Dogwood Trails and Gardens open in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – You know it’s spring in Knoxville when the Dogwood Trails open up. The Dogwood Arts Festival celebrated with a luncheon at Ijams Nature Center Wednesday.

Volunteers plant dogwood trees along the riverside at Ijams Nature Park.

Lloyd King is the overall trails chairman and has been volunteering with the festival since 1982. His home in North Hills features one of the festival’s open gardens.

“I have found through the years that people love the Dogwood Trails. We have lots of visitors from out of state and then later you get thank you cards from those folks,” King said.

“We just have so much beauty around us,” said Molly Gilbert, the Chapman Highway trail co-chair.

South Knoxville is a highlight for the Dogwood Arts Festival this year.

“We’re seeing this renaissance, this rebirth and we’re excited to welcome folks back across the bridge,” Gilbert said.

More online: 2015 Dogwood Arts Festival schedule of events

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