Outdoors

UT Announces January Plant

Submitted By: Richard Gibson Assistant Horticulturist with the UT Gardens, Jackson This time of year many of us seem to get a little “down in the dumps.” The temperatures are cold, the skies are gloomy and the garden is taking a rest. We have a tendency to stay cooped up[Read More…]

Jan 15, 2018 Outdoors
The Majestic Beech Tree

The Majestic Beech Tree

By: TN Forester Steve Roark The American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) is very common in our area and is to me one of the nobler trees in the forest. It has never been in high demand for timber, and so many beech trees have been left to grow large and majestic.[Read More…]

Jan 15, 2018 Outdoors

The Shape of Snow

By: TN Forester Steve Roark Snow is a weather event that is either loved or loathed, with not much middle ground. There is no denying however that a gently falling snow is a beautiful, serene sight. As with most things in nature, snow is a more complex phenomenon than it[Read More…]

Dec 25, 2017 Outdoors
Rudolph the Red Nosed Rein…Dear?

Rudolph the Red Nosed Rein…Dear?

By: TN Forester Steve Roark By now you have no doubt heard the obligatory Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer song ten times on the radio or department store sound systems. The assumption is that because Rudolf is depicted with antlers that he’s a he, and that may be correct. But[Read More…]

Dec 25, 2017 Outdoors

UT Vegetable Calendar Available

Home gardeners and growers across the state should enjoy a new resource in 2018 available free from University of Tennessee Extension. The Tennessee Home Garden Vegetable Calendar has been developed by the UT Extension Fruit and Vegetable Workgroup to help users create a comprehensive plan for home vegetable gardens. Natalie[Read More…]

Dec 18, 2017 Outdoors
Holiday Crafts From The Forest

Holiday Crafts From The Forest

BY: TN FORESTER STEVE ROARK Many celebrate the Christmas season by decorating our homes. Local woodlands contain many trees, shrubs and plants that can be used to create decorations that look and smell “back to nature”. With all the pressures of shopping and socializing that comes with the season, it’s[Read More…]

Dec 18, 2017 Outdoors
UT Gardens Announces Plant of the Month

UT Gardens Announces Plant of the Month

BY: DR. ANDY PULTE, UT DEPARTMENT OF PLANT SCIENCES GUEST SUBMISSION When I first learned about little bluestem I remember thinking about how interesting the scientific name was and how hard it was to pronounce: Schizachyrium (skits-ah-KEER-ee-um) scoparium (skoh-PAIR-ee-um). The genus name Schizachyrium comes from the Latin schizein meaning to[Read More…]

Dec 11, 2017 Outdoors

Christmas Trees: Real or Plastic?

BY: TN FORESTER STEVE ROARK Being “green” is in vogue these days, so as the holidays approach you may be pondering over which is better for the environment, a real tree or an artificial one. It’s a personal choice, but here are some facts to consider. Artificial trees have these[Read More…]

Dec 11, 2017 Outdoors
How Do Birds Survive in the Winter?

How Do Birds Survive in the Winter?

Many birds remain in our area during the winter. Songbirds (also called passerines) have a normal body temperature of 107 degrees Fahrenheit, and appear to go about their business on cold days in comfort. They have a number of adaptations to keep them warm. A thick covering of body feathers[Read More…]

Dec 7, 2017 Outdoors

Speedo Championship Coming to Knoxville

Tennessee Aquatics (TNAQ) is proud to play host to the USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships, a competition featuring the top 18 & under athletes in the country at the University of Tennessee’s, Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. TNAQ is a local competitive swimming team that is a member of[Read More…]

Dec 7, 2017 Outdoors