Townsend River Walk & Arboretum Receives the The Dee Lidvall Sustainable Stewardship Award
from Keep Blount Beautiful at the Foothills Beautification Awards - READ MORE!



Lamar Alexander Parkway (US 321) Townsend, TN  37882


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First Spring Blooms of 2020!

daffodilsThanks Allison Pearson for finding the first TRWA Spring blooms of 2020.

Wow!  This has been some kind of start to 2020.  That early January warm weather has caused the daffodils on the River Walk to start opening at least a month earlier than they should.  Makes for a pretty sight and gives us hope for a beautiful Spring.  Enjoy your next walk on the TRWA and look for the Spring flowers in bloom!

2019 - A Monumental Year for the Townsend River Walk and Arboretum


2019 has been a tremendous year of growth at the Townsend River Walk and Arboretum.  From the installation of new Arboretum Signs to the new partnerships with Keep Blount Beautiful & The Little River Watershed Association, it has been a year of change and growth.  

A special shout out goes to these volunteers who seemed to be at every 2019 TRWA event come rain or shine and they deserve a tremendous applause for there dedication throughout 2019 at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.  Combined they contributed over 600 volunteer hours to the River Walk in 2019!

Charlotte Miller, Martha Frink, Theresa Schehr, Scott Schehr, Allison Pearson, Rodney Pearson & Mark Seder

Below is a Timeline for the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.  As you can see it has been a very busy year!

Memoriam Benches Installed

Two benches were installed. One in memoriam to Tommy Miller and the other in memoriam of Robert Louis Sorvillo.
Read more 2019.01

TWRA New Logo Unveiled

A logo for the Townsend River Walk and Arboretum was completed and will be used on all TWRA signage and correspondence.
Read more 2019.03

Donation Capability Added to Web Site

Donations can now be accepted thru the website for the TRWA. Donations are processed by Paypal.
Read more 2019.03

Master Gardner's Help with TRWA Maintenance

A large section of the River Walk was cleared of invasives with the combined efforts of the Tuckaleechee Garden Club & the Blount County Master Gardener's. Looking forward to the Spring of 2020 to see the results of the major undertaking. A big hand for a great group of volunteers!
Read more 2019.03.22 - 23

Inagural Invasive Plant Removal at the TRWA Sponsored by Keep Blount Beautiful

Keep Blount Beautiful selected the TRWA for their inaugural Invasive Plant Removal. Co-sponsored by: The Little River Watershed Assoc. and the Tuckaleechee Garden Club. With 15 volunteers attending the removal a a big success. What a great community get together.
Read more 2019.05.04

Old TRWA Sign Posts Removed, New Installation Begins

In early May we started removing the old wooden posts and signage from the TRWA. Post holes were dug for the new aluminum sign posts and then cemented. Also the tree tags were attached to the Arboretum trees.
Read more 2019.05

TRWA Signs Installed

The anodized aluminum tree, plant and garden signs were installed. The signs provide the tree or plant: common name, botanical name, brief info, did you know and a QR code that when used with a mobile device takes you to additional information about that tree or plant on the TRWA website. The picture is the before and after signs and posts.
Read more 2019.05

Some Great work and Donations

Thanks to Theresa & Scott Schehr for the garden Bench Restoration & Beautification. 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. East Tennessee Wood Products Co,. Inc donated 5 yards of hardwood mulch.
Read more 2019.05.19

2019 Eastern Region Tennessee Master Gardener Conference Attendees Viist

Over 40 Master Gardener's from all over Tennessee toured the TRWA. It was a great turnout and a beautiful day. Thanks to all the Master Gardeners and the Garden Club Volunteer's that helped with the tour.
Read more 2019.05.20

Keep Blount Beautiful Present the Tulip Poplar Award to Mark Seder & the Tuckaleechee Garden Club

The Tulip Poplar Award was presented for the assistance provided to Keep Blount Beautiful for their first ever Invasive Plant Removal on the Townsend River Walk and Arboretum. It was a very unexpected honor.
Read more 2019.06.06

Printable Trail Map Made Available

Mark Seder put together a map of the River Walk and Arboretum and was added to the TRWA website. The map was made by taking GPS coordinates of the trees, plants and gardens and then uploading them thru mapping software to create a fairly accurate map.
Read more 2019.06

River Walk Maintenance

During the summer months there was continual maintenance on the TRWA. Most of the maintenance involved the cleaning up, weed eating and keeping the appearance of the River Walk welcoming to guests. The Town of Townsend added some of there resource to the keep of the weeds cut back.
Read more 2019.06 - 2019.09

Passionflowers Planted Behid the Pollinator Garden

Mark Seder donated and planted three passionflowers (Passiflora incarnata) behind the Pollinator and Memorial Garden. The Passion Flower (aka: maypop, wild apricot, and the ocoee) is the official Tennessee State Wildflower. It grows as a vine and because the floral parts were once said to represent aspects of the Christian crucifixion story, sometimes referred to as the Passion. The 10 petal-like parts represents the disciples of Jesus, excluding Peter and Judas; the 5 stamens the wounds Jesus received; the knob-like stigmas the nails; the fringe the crown of thorns. They are also a larval host for the Gulf Fritillary butterfly.
Read more 2019.07

Endowment Grant Received from Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.

