Painted dogwood in UT Gardens

Lens-Artists Challenge 105: Spring

Knoxville is the ugliest city I ever saw in America, with the possible exception of some mill towns in New England. John Gunther, 1947 With that caustic statement (actually a blessing in disguise), Knoxville took note. We Knoxvillians had a pretty city then, but we have an even prettier city now. And to top it […]

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Redbuds first, then dogwoods.

Although the highly anticipated white dogwood blooms (stars of Dogwood Arts Festival 2015) are making progress, they’re still in the half-open, pale green stage.  Lovely, but not in full bloom.  That’s just the way it is here in East Tennessee. You’re blessed with redbuds sporting their characteristic purplish blooms first.  And then the dogwood show […]

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Dogwood Arts 2014: A beautiful beginning!

We always know the dates of the Dogwood Arts Festival in advance — websites, posters, and billboards keep us informed.  But it’s not until we see the redbuds blooming in town and along I-40 that we know dogwood blooms can’t be far behind. Knoxville’s Dogwood Arts Festival 2014 officially runs through April, but blooms don’t […]

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