These privately owned and operated gardens lie on 47 acres right outside of downtown Knoxville. There is no fee to enjoy the gardens. They have different gardens and walking trails.
You park in a big gravel parking lot across the road from the visitors center. The visitors center was closed today. When we started our walk, we were followed by the resident cat, Sage. There is another cat named Roy, but we never did see him.
After walking around in front of the visitors center, we headed around to the left and walked around the stone terrace. This was mostly greenery. We then walked down an alley behind the visitors center (and there is a residence too) where there was more greenery and a few flowers. We then walked back around the house and over to the left enjoyed the flowers in what they call Row Garden. We then walked through to Martha H Ashe Garden. On this side of the road, our last visit was to the stone greenhouse.
We then crossed the road and walked across the gravel parking area and started down that path. When we came to the fork, we headed to the right. We came to an old building / area that was the former site of C B Howell Nursery.
After enjoying this area, we then then backtracked and when we arrived back where we went originally to the right, we continued straight ahead. We first came upon the Bamboo Forest. This was pretty cool. Nothing but bamboos. They had a trail cut through the forest. It’s not a huge forest, but was pretty cool. And let me tell you, it smelled really good in the forest. We then took a couple of rights and went by the Viburnum Cottage. We then took a couple more right hand turns and finished this area on the Dogwood Nature Trail. We then backtracked back through the Bamboo Forest, and back to the car.
Here are a few photos from today. As usual, I’m not a flower expert, so not all photos will have descriptions.
Address for GPS: 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN