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UT Gardens Gala

Spring is here, and everyone is enjoying the sunshine, warm temperatures, and beautiful flowers. Though we cannot come together in person, please join honorary hosts Bill and Crissy Haslam and other supporters of the UT Gardens, Knoxville, for our 2021 Virtual Gardens Gala Friday, April 30, at 6 p.m. EDT

We will celebrate director emerita Sue Hamilton for her decades-long career with UT with our theme, "Grow Big Orange." Help us honor her legacy of cultivating UT students and implementing the vision that created and sustains the State Botanical Garden of Tennessee.

Event registration is free this year. Guests may support the UT Gardens, Knoxville, by making a donation in lieu of a ticket, purchasing items at our silent auction beginning April 21, or giving during the live program on April 30. All proceeds from the event benefit the UT Gardens, Knoxville, and directly support its mission of teaching, research, and outreach.

Registration is required through the event platform, Handbid. This platform will host the free livestreamed event on Friday, April 30, and will also facilitate bidding during the silent auction and other donations to the Gardens. Event registration requires a credit card, but no charge will be made until an auction bid is won or a donation is made. The silent auction and all bidding will close one hour after the live program concludes.


Find a relaxing location, enjoy your favorite food and beverage, and join us. We look forward to seeing you there.


• Happy Half-hour begins at 5:30 p.m. (EDT), Friday, April 30. An opportunity to mix and mingle with other virtual guests before the program.

• Livestream event starts at 6:00 p.m. (EDT), Friday, April 30.

• Silent Auction opens April 21 and runs until one hour after the livestream event on April 30.


*Note: A credit card is required for registration, but no charge will be made unless a donation is made or an auction bid is won. Auction items may also be purchased with alternative forms of payment. You will be contacted at the conclusion of the silent auction if your bid wins. At that time, you can indicate your preferred method of payment.

Friday, April 30 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Sales & Fundraisers


General Public


Plant Sciences, UT Gardens, Knoxville, UTIA Office of Institutional Advancement


Contact Name

Holly S Jones

Contact Email

Contact Phone

(865) 974-9266

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