JUST ANNOUNCED!  --  FREE Guided Tours of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum on Wednesday, June 8 and Saturday, June 11.   --  Registration and Additional Information.



Lamar Alexander Parkway (US 321) Townsend, TN  37882


Tuckaleechee Garden Club

Written by Allison Pearson

Townsend-Walland, Tennessee

Founded 1983

The purpose of this club is to promote education and interest in a program that will add beauty and charm to our homes and community.  We shall endeavor to study and preserve nature in our environment.

Tuckaleechee Garden Club

Affiliated with

National Garden Clubs (NGC, Inc)

Mission: NGC, Inc. provides education, resources, and national networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility.

Conservation Pledge: I pledge to protect and conserve the natural resources of the planet earth and promise to promote education so we may become caretakers of our air, water, forest, land, and wildlife. 

Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs (TFGC)  (District IV)

Mission: TFGC, a supportive member of National Garden Clubs, Inc. and Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc., provides education, resources, and national networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibilities.

Headquarters:  Ivan Racheff House and Gardens, 1943 Tennessee Avenue, Knoxville, TN


Tuckaleechee Garden Club (TGC) meets at 10:00AM on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Tuckaleechee United Methodist Church, 7300 Old Tuckaleechee Road, Townsend, TN, unless otherwise noted in the calendar.

Visitors and Prospective Members

Tuckaleechee Garden Club (TGC) welcomes visitors and prospective members who want to learn more about the club.  Our current members are from a variety of local towns and communities including Knoxville, Townsend, Maryville, Tuckaleechee Garden ClubWalland, Loudon, Friendsville, and Rockford, and our gardening acumen spans from novice to expert.    Our meetings begin at 10:00AM with a one-hour business meeting, horticulture exhibits and design competition.  The second hour is devoted to education usually provided by an expert presenter or hands-on activity.  Afterwards, club members gather for a pot-luck lunch and social time.  Our meetings are fun, informative, and delicious!

Due are $20/year. The Club year is from April-March

If you are interested in learning more about the Tuckaleechee Garden Club (TGC) or visiting a club meeting use our Contact Form.

Club Colors

Yellow and Green

Club Flower

Yellow Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum)

The Yellow Lady’s Slipper belongs to the Orchid family.  The blossoms have a sac-like lip with the shape of a slipper or moccasin.  The Yellow Lady’s Slipper petals twist in a spiral, flowering in April and growing in the high altitudes of the Smoky Mountains.



Vice President                 

Recording Secretary       







Janie Bitner

Allison Pearson

Wanda Taylor

Charlotte Miller

Mary Lynn Morgan

Theresa Schehr

Debbie Dickie

Scott Schehr

Tuckaleechee Garden Club Horticultural Display



Blue Star Memorial


Exhibits and Awards



Racheff Contact

River Walk & Arboretum

Special Projects

Townsend High Alumni



Francesca Messenger

Linda Lee

Francesca Messenger

Martha Frink

Charlotte Miller

Martha Frink

Mark Seder

Martha Frink

Mary Lynn Morgan

Theresa Schehr

Tuckaleechee Garden Club President, Janie Bitner, at the Gold Star Dedication

2022-2023 Meeting Schedule and Programs

TGC Theme: Nurture Native Plants and Each Other

Project:  Enhance and Maintain the Townsend River Walk and Arboretum


April 19, 2022                                                Monthly Meeting

                                                                             Floral Design Workshop

                                                                             Speaker: Cathy Waitinas

April 23, 2022                                                TGC Annual Plant Sale 9:00AM - 4:00PM

                                                                             Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

                                                                             123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN

April 29, 2022                                                 Arbor Day

                                                                              Tree Planting at the Townsend River Walk and Arboretum

May 17, 2022                                                  Monthly Meeting


                                                                              Speaker:  Dr. Will Kuhn, Director of Education, Discover Life in America

June 5 - 11, 2022                                             National Garden Week

                                                                              June 8:  Guided Tours, Townsend River Walk and Arboretum, 9:00 and 9:30AM

                                                                              June 11: Guided Tours, Towsend River Walk and Arboretum, 9:00 and 9:30AM

                                                                              June 5-June 11, Daily, 10:00AM-Noon, "Mornings in the Garden", Heirloom Kitchen Garden Tours and Talk

                                                                             Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN

June 21, 2022                                                  Monthly Meeting

                                                                              Bear Country:  Living & Gardening with Bears in the Backyard!

                                                                              Speaker: Allison Pearson

July 19, 2022                                                   Monthly Meeting


                                                                              Speaker: Warren Bielenberg, Tennessee Butterfly Monitoring Network

August 16, 2022                                              Monthly Meeting

                                                                              How Plants Get Their Names

                                                                              Speaker:  Mary Albrecht

September 20, 2022                                         Monthly Meeting

                                                                              Gardening with Children at South Knoxville Elementary School

                                                                              Speaker:  Dianne Forry

October 18, 2022                                              Monthly Meeting

                                                                               Tour of the Cultural Preservation Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

                                                                               Speaker:  Baird Todd, Curator, Culture Preservation Center, GSMNP

November 15, 2022                                          Monthly Meeting


                                                                              Speaker: Laura Howard, Sevier Solid Waste, Inc. 

December 20, 2022                                           Monthly Meeting

                                                                                Christmas Party - Details TBA

January 17, 2023                                               Monthly Meeting

                                                                                Chat and Chew - Details TBA

February 21, 2023                                             Monthly Meeting

                                                                                The Birds and the Bees:  Eco- Gardening in East Tennessee

                                                                                Speaker:  Louminda Torbett, Blount County Master Gardeners

March 21, 2023                                                  Monthly Meeting

                                                                                  Best Management Practices for Woody Ornamentals and Trees

                                                                                  Speaker:  Lee Rumble