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2021 TRWA Fall Display

2021 TRWA Fall Garden Display is Dazzling.  Thanks Tuckaleechee Garden Club and in particular: Theresa & Scott Schehr and Allison & Rodney Pearson.  A Crowning Achievement for 2021!2021 TRWA Fall Garden Display is Dazzling.
Thanks Tuckaleechee Garden Club and in particular: Theresa & Scott Schehr and Allison & Rodney Pearson.
A Crowning Achievement for 2021!

 Time to get to the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum to see the 2021 Fall Garden Display.  A beautiful picture spot for family, kids, friends and selfies!

Tuckaleechee Garden Club members: Theresa & Scott Schehr and Allison & Rodney Pearson have put a lot of effort into making this spectacular display. 

A big thanks to them for making the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum one of best destinations on the quiet side of the Smokies.

Take time to help support the TRWA with a small DONATION. A donation of any amount goes a long way to help these volunteers maintain this vital piece of Townsend.

What's New - A New Website Feature

What's New at the TRWA.  A Pictorial Look at What's New & Updated at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum"What's New" at the TRWA. A Pictorial Look at What's New & Updated at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.
Our New Fall Sign Design and installed by Allison & Rodney Pearson.

At the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum we always are improving our little piece of Townsend.  To bring a focus to the many projects that improved or has added new features to the TRWA we are launching pictorial look to our webiste called What's New.  This will include pictures and a brief description of those projects and features as well as those people involved in making them happen.  We hope that this will give you a chance to see what you might want to look out for on your next visit to the TRWA.

We have a lot of projects going on this Fall, with additions of plant, trees and decorations, so stop back often to see what has been added.

VISIT THE NEW - WHAT'S NEW FEATURE

 

Happy Father's Day 2021

Happy Father's Day 2021 - Townsend River Walk & ArboretumOur Newly Hatched Bluebirds Want to Wish All Fathers a Wonderful Day!

It is a great day to take Dad for a walk along the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum after taking him out for breakfast or lunch.
Be sure to check out our newly planted Redbud Tree's on the top walk and all the blooms in the Pollinator & Memorial Garden.

From everyone at the Tuckaleechee Garden Club we wish all dads the best today!

Giant Purple Coneflowers at the Pollinator & Memorial GardenGiant Purple Coneflowers at the Pollinator & Memorial Garden

 

New Planted Redbuds Along the Top Path Along 321.New Planted Redbuds Along the Top Path Along 321.

 

2021 National Garden Week Redbud Plantings

Redbuds Planted at the Townsend River Walk & ArboretumVariety of Redbuds Planted at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum

Redbud Trees Planted & MulchedAll New Redbud Trees Planted & Mulched

 

The Tuckaleechee Garden Club decided to plant four Redbud varietals as part of the 2021 National Garden Week.  We selected: PomPom, Whitebud; Forest Pansy; & Merlot.  They were planted on the top trail on each side of the Dogwood Tribe along US 321. 

A big thanks goes to Rodney & Allison Pearson, Theresa & Scott Schehr and Mark Seder for taking time this week to make this planting happen.  We also had a guest appearance by Mr. Bear, he wasn't much help but provided a well deserved distraction.

Bear at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum

Take a look at the work that was done over 3 days to get the area prepared, then planted and mulched.

Tuesday Allison, Rodney & Mark laid out the area, removed the vegetation, and planted the Merlot Redbud.

 

Wednesday, Mark brought in mulch and dug the remaining tree holes.
Redbud holes dug and mulch delivered.
Thursday, Theresa, Scott & Mark planted the three remaining trees & mulched.

 

 

Memorial Day 2021 - Never To Be Forgotten

Townsend River Walk & Arboretum - Memorial Day 2021

“For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”
- James A. Garfield

Townsend River Walk & Arboretum - Memorial Day 2021

"Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it."

- Unknown

Townsend River Walk & Arboretum - Memorial Day 2021


 

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Coming of Fall is a Thing of Beauty at the TRWA

Enjoy the Pollinator Garden with Tall Goldenrod Over 8 feet Tall! Great Picture Spot.Enjoy the Pollinator Garden with Tall Goldenrod Over 8 feet Tall! Great Picture Spot.

