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Maples Among the Mountains of Southeast Tennessee

September 30–October 1, 2023

Southeast Region - open to members and non-members

Chattanooga, Tennessee

quaint english garden with white picket fence
Scott and Olga Drucker's Garden

Maple Society members had a chance to renew old friendships and make new friends as we toured and dined amidst amazing private gardens, prowled excellent local nurseries, and visited Jensfarm Maples—member Jennifer Tucker’s outstanding maple specialty nursery.

The mountains and valleys of southeast Tennessee were a wonderful region to visit—cooler and enjoyable to be outside amidst beautiful and interesting gardens with maple friends. We truly enjoyed seeing everyone!

vies of a river valley on left, view of a red leaf maple on right
Dolan Gardens

Saturday Itinerary

  • Gathered for breakfast and a tour of members Scott and Olga Drucker's beautiful cottage gardens in the historic Saint Elmo neighborhood of Chattanooga

  • Visited the Barn Nursery

  • Drove up to Signal Mountain

  • Enjoyed a garden tour and barbecue picnic lunch in the garden at member Judy Nowlin's marvelous garden

  • Delighted in a private tour of Frances Jones' expansive rambling Dolan Gardens

  • Visited the family-owned Signal Mountain Nursery

  • Spent the evening touring member Hale and Susan Booth's ten acre woodland garden, where we enjoyed a casual dinner, tasty beverages, and an outdoor fire

Photo of maple trees with red leaves on left, photo of large-leafed, low growing plant beside a gravel road on right
Scenes from the Booth Garden

Sunday Itinerary

The day began at Jensfarm Maples, where after hot coffee and doughnuts, we enjoyed a tour of Jennifer's arboretum and specialty nursery—packed with small, very affordable maples available for purchase. This was an excellent opportunity to see and learn about new introductions, as well as maple selections which we were unfamiliar with, but realized we needed. :-)

small maple trees in pots
Young maple trees from Jensfarm Maples looking for a ride home


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