Bill Dohm and Patty Cooper open their Savage Garden at 3237 Garden Drive in Fountain City to visitors on Friday- Sunday, March 17-19 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. except Sunday hours are noon-4 p.m.
The gardens were inspired by Arthur Savage’s visit to his native England. He then began building stone walls, ponds and arbors. Savage became known as “the father of rock gardening in Knoxville.”
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.
Bill Phifer to guest direct choir
Dr. Bill Phifer is returning to direct the Fountain City Presbyterian Church choir on Sunday, March 12, at 10:30 a.m. where he directed music for over 40 years.
Phifer, who is 98 years young, first took the baton at Fountain City Pres when he was a first-year music student at the University of Tennessee. The church needed a leader for the youth choir as well as the adults so Phifer took on the job and continued for the next 42 years, seeing the congregation move from the smaller McCorkel Chapel into a newly built sanctuary next door in 1950.
He majored in music, married one of the twin sisters in the church and built his legacy through his son, Jimmy Phifer, and daughter, Karen.
Long time members of the congregation have a lasting memory of Dr. Phifer’s rendition of “Old Rugged Cross” resounding through the sanctuary on Good Friday evening. Join the church on March 12 to see this master in action directing the choir one more time.
Fountain City Art Center: Artists’ Garage Sale
Who loves a Garage Sale? The Artists’ Garage Sale will happen from March 1-29 on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. where the patrons of the Fountain City Art Center can share their love and creativity by sharing their extra art supplies through a simple donation. Come to the Art Center at 213 Hotel Avenue and prepare to find your treasure!
Home & Garden Show
Don’t miss the 2023 Knoxville Home & Garden Show on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 12, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This free event will showcase the latest in home-improvement products, services and features. Whether you are looking for a complete home remodel, a kitchen or bath makeover, a newly landscaped yard or just want to shop for your home, you will find it all at this event at the Knoxville Expo Center, Clinton Highway. Admission and parking are free.
The Lantern at Morning Pointe is hosting a Dementia support group for caregivers on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. This is for families of those caring for someone with dementia to share concerns, experiences or simply gain a better understanding of what is happening with their loved one. Please RSVP 3 days prior to meeting at 865-343-0089.
Fountain City Presbyterian Church provides Caregiver support group on the third Monday of every month from noon-1:30 p.m. with a light lunch provided. This is for families of those caring for someone with dementia to share concerns, experiences or simply gain a better understanding of what is happening with their loved one. For information, contact [email protected]
Free Saturday Lunch available at Norwood United Methodist Church, 2110 Merchants Road, on Saturday, March 11, from noon-1 p.m. All are welcome.
Kiwanis Club of Northside Knoxville meets every Wednesday noon-1 p.m. at The Foundry, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive. Info: here.
Find your next priceless reads at the Friends of Literacy Used Book Sale happening at the Halls Branch Library on Sunday-Monday, March 12-13, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Find your next priceless reads at the Friends of Literacy Used Book Sale happening at the Powell Branch Library on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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