The lush landscape of Tennessee means gardens galore. The Tennessee River Gardens and Nature Preserve in Chattanooga is a spectacular, gated wildflower garden and wildlife preserve in the heart of the Tennessee River Gorge. Sunshine Hollow Gardens in Athens includes 160 acres of forest, trails winding through terraced flowerbeds and thousands of varieties of flowers. A butterfly pavilion, wildflower, plant and wildlife habitat add to the enjoyment.
Research is the purpose of the riverfront Trial Gardens at the University of Tennessee, but beauty is an added bonus in the 10 acres. Ivan Racheff House and Gardens in Knoxville is a former ironworks dump that has been transformed into an urban oasis. Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum boasts beautiful mountain views and whimsical gardens with stone buildings, greenhouses and windings paths. Lake City's Savage Gardens is a unique sanctuary for sensitive plants. Crescent Bend's terraced three-acre garden features stunning views of the river winding through downtown Knoxville.
Heritage Gardens in Greeneville offers a shopping experience like no other, with hundreds of bearded irises, old-fashioned perennials, roses, herbs and more. Rosewood Gardens in Sevierville is an English Style botanical garden set in 17 acres of rural countryside. An arboretum encompasses the entire campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.
In Memphis, Dixon Gallery and Gardens shows off its forest and landscape garden settings along with 60 species of trees. Litcherman Nature Center is a lush urban garden with excellent educational programs. Watch the master gardeners of Oaklawn Gardens in nearby Germantown as they care for azaleas and dogwoods and answer your questions.
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville sets the standard with 55 acres of beauty, named in the top five gardens by Southern Living magazine. For a dose of history with your horticulture, visit the Hermitage Garden, designed by English gardener William Frost for the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson.
For a list of gardens and arboreta throughout Tennessee, visit:
PortlandOct 3 to Oct 4 2014
9th Annual Days Gone By Tractor Show and Threshing
ErwinOct 3 to Oct 4 2014
Food, crafts and entertainment
Rock IslandOct 4 2014
Annual 5 mile run through Rock Island State Park consisting of part road and part trail run
GallatinOct 4 2014
Actors in period clothing tell the story of Sumner County's most colorful characters who are buried in the cemetery.