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Knoxville -- Hays Gardens

Object Details

Located on over ten acres of land, Hays Gardens was installed in 1992 and completed in 2001. The Hays Garden is a large, lakeside property with a variety of gardens, including a rose garden, a cottage garden, and a moon garden. The site was formerly a part of a rock quarry that operated over 80 years ago and large boulders still remain on the property. The house was built in the middle of a hillside that goes down to the lake. In 1992, the owners began the woodland garden, which is located at the side of the house and includes a pond and waterfall from rock outcroppings. In 1996, Chester Brown helped the owners install the half round rose garden and moon garden. A rose covered arbor marks the entrance to the rose garden with walkways lined by boxwood and germander. The moon garden contains white and pale blue flowers. The property includes a guest house with a cottage garden. The cottage garden contains a wide variety of herbs, perennials, and annuals and is anchored by four evergreens. A tall bird house is located at the center and at one end is a rose covered pergola.
Garden features includes arbors, balustrades, benches, birdhouses, boat houses, butterfly gardens, containers, cutting gardens, decks, doorways, driveways, split rail fences, picket fences, garden walks, gates, a lake, ornamental grasses, a pergola, a pond, a waterfall, stepping stones, urns, and sculptures.
Other plantings include hydrangea, azaleas, wildflowers, ferns, roses, crepe myrtles, herbs, and evergreens.
Persons associated with the garden include: Chester Brown, (gardener, 1996-1997)
Brown, Chester
Knoxville Garden Club
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Hays Gardens (Knoxville, Tennessee)
United States of America -- Tennessee -- Knox -- Knoxville
Gardens -- Tennessee -- Knoxville
Brown, Chester
Knoxville Garden Club
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The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Tennessee
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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 TN083
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 design plans, a scrapbook showing the construction of the gardens, and a newspaper article.
Collection Restrictions
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Related Materials
Hays Gardens related holdings consist of 1 folder (36 digital images)
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