Late Summer into Fall is one of the most beautiful times at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.  The Wingstem (Yellow & White), Golden Rod (many varieties), Ironweed and a variety of asters provide a multi-colored nature experience.   Enjoy an evening walk among these tall Fall flowers from now and for the next few weeks.  It is a feast for the eyes!

 

The Dogwoods are Changing with Their Rust Colored Leaves and Red Berries!The Dogwoods are Changing with Their Rust Colored Leaves and Red Berries!

 

TRWA Maintenance - June 11, 2021

Work Plan for the June 2021 Townsend River Walk & Arboretum Maintenance DayAllison Pearson Put Together the Perfect Work Plan
for this TRWA Maintenance Day!

A fitting end to National Garden Week as the Tuckaleechee Garden Club got together for the monthly maintenance on the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum (TRWA).  Scott & Theresa Schehr w/Dani the wonder dog, Wanda Taylor, Janie Bitner,  and Allison & Rodney Pearson all participated in this maintenance day.  The TRWA was given a good sprucing up with string trimming of much of the TRWA, edging and mowing of the sidewalk areas, weeding the Pollinator & Memorial Garden, planting of Sulfur Cosmo & Brown Eyed Susan, and sign cleaning.  It really looks fantastic.  Thanks to the Tuckaleechee Garden Club for their continuing efforts of managing, maintaining and improving this Townsend community gem!  

Theresa, Wanda and Janie Maintaining the Pollinator & Memorial GardenTheresa, Wanda and Janie Maintaining the Pollinator & Memorial Garden

Janie Giving Visitors a Quick Lesson On Using the QR Codes on the Arboretum Information SignsJanie Giving Visitors a Quick Lesson On Using the QR Codes
on the Arboretum Information Signs

2021 National Garden Week

Tuckaleechee Garden Club and Townsend River Walk & Arboretum Celebrate National Garden WeekThe Tuckaleechee Garden Club and the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum will be celebrating National Garden Week (June 6 - 12, 2021) by planting four varieties of Redbud trees next to our Tribe of Dogwood Trees at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum along US 321.  We will be working there each morning on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Stop by and check out our progress, ask questions (all gardening questions welcomed) or just say HI!

There are many ways you to can celebrate National Garden Week.  One of the best ways is to visit a local Garden and get ideas for your own garden.  Plus it is fun for the entire family.  Places to visit in our area: Townsend River Walk & Arboretum; UT Gardens in Knoxville; UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge; Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum; the Ivan Racheff House and Gardens located in Knoxville and home to the Tennessee Garden Clubs and of course the biggest and one of the most diverse gardens of all, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

TRWA Maintenance - May 14, 2021

Townsend River Walk and Arboretum Maintenance 20210514Tuckaleechee Garden Club Members
Janie Bitner, Wanda Taylor, Sandy Andrews, Jolene Martin

 

On this beautiful Friday members of The Tuckaleechee Garden Club (TGC) did a great job of freshening up of the TRWA (Townsend River Walk & Arboretum).   I was unable to attend but Allison Pearson led a great team that included: Janie Bitner, Wanda Taylor, Theresa Schehr, Jolene Martin, Sandy Andrews and Rodney Pearson.  Thank you all for doing a great job.

So you may wonder what freshening the TRWA involves (which is done monthly by TGC volunteers).  Here is the short list:

  1. Cleaned up the trail to the white pine past the memorial stone, including weeding and re-setting the metal arbor.
  2. Weeded the roadside garden.
  3. Weeded around the beautyberries near the roadside garden.
  4. Collected trash.
  5. Wiped down Arboretum signs.
  6. Mowed edges of the entire trail.
  7. Weeded the Iris bed.
  8. Edged sidewalks.
  9. Mowed areas around both entrances and along sidewalk beside hwy321.
  10. String trimmed several areas including above the tunnel.
  11. Removed several active ant beds.

The next time you see a TGC member thank them for volunteering and financing the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum, Townsend's premier green space!

If you would like to support the TGC in their effort to maintain and make upgrades to the TRWA please make a donation.  DONATE HERE!

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!

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