Winter Featured Gardens

March 17-19th

Save the Date: Join us next weekend for our Winter Featured Gardens event! Explore two spectacular private gardens — Savage Garden in Fountain City & Dr. Jimmy Milan’s garden in Holston Hills. We are honored that the owners of these gardens have opened their property to the public as a part of our annual celebration of East Tennessee’s natural beauty. Tours are self-guided; although Dogwood Arts staff & volunteers will be on-site for questions. Keep reading for more information about each property!
This event is free though a $5 donation per garden is suggested. No tickets are required. Comfortable or hiking shoes are recommended.


  • Friday, March 17th: 10AM-4 PM
  • Saturday, March 18th: 10AM-4PM
  • Sunday, March 19th: 12PM-4PM


Owners: Bill Dohm & Patty Cooper
Address: 3237 Garden Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918Savage Garden was inspired by Arthur Savage’s visit to his native England. He then began building stone walls, ponds, arbors, and multiple follies. Savage became known as “the father of rock gardening in Knoxville.” The garden is quirky and eclectic, combining multiple themes. Although the main arbors and pagoda reflect a Japanese influence, the latter is topped with a “Dutch Girl” weather vane and there are two “Irish” water towers. After many years of extensive restoration, including rebuilding stone walls and borders, constructing faithful copies of the original arbors and gates, and planting thousands of trees, shrubs, and perennials, Savage Garden is once again the kind of magical place envisioned by Arthur Savage.

Winter reveals the extensive bones, or structures, of Savage Garden and features thousands of snowdrops, daffodils, wood hyacinths, and other flowering bulbs. Savage Garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

**Photo by Asta Plemons

Dr. Jimmy Milan’s Garden (Holston Hills)

Address: 5205 Green Valley Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914

  • Street parking only, please be respectful of driveways and do not block the street

Inspired by Dr. Milan’s trips to Great Britain and Ireland, the garden provides a respite for guests with its stone walkways, boxwood hedges, lush foliage of hostas and ferns beneath the dogwood trees, and an outdoor room for entertaining. [Photo by Rusha Sams]