Dogwood Arts sets out to keep Knoxville blooming – One yard at a time

Annual Bazillion Blooms Campaign Focused on Planting a Dogwood in Every Yard Across East Tennessee


It’s planting time in Tennessee! Dogwood Arts is on a mission to Keep Knoxville Blooming by selling dogwood trees through their annual Bazillion Blooms program. Bare-root trees (2-4ft tall) are on sale now for $25 each (or $20 each when five or more are purchased). The trees are disease-resistant, April-blooming, and available in either white or pink flowering varieties. Orders can be placed year-round, but trees are distributed in the fall to coincide with optimal planting time for successful growing.


Trees ordered through November 16th will be available for pick-up at the Dogwood Arts office (123 W Jackson Avenue) on Friday, December 2nd from 10AM-4PM and Saturday, December 3rd from 9AM-12PM. Tree orders can be placed online at or by calling Dogwood Arts at (865) 637-4561. Since 2009, over 13,000 dogwood trees have been added to East Tennessee’s landscape through the Bazillion Blooms program.


“Knoxville has been a springtime destination for visitors from around the region since the first Dogwood Trail was established in 1955. The Bazillion Blooms initiative started to encourage tree planting along the 85+ miles of Dogwood Trails – but why stop there?” says Dogwood Arts Trails & Gardens Manager, Vicki Baumgartner. “We want the entire community – no matter where you live – to dig in and plant dogwoods in their yard to Keep Knoxville Blooming for years to come.”


Gift & Memorial Trees: Not only does planting trees beautify the landscape, it’s also a great way to celebrate a special event, honor an individual, or memorialize loved ones. Gift trees can be purchased year-round through Dogwood Arts and include a handwritten commemorative card mailed to the recipient of the purchasers’ choosing. Many have chosen to memorialize the life and legacy of loved ones by having a tree planted; others are celebrating friends and neighbors by donating trees in honor of birthdays, new homes, births, or just the simple joys of friendship. The trees are planted along one of Knoxville’s historic Dogwood Trails, which have been a symbol of civic pride and community celebration since 1955.


Larger blooming trees, flowering shrubs, bulbs, and perennials are available at these participating Garden Centers: Ellenburg Landscaping & Nursery, Mayo Garden Centers, Northshore Nursery, and Stanley’s Greenhouse. $25 bare-root dogwood trees are only available through Dogwood Arts and NOT available at these gardens centers.


Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty.