Shades of Greene Garden Tour More than Just Viewing

May 18, 2013

Emily's Door of Ideas — photo by Linnie Greene

Shades of Greene Garden Tour hosted by Main Street: Greeneville will be held Saturday, May 18th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm rain or shine. The tour features five of downtown Greeneville’s beautiful private gardens as well as several public gardens along the tour route. Tickets in advance are $12 each at the following outlets: Main Street: Greeneville office located at 310 South Main Street, Carolyn’s Hallmark, Greeneville Antique Market, Evans Jeweler and Gallery, and Three Blind Mice. The day of the event tickets will be available in any of the five featured gardens for $15 each. Each garden will be identified with a large bright yellow banner with a purple iris and the words Greene Spring. There is no set touring pattern. Gardens may be visited in any order.

Parking is available throughout the downtown area, two lots within close proximity to the gardens on North and West Main Streets are located at The Greeneville Orthopedic Clinic, 223 North Main Street and Calvary Chapel at 401 West Main Street. Those touring the Joneses’ garden on West Main are asked to not park on Monument Avenue but rather use the shuttle service provided to and from their garden from the Calvary Chapel parking lot.

Blanks’ Garden Featured in the one hundred year old Doughty Hall garden, 309 North Main Street, will be: herbalist, Sandee Grimes; basket maker, Diane Thompson; impressionist painter, Caroline Blanks working with acrylics and glazes; Galina Timofeev and her violin students; Carolyn Fike Quintet; Flutist, Kristin Serrano; Sarah McMichgn on the clarinet; Master Gardeners with plants for sale; Joel Hausser speaking about bees and vineyards; Evans Jewelers and Gallery, featuring LinnieArt cards, paintings by Marty and various garden art; and finally Antiques Etc. offering painted vintage garden décor.

Hickersons' Garden
Located at 313 North Main Street, this garden will be host to an artist; floral décor from Towne & Country Event Rentals and Venues and provide the visitor an opportunity to view and purchase “The Main Ingredient – A Culinary Legacy” cookbook and “A Town of All Seasons – In Bloom” notecard series both projects of Main Street: Greeneville.

Joneses’ Garden
A masterful Tennessee version of a secluded Savannah garden located at 441 West Main Street will host artist Joe Kilday who for over forty years has specialized in oils giving his work its special lighting and emoting a certain feel.

Rivers’ Garden The expansive back lawn at 315 North Main Street will allow the visitors through out the to be able to enjoy an artist, live music featuring Garr Cutshaw on the guitar, flutist Carolyn Root; Violinist Galina Timofeev and students; Francis Murphy on dulcimer and finishing the afternoon Angela Woody and The Children’s Community Chorus; floral arrangements by Towne & Country Event Rentals and Venues.

Southern hospitality abounds as visitors are invited to rest and enjoy refreshments made by many wonderful and supporting volunteers. Several of the recipes come from the Main Street: Greeneville cookbook The Main Ingredient – A Culinary Legacy.

Thorpe’s Garden A picturesque view of the mountains at 114 Old Indian Hill Trail will be the backdrop for not only the garden containing over 250 roses but also provide contemporary realist painter Lawrence Danecke the perfect place to exhibit his original paintings.

Additional Public Spaces to Visit Five other garden areas along North and South Main Streets that are open to the public are also being highlighted during the tour. They are the front gardens of the Greeneville Greene County Public Library along with the area behind the building known as The Big Spring, where Greeneville got its start; First Presbyterian Church Courtyard; Main Street: Greeneville’s Eagles Rest; Asbury Prayer Garden and Fox Memorial Park.

Helping to make it Happen
Event partners and sponsors include: Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home, Eastside Garden Club, Greeneville Arts Council, GFWC Greeneville Woman’s Club, Lowe’s of Greeneville, Secret Garden Club, Wal-Mart, Westside Garden Club and numerous volunteers.
For more information, please call 423-639-7102 or visit