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GATOP 2006

Knoxville Garden Club
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1 folder+ 20 35 mm. slides and 6 photoprints
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Tennessee, Knox County, Knoxville
GATOP (Knoxville, Tennessee)
The garden was first created in 1941 by the Pease's, who named it GATOP (God's Answer To Our Prayer). The owner later added to the garden ca. 1973. GATOP is now an example of an urban property using native species. The garden design is dictated by a 20 acre forest, a deep gorge of limestone and marble outcroppings, and continuous walls of stacked stone,pathways, sculpture pieces, and seven ponds. A participant in the urban forest renewal and preservation program within the city, it will help to connect a greenway corridor from GATOP to Williams Creek, Ijams Nature Center, and the Knoxville Arboretum.
Persons associated with the garden include: Tennessee Producers Marble Co. (former owners, 1895-1934); B.L. and Lisian Pease, W. Fred Sterchi (former owners, 1934-1935); J.C. and Mattie Sterchi (former owners, 1935-1941); Lloyd and Virginia Pease (former owners, 1941-1971); Duane Grieve (architect, 1981); and Carl Willis (horticulturists, landscape architect, 1975-1995).
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The folder includes a work sheet, narrative, sculpture list, chronology, and site plans.
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Smithsonian Gardens, PO Box 37012, Capital Gallery, Suite 3300, MRC 506, Washington, DC 20013-7012
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