The fall season has many people stocking up on mums and pumpkins for our gardens, but it is already time to start thinking about your dogwood trees.
Hundreds of dogwood trees will soon be planted in Knoxville as part of the Dogwood Arts Bazillion Blooms program.
“Fall is the best season for planting, whether it’s your dogwood trees, your other flowering trees,” said Vicki Baumgartner with Dogwood Arts.
Dogwoods are a huge part of what Knoxville is known for in the spring.
“When the pink lines go down in March it means spring is right around the corner and everybody starts to get excited,” Baumgartner said.
Shannon Herron with Dogwood Arts added, “We have people coming from all over the country to see our dogwood trees and just everything blooming in the spring here in Knoxville.”
Right now is the prime time to get these dogwoods in the dirt.
“It gives the trees and other shrubs and perennials time to set their roots during the winter before we hit the hot season,” said Greg Wilson, owner of Wilson Fine Gardens in Bearden.
For the tenth year Dogwood Arts is holding its Bazillion Blooms program encouraging the community to help brighten up the city especially around those ever popular dogwood trails.
Wilson Fine Gardens is one of the places Dogwood Arts has partnered with to stock up the trees, along with Stanley’s Greenhouse and Ellenburg Landscaping and Nursery.
“The idea of getting more dogwoods out into the community and getting everything blooming for spring is just fantastic,” Wilson said.
Dogwoods have been blooming brilliantly in Knoxville for decades.
“It was in response to Knoxville being called the ugliest city by a New York author and some of the folks decided no no that’s not who we are,” Baumgartner said. “So they started planting trees along the trails.”
Over the past ten years thousands more have been planted. Dogwood Arts is hoping to reach a 10,000 tree goal this year, and they are well on their way with more than 9,600 so far.
“When we started this program it was actually a three year initiative just to sort of educate the community about the importance of planting for the future so our dogwood trails would stay vibrant through the years, and it’s been such a great success,” Baumgartner said.
You can pick up dogwoods at any of the three nursery partners, and you can also order directly through Dogwood Arts.
They will supply you with two to four foot bare-root trees for $25 each or five for $100. They are for sale through November 16. The community-wide tree planting date is set for December 1.
To order through Dogwood Arts visit www.dogwoodarts.com or call (865) 637-4561.