Garden Information

Featured Gardens

The Dogwood Arts Spring Featured Gardens will take place Saturday, April 18th (10AM-5PM) & Sunday, April 19th (12PM-5PM). Join us to experience these magnificent gardens as we celebrate another blooming spring in East Tennessee.

Please check back for more information about garden locations, etc. 

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. Tours are self-guided; although Dogwood Arts staff & volunteers will be on-site for questions.

This event is free though a $5 donation is suggested. Donations allow us to maintain and expand the Dogwood Trails & Gardens Program. Please note that several of the gardens require extensive walking; comfortable or hiking shoes recommended. For accessibility questions, please call (865) 637-4561.


Open Gardens & Camera Sites

Specially selected by the Open Gardens Committee, these exceptional gardens are works of art to be shown off during the peak blooming season in April. Take a stroll through an open garden, historic site or area garden. But please, no strolls, only pictures of the camera sites, which have been designated by an asterisk. Enjoy the season and the color it brings! Open daylight hours during the month of April only.

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Farragut Trail
  • Michael & Mary Bates
    • Open Garden
    • 513 Altamira Drive, 37934
    • A spring woodland garden which originated 25-years ago with plants acquired from the owners’ mother and grandmother. Pink and white dogwoods mingle with azaleas, spring bulbs, and perennials.
  • John & Pam Garrity
    • Open Garden
    • 532 Altamira Drive, 37934
    • The gardens include a wide variety of perennials, dogwoods and unique garden
      features.
  • Founders Park at Campbell Station
    • Open Garden
    • 405 N Campbell Station Road, 37934
    • Hours: Daylight
    • A beautiful 17 acre park offering extensive walking trails.
  • Farragut Town Hall – Farragut Memorial Plaza
    • Open Garden
    • 11408 Municipal Center Drive, 37934
    • Hours: Daylight
    • A Civil War Trails Historical Marker commemorates the Battle of Campbell Station
      fought in 1863. The Farragut Memorial Plaza features a life sized bronze statue of
      Admiral Farragut and Civil War era cannons on loan from the U.S. Naval Yard honor
      his life.
  • Michael & Mary Bates
    • Open Rose Garden
    • 513 Altamira Drive, 37934
    • World travel created a lifelong love of roses for these property owners. Their garden is home to over 300 roses including hybrid teas, floribundas, climbers, David Austin English Roses and easy care shrub roses.
  • Kathy Brennan
    • Open Rose Garden
    • 706 Landing Lane, 37934
    • Benrose Garden is a secret rose garden with companion plants; enter a backyard
      oasis thru the arch covered with ‘Iceburg’ roses and clematis.
Westmoreland
  • Mike & Dena Morton 
    • Camera Site 
    • 6416 Sherwood Drive, 37919
    • European inspired garden filled with boxwoods, hydrangeas, climbing roses and espalier fruit trees which reinforce the beautiful french country architecture.
Deane Hill
  • J.D. ‘Bud & Carolyn’ Mynatt
    • Open Garden 
    • 7133 Wellington Drive, 37919
  • John & Sandra Butler
    • Camera Site
    • 7109 Delbourne Drive, 37919
Sequoyah Hills
  • Drs. Bryce & Lisa Bowling
    • Camera Site
    • 3519 Taliluna Avenue, 37919
  • Bob & Lori Golden Stryer
    • Camera Site
    • 2345 Cherokee Boulevard, 37919
    • Koi pond with waterfalls.
  • Mr. & Mrs. James Taulbee
    • Open Garden
    • 2141 Cherokee Boulevard, 37919
  • Talahi Fountain
    • Open Garden & Camera Site
    • 1034 Cherokee Boulevard, 37919
    • Hours: Daylight
Lakemoor Hills
  • Fred & Fran Thomforde
    • Camera Site
    • 3616 Circle Lake Lane, 37920
  • Lakemoor Legacy Park and Gardens
    • Open Garden
    • Located at the end of Circle Lake Lane, this little gem in the heart of the neighborhood
      provides a quiet sanctuary for people to enjoy native plants, observe diverse wildlife
      and explore rain gardens.
  • Dr. Richard Gillespie
    • Open Garden
    • 2117 Manor Drive, 37920
    • Lovely peony garden.
  • Bill Stoess & Mary Cartwight 
    • Open Garden  
    • 4000 Maloney Road, 37920
    • Beautiful riverside property with over 47 varieties of flowering trees and shrubs,
      perennials and evergreens. ‘Honeysuckle Hideout’ is a special place for kids to
      experience nature and indulge in play.
  • Dick & Ann Graf
    • Open Garden
    • 3505 Bluff Point, 37920
    • Stunning river and city views from atop this lovely garden setting.
  • David & Sharon Gerkin
    • Open Garden 
    • 2300 Lakemoor Drive, 37920
Island Home
  • Monte & Ann Whitney Stanley
    • Open Garden
    • 3029 Davenport Road, 37920
    • Driveway north of Stanley’s Greenhouse
    • Spring blooming shrubs, trees and flowers. Nature trail surrounds large pond.
  • Tim & Candace Archer
    • Camera Site
    • 2221 Island Home Boulevard, 37920
  • Rocky & Lisa Stanley
    • Camera Site 
    • 2100 Spence Place, 37920
  • Craig & Sue Wrisberg
    • Camera Site
    • 2125 Spence Lane, 37920
Chapman Highway
  • Rick Hill
    • Open Garden
    • 6014 Kaywood Drive, 37920
    • (Lake Forest)
  • Berry Funeral Home 
    • Camera Site
    • 3704 Chapman Highway, 37920
Morningside
  • Mabry Hazen House 
    • 1711 Dandridge Avenue, 37915
    • Overlooking downtown and the Smoky Mountains, this historic site preserves an 1858
      Italianate house and one of the largest original family collections in the United States.
      Mabry’s Hill features over 34 viewable dogwoods and a restoration project is underway
      to recover an additional grove of dogwoods. As a level 1 arboretum, the site conserves
      32 species of trees including 90-year-old southern magnolias, ancient oaks and
      maples, and Carolina silverbells.
  • Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum 
    • Open Garden
    • 2743 Wimpole Avenue, 37914
    • Hours: Daylight
    • Over 2 miles of historic stone walls line the 47 acre property; impressive plant
      specimens of many varieties; 1.2 mile walking loop; community and children’s
      vegetable gardens. Dogwood Nature Trail features over 60 varieties of dogwoods.
Holston Hills
  • Dr. Jimmy Milan 
    • Open garden
    • 5205 Green Valley Drive, 37914
    • Beautiful English style garden inspired by travels to Great Britain and Ireland. Formal
      boxwood hedges, stone walkways, and an inviting outdoor room offers relaxation by
      the fireplace.
  • Pat & Therese Hurley 
    • Camera Site 
    • 5405 Crestwood Drive, 37914
  • John & Jan Simonsen
    • Camera Site 
    • 5408 Crestwood Drive, 37914
  • Holston Hills Community Park
    • Open Garden
    • Chilhowee Drive
    • Hillside neighborhood park overlooking the pristine golf course features over 35
      dogwood trees, large garden beds, stone benches and a fountain.
North Hills
  • Lloyd Ronnie King 
    • Open garden
    • 1629 North Hills Boulevard, 37917
    • Gardens feature over 229 mature dogwoods, azaleas, hydrangeas, Japanese Maples
      and boxwoods along with wildflowers, perennials and tulips.
  • Michael Peters & Stuart Mitchell 
    • Camera Site 
    • 2969 Kenilworth Lane, 37917
  • Roy & Sally Wilcox 
    • Camera Site 
    • 3008 Fountain Park Boulevard, 37917
    • Property features a large grouping of dogwoods and abundant azaleas.
  • Robert Claytor
    • Camera Site 
    • 3033 Fountain Park Boulevard, 37917
  • Stephanie & Art Clancy, III
    • Camera Site
    • 1816 North Hills Boulevard, 37917
  • Steve & Eleanor Kilpatrick
    • Camera Site
    • 1927 N Hills Boulevard, 37917
  • Tom & Paula Welborn
    • Camera Site
    • 2422 Kantebury Drive, 37917
    • Property is a certified wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation featuring
      mature hardwoods and an emphasis on native plants.

