2019 Featured Gardens


June 1 st | 10AM – 5PM

June 2nd| 12PM – 5PM

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

Savage Garden

3237 Garden Drive, Knoxville, 37918

Savage Garden was inspired by Arthur Savage’s visit to his native England. Upon his return, he began building stone walls, ponds, arbors, and multiple follies. 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. Early Summer highlights hundreds of blooming hydrangeas, native azaleas, and countless perennials. Savage Garden is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.


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.


The Stair Gardens at Hilltop Farm

Shuttle Parking at 5819 Lyons View Pike 37919 | A Shuttle will transport guests from the parking area to the Stair Garden. There is no on-site parking. Please look for the black Dogwood Arts Tent in the parking lot where the shuttle will pick-up.

The property owner, Caesar Stair, will be offering guided tours of his property at the following times:

Saturday: 10:30AM, 12:30PM, 2:30PM
Sunday: 12:30PM, 2:00PM, 3:30PM

The Stair Gardens at Hilltop Farm were designed by noted Atlanta landscape designer Ryan Gainey (8-27-44 to 7-29-16) and Atlanta architect Marc Mosley to be integrated into the main house. The gardens and outbuildings not only reflect the 1916 house’s original Arts and Crafts style, but also add to its stature and nobility. Ryan’s garden rooms include an asymmetrical garden, pool garden, pergola inspired by the one at Hestercombe in Somerset, England designed by renowned landscape designer Gertrude Jekyll and architect Edwin Lutyens, and demilune garden patterned after Beatrix Farrand’s Dunbarton Oaks Garden in Washington,DC. (The ellipse was later re-designed by landscape architect Alden Hopkins, who also redesigned the garden at the Blount Mansion.).

These garden rooms mirror the simple elegance of the house and induce a sense of peace, tranquility and harmony. The beauty of the house and gardens is only surpassed by the sensational view of the Smoky Mountains and the Tennessee River.