A stunning vista featuring red tulips
Some days in East Tennessee — mostly in the spring and fall — just make you happy to be alive. And if you find yourself on one of those days in one of the most beautiful settings in Knoxville, well, so much the better. Last Thursday was such a day. The setting was the stunning garden behind the historic Kingston Pike home of Betsey Bush, who had opened it for a fundraiser for the Knoxville Symphony. The luncheon was part of the Knoxville Symphony League‘s very successful Elegant Dining series.
Betsey is not only a gardener, but a talented flower arranger, as well. So the flowers inside the house were as fabulous as were those in the garden. Special guests at the event were Daniel Meyer, in town as guest conductor for the KSO’s Moxley Carmichael Masterworks performances of Holst’s “The Planets” last Thursday and Friday, and his wife, Mary Persin, who was guest violist for the concerts.
Thanks to these Symphony League members who hosted the luncheon along with Betsey: Jerrine Bogan, Sandra Butler, Debbie Kinnard, Elizabeth Koester, Lee Ley and Stacy Moody.
Tickets still are available to some of the remaining Elegant Dining events. Click here to go to the website and sign up!
Two big urns of pussy willows and pansies greeted guests.
From left, hostess Betsey Bush, Daniel Meyer, Mary Persin and Rachel Ford, executive director of the KSO. Mimosas are such a fun spring drink!
From left, Janet Crossley, Fay Bailey and Eleanor Nichols
Lee Ley, left, one of the hostesses, with Betsey Bush and Jane Creed
Jackie Wilson, left, and Lynne Harr
Mary Johnson, right, with her daughter, Mary Margaret
From left, Dorothy Stair, Natalie Haslam and Barbara Arant
This cute rain gauge is on the patio.
A pretty arbor
It definitely was tulip season.
Daniel and Mary made a cute couple in a beautiful setting as they checked out the garden.
The phlox was doing great.
An inviting pathway
I don't know what this plant is, but I sure do like it. If anyone knows, please post in the comments section.
Graceful water birds
I love it when Lenten roses actually bloom during Lent!
All through the garden, Betsey has used old grist mill wheels, which make such an interesting statement.
Back inside, I peeked into the kitchen to see caterer Betty Melrose hard at work. She does a fantastic job.
This cute bunny decorated the island in the kitchen.
Joan Cronan, left, and hostess Stacy Moody
Here is one of the centerpieces Betsey had arranged.
She had cut these hydrangeas that morning from her garden.
Another magnificent centerpiece
A standing arrangement of camellias and dogwood blossoms. Very creative.
The salad featured romaine, artichoke hearts and hearts of palm. Very spring-like.
Seafood crepes and asparagus were the main course. They were delicious.
Dessert was meringue with Chantilly cream and Grand Marnier-soaked strawberries drizzled with chocolate. Oh my goodness!
Here are Rudy and Elizabeth Koester. They searched the Southeast about a decade ago for a college town to which to relocate when they retired. Knoxville won!
Daniel Meyer, who was resident conductor in Knoxville about a decade ago, spoke briefly and praised the progress the Knoxville Symphony has made under the direction of Maestro Lucas Richman.
Violist Mary Persin spoke about her own viola, created in 1902. She said that, unlike other instruments, violas do not come in a standard size. All are different. She delighted us by playing for a few minutes.
Martha Breazeale says goodbye to Rachel Ford. It was such a wonderful interlude to share with everyone!