Tag Archives: Alan Solomon

UT Gardens Gala: over-the-top food on a fun Friday

We go to a heck of a lot of events every year and sometimes they all kind of blend together. Very few stand out. But the UT Gardens Gala does. I’m not sure why, but there’s just something different about … Continue reading

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UT Gardens honor major donor — and peonies!

The weather gods smiled upon the UT Gardens Gala, thank goodness, as several hundred supporters gathered to raise money and also raise a glass or two to Henry McIlwaine Jr., whose generosity will fund a new pavilion on the Neyland … Continue reading

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“Thyme” was on our side at this affair

The Green Thumb Gala (I love that name!) to benefit the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum might have been a typical silent and live auction, but the venue and the auction items made it special. Held under a huge tent … Continue reading

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“God’s Answer to Our Prayers”

A few miles from downtown Knoxville — less than 10 minutes, for sure — lies a romantic, unique and inspiring garden called God’s Answer to Our Prayers – or GATOP, for short. It belongs to a brilliant cancer physician and … Continue reading

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Blossoms, biofuels and bearded irises

I pass by the UT Gardens on Neyland Drive several times a week coming and going from downtown Knoxville to parts west. They are mostly a blur to me. But once a year, we attend a fantastic fundraiser there that … Continue reading

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Visiting garden expert great excuse for party

I have to say, the entry of the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum onto the Knoxville social scene definitely has expanded the diversity of cultural activities available. Case in point: a lecture by an expert on famous gardener Gertrude Jekyll … Continue reading

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Figs and fun greet Botanical Garden fans

Scads of folks shelled out $50 each and headed over to Sherri Lee’s fantastic gardens the other evening for the inaugural Great Gardens Party. The beneficiary was the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. The theme: figs, of course. Sherri loves … Continue reading

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