UT Gardens adds art to landscapes

What do bicycles, bedsprings, bottles and bald cypress have in common? According to Jason Reeves, curator of the UT Gardens Jackson, they all make exciting additions to your landscape!

On Monday, October 26, 2015 Reeves will share stories of his artful garden concoctions and favorite landscape additions. Whether he’s including used appliances or under-used plants…Jason’s designs never look like anyone else’s. He’ll give two talks in Room 125 of the Ellington Plant Sciences Building on the UT Ag Campus (for directions http://www.utk.edu/maps/) beginning at 6:30 p.m. Detailed descriptions of Jason’s talks are as follows:

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure
Jason is known for his use of what many would consider “trash” at the UT Gardens Jackson. Working with limited funds, he has found inventive ways to bring whimsy into the Gardens which draw thousands of visitors annually. When used in the right context, old satellite dishes, bicycles, cook stoves and bedsprings can make an unusual but surprisingly tasteful addition to any garden. In 2014 and 2015 Jason included more than 6000 recycled glass bottles in the landscape. Come see how Jason uses “trash” to create gardens filled with imaginative art that sets off the show stopping plant collections in the UT Gardens.

Great Garden Plants – Jason will focus on dependable new and older underutilized great plant performers. Covering annuals, perennial, tropicals, trees and shrubs that will perform in your garden for years to come. Plants like Clematis ‘Roogucchi’, ‘Iron Butterfly’ iron weed, Jasmine ‘Fiona Sunrise’, Phlox ‘Minnie Pearl’, ‘Summer Chocolate’ mimosa tree, ‘Sun King’ Aralia, ‘Don Egolf’ Chinese redbud, Hydrangea paniculata ‘Baby Lace’ and ‘Peve Minaret’ bald cypress.

After growing up on a farm in West Tennessee, Jason Reeves received his master’s degree in ornamental horticulture and landscape design from the University of Tennessee.  In 2002, Jason became the research horticulturist and curator of the UT Gardens Jackson. Photo submitted.