Lamar Alexander Parkway (US 321) Townsend, TN 37882

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Time To Make A Visit To The River Walk & Arboretum

river viewA Great View of the Little River during an Early Morning Walk.

All the hard work and many long hours by our fantastic volunteers this past Winter & Spring has really paid off.   It is well worth a trip to the TRWA with this beautiful summer weather upon us.  Besides the new signage for the Arboretum, Gardens and Plants, the invasive removal has done wonders in promoting native plants.  We also just planted a couple of Beautyberries along the River Walk as well as three Passion flowers located behind the Pollinator and Memorial Garden. The views of the Little River from the lower River Walk & the upper Greenway are the best they have been in a long time.  Speaking of a long time, below is a circa early 1940's picture of the original TN 73 which is now the lower path of the River Walk.

June 21, 2019 TRWA Maintenance. A Big Thanks!

townsendhelpA big thanks goes to Les Brady and the Town of Townsend for helping to keep the TRWA looking great for the Summer!

We had a fantastic maintenance day at the River Walk on Friday, June 21, 2019.   There were 7 members from the Tuckaleechee Garden Club and a big bonus Les Brady from the Townsend Maintenance Department was on hand doing some heavy lifting.

The signs were cleaned, the gardens were spruced up, downed limbs and other debris was removed, trees were trimmed, vines were removed from trees, weed eating was completed and of course invasives were cut, removed and the remaining trunk was sprayed.   The mimosa's were at their peak and we removed a majority of them.  Two huge princess trees that were discovered this year were girdled to get ready for a fall take down.  Another princess tree that was cut down several years ago had grown new limbs reaching 20 feet and we removed and sprayed that tree.  The edge along the top paved path was weed-whacked and cleaned up so that the river can be viewed from that vantage point.

Participants in this months event included: Theresa(TGC) and Scott(TGC) Schehr, Martha Frink(TGC), Charlotte Miller(TGC / BCTMG), Allison(TGC) and Rodney(FOTWRA) Pearson and Mark Seder(TGC / BCTMG). (TGC - Tuckaleechee Garden Club, BCTMG - Blount County Tennessee Master Gardener, FOTWRA - Friend of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum)

The Townsend River Walk and Arboretum is in great shape for the summer season.  Thanks to everyone that supports the TRWA, it is appreciated!

Another Maintenance Day is scheduled for Friday, July 19.  See you then.

Thanks To East TN Wood Products for the Mulch!

East Tennessee Wood Products - MulchThank You East Tennessee Wood Products for the Mulch!

It takes all kinds of donations from community members to make the Townsend River Walk and Arboretum such a special place. 

A big Thank You goes out to East Tennessee Wood Products Co,. Inc! They donated over 5 yards of hardwood mulch, that we used to make paths to trees, spruced up the area around the Pollinator & Memorial Garden Bench and spread it around newly planted trees.

Many of you may have passed their business off of 411 on the way to Seymour many times.  Giant stacks of hardwood mulch can be seen from the road, this is byproduct of  their cooperage business.  They have been in the cooperage component business for over 60 years and in the same location.   The mulch can be ordered as either newer mulch or mulch that has been aging.  As of this writing the prices are $10.00/ yard you pick up or just under $300 for 25 yards delivered (subject to delivery area).  Prices you cannot beat for some fantastic mulch.  They also have a barn full of used barrels that are for sale and can be used for your decorating whims.

Support this outstanding business and tell them you heard about them from The Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.

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Mulch Around the Pollinator & Memorial GardenMulch Around the Pollinator & Memorial Garden


May 12, 2019 - River Walk Upgrades Progress

Townsend River Walk & Arboretum Pollinator & Memorial Garden - New Sign InstallationWe have made a tremendous amount of progress this past week with upgrades to the Townsend River Walk and Arboretum.

The bench by the Pollinator & Memorial Garden underwent a minor operation to install new slats to the seat.   It is a bench that you can actually sit on and enjoy the butterflies and the beauty of the garden.

Holes were dug and the new aluminum posts were cemented in place for the 40+ new anodized aluminum signs that will be installed this upcoming week. 

The old wooden posts were removed and will be reused along walkways on the river walk.

Cleanup continued along the main walkway and gardens.

Sill lots of work to do but the results are well worth it.  Stop by and check the progress out!

