Digital Collections

Knoxville Gardens Slides

This collection of hand-colored lantern slides depicts ornamental gardens in the Knoxville, Tennessee, area from the early twentieth century, and feature a variety of garden styles, plants, flowers, and foliage.

The slides, whose precise origin is unknown, illustrate the rich tradition of gardening and beautification in Knoxville. The Knoxville Garden Club was organized in 1923 and was admitted, nine years later, to the Garden Club of America. Members of the club not only worked on and showed their own residential gardens, but also tirelessly worked throughout the Knoxville community to sponsor horticulture programs, host civic plantings, and support many other beautification efforts. In 1955, the club established the Dogwood Trails, which evolved into the Dogwood Arts Festival - an annual celebration of the area's culture and natural beauty - and continues to attract thousands of visitors today.