 

Fountain City

West

  • Doug & Oda Wyatt 
    • Camera Site
    • 5901 Parkdale Road, 37912
    • (Fountain City-Panorama)
  • Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel & Crematory 
    • Open garden & Camera Site 
    • 5301 Fountain Road, 37918
    • Hours: Daylight
    • 3 acres of dogwoods, floral gardens, park setting, benches and rocking chairs for
      relaxation overlooking Fountain City Lake.
  • Fountain City Elementary School 
    • Camera Site
    • 2910 Montbelle Drive, 37918
    • Dogwoods, redbuds and kwanzan cherry trees, along with spring blooming bulbs
      surround the school.

East

  • Bill & Ginger Baxter
    • Open Garden
    • 3901 Sam Cooper Road, 37918
    • Twenty acres of beautiful gardens features an Azalea Garden filled with rhododendrons, camellias, and mountain laurel. The Dogwood Ramble blooms with over 300 dogwood trees of 30+ varieties.
  • Todd & Betty Wiesenberg
    • Camera Site
    • 5101 Angeles Drive, 37918

Open Rose Gardens

Selected by the Open Gardens Committee, these exceptional rose gardens are works of art shown during their peak blooming season. Stroll through the open rose gardens presented by members of the Tennessee Rose Society. The gardens are Open Mother’s Day weekend and the following weekend- May 8th, 9th, 10th, and 15th, 16th, 17th from 10:00AM-5:00 PM.