Spring 2019 Updates and Pictures

Crested Dwarf Iris at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum

Thanks to all those that helped in March with the clearing of a large section of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum, we are seeing incredible results with an abundance of wildflowers!  The Mayapples, Trillium, Golden Ragwort, Solomon's Seal,  False Solomon Seal, Virginia Blue Bells, Bloodroot and so much more has turned this former invasive plant haven into a beautiful garden.  Stop by and have a look, you won't be disappointed.  If you would like to add your support for this project a small donation would be appreciated. btn donate pp 115


Trail Map Available for Downloading & Printing

Townsend River Walk & Arboretum Trail MapWe have just completed a trail map for the Arboretum.  The map contains location identifiers for: Arboretum Trees; Plants of Interest; and Gardens.  The map will be updated periodically as we add to these locations.

A responsive web-based map is in the makings and should be ready by months end.

Download or print the map:

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May Final Workdays. Thanks Volunteers! - Sign, Bench & Trellis Completed

20190517 workday5New Signs Installed as well as Mulch during our May 17 & 18, 2019 Workdays.  Thanks Volunteers!
Thanks to Theresa & Scott Schehr for the Bench Restoration & Beautification.

We had very productive workdays on May 17 & 18 as well as a little finishing work done on the 19th.   We would like to thank the volunteers from the Blount County Master Gardeners and the Tuckaleechee Garden Club for making the upgrades to the River Walk a reality.

Tree pruning and trimming, weeding, mulching, sign and sign post installation as well as a couple of new trees and beautyberry kept the volunteers very busy.  5 yards of mulch were spread around the garden areas as well as each of the arboretum marked trees and a layer of new pine mulch was spread on the Roadside Specimen Garden.

Mark Seder & Katherine Goodwin donated a mature witch hazel & red maple tree.   Debbie Dickie donated an American Beautyberry to replace the one for the Sue Tyler memorial.

All the new signs have been installed.  We have the following new and found trees that need signs created: Hemlock, Yellow Buckeye, Witch Hazel, Red Maple and Beech. 

Take some time and enjoy a visit to the River Walk.  The views of the river have never been better thanks to the invasive removal.  Tell your friends and neighbors.  The quick trip is well worth it.

May 4, 2019 Invasive Species Removal Results


It turned out to be a beautiful Saturday for the Inaugural Invasive Plant Removal Workday with our partners: Keep Blount Beautiful and the Little River Watershed Association.   We can't thank enough the 15 volunteers that showed up and removed almost a ton of invasive pants along the River Walk & Arboretum.  Privet, honeysuckle and mimosa were just some of the culprits.  The views of the river were greatly enhanced as from not only the trail thru lower trail but also the upper trail where a small forest of mimosa were cleared.  We plan to partner again for a fall invasive removal with details at a later date.

Now You can Help Preserve, Protect & Maintain the TRW&A

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This is the 15th year since the inception of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum, with the Tuckaleechee Garden Club overseeing the maintenance throughout those years. Most funds to preserve and enhance this project comes from the yearly plant sale sponsored by the Tuckaleechee Garden Club. The cost of preserving, protecting and enhancing the River Walk & Arboretum has continued to grow over the years but this year we are doing some major enhancements that need funding.

  1. Replacing the tree and garden signs with metal posts and anodized aluminum signs as well as adding tags to the trees to make it easier for everyone to associate the sign and tree. (May 2019)
  2. The Pollinator and Memorial Garden will be getting some upgrades. (May 2019)
  3. The Roadside Specimen Garden will cleaned with new landscaping fabric and pine straw added. (May 2019)
  4. The trial off of the main River Walk will be cleaned up and mulched. (May 2019)
  5. Forest floor, river edge and hillside plants will be purchased and planted to help control erosion to the river walk area. (October 2019)

There have been many thousands of hours donated to the maintenance of the river walk over the last 15 years and that will continue but there is more to maintaining the River Walk and Arboretum and that requires your generosity.

All funds donated are 100% used for the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum (except for the credit card processing fees thru Paypal).

If you have enjoyed this wonderful, free to the public, natural resource we encourage you to make a small donation so that one of the jewels Blount County and Townsend will continue to shine for years to come.

Our Goal for 2019 is $3000 and have reached about 25% of that goal. 

We have made it easy to donate thru Paypal (You DO NOT Need a Paypal Account).

Donate by Credit Card or Paypal Account by just clicking the donate button at the bottom of the thermometer and follow the instructions. 

Your kindness and generosity are appreciated!

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