The Townsend River Walk & Arboretum received a $200 to help defray the costs of replacing the fencing around the Pollinator & Memorial Garden. A big thanks to the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.
Read more 2019.10

Invasive Plant Removal in Conjunction with Keep Blount Beautiful

What a great turnout with over 24 in attendance to learn and work with: Tuckaleechee Garden Club, Keep Blount Beautiful and The Little River Watershed Association, on invasives and the cleanup of invasives. The event was capped with a picnic at the River Walk for all the volunteers. This was real community spirit.
Read more 2019.12.07

"Cherokee Brave" Dogwood Planted in Memory of Ron Byrd

This year we lost a working partner on the TWRA, Ron Byrd. Donations were made in honor of Ron and a "Cherokee Brave" Dogwood was purchased with the donations and planted by Mark Seder.
Read more 2019.12.15

Wildflowers Planted!

Allison and Rodney Pearson along with Mark Seder planted several pounds of wildflowers on the hill opposite the Pollinator Garden and then along the Greenway ending just past the Specimen Garden.
Read more 2019.12.18

"Cherokee Princess" Dogwood Planted

Mark Seder planted the "Cherokee Princess" Dogwood that was purchased with a donation from the Mary Blount DAR.
Read more 2019.12.26

Mary Blount DAR Dogwood Tree Dedication

Mary Blount DAR donated funds for a Cherokee Princess Dogwood and held a dedication.
Read more 2019.12.28

Mary Blount DAR Dogwood Dedication on December 28, 2019

Mary Blount DAR Members Dedicating New DogwoodMary Blount DAR members attending the "Cherokee Princess" Dogwood dedication from left to right: Valerie Hendrix, Caroline Baxter, Mary Ann Bowery, Wanda Taylor, Myrtle James, Donna Nuchols, Charlotte Miller, Mary Nell Clevenger, Janie Bitner, Martha Daugherty, Betty Jo Grubb Waldo, and Mary Jo Ballew(not pictured).

Members of the Mary Blount DAR held a dedication ceremony for the "Cherokee Princess" Dogwood that was planted with money donated by the DAR.  Money was also contributed by the DAR for the tree sign which will be installed this summer. 

The "Cherokee Princess" Dogwood is about 8 ft tall and loaded with buds, ready for Spring blooming.  This dogwood is disease resistant and will produce large clusters of white flowers in the Spring.

The Townsend River Walk and Arboretum, manged by the Tuckaleechee Garden Club, gives a big THANK YOU! to the Mary Blount DAR for their contribution.

Wildflower Seeds Planted, Can't Wait Until Spring!

seedplanting900Wildflower Seeds Planted on Hillside by Pollinator Garden and More!
A big thanks to Mark, Allison and Rodney.

The hillside opposite the Pollinator Garden doesn't look like much now, but wait until Spring.   On Wednesday December 18, 2019, Allison and Rodney Pearson along with Mark Seder planted several pounds of wildflower seeds on this hillside as well as along the river side of the Greenway(top trail of TRWA) from end to end of the Arboretum. 

The hillside was hard raked in both directions to remove any loose grass, leaves and weeds.  Large amounts of Eyonomus vines, that by the size of them have been there for 10 - 15 years, were also pulled up.  The seeds mixed with sand were spread on the hillside then walked on to set into the ground.  Allison and Rodney provided two large tubs of Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed susan) plus a few other goodies.  Most of the Rudbeckia was spread from the top of the hill to the Roadside Specimen Garden and then to the other side of the Roadside Garden.  

If this produces like we are hoping there will be an abundance of wildflowers that will draw attention to the TRWA and provide our pollinators and birds a great source of pollen and food that will last for many years to come.


