A Guide To Knoxville Gardens

I hope it's safe to say that we have nicely settled into Spring. The trees and flowers are bloomed and gorgeous! It's a great time to visit some of the local gardens located in the Knoxville area. Many of these gardens are FREE and open year round. Take advantage of the beauty we have to offer right in our own backyards! 

🌸Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

2743 Wimpole Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37914
Open Year Round / Free To The Public 

The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum (KBGA) is located on 47 acres of former Howell Nurseries, featuring walking trails, display gardens, unique & historic horticulture and over two miles of distinctive stone walls and timeless buildings, just five minutes from downtown. KBGA is a privately owned and operated Garden supported through donations and membership. They are open sun up to sun down! Be sure to check out the many events they host throughout the year such as: Tree Walks, Gardening Classes, Festivals, and so much more! 

🌸UT Gardens Knoxville 

2518 Jacob Dr. Knoxville, TN 37996
Open Year Round / Free To The Public 

The UT Gardens, Knoxville, is one of the three sites of the State Botanical Garden of Tennessee. This outdoor learning laboratory is open year-round and is free to the public. This site showcases the latest research and education in horticulture and provides visitors with outstanding green spaces to learn, play, explore, and relax. The garden offers workshops, special events, summer camps, youth groups, volunteer opportunities, and more. 

🌸Baxter Gardens 

3901 Sam Cooper Ln. Knoxville, TN 37918
Open April 1st-30th / Free To The Public 

Baxter Gardens is a private residence which opens its gardens to the public during the month of April as part of the Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, and is comprised of fifteen gardens which can be toured during the festival with the assistance of a printed map and guide  or QR code provided onsite. Baxter Gardens has received thousands of visitors over the years and has been recognized in several garden publications, most notably Southern Living and Garden Design. 

🌸Ivan Racheff House and Gardens 

1943 Tennessee Ave. Knoxville, TN 37950
Open Weekdays in April 10am-3pm and Open Two Weekends in April with Hostesses on Site: April 8&9 and April 15&16. Free to tour, but a $5 donation will be requested per adult, to help maintain the gardens. 

Ivan Racheff House & Gardens & Arboretum is a hidden gem in the Knoxville area.  The Ivan Racheff House is a national historical landmark with beautiful gardens that proves that beauty and industry can coexist.  The gardens and arboretum are free to the public and provide a unique and educational environment for children and adults.  The Ivan Racheff House is the state headquarters for the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs  (TFGC). Stroll through the 3.5 acre gardens and Arboretum enjoy the variety of trees and admire the fish ponds, and observe the Japanese Tea House. An annual plant sale will take place on April 29, 2023 with local plant vendors, craft items, a food truck, and more. 

🌸Crescent Bend House & Gardens

2728 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
Open Fridays 10am-4pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm

General Admission to tour the house museum and gardens is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. A $2.00 discount on an Adult admission is given to AAA, AARP, & Knox Heritage members.

Once the centerpiece of a working 600-acre farm, this exquisite historic home is filled with 18th century antique furniture, a collection of English silver from circa 1640 to 1820, and lovely decorative arts. Other features of the property include five magnificent fountains, nine beautiful terraces, and manicured formal Italian gardens.

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