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Dogwood Arts sells dogwood trees to keep Knoxville blooming

Annual Bazillion Blooms Campaign encourages fall tree planting

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Dogwood tree in the Fall; image courtesy of Dogwood Arts

It’s planting time in Tennessee! Dogwood Arts is on a mission to Keep Knoxville Blooming by selling dogwood trees through their annual Bazillion Blooms program. 2’ – 4’ bare-root trees are on sale now for $25 each or five for $100. The trees are disease-resistant, april-blooming, and available in either white or pink flowering varieties. Orders can be placed year-round, but trees are distributed in the fall to coincide with optimal planting time for successful growing. Planting in the fall gives trees time to develop strong root systems over the winter months before facing the challenges of drying summer heat.

Trees ordered through November 18th will be available for pick-up at the Dogwood Arts office (123 W Jackson Avenue) on Friday, December 4th from 10AM-7PM and Saturday, December 5th from 9AM-12PM. Trees can be ordered online.

“The main goal of this program is to ensure that Knoxville’s historic Dogwood Trails continue to bloom well into the future,” says Dogwood Arts Trails & Gardens Manager, Vicki Baumgartner. “When everything slowed to a halt last spring, nature continued to put on a beautiful show––area residents and regional visitors alike found respite in the natural beauty of our area by safely touring over 80 miles of blooming dogwood trails.”

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Dogwood tree in the Spring; image courtesy of Dogwood Arts

Not only does planting trees beautify the landscape, it’s also a great way to celebrate a special event, honor an individual, or memorialize loved ones. Gift trees can be purchased year-round through Dogwood Arts and include a handwritten commemorative card mailed to the recipient of the purchasers’ choosing. The trees are planted along one of Knoxville’s historic Dogwood Trails, which have been a symbol of civic pride and community celebration since 1955.

Larger blooming trees, flowering shrubs, bulbs, and perennials are available at these participating Garden Centers: Ellenburg Landscaping & Nursery, Mayo Garden Centers, Northshore Nursery, and Stanley’s Greenhouse. $25 bare-root dogwood trees are only available through Dogwood Arts and NOT available at these gardens centers.

The Bazillion Blooms program began in 2009 with a mission to revitalize tree plantings along our historic Dogwood Trails and throughout the region. Since then, over 11,000 dogwood trees have been added to East Tennessee’s landscape, ensuring our region’s spring beauty will continue well into the future. Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission is to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty.

Published October 20, 2020

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