March 14, 2023 [Knoxville, Tennessee]— The public is invited to experience two spectacular private gardens this weekend during the Dogwood Arts Winter Featured Gardens event, March 17-19, 2023. The event will feature Savage Garden in Fountain City (North Knoxville) and Dr. Jimmy Milan’s garden in Holston Hills (East Knoxville). Winter reveals the extensive bones and structures of each garden — and showcases the many varieties of snowdrops, daffodils, wood hyacinths, and other flowering bulbs. Tours are self-guided, although Master Gardeners and Dogwood Arts staff will be on-site to answer questions. A $5 cash donation per garden is suggested. These gardens require walking on uneven paths and are not handicap accessible; comfortable or hiking shoes are recommended. Since these are private residences, there is limited on-site parking; guests will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Savage Garden: Owners Bill Dohm & Patty Cooper
3237 Garden Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918

  • Savage Garden was inspired by Arthur Savage’s visit to his native England. He then began building stone walls, ponds, arbors, and multiple follies. Savage became known as “the father of rock gardening in Knoxville.” The garden is quirky and eclectic, combining multiple themes. Although the main arbors and pagoda reflect a Japanese influence, the latter is topped with a “Dutch Girl” weather vane and there are two “Irish” water towers. After many years of extensive restoration, including rebuilding stone walls and borders, constructing faithful copies of the original arbors and gates, and planting thousands of trees, shrubs, and perennials, Savage Garden is once again the kind of magical place envisioned by Arthur Savage. Winter reveals the extensive bones, or structures, of Savage Garden and features thousands of snowdrops, daffodils, wood hyacinths, and other flowering bulbs. Savage Garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Dr. Jimmy Milan’s Garden
5205 Green Valley Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914

  • Inspired by Dr. Milan’s trips to Great Britain and Ireland, the garden provides a respite for guests with its stone walkways, boxwood hedges, lush foliage of hostas and ferns beneath the dogwood trees, and an outdoor room for entertaining.

Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty. Find a full list of upcoming events at