Spring at the Garden

Monday, March 14th, 2016

March is Daffodil time and boy, do we have daffodils this year thanks to over 3,000 bulbs going in the ground this winter! Most of these harbingers of spring were planted in the Knoxville Garden Club Danae Garden and with all this warm weather they are coming up fast and strong. Among the thousands of bulbs […]

Tennessee’s Very Own Coneflower

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

The Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is one of the most ubiquitous perennials in the summer garden. With its spiky central “cone” it’s no wonder the genus name comes from the Greek word for hedgehog, ekhinos. But here in Tennessee we have our very own purple coneflower that only exists naturally in the cedar glades of middle […]

Pollinators Receive a Gold Award Part II

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

  The first part of my job in compiling the herbarium for KBGA was to collect, identify, and press the flowers. I researched the specific information about each individual flower such as the scientific names and to what specific butterflies the plants host or supply nectar. An unpredicted challenge was finding out that a plant may […]

Pollinators Receive a Gold Award!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Aesclepias, Agastache, Coreopsis and Echinacea. If someone said any of those words to me a year ago I probably would have said “bless you”. The previous stated words are each a different genus of flower I identified in the butterfly garden here at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum. It’s not common for a 17 […]

Using Cultivars in a Native Landscape

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

There is much discussion in the horticultural world regarding the use of cultivars of native plants versus using the species. This topic came up recently in reference to the new wildlife garden we are installing so we thought this was a great opportunity to discuss further. What is a cultivar? Often referred to as a […]

Building a Garden for Our Other Visitors Part I

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Providing habitat for our local wildlife is a priority here at the KBGA and with this in mind we have begun our newest wildlife friendly garden. The area being planted is off a side trail near the entrance to our Dogwood Nature Trail and covers over 10,000 square feet of former lawn. The impact of […]

What’s in a Name?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

      Toad Lily? Although its name is certainly less than inspiring, bringing to mind images of slimy (read yucky) amphibians, this perennial is anything but slimy and yucky. This little perennial has been waiting all summer long to show the world what it has to offer your garden – delicate offerings of miniature, […]

Well Worth the Wait

Monday, August 11th, 2014

       While the late summer humidity and heat continue to take its toll on the plants of East Tennessee, there are a couple of stand-out plants that seem to be completely unaffected by the stress – in fact, one might even say that they are actually thriving under these conditions!      Iris […]

You Gotta Know When to Fold ‘Em

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

One of the best things about working at a botanical garden is being able to try out different plants in different situations. Success is not only measured in plants that thrive but also with the experience and knowledge that comes with plants that absolutely will not grow in the conditions we have thrust them into. […]

Pics From the Pollinator Garden

Friday, June 13th, 2014



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