The tulips at Cherokee: Dogwood Arts 2015

Tulips at Cherokee Country Club, 2015Knoxville’s Dogwood Arts Festival isn’t only about art.  It’s about the beauty of the area, too. And sometimes it’s right under your nose.

We pass by Cherokee Country Club on Lyons View Pike almost daily.  And sometimes, not all the time, we note what’s planted in the flowerbeds by the street.  Last year, a profusion of almost-perfect tulips caused us to pull over, risk getting hit by incoming guests, and squat down beside these lovelies to get some of the best shots of tulips ever. (Well, at least for us.)

Pink tulips, Knoxville, TN

Full plantings of pink tulips in bloom at Cherokee Country Club, Knoxville

While driving around town looking for redbuds this week, I saw this year’s plantings and immediately made a judgement call:  this year’s flowerbeds just weren’t as spectacular as last year’s. Or so I thought.

Flowerbed at Cherokee Country Club, 2015

But pull over I did.  And squat.  And take a look . . . up close.

Close-up: tulip at Cherokee Country Club, 2015

That’s when I realized the beauty in composition.  This year’s planting of pale pink, yellow, and white tulips was nothing less than spectacular: an impressionistic painting with light colors running together, one of the prettiest arrays in town. And maybe even better than last year’s one-color show of pink.

Tulips at Cherokee Country Club, 2015


If you live in or near Knoxville, you may want to put this Lyons View address on your itinerary.  It’s worth the drive, especially if you enjoy taking pictures.

Collectively or individually, the tulips at Cherokee make a strong statement: there’s beauty in quiet colors.

For more information on the Dogwood Arts Festival 2015 (along with a calendar of events), click here.

To see the tulips, head to Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919.


About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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7 Responses to The tulips at Cherokee: Dogwood Arts 2015

  1. K. Renae P. says:

    Such lovely photos! I’m so happy to see all the colors of spring.

    • Thanks for taking this drive-by with us! Those colors together are so lovely, but I never would have selected them. I now like the pale whites, pinks, and yellows about as much as the vivid pinks and red that I used to think were my favorites!

  2. Amy says:

    I love the pale pink! It’s wonderful to have the art festival in spring. 🙂

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