Knoxville’s annual Spring kick-off, Dogwood Arts Festival

Knoxville’s annual Spring kick-off, the Dogwood Arts Festival, is under way, featuring arts, crafts, and of course, showy flowers and Dogwoods.

Key among the highlights are the 12

area Dogwood Trails, including Farragut’s, which showcases homes in Fox Den,

Country Manor and Village Green subdivisions through April 30.

The Farragut Trail was established in 2000, and is 7.9 miles in length, hallmarked with the large pink dogwoods painted on the roadside pavement.

Residents and those in surrounding communities may choose to walk, ride a bicycle or drive along any or all the area Trails.

Complete trail information is available at

Open Gardens

Also part of the Festival are Open Gardens, located throughout the Knoxville area, including four in Farragut:

The yard of Michael and Mary Bates, located at 513 Altamira Drive, originated 25 years

ago with plants acquired from the owners’ mother and grandmother. Pink and white dogwoods, mingle with azaleas, spring bulbs and perennials.

The yard of John and Pam Garrity, 532 Altamira Drive, showcases a hillside perennial garden, with walking paths nestled among mature trees and colorful azaleas, along with a yard bursting with tulips.

The yard of Becky Howard, located at 12420 Hound Ears Point, offers a showcase of more than 1,200 spring blooming tulips. The rear garden features a wide variety of perennials, hydrangeas, dogwoods, azaleas, and many unique

garden features.

The yard of Russ and Stacey Walters, 124 Champions Point, offers a large water garden with koi and goldfish bordering the fifth hole of Fox Den’s golf Course. Pond features include two waterfalls surrounded by blooming dogwoods and azaleas.

Public Gardens include those at Founders Park at Campbell Station, 405 N. Campbell Station Road, and Farragut Town Hall/Farragut Memorial Plaza at 11408 Municipal Center Dr.