The Knoxville Botanical Gardens aren’t the most “hidden,” per se, but they are fairly overlooked by the whole of Tennessee. Memphis gets Shelby, Nashville holds Cheekwood high, and east Tennessee seems to be enveloped by the Great Smoky Mountains. Let’s wander through this Knoxville gem, for its hidden beauty.
Located on the grounds of the former Howell Nurseries, the solidly expansive Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum is a local tourist attraction and native getaway.
There is no fancy or formal garden here, no crop of greenhouses or super expansive lawns. No, it's a sweet nod to Tennessee's nurturing climate and a stunning homage to a humbler, well-kept beauty.
There are over two miles of trails, studded with distinctive stone structures and quirky buildings. It's a perfect place for a quiet walk or even that most crowning event: your wedding.
The KBGA is operated fully by memberships and donations. This of course means Tennessee keeps this darling spot alive. There's something so encouraging in that, that folks would give their hard-earned money to keep beauty alive.
Visit during the spring and you'll be treated to stunning arrays of color along the walking paths.
Butterflies are taken for granted, don't you think? Let your littles ooh and aah over the gorgeous insects as you explore.
Research their workshops or classes, if you're looking to learn something new. It's not just walking over here! It's a popular place for school field trips, too - especially with their "Every Child Outdoors" youth garden.
Bring your preschooler to Story Thyme or learn how to save space with their Straw Bale Gardening Workshop. You can always check their events calendar on their site for upcoming occasions.
The best part? You can get in for free! Enjoy and visit for yourself at 2743 Wimpole Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee.