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The TRWA is Ready For Fall 2022!

Fall Display at the Townsend River Walk & ArboretumAllison Pearson, of the Tuckaleechee Garden Club, has Created this Fall Display at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum at the Entrance to the Pollinator Garden.

As the leaves begin to fall to end the Summer of 2022, the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum (TRWA) has been prepared and ready for you to enjoy this Fall.  A lot of work has been done this past Summer to prepare, with the installation of Bicycle Parking at each entrance of the Arboretum, the enhancements to the entry paths into the River Walk, a fence around the Iris Garden, a beautiful Fall display of native flowers throughout the TRWA and the display, pictured above,  that is located at the Pollinator Garden entrance.  Stop by and enjoy all the hard work work provided by our volunteers that take great pride in keeping the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum in such great shape for everyone to enjoy.

Keep the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum looking its best by providing a donation. 
The volunteer labor is free, the materials to do the work are not. 
All donations are used to by trees, plants, maintenance materials, signs and other materials to keep the TRWA in great shape!

 

 

Bicycle Parking Now Available at the TRWA!

South Entrance of the TRWA Bike Parking Completed.South Entrance of the TRWA Bike Parking Completed.

Ask and when you have special people working with you, the results are sometimes too good to be true.  Rodney and Allison Pearson proves this point with the creation of the new Bike Racks and Bicycle Parking Area at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.

Bicycle Parking SignageOne of projects on the Master Plan for the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum (TRWA) was to install proper bicycle parking.  As we were working on the upgrades to the entrances to the TRWA Rodney and Allison took on the task of creating bicycle parking that would fit in with the surrounding landscape and the look and fell of the River Walk.  After seeing some examples of logs that were used for bike racks and making a couple of prototypes, the cartoon light bulb finally went off above Rodney's head and proceeded to create the final product that is a perfect fit for the TRWA.

The racks are made to accommodate several bike tire sizes and parking on both sides.  A bumper is placed about 8 inches from the rack so that the tire has a place to rest securely.  Bicyclists can also chain their bikes to the racks to secure them while walking the TRWA.  They are made from 3 and 4 inch round fence posts, the same as the railing down the south side entry steps and the fence around the iris garden.

Allison then ordered "Bicycle Parking" signs that were placed on each of the racks.  A 3" to 4"layer of fine compacting gravel was place on the bike parking area with a 1/2" - 1" layer of Tennessee brown crushed rock to finish.

If you are a bicyclist, stop by and give them a try. If you aren't stop by and admire the construction and placement of the parking area.

When you see Rodney and Allison, around Townsend, give them a big THANKS!  Dedicated volunteers like these are hard to find and we are so glad to have them working with us.

The Townsend River Walk & Arboretum does not receive government funding and is completely managed and maintain by volunteers.  All funding comes from donations, grants and the Tuckaleechee Garden Club Plant Sale.  To continue our effort in upgrading the TRWA we need your donations.  Material costs have risen significantly and there are several projects on the horizon.

A special thanks goes to Elaine Russell for donating money to purchase the materials used to build the Bike Racks!

 Make a donation to the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum, TODAY!

July 2022 is Starting Off with a Bang at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum

Rodney Pearson (left) and Mark Seder Installing the Border Fencing at the Iris GardenRodney Pearson (left) and Mark Seder Installing the First Section of Border Fencing
along the Iris Garden at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.

There is always something new and interesting to see at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum (TRWA), even for those of us that maintain it. 

This past Friday, we installed a border fence at the Iris Garden to provide some definition to the the lower TRWA trail where you come out of the tunnel.  Rodney Pearson and myself installed the fence while Allison Pearson did some major maintenance on the grounds around the Iris Garden.  The Iris Garden was installed to honor Tennessee's State Flower, the Cultivated Iris. (Do you know what the Tennessee State Wildflower is? (Answer below)  Behind the irises we planted there are several Baptisia and behind that three Persimmon trees.  This will be quite a showy area in the next couple of years as it matures.  Stop by for a look.

While working we were greeted by the Blount County Sheriff officers patrolling on horseback.  First time we have seen them at the the TRWA.  Had a nice talk with them and pointed them down the TRWA to the path to the Little River for the horses to get a drink and cool off in the river.  Hoping to see them around more often.

Several plants are blooming during this time of the year including the Bottlebrush Buckeye, Zinnia's, Purple Coneflower, Monarda (including white monarda), Phlox and more.  Before your visit you can check out our What's Blooming section of the website.

Take an hour or so and enjoy a walk along the tree lined Townsend River Walk & Arboretum, it is a sure way to beat a least a bit of the Summer's heat.

ANSWER

If you didn't know or haven't found the answer, the Passion Flower is the Tennessee State Wildflower.  We have some planted in the Pollinator and Memorial Garden, but the are not in bloom at this time.

Cultivated IrisCultivated Iris

Passion FlowerPassion Flower

Blount County Sheriff Mounted Patrol Pay a VIsit to the Townsend River Walk & ArboretumBlount County Sheriff Mounted Patrol Pay a Visit to the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum

 

Bottle Brush Buckeye at the Townsend River Walk & ArboretumBottle Brush Buckeye Now Blooming at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum

 

Mark And Rodney Ensuring that the New Iris Garden Fence is Up to Standards.Mark And Rodney Ensuring that the New Iris Garden Fence is Up to Standards.

Rodney digs while Mark prays that the fence work will turn out as planned.Rodney digs while Mark prays that the fence work will turn out as planned.

 

 

 

 

Townsend River Walk & Arboretum Iris Garden FenceThe Townsend River Walk & Arboretum Iris Garden Fence is Now Completed!


 Mark Getting the Scoop Right From the Horses Mouth!Mark Getting the Scoop Right From the Horses Mouth!

Pollinator Garden in Bloom 2022

Marsh Phlox in the Pollinator GardenMarsh Phlox Blooming in the Pollinator Garden

Spring has passed and as we wait for the next big bloom time in mid to late summer the Pollinator & Memorial Garden is giving us a bit of a show.  Currently there is Coneflower, Monarda, Butterfly Weed, Phlox, Zinnia, Yellow Twig Dogwood and more in bloom and lots more to come.  Next the Yellow Wingstem will be blooming throughout the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum (TRWA) getting ready for that spectacular mid-Summer and Fall bloomfest.  A great time to take a walk along the tree lined shaded TRWA, during these hot summer days.  Enjoy your walk and check out our What's Blooming section of the website to help with flower identification.

Monarda in the Pollinator & Memorial GardenMonarda in the Pollinator & Memorial Garden

Purple Coneflower Blooming in the Pollinator & Memorial GardenPurple Coneflower Showing Off in the Pollinator & Memorial Garden

Read All About It From The Daily Times - Tours & More

A Feature Article about the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum by Melanie Tucker in The Daily Times of Maryville A Feature Article about the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum by Melanie Tucker in The Daily Times of Maryville

 The Friday edition of The Daily Times of Maryville featured a full page article about the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum (TRWA).  Melanie Tucker truly captured the essence of the TRWA from past and present as well as the Tours that are being offered June 8 and June 11 for National Garden Week.  Signup Here For One Of The Four Tours Being Offered.

We graciously thank Melanie and The Daily Times for such a brilliant article,
Read The Article Here At The Daily Times!

trwatours800Tours Will Be Offered at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum on June 8 and June 11 to Celebrate National Garden Week.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO & TO SIGNUP!

 

 

First of Two Bicycle Parking Racks Installed

The Latest Addtion to the TRWA is the First of Two Bike Parking Racks.  This one is located by the Iris Garden.  Thanks to Rodney Pearson for Designing, Creating and Installing.The Latest Addition to theTRWA is the First of Two Bike Parking Racks. This one is located by the Iris Garden.
Thanks to Rodney Pearson for Designing, Creating and Installing.

This past Spring we put together a Master Plan for the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum. One of the items was to install two Bike Parking Racks at the top and bottom entrances to the TRWA.  Rodney Pearson took on this challenge and after a false start or two he came up with the bike rack pictured above. It will handle 8+ bikes of all wheel widths including the, now popular, electric bike.  Bicyclists also can chain their bikes to the support poles. The rack fits in perfectly with the already installed Iris Garden fence and with our future plans.  A second Bike Parking Rack will be installed in the area at the top of the entrance steps on the South side of the TRWA.

Rodney with the help of his wife Allison assembled and installed the rack and is now ready for use.  We appreciate all the time and effort that Rodney put into this project and to Allison for her creative eye, keeping Rodney's design in line with the look we are trying to create at the TRWA.  Townsend is very lucky to have these two residents who have contributed so much to several volunteer projects around town and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  I know that the transformation of TRWA would not be as far along as it is without their help.  Grazie mille!

Stop by and check out the new Bike Parking Racks and explore the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.  There is something for all ages!

Rodney Pearson Digging Holes for the New Bike Rack InstallationRodney Pearson Digging Holes for the New Bike Rack Installation

Completed Bike Parking Rack!Completed Bike Parking Rack!

 

The Dee Lidvall Sustainable Stewardship Award to the Townsend River Walk and Arboretum

Mark Seder and Martha Frink Displaying the Foothills Beautification AwardMark Seder and Martha Frink Displaying the Dee Lidvall Sustainable Stewardship Award as Part of the 2022 Foothills Beautification Awards Ceremony.

The Dee Lidvall Sustainable Stewardship Award to Townsend River Walk and Arboretum (TRWA) at the 2022 Foothills Beautification Awards help by Keep Blount Beautiful (KBB) at Bella Restaurant on June 29, 2022.   This award given and signifies  an organization that incorporates sustainable practices or policies; renewable, sustainable, or energy-efficient spaces; and/or best stormwater management practices. Britney Whipple, KBB Executive director presented the award to Martha Frink (Tuckaleechee Garden Club) and Mark Seder (Tuckaleechee Garden Club, Blount County Master Gardeners).

This honor is so well deserved for this ongoing project benefiting the community and visitors to the City Townsend. Started 18 years ago and funded by monetary and labor donations as well as an occasional grant it has been managed by the Tuckaleechee Garden Club with contributions by The City of Townsend, Blount County Master Gardeners and Tennessee Dept. of Transportation.   Community Partners, Keep Blount Beautiful & The Little River Watershed Assoc as well as residents of Blount County have played a major role in maintaining the TRWA.

We welcome everyone to stop by and enjoy the wildflowers, trees, decorations and solitude that this gem of Townsend offers and to watch us continue to grow.

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Foothills Beautification Award Sign Displayed at the Townsend River Walk & ArboretumFoothills Beautification Award Sign Displayed at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum
Mark Seder (left) and Martha Frink (right) Receive the Dee Lidvall Sustainable Stewardship Award from Brittney Whipple (center) at the 2022 Keep Blount Beautiful Foothill Beautification Awards.Mark Seder (left) and Martha Frink (right) Receive the Dee Lidvall Sustainable Stewardship Award from Brittney Whipple, KBB Executive Director, (center) at the 2022 Keep Blount Beautiful Foothill Beautification Awards.

 

 

Recap of the 2022 National Garden Week Tours of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.

2022 National Garden Week Tour Participants Exploring the Townsend RIver Walk & Arboretum2022 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.

 

2022 Guided Tours of the TRWA for National Garden Week - Register Today!

Guided Tour of Townsend River Walk & Arboretum for Garden Week 2022

The Tuckaleechee Garden Club is proud to announce the first guided public tours of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum(TRWA) to celebrate National Garden Week.

Join us for one of the Four Guided Tours we will be offering during National Garden Week (June 5 - 11).  The The tours are Free but attendees must register for the tours that they and their guests would like to attend (see below).

These guided tours will focus on the Past, Present and Future of the TRWA and given by guides that have intimate knowledge of the workings of the TRWA.  Take some time and join us to learn more about this special treasure along the Little River in Townsend, TN!

We plan to have several additional tours throughout this year and years to come with the schedule still in development.

Guided Tour Details

  1. Cost: NO CHARGE but Reservations are Required by Selecting the tour date and time.
  2. Tours will last for approximately and hour and will start at the Campground Church Parking Lot and proceed from there.
  3. Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time for check in.
  4. Will require a walk of about a mile and there are some stairs to navigate. If you require special assistance make sure to indicate that on your registration form and we will make arrangements.
  5. The Garden Week Tours are geared towards ages 16+.
  6. Tours will be given by Tuckaleechee Garden Club members that have spent hundreds of hours working on the TRWA. 
  7. You will receive a confirmation notice for your tour reservation and also a remainder 48 hrs before the tour is scheduled.

Guided Tour Schedule

If you have any issue registering please contact us using our Contact Form.

Select the Tour Date that you (and Guests) would like to join us to tour the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.No events

 

 If you have any questions or need assistance in signing up for the tour use our Contact Form.

Townsend River Walk & Arboretum Guided Tour

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