Sunday, April 27, 2014

Racheff House and Gardens

Located in Knoxville, Tennessee and established in 1947, the Racheff House and Gardens is the former property of steel magnate, Ivan Racheff.  Upon his death in 1970, he bestowed it to the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs.  The gardens include a wildflower garden, Japanese Tea House, water garden, and a formal garden with statues and fountains. It's a great place to picnic and learn a little about the plants and trees.

Admission is free.  Hours are generally daily from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, but since it's run by volunteers, those hours aren't always reliable.  It's best to check before you go.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Memphis Botanic Garden

Memphis Botanic Garden, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is a gorgeous place to visit for those who love gardens and nature.  Its 96 acres contain almost 2,000 species and varieties of plants.  There are 20 formal gardens, including the serene Japanese Garden of Tranquility, Little Garden Club Sensory garden, a cactus garden, a rose garden (with 4,000 plants), an Iris garden (which is huge - 5 acres with several hundred varieties), and a 3,000 square foot conservatory that displays 500 varieties of tropical plants.

The garden is open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  Cost of admission is $8.00 per adult and $5.00 per child.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cragfont Gardens

Cragfont Gardens are located in Castalian Springs, Tennessee.  They are part of the frontier mansion of Revolutionary War hero, General James Winchester.  The mansion, built in 1802,  now serves as a museum, and the gardens are a popular place for weddings.  There is a gazebo, a lake with a fountain, and a plethora of colorful blooms.

The gardens are open April 15th through November 1st.  Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday by appointment.  Cost of admission is $5.00 for adults, and $3.00 for children.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

The Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, located in Nashville, Tennessee, are 55 acres of lush gardens that surround the art museum there.  The property once belonged to the Cheek family.  Today, visitors can still see the original Cheek gardens, with pools, fountains, statues, and formal boxwood.  In addition, there is a Howe wildflower garden, an Herb Study garden, an impressive iris collection, daffodil garden, and orchid house.

The gardens are open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Cost of admission is $14.00 for adults, and $7.00 for children.  There is also a $3.00 per car parking fee.