Please feel free to walk through the gardens to take a closer look at the roses. Most of the gardens are level and easy to walk.
Below are the addresses of the Open Rose Gardens along with statements from each rosarian about their garden and tips they have learned while growing roses.


Michael and Mary Bates
513 Altamira Drive,
Farragut, 37934

World travel created a lifelong love of roses for these property owners. Their garden is home to over 300 roses including hybrid teas, floribundas, climbers, David Austin English roses and easy-care shrub roses.

How old is your garden and how did you start?

“Our garden is now 25 years old and has grown slowly over the years. Many of the plants have naturalized into drifts which bloom at different times of the year. Our garden was established with many perennials and pass-along plants from my mother’s and grandmother’s gardens. The Dogwood Arts Open Gardens in North Knoxville have been a big influence in our gardening. When we started our garden, we added several pink dogwoods which mingle happily with the native white ones that were on site. We started with perennials that would come back each year and expanded our shaded area to include spring woodland plants, but we wanted more sun loving plants like roses.

Our travels to New Zealand started our continuing love affair with roses. In Christchurch New Zealand, it seemed that every home had a beautiful garden; and nearly all included roses. We were determined to add more roses to our garden.

Returning home with the mission to add more roses to our garden, we searched for beds that received a minimum of four hours of sun. Since our front and side yards receive the most sun, we decided to plant our roses there. We selected easy-care shrub roses that were soon followed by floribundas, hybrid teas, miniatures and OGRs (Old Garden Roses). We joined the American Rose Society and the Tennessee Rose Society, and they taught us how to grow roses. The advice and support on a local level was invaluable. By incorporating better garden care and practices, our garden was rewarded with an even better display of flowers. Roses are the power house players in our garden as they bloom from early spring to late fall.”

What is your secret to growing roses?

“One secret I learned during Tennessee Rose Society meetings on growing roses is planting the rose in a BIG HOLE. Older Tennessee Rose Society members recommended planting the rose in a 3 ft deep V shape hole with a bit of rock in the bottom so that is how all my roses are planted. When removing the soil from the hole, I placed the clay in a wheelbarrow and chopped the soil in small pieces, added an equal amount of soil conditioner and backfilled the deep hole. I have found this deep hole protects the rose during the cold winter months, and the rose uses the water that drains to the bottom in the summer months.
The key to the success of all plants is amending the soil before planting, continual mulching with organics and correct amount of water. Each plant must have its own proper environment in order to thrive which includes the proper amount of sunlight. Study how the sun crosses the garden and plant each plant in a favorable spot. Roses love sun so select a sunny spot.

Each year we winterize the roses with shredded pine bark heaped around the roses, and in February we add a very thick layer of aged horse manure. The beds often are slightly elevated as we continually add fine pine bark (Nature’s Helper Soil Conditioner) and horse manure (bagged) or from Star Stables.”

Mary Bates
ARS Consulting Rosarian
ARS Horticulture Judge

Kathy Brennan
706 Landing Lane,
Farragut, 37934
BRENROSE GARDEN

Brenrose is a small fragrant secret rose garden hidden from the street and entered only through an arching, white climbing rose. Once entered you will experience a peaceful superb photo opt along with the vision of freshly scented roses and their companions.

What organizations have helped you in growing roses?

“Since joining the American Rose Society in 1994, I have learned so much about the culture and different varieties of roses from the many sources offered their members. ARS has given me the opportunity to share this knowledge with my Community as an ARS Consulting Rosarian.  Last year I was honored to receive the ARS Master Rosarian Award for 10 years of service.

By joining the American Rose Society, I have met many rose friends all over the country.  Growing roses is a beautiful, satisfying path to a happy, healthy life.
By opening and sharing my garden in the Dogwood Open Rose Gardens, I am sharing my soul.”

You downsized from a large garden to a smaller more manageable garden. How did you accomplish this?

In 1992 my garden club visited a local rosarian’s garden of 300 plus rose bushes.  Her garden was the most beautiful and inspiring garden I had ever seen.  Right then and there I knew I wanted to grow roses.  The lady and I became good friends while she encouraged and mentored me in my rose gardening.

When my husband and I built our new home in 1994, I started planting rose bushes, along with companion plants, all around our home.  Soon my garden had grown to 300 rose bushes consisting of all rose varieties.

Four years ago I downsized my home and garden.  At first this move was very daunting; however, I survived and so did my garden.  At my new home, I have a small “secret rose garden” hidden from the street accented with a sprinkling of companion plants.

Having only 50 rose bushes, the garden is very manageable and so much fun.  A great start to the day, is looking out any window and seeing a beautiful rose blooming in my garden.  That rose becomes my favorite rose for the day.

Kathy Brennan
ARS Master Rosarian
Tenarky District CR Chairman