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Knoxville -- Rest and Be Thankful Garden

Object Details

Since 1967, the owner/gardeners of this 6.7 acre site have been striving to turn what was once a thicket of scrub pines, blackberry bushes, and poison ivy into a garden reminiscent of Colonial Williamsburg. That they have succeeded has been judged by a University of Tennessee horticulturist as being nothing short of a miracle. Today there are five formal gardens, two of which are vegetable/herb gardens within brick walls with raised beds, one of them in three tiers. There are two boxwood gardens, a bowling green, and an arched brick bridge over a stream. A small, natural looking but manmade waterfall flows from a pond next to the bridge. A single bamboo plant has grown into a jungle with a darkened path curving through the center. The circular brick driveway is lined with thousands of daffodils, while more daffodils, daylilies, hostas, and four kinds of hellebores are planted along the garden's paths. A large berm with boulders overlooks the gazebo lawn and two ponds, with a willow and large shade trees forming the background. Yellowwood and Variegated Giant Dogwood are among the outstanding trees that have replaced the old scrub pines. The garden has garnered significant public attention and praise and remains a place of enjoyment for its owners, individuals, and groups.
Knoxville Garden Club
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Rest and Be Thankful Garden (Knoxville, Tennessee)
United States of America -- Tennessee -- Knox County -- Knoxville
Gardens -- Tennessee -- Knoxville
Knoxville Garden Club
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Custodial History
The Knoxville Garden Club facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
AAG.GCA, File TN071
Archival materials
Collection Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Collection Rights
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Garden has been featured in Ruth Moore, "Five Gardens Make Caldwell Home a 'Dream'," The Oak Ridger, June 26, 1974, pp. 18-19. Garden has been featured in Mary McKinney, "Herbs Make for Pleasant Smelling Potpourri," The Knoxville Journal, September 29, 1981, p. C2. Garden has been featured in Alice Caldwell, "Tennessee Clay Soil Requires Special Preparation for Herbs," The Oak Ridger, April 16, 1987, p. 3. Garden has been featured in Linda Lange, "Secret Gardens," The Knoxville News-Sentinel, May 28, 1995, p. E10+. Garden has been featured in Marita Cummins, "Serenity by the Acre," Tennessee Gardener (April 2003), pp. 52-53. Garden has been featured in "The Caldwell Gardens," Tennessee Gardener, Vol. 5, No. 8 (October 2005), pp. 48-50. Garden has been featured in "Smithsonian Chronicles Alice Caldwell's Garden," King's Herald, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Winter 2007/2008), p. 8.
Scope and Contents
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, detailed information about the garden's plants, photocopies of articles about the garden, background details from and about the owners, and additional information.
Collection Restrictions
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Related Materials
Rest and Be Thankful Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (22 35 mm. slides (photographs))
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Knoxville -- Rest and Be Thankful Garden
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