Dogwood Arts Festival to transform East Tennessee with natural beauty

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Spring is in the air and we’re about one month away from a popular springtime celebration in East Tennessee, the Dogwood Arts Festival.

For years, visitors have enjoyed art, live entertainment, culture and those beautiful blooms. Organizers say it initially started as a neighborhood beautification project where dogwood trails were established in 1955.

Looking closely right now, there are just buds on dogwood trees in East Tennessee. Organizers with Dogwood Arts say the trees seem to be blooming right on schedule.

“You can see they’re starting to open a little bit but they stll have quite a way to go. The thing that makes them open so early is when we have those warm sunny days and of course, the temperature lately has been pretty moderate,” said Vicki Baumgartner, trails and gardens program manager with Dogwood Arts.

Baumgartner says there is one difference with dogwoods this spring.

“There are more buds on the trees this year then I can remember seeing maybe ever. I mean, every trail I visit even on my own property, the trees are absolutely loaded and I’m guessing it’s all that great rain we’ve had,” she said.

She says it was a good winter for dogwood trees. Along with the rain it was just cold enough for buds to set.

So when will we see blooms?

“It’s a pretty safe bet that they’re going to be in bloom around the middle of the month, middle of April. It seems that it’s gotten a little earlier in recent years. We’ve had years where even the last week of March were showing a lot of color. Unless we get 80-degree days that last for a week or more, I don’t htink we’re going to be ahead of schedule,” said Baumgartner.

How long blooms will last depends entirely on the weather, however, Baumgartner expects blooms to last two to three weeks.

The Sequoyah Hills dogwood trail was the perfect place for Sean Morey to catch up on running. Morey says he’s enjoying watching the buds grow.

“With the light greens really popping out against the greys and the whites. It really has this kind of nice color pallet out here that you don’t get to see much at the other times of the year.”

To see how the latest dogwood blooms are progressing in East Tennessee, Dogwood Art is routinely posting new photos on their website, click here.

2019 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MARCH 29 | ARTITUDE
A celebration of art, courage, and survivorship produced in partnership with the Cancer Support Center.

APRIL 1 – MARCH 2020 | ART IN PUBLIC PLACES EXHIBITION
An exhibition of large-scale outdoor sculptures in downtown Knoxville, the McGhee Tyson Airport, Zoo Knoxville, and Oak Ridge. Sculpture installation will take place March 22-23, 2019.

APRIL 1-30 | EPIPHONE GUITAR ART EXHIBITION
An exhibition of student artwork produced on Epiphone Guitars, on display at the Songbirds Guitar Art Museum in Chattanooga until April 30th before moving to Knoxville in May.

APRIL 4 – APRIL 30 | DOGWOOD TRAILS, OPEN GARDENS, AND CAMERA SITES
Twelve blooming trails covering over 85 miles of residential neighborhoods in the Knoxville area. Farragut is the 2019 Featured Trail. A ribbon-cutting on April 4th on the Farragut Trail will officially open the Dogwood Trails.

APRIL 6 |CHALK WALK
A day-long chalk festival that turns downtown Knoxville sidewalks into a vast canvas for the region’s most talented professional and student artists.

APRIL 13 & 14 | FEATURED GARDENS
Remarkable private gardens open to the public for one weekend only.

APRIL 14 |BIKES & BLOOMS (Spring)
Organized bike rides showcasing Knoxville’s natural beauty the lean, green way.

APRIL 26 – 28 | DOGWOOD ARTS FESTIVAL
Downtown Knoxville becomes a dynamic street festival showcasing artwork from local and national artisans, live entertainment, food trucks, children’s activities, and much more!

APRIL/MAY | HIKES & BLOOMS
Guided hikes that highlight interesting facts, features, and flora, produced with Covenant Health.

MAY 17 – 19 | RHYTHM N’ BLOOMS
This 3-day music festival features emerging acts in American roots music – encompassing blues, country, jazz, rock, indie, and everything in between.

JUNE 1 – 2 | SUMMER FEATURED GARDEN
One of Knoxville’s exceptional gardens opens to the public for this weekend only.

JUNE 7 – 31 | REGIONAL ART EXHIBITION
An exhibition of fine art showcasing emerging and established regional artists.

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