Robin Cleary, director of KKB, said the event gives community members an opportunity to see gardens that may not normally be open to the public, while also supporting a good cause.
“This is a huge fundraiser for us,” Cleary said, “and Father’s Day is the day after the tour, so these would make great Father’s Day tickets.”
When is the tour?
The event will be held Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held rain or shine and will be self-guided, meaning participants can go at their own pace and start wherever they’d like on the tour, Cleary said.
No pets, strollers, motorized scooters or tobacco products of any kind are permitted. Comfortable shoes are recommended, and all areas may not be level or handicapped accessible.
Which gardens are part of the tour?
Isaacs Garden (Watauga Street): Cleary said this home, now owned by Ron and Denise Isaacs, is the original home of J. Fred Johnson, one of the “founding fathers” of Kingsport.
Durham Garden (Watauga Street): Owned by Greg and Jo Durham, the garden at this home features hundreds of daylilies, which are a native plant of this area, Cleary said.
Macdonald Garden (Fairacres): Scott and Bonnie Macdonald’s garden is home to the tallest tree in Kingsport, a pin oak standing at 120 feet.
Burdine Garden (Ridgefields): This is the home of Miles Burdine, CEO of the Kingsport Chamber, and his wife, Denise. Cleary said it features an outdoor entertainment area, various tree varieties and a 12-foot waterfall.
Anderson Garden (Colonial Heights): Cleary said this home, owned by Cleve and Becky Anderson, sits on more than two acres and has been featured in magazines. It features a number of plant varieties, outdoor living areas and a kitchen pavilion.
Bellafina Chocolates (Downtown): A gourmet chocolate company, Bellafina Chocolates donates 100 percent of its profits to children’s charities and is run almost entirely by volunteers, Cleary said. It features a native and edible garden designed and maintained by the owner’s son, who is a student at Dobyns-Bennett High School.
How can you get tickets?
Tickets for “Saturday in the Gardens” are now on sale for $20 at the Kingsport Chamber, located at 400 Clinchfield St. They can also be purchased for $21.99 online at www.freshtix.com/events/saturday-in-the-gardens.
Cleary added that tickets will be available at each garden on the day of the tour for $25. Tickets are non-refundable, and children 12 and under will be admitted free.
The garden tour is sponsored by Eastman and the Kingsport Times News. For more information, contact Keep Kingsport Beautiful at (423) 392-8814 or firstname.lastname@example.org.