Fall is the time to plant dogwoods

Shannon HerronOur Town Outdoors

It’s planting time in Tennessee! Dogwood Arts is on a mission to Keep Knoxville Blooming by selling dogwood trees through its annual Bazillion Blooms program.

Bare-root trees (2-4 feet tall) are on sale now for $25 each (or $20 each when five or more are purchased). The trees are disease-resistant, April-blooming and available in either white or pink flowering varieties. Orders can be placed year-round, but trees are distributed in the fall to coincide with optimal planting time for successful growing. Planting in the fall gives trees time to develop strong root systems over the winter months before facing the challenges of drying summer heat.

Trees ordered through November 17 will be available for pick-up at the Dogwood Arts office (123 W. Jackson Avenue) on Friday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

“We started Bazillion Blooms in 2009 with a mission to revitalize tree plantings along the historic Dogwood Trails,” says Vicki Baumgartner, Dogwood Arts trails & gardens manager. “Since then, over 12,000 dogwood trees have been added to East Tennessee’s landscape, ensuring our region’s spring beauty will continue well into the future.”

Gift & Memorial Trees: Not only does planting trees beautify the landscape, it’s also a great way to celebrate a special event, honor an individual or memorialize loved ones. Gift trees can be purchased year-round through Dogwood Arts and include a handwritten commemorative card mailed to the recipient of the purchasers’ choosing. The trees are planted along one of Knoxville’s historic Dogwood Trails, which have been a symbol of civic pride and community celebration since 1955.

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Shannon Herron oversees marketing, communications and design services for the 18 annual events and programs of Dogwood Arts.

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