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30th Annual Spring Garden Tour

 

 

Saturday, June 10th, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
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Sunday, June 11th, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
 
Cost: $15
Purchase tickets at any of the gardens.

 
 

We are certain you will be inspired by both private and public gardens presented on our 30th annual Spring Garden Tour. Each garden represents a work of art and love. We join our gardeners in welcoming you to celebrate the spring season with a leisurely stroll among perennials, herbs, and native wildflowers. The gardens offer ideas on how to use sculpture and artifacts, water features, and stonework.

 
 
 
 
Gardens on the tour:

 
 
 

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Garden Descriptions

 


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Jo Keeler
1018 Olde Mill Lane
Hixson, TN 37343

Truly a garden to please every pallet. It might be the secret garden behind the whimsical garden gate, an intriguing “bug” wall, or the soothing effects of sun-dappled flowering shrubs under a soft tree canopy that lures the visitor…or perhaps the unusual garden gazebo set for a garden party. This is surely a garden that only time, toil and a deep love of gardening could produce.
 
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Sally Wencel/John Turgeson
1909 Windy Oaks Lane
Hixson, TN 37343

 

This native plant landscape is designed to be functional, sustainable, and attractive: functional by supporting birds, butterflies, bees and other wildlife and reducing storm water runoff, sustainable by reducing lawn, limiting pesticides and fertilizer usage, and attractive by using landscape design principles. Sally uses designed plant communities that mimic the way plants grow in the wild: a mosaic of interlocking plants covering every square inch of soil. By contrast, we often arrange plants as individual objects in a sea of mulch, requiring multiple applications of mulch each year, pre-emergent herbicides and constant weeding. There are over 300 Southeast native plant species.

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Jim & Linda Keown
8633 Pershing Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421

A garden like this exists to engage, calm and sooth the senses. Pause in the shade of the graceful river birch or relax down on the lower deck, while enjoying the babbling stream at the garden’s edge. You’ll want to wear the right shoes so you can wiggle your bare feet in the cool thick grass. This charming, well-manicured garden shows how trees, shrubs and accent plants can be blended to create a soothing outdoor space.
 
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Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts
6579 East Brainerd Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421

 

The CSLA Edible Food Garden began in Spring 2016, supported by grants from the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association, the Tennessee Farm Bureau, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the CSLA PTA, as well as the time and labor provided by dozens of CSLA children, parents, and teachers. The garden design, guided by the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County, consists of 10 raised beds, a large ground bed, a garden shed and seating area. The CSLA Garden Club (50+ students in grades 3-8) meets each Wednesday after school to tend to and learn from the experience of growing, harvesting, tasting, and sharing with their school and neighborhood community.
 
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The Gardens at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
1 Cameron Hill Circle
Chattanooga, TN 37402

The outdoor environment is designed to be a sustainable resource to support overall health through nutrition and activity, including:
 
An organic vegetable garden providing seasonal produce donated to the local Community Kitchen.
The lawn with exceptional city views enhanced by minimal landscaping, a small water feature and – more recently – a resident groundhog.
A meditation garden recreating an eastern deciduous forest using native plantings, grasses and trees found in nature from the eastern part of the state.
 
Shortly after construction of the BlueCross headquarters at Cameron Hill, the site was named Tennessee’s largest LEED Gold-certified corporate campus and the second largest in the nation. Working with Steve Sanchez of HGOR, BlueCross carefully developed the site’s landscape design, which has since earned a 2012 Honor Award from Tennessee chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a 2017 Landscape Conservation Award from The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones.
 
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Jon & Shelia Nessle
9308 Rockshire Lane
Chattanooga, TN 37421

The Nessle property is located in a suburban subdivision on the east side of Chattanooga. The Nessles have chosen to utilize the naturally growing trees & plants of the SE Tennessee upland hardwood forest that makes up the 5 acre property. There are some non-native specimen plants, but the bulk of the landscape consists of trees & shrubs that grew on the site naturally – an example of the natural beauty of East Tennessee forests. The greatest benefit for the owners is the low cost of maintenance – especially when compared to similar properties in the neighborhood with much less land. There is more than 3,000 linear feet of walking trails and a disc golf course. The Nessles describe their home as “coming home to summer camp every day”.
 
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Tammy Haas
2716 E. 17th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37404

This enchanted spacious urban garden nestled into the side of Missionary Ridge is thick with history. A Civil War battlement was once located here. A Flying Dragon Tree, a Weeping Butterfly Bush and a Moss Lady are among the many unique plantings to be discovered in this magical garden. Be sure to look for the hidden “garden of weedin”. You might even encounter an old civil war relic.
 
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