2018 Featured Gardens

Dogwood Arts is honored that the owners of these private gardens are opening their magnificent gardens to share with the public for this event. Each one is unique in design and offers a variety of plant material and special features. We hope you enjoy visiting these gardens as we celebrate another blooming spring and the region’s natural beauty.

This event is free though a $5 donation on-site is suggested. 

Winter Featured Garden

March 17 10AM-5PM / March 18 12PM-5PM

Savage Garden

3237 Garden Drive, Knoxville TN 37918

Celebrating it’s 101 year anniversary, Savage Garden was inspired by Arthur Savage’s visit to his native England. He then 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. Winter reveals the extensive bones, or structures, of Savage Garden and features thousands of snowdrops, daffodils, wood hyacinths, and other flowering bulbs. Savage Garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Spring Featured Gardens

April 14 10AM-5PM / April 15 12PM-5PM

[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. The site features one of Knoxville’s oldest marble quarries.


[2] Hays Garden

2925 Keller Bend Road, Knoxville 37922

Set on the banks of Fort Loudon Lake, work on the Hays Gardens started in 1992. From the broad expanse of waterfront to the towering marble formations, the gardens are a study in contrasts. The gardens began  with construction of a pond and waterfall within the old marble quarry located on the property.  More woods were cleared in 2013 to start additional woodland gardens and another waterfall cascading over massive marble formations.  A fenced cottage garden features perennials, roses, shrubs and annuals.  Around Mother’s Day the fragrance of old fashioned and hybrid teas fill the Rose Garden created in 1996.  A Moon Garden faces the west and allows the white flowers to catch the light of the moon over the lake.


[3] Eddie Mannis

3838 Kingston Pike 

These elegant gardens are inspired by the original Gustav Stickley designed Arts and Crafts home – circa 1925.They echo the same casual formality that was found in most Stickley designed homes.  The large Veranda introduces breath-taking vistas set against a backdrop of Red and White Oak trees that are over a century old.  At the bottom of the terraced gardens is an Arts and Crafts fireplace similar to the original Stickley design that is found inside the home.  There is also a hidden grassy alcove surrounded with blossoming hydrangeas and rare Danae racemosa.   The  path that circles the entire garden meanders by the original stone pond and stacked stone bench.  The abundant color transforms these gardens into an every changing panorama of splendor.


Comfortable or hiking shoes recommended