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Knoxville -- GATOP

Object Details

The garden was first created in 1941 by the Pease's, who named it GATOP (God's Answer To Our Prayer). The owner later added to the garden ca. 1973. GATOP is now an example of an urban property using native species. The garden design is dictated by a 20 acre forest, a deep gorge of limestone and marble outcroppings, and continuous walls of stacked stone,pathways, sculpture pieces, and seven ponds. A participant in the urban forest renewal and preservation program within the city, it will help to connect a greenway corridor from GATOP to Williams Creek, Ijams Nature Center, and the Knoxville Arboretum.
Persons associated with the garden include: Tennessee Producers Marble Co. (former owners, 1895-1934); B.L. and Lisian Pease, W. Fred Sterchi (former owners, 1934-1935); J.C. and Mattie Sterchi (former owners, 1935-1941); Lloyd and Virginia Pease (former owners, 1941-1971); Duane Grieve (architect, 1981); and Carl Willis (horticulturists, landscape architect, 1975-1995).
Knoxville Garden Club
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
GATOP (Knoxville, Tennessee)
United States of America -- Tennessee -- Knox County -- Knoxville
Gardens -- Tennessee -- Knoxville
Woodland gardens
Knoxville Garden Club
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The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Tennessee
A project to describe images in this finding aid received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care Initiative, administered by the National Collections Program.
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
AAG.GCA, File TN066
Archival materials
Collection Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Collection Rights
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Scope and Contents
The folder includes a work sheet, narrative, sculpture list, chronology, and site plans.
Collection Restrictions
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Related Materials
GATOP related holdings consist of 1 folder (20 35 mm. slides and 6 photoprints)
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Record ID
Knoxville -- GATOP
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