Bees, birds, butterflies & bottles highlight Summer Celebration

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JACKSON, Tenn. — The UT Experiment Station was blooming with eager gardeners Thursday for this year’s Summer Celebration featuring bees, birds, butterflies and bottles. Many recycled pieces of art were on display for the thousands who came out to the gardens. “We’ve been doing this 26 years so you know we try to do something different every year to try and keep our crowd interested and coming back,” said UT communications specialist Ginger Rowsey. The Summer Celebration is a yearly tradition for many friends and families. “I just learn so much every year, and it’s just a great thing for the community,” said Dana Stein, a visitor at the gardens. “It’s really low cost, so it’s just fun every year to come with the girlfriend and spend the day here.” It is also a time to learn things like how to round out your summer garden. “We’ve come out to pick up a few extra plants,” visitor Bobby Johnson said. “They always have lots of nice plants, and we like to support the experiment station, and it’s just a great day.” Experts held seminars explaining how to adapt gardens for wildlife to thrive and bring in those good pollinators. “We wanted to have this talk to show people how to plant some habitat for these pollinators in their landscapes that still looks good and has a great aesthetic value,” Rowsey said. The money raised goes back to the UT Experiment Station to help fund continuing research. If you were not able to get out to the Summer Celebration, the gardens are open every day so you can come out and view the displays through the end of the year.

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