COMMUNITY PARTNERS

BETTER NATURE

For Peeps Who Love the Birds and the Bees!

Better Nature (solutions) is a plant, soil and tree health care company providing property owners science-based, ground-to-crown approaches.  We help property owners retain and improve the economic and aesthetic value.  How?  Making sure your landscapes have proper care whether it is soil or trees.  We also offer gardening services.  Want to install a pollinator or vegetable garden but don't know where to begin - let Better Nature guide you.

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Oak diseases are becoming an acute (killing fast) as opposed to chronic (low-level infection) problem in East TN.  To save these majestic trees we need to catch the disease first and then treat it with a three or sometimes a four-pronged approach.  It's more than just a chemical injection.  Better Nature can help determine if your trees are sick, how sick, and how to save them!

 

KNOX HERITAGE / HISTORIC WESTWOOD

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Westwood is the historic home and studio of Knoxville artist Adelia Armstrong Lutz

3425 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN 37919

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Westwood is a rare example of Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque architectural styles. Rarer still, the home was designed with a beautiful and grand studio space in which Adelia Armstrong Lutz could pursue and display her art. Today, visitors can enjoy tours of the home led by trained volunteer docents. Experience Gilded Age architecture, a large collection of Adelia's art, works by other prominent female artists (including Cynthia Markert and Eugenia Dulin), a stunning collection of antique slag glass lamps from the Coates collection, and beautiful gardens.  Historic Westwood makes an extraordinary setting for private events.

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A brief introduction to Historic Westwood.

 

FIRST TEE OF GREATER KNOXVILLE

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Building Game Changers

We exist to enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills curriculum, we create learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids carry to everything they do.With the belief that all kids deserve the chance to grow in a supportive environment with mentors guiding them, we are dedicated to building programs that are accessible, welcoming, and as impactful as they are fun!

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SHOW SPECIAL: Contact Coach Mackensie at mjimison@thefirstteegreaterknoxville.org for $5 off your registration fees!

 

RANDOM ACTS OF FLOWERS

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Delivering smiles and encouragement one recycled bouquet at a time

Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and well-being of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement and personal moments of kindness.

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TN INVASIVE PLANT COUNCIL

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Protecting Tennessee’s native landscapes since 1993

The Tennessee Invasive Plant Council serves as an educational, advisory and technical support non-profit organization on all aspects of invasive plants.  We raise public awareness about the spread of invasive exotic plant in Tennessee through brochures, workshops, meetings and social media. TN-IPC provides information  on management and control of invasive plants as well as native plant alternatives.

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UT GARDENS

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Plants. People. Passion.

2518 Jacob Drive

Knoxville, TN 37996

 

The UT Gardens Knoxville, part of the State Botanic Garden of Tennessee, is a 10 acre garden conveniently located in the heart of Knoxville on the UT campus. Check out our website for information on visiting, children and adult educational programs and event rentals. Free admission and open to the public daily during daylight hours.

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Our annual spring plant sale will be held online this year! The sale will open to members on March 26 and will open to the public on March 29 with sales continuing through April 6. Curbside pickup by appointment April 9-10.

Make new friends and explore the Gardens this summer! We offer week long day camps for children age 4-12. Find out more and register at: tiny.utk.edu/gardencamp

 

WATER QUALITY FORUM

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Partnering to protect, restore, and enhance the waterways of East Tennessee

The Water Quality Forum is a coalition of diverse partners including municipalities, utilities, non-profit organizations and businesses working together to keep our waters in East Tennessee clean. We implement this through educational programming such as after school programs, (virtual) classroom visits, and events such as WaterfFest and Kids in the Creek. We serve all ages and backgrounds through different programming, volunteer opportunities, and outreach. The forum additionally works with our members to implement Adopt-A-Stream programming, invasive species removal, and planting native species. If you are interested in any of our programs, reach out to programs@waterqualityforum.org 

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The Water Quality Forum is planning to bring back an event called the Rainy Day Brush Off, a competition that features the work of local artists and students who create unique, artistic rain barrels.The barrels will be displayed in the greater Knoxville area at different local businesses. At each barrel there will be a QR code that will direct the participant to a story map that includes the location of all the barrels, artist information, sponsor information, and most importantly information on water quality and the value of using a rain barrel.