IF YOU GO
What: Spring Garden Tour to benefit Chattanooga Area Food Bank
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 1; 1-6 p.m. Sunday, June 2
Where: Five gardens around city plus teaching garden at Chattanooga Area Food Bank
Admission: $15 ages 13 and older; ticket good both days
• Tammy Hass, 2716 E. 17th St.
• Grace Episcopal Church community garden, 4009 Sunbeam Ave.
• Evelyn Davenport Navarre teaching garden, 2009 Curtain Pole Road
• Jim and Estelle Harris, 9326 Houston Lane
• Jimmy Wooten, 3813 Fairmount Road
• Mark and Sandy Koss, 1855 Lewis Mine Road
Four private gardens, one community garden and a teaching garden will open their gates to visitors Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, as part of the 26th annual Spring Garden Tour.
The tour raises funds for Chattanooga Area Food Bank's community garden. The garden provides senior citizens in the Golden Gateway neighborhood of downtown the opportunity to grow their own produce and flowers.
"We love to show gardens that are a work of art and love, and gardens that offer ideas on how to use sculpture and artifacts, water features and stonework," says Jane Mauldin, garden coordinator for the Food Bank.
The four gardens at private residences will feature lush displays of hostas, rhododendrons, daylilies, irises and hydrangeas. The stop at Tammy Hass' home features a fairy garden; Jimmy Wooten's garden holds more than 100 varieties of hosta and rhododendron. Saturday visitors to the community garden at Grace Episcopal Church can also shop for fresh produce at its weekly Farmers Market.
Visitors may start the tour at any of its six stops. Tickets will be sold at each.
Contact staff writer Susan Pierce at spierce@timesfree press.com or 423-757-6284.
Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...