Experts say cold weather won't affect Dogwood Arts Festival kick

Experts say cold weather won't affect Dogwood Arts Festival kickoff this weekend

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The cold weather isn't expected to affect the dogwood blooms. The cold weather isn't expected to affect the dogwood blooms.
"Dogwood Arts is a great event that build community pride for our residents, but it also attracts thousands of visitors from East Tennessee," said Dogwood Arts Festival Executive Director Lisa Duncan. "Dogwood Arts is a great event that build community pride for our residents, but it also attracts thousands of visitors from East Tennessee," said Dogwood Arts Festival Executive Director Lisa Duncan.
This year's driving tour features Farragut. This year's driving tour features Farragut.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Even though a weather warmup is predicted for this weekend, the recent cold snap across East Tennessee has had organizers of the annual Dogwood Arts Festival a little nervous, wondering if the snow and frigid temperatures might ruin what the whole festival is about.

With the start of the 53rd Annual Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville just a few days away, the dogwood trees around the area were looking a little bare on Wednesday.

For a month-long springtime celebration centered around the beauty of that exact tree, organizers are hoping the recent cold weather doesn't mean they won't be in bloom.

Garden experts this week gave them some good news though, ensuring they'll be perfect by the start of the festival.

"I can't control Mother Nature. The experts have said that this cold snap is holding back the blooms so they'll be blooming for us during Dogwood Arts," said Dogwood Arts Festival Executive Director Lisa Duncan.

The festival kicks off this weekend. There will be numerous walking trails and garden tours throughout East Tennessee.

This year's driving tour features Farragut.

Marked by pink hashes on the street, the tour showcases the area's most beautiful gardens.

But Dogwood Arts Festival is about much more than budding flowers. Throughout April, there's a little something for everyone.

"Our community is so rich with arts and culture. We also have fabulous visual arts, performing arts, film, theater, dance, literary arts," said Duncan.

Many of the art and music festivals are happening in downtown Knoxville.

"Dogwood Arts is a great event that build community pride for our residents, but it also attracts thousands of visitors from East Tennessee," said Duncan.

Most of Dogwood's events, performances and exhibitions are available free of charge to the public.

For a full calendar of events, visit the Dogwood Arts Festival website or call 865-637-4561.

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