2017 Featured Gardens

Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 12:00-5:00pm


comfortable or hiking shoes recommended


Dogwood Arts is honored that the owners of these private gardens are opening their magnificent gardens to share with the public for this one weekend in April. Each one is unique in design and offers a variety of plant materials and special features. We hope you enjoy a private tour of these gardens as we celebrate another blooming spring and the region’s natural and cultural beauty. This event is free though a $5 donation on-site is suggested. 



[1] Dr. Alan Solomon

2705 Riverside Drive, Knoxville 37914
Included in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Gardens, GATOP [God’s Answer To Our Prayers] features many hundreds of botanical specimens such as conifers and hollies, extensive displays of wildflowers, perennials, and groundcovers, as well as numerous water features and large marble outcroppings.  Complimenting this unusual garden are stainless-steel, iron, bronze, and stone sculptures.



[2] Baxter Gardens

3901 Sam Cooper Road, Knoxville 37918
Baxter Gardens sits atop Black Oak Ridge in Fountain City, with initial plantings installed 25 years ago, in 1992. Since that time, over 20 acres of gardens have been designed, landscaped and planted on the ridge top. There are multiple gardens with various themes and plantings, but the Dogwood Ramble and the Azalea Garden are the stars in April. There are over 300 Dogwood trees throughout the property, with 30+ varieties featured in the Dogwood Ramble. These include Cornus Florida and Cornus Kousa trees, shrubs, hybrids, dwarfs, and weeping specimens, arranged along a creek which pools at a Gazebo down the walking path. The Azalea Garden is just beyond the Gazebo and is comprised of over 300 Azalea, Rhododendron, Camelia, and Mountain Laurel specimens. Multiple colors and varieties of Azalea are represented, including evergreen, deciduous, American and Korean. The plantings are arranged along a stone path and steps, with benches and fountains through the garden.





[3] Savage Garden

3237 Garden Drive, Knoxville TN 37918

One hundred years ago this year, Arthur Savage began his garden in Fountain City. Inspired by a visit to his native England, he began building stone walls, ponds, arbors, and multiple follies. Savage became known as “the father of rock gardening in Knoxville.” The garden is quirky and eclectic, combining multiple themes. Although the main arbors and pagoda reflect a Japanese influence, the latter is topped with a “Dutch Girl” weather vane and there are two “Irish” water towers. After many years of extensive restoration, including rebuilding stone walls and borders, constructing faithful copies of the original arbors and gates, and planting thousands of trees, shrubs, and perennials, Savage Garden is once again the kind of magical place envisioned by Arthur Savage. The springtime features hydrangeas, wildflowers, and bulbs, as well as several state and county champion trees. Savage Garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.