United States of America, Tennessee, Knox, Knoxville
Hays Gardens (Knoxville, Tennessee)
Located on over ten acres of land, Hays Gardens was installed in 1992 and completed in 2001. The Hays Garden is a large, lakeside property with a variety of gardens, including a rose garden, a cottage garden, and a moon garden. The site was formerly a part of a rock quarry that operated over 80 years ago and large boulders still remain on the property. The house was built in the middle of a hillside that goes down to the lake. In 1992, the owners began the woodland garden, which is located at the side of the house and includes a pond and waterfall from rock outcroppings. In 1996, Chester Brown helped the owners install the half round rose garden and moon garden. A rose covered arbor marks the entrance to the rose garden with walkways lined by boxwood and germander. The moon garden contains white and pale blue flowers. The property includes a guest house with a cottage garden. The cottage garden contains a wide variety of herbs, perennials, and annuals and is anchored by four evergreens. A tall bird house is located at the center and at one end is a rose covered pergola.
Garden features includes arbors, balustrades, benches, birdhouses, boat houses, butterfly gardens, containers, cutting gardens, decks, doorways, driveways, split rail fences, picket fences, garden walks, gates, a lake, ornamental grasses, a pergola, a pond, a waterfall, stepping stones, urns, and sculptures.
Other plantings include hydrangea, azaleas, wildflowers, ferns, roses, crepe myrtles, herbs, and evergreens.
Persons associated with the garden include: Chester Brown, (gardener, 1996-1997)
The folder includes design plans, a scrapbook showing the construction of the gardens, and a newspaper article.