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Spring Featured Gardens
Spring Featured Gardens

Sat, Apr 17


Knoxville, TN

Spring Featured Gardens

Select private properties with distinguished and remarkable gardens open their grounds to the public for one weekend only.

Time & Location

Apr 17, 2021, 10:00 AM EDT – Apr 18, 2021, 5:00 PM EDT

Knoxville, TN, Knoxville, TN, USA

About the event

Celebrate another blooming spring with Dogwood Arts at our 2021 Featured Gardens event! We are honored that these Knoxville residents have opened their properties to the public as a part of our annual celebration of East Tennessee's natural beauty.

Each garden is unique in design and offers a variety of plant material and special features. This event is free though a $5 donation per garden is suggested (donations can be made on-site). Donations allow us to maintain and expand the Dogwood Trails & Gardens Program. Tours are self-guided; although Dogwood Arts staff and volunteers will be on-site for questions. There is limited parking at each garden, and guests will be admitted on a first come first served basis.

Saturday, April 17th: 10AM-5PM

Sunday, April 18th: 12PM-5PM


ANDERSON ESTATE (Fred & Sandra Anderson)

2723 Smallwood Drive

Knoxville, TN 37920

Set on a hilltop overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains, Anderson Estate is a plant collectors garden. This young, but ever expanding garden, features an extensive hosta collection with over 500 varieties and also includes a wide assortment of azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, conifers and a native plant display garden.  The kitchen garden with 11 raised vegetable beds, fruit trees and berries is home to an apiary. The property also includes a cemetery from the 1800’s, an Enchanted Forest, and a professionally landscaped frog haven with a bubbling brook and waterfall.



DR. Alan Solomon

2541Riverside Drive

Knoxville, TN 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 ground covers, as well as numerous water features and large marble outcroppings. Complimenting this unusual garden are stainless-steel, iron, bronze, and stone sculptures. The marble loaded wagon pulled by two mules is manned by bearded twin brothers, Homer (1) and Homer (2) and adjacent to the wagon repair and blacksmith shop. The site features one of Knoxville’s oldest marble quarries.

Please note that several of the gardens require extensive walking; comfortable or hiking shoes recommended. Although this event is outdoors, masks will be REQUIRED at all times per the property owner’s request. The gardens are privately owned and guests who cannot comply with this request will be asked to leave.

Dogwood Arts is committed to the health and wellness of our community. In an effort to keep our staff, attendees, and volunteers safe, we have implemented new guidelines for all upcoming events and programs.

  • Do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Masks are required for all patrons over the age of 6 and must remain on throughout the duration of your time at the event (including outdoor events). If you are unable to comply with this request, you will be asked to leave. Dogwood Arts staff and volunteers will always have masks on.
  • Hand washing/sanitizing stations will be available
  • Attendees must maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from others not in their party

Please follow CDC/Health Department recommendations as you decide whether to participate in events. As the situation evolves, so will our approach to keeping you safe. We thank you for your patience and flexibility as we manage this and ask that you check back here for updates

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