2017 Featured Gardens

2017 Featured Garden | RAIN DATES

Thanks to Knoxville’s April showers, we will reopen two of our featured gardens this June. On June 3 and 4, we will open GATOP garden, a beautiful 10 acre garden in East Knoxville off Riverside Dr. This is an amazing property which is archived with the Smithsonian Institute and features an extensive sculpture collection. Fountain City’s Savage Gardens will be open the next weekend, June 10 and 11.

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] 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.