List of Wildflowers
African Daisy Dimorphiteca sinuata Annual
Baby Blue Eyes Nemophila menziesii Annual
Baby's Breath Gypsophila elegans Annual
Bergamot Monarda fistulosa Perennial
Black Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta Biennial
Blanketflower Gaillardia aristata Perennial
Blue Flax Linum usitatissimum Annual
California Poppy Eschscholzia californica Annual/Perennial
Cosmos Sensation Mix Cosmos bipinnatus Annual
Crimson Clover Trifolium incarnatum Annual
Drummond Phlox  Phlox drummondii Annual
Dwarf Cornflower/Bachelor Button Centaurea cyanus Annual
Evening Primrose Oenothera lamarckiana Annual
Five Spot Nemophilia maculata Annual
Gayfeather/Blazing Star Liatris spicata Perennial
Gloriosa Daisy Rudbeckia gloriosa Perennial
Lance Leaf Coreopsis Coreposis lanceolata Perennial
Lemon Mint Monarda citriodora Annual
Lemon Queen Sunflower Helianthus annuus Annual
Mixed Red Poppy (Shirley Poppy) Papaver rhoeas Annual
New England Aster Aster novae angliae Perennial
Perennial Gaillardia Gaillardia aristata Perennial
Perennial Lupine Lupinus perennis Perennial
Plains Coreopsis Coreopsis tinctoria Annual
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea Perennial
Purple Phacelia Phacelia tanacetifolia Annual
Red Corn Poppy (Legion Poppy) Papaver rhoeas Annual
Russel Lupine Lupinus polyphyllus Perennial
Scarlet Flax Linum grandiflorum rubrum Annual
Siberian Wallflower Cheiranthus allioni Perennial/Biennial
Sulphur/Orange Cosmos Cosmos sulphureus Annual
Sweet Alyssum Lobularia maritima Perennial
Tall Cornflower/Bachelor Button Centaurea cyanus Annual
Toadflax Linaria maroccana Annual
Wild Cosmos Cosmos bipinnatus Annual
Wild Perennial Lupine Lupinus perennis Perennial
Yellow Prairie Coneflower Ratibida columnifera Perennial

Final Statistics, Notes & Pictures from 2019.12.07 Invasive Removal


The invasive plant removal that took place on December 7, 2019 was sponsored and promoted by Keep Blount Beautiful, Little River Watershed Association and the Tuckaleechee Garden Club.    The weather was perfect for December with temps reaching the upper 50's.

24 Volunteers from Maryville, Walland, Townsend, Knoxville and Alcoa provided the workforce for on the the largest invasive removal efforts to date. We worked on removing: Bush Honeysuckle, Eyonomus and English Ivy.  Also a little privet was pulled.

In total we finished with 17 trash bags of Eyonomus and English Ivy and well over a half ton of Bush Honeysuckle.

The Tuckaleechee Garden Club provided a perfect picnic lunch and Mountain Ridge Way Products donated a special labeled Wildflower Honey bear for each volunteer.

It was a great day to work, meet new friends and enjoy the beauty of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.

Pictures provided by: Keep Blount Beautiful, Theresa Schehr and Mark Seder.

GBU Financial Life Donates $150 for 2019 Work Hours

gbu logo

GBU Financial Life is a 127 year-old not for profit fraternal benefit society.  One of the benefits is that each year they will donate $10/hour up to 15 hours of volunteer work by a member for a qualified non-profit organization.   Mark Seder, being a member of GBU Financial and the Tuckaleechee Garden Club, qualified for this donation based on his work on the Townsend River Walk and Arboretum in 2019.  A total of $150 has been donated to the Tuckaleechee Garden club for his efforts.  Let's all give GBU Financial and Mark a big thank you for this donation.  This is the second year in a row for a total of $300 donated, so far, by the GBU.

Mary Blount DAR Donated Cherokee Princess Dogwood Planted

Cherokee Princess Dogwood Donated by Mary Blount DARMary Blount DAR Chapter Donates a Cherokee Princess Dogwood

Our 2nd dogwood has been planted on the upper path of the TRWA just down from the Roadside Specimen Garden. The "Cherokee Princess" Dogwood that is planted thru a donation by the Mary Blount DAR Chapter. Mark Seder planted this 1.5 in diameter, 9 footer on Thursday December 26th, 2019 and placed a temporary marker until we place an order for additional anodized aluminum markers. It is a beauty and will be ready to bud in the Spring of 2020. Special thanks to Charlotte Miller, a DAR member, for obtaining this donation. 

Stop by and take a look at the two recent dogwood additions.  They can be seen from US Route 321 just down from the Roadside Specimen Garden.

Cherokee Brave Dogwood Planted in Memory of Ron Byrd

Cherokee Brave Dogwood Planted in memory of Ron ByrdCherokee Brave Dogwood Planted in memory of Ron Byrd

We are in the process of planting a few Dogwoods on the upper path of the TRWA just down from the Roadside Specimen Garden. The first is a "Cherokee Brave" Dogwood that is planted thru donations in memory of Ron Byrd, who passed away this year. Mark Seder planted this 1.5 in diameter, 9 footer on Sunday December 15th, 2019 and placed a temporary marker until we place an order for additional anodized aluminum markers. It looks great and is the first of at least three that will be planted.

Thank You Volunteers 2019.12.07 - Invasive Plant Removal at TWRA


Dec. 7, 2019 - Invasive Plant Removal VolunteersVolunteers for the December 7, 2019 - Invasive Plant Removal.  A big thanks to them all!


A beautiful day spent with a great group of volunteers!  Thanks to each and every one of them.  Additional pictures and information will be posted soon but could wait to say THANK YOU!