2022 National Garden Week Tour Participants Exploring the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum
A first for the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum (TRWA) was leading tours of the TRWA during National Garden Week The response for the tours was overwhelming and appreciate everyone that participated. Over 40 signed up to take the tours coming from Maryville, Alcoa, Friendsville and Knoxville.
Unfortunately our Wednesday tours were canceled due to the supposed severe thunderstorms that were approaching which turned out to be a bust. Allison & Rodney Pearson were able to take three individuals on a tour that day.
On a beautiful Saturday morning we were finally able to give two of the four scheduled tours. Allison & Rodney Pearson, Jerry & Wanda Faulkner, Kay Goodwin and Mark Seder were on hand from the Tuckaleechee Garden Club to guide the tours and to answer any questions.
The two tour groups spent about 1.5 hours learning about Past, Present and Future of the Arboretum. The participants were really involved asking a lot of great questions.
Allison Pearson provided decorations for the Tuckaleechee Garden Club table and Keep Blount Beautiful provided literature and stickers supporting their causes.
I personally want to thank the Tuckaleechee Garden Club members and the tour participants for making this a special event. We are planning additional tours in the Fall, Winter & Spring.
Setup complete and ready for tours.
The Tuckaleechee Garden Club table was beautifully decorated by Allison Pearson. Seed packets and other information was available to those using the TRWA.
Participants discovering the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.
Mark Seder explaining to the tour group some of the invasive management practices used to keep invasives at bay.
Allison Pearson explaining the Arboretum sign setup.
Mark Seder pointing out the Persimmon trees and Baptisia planted behind the irises in the iris garden.
Allison Pearson demonstrating the use of the root pullers used to help control invasive plants and trees.
Tour participants discussing the Highway Right of Way marker and the roadside fire cook grill all pre 1940.
Mark Seder talking about the Bald Cypress that is a point of interest in the Arboretum.
Rodney Pearson sharing some of his words of wisdom about the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.
Allison Pearson demonstrating the cut and daub method of invasive control.
Wanda Faulkner one of the tour helpers enjoying the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum after the tours were done for the day.