xhibridum MN 98-89-7 shrub garden chrysanthemum.  Anderson, N. O., P. D. Ascher, V. Fritz, C. Rohwer, S. Poppe, S. Yao, P. Johnson, L. Klossner, N. S. Eash, B. E. Liedl, and J. Reith-Rozelle.  2017.  HortScience, 52(2):306-309.

Introduction to the Tennessee Extension Master Gardener program. In: Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Handbook.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2017.  UT Extension publication PB 1845A.

Soil science and plant nutrition. In: Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Handbook.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2017.  UT Extension publication PB 1845E.

Soil management in residential gardens and landscapes. In: Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Handbook.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2017.  UT Extension publication PB 1845F.

Growing vegetables in the Tennessee home garden. In: Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Handbook.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2017.  UT Extension Publication- PB-1845- K.

The Tennessee vegetable garden: Harvest, handling and storage of vegetable produce.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2017.  UT Extension W-346I.

Tennessee Extension Master Gardener program (revision).  Bumgarner, N. R.  2017.  UT Extension SP637 (revision).

UT Gardens Plant of the Month - June - Foamy Bells Bumgarner, N. R.  2017.  UTIA News Releease.

Assessing the Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Program Using Both County Coordinator and Extension Volunteer Perspectives.  Bumgarner, N. R., and J. L. Donaldson.  2017.  J. Human Sciences and Extension, 5:3 143-152.

Become a citizen scientist with a backyard garden.  Bumgarner, N. R., and P. C. McDaniels.  2017.  UTIA News You Can Use.