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Saturday in the Gardens: Tour a fundraiser for Keep Kingsport Beautiful

June 9th, 2014 10:03 am by Entertainment staff

Saturday in the Gardens: Tour a fundraiser for Keep Kingsport Beautiful

Keep Kingsport Beautiful's "Saturday in the Gardens" fundraiser returns Saturday, June 14 with a five-garden, self-guided tour of some of the Model City's most beautiful private gardens.

The tour, set to begin at 9 a.m., is sponsored by Eastman Chemical Co.

This year's stops include Rotherwood Mansion, the Fry Garden on West Wanola Street, the Rose Garden on Linville Street, the Babb Garden on White Street and Harvest of Hope Community Garden on Charlemont Street.

From the expansive grounds of Rotherwood Mansion to the Plantsman's English garden of a Tudor Revival in the historic Fifties district to the English cottage garden of the 1925 Craftsman style that is the Rose property, the tour offers something for just about everyone.

Visitors will learn about oriental plants and water features at the Babb garden, and master gardeners will be on hand at Harvest of Hope to answer questions about raised bed and container gardening.

Light refreshments will be included at one of the gardens.

Tickets for "Saturday in the Gardens" are $20 each. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. Tickets will be available at the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 400 Clinchfield St., Suite 100, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Tours will be held rain or shine. Visitors to the gardens may tour at their own pace; comfortable shoes are recommended.

All areas may not be level or handicap-accessible, so tour at your own risk. No pets or strollers are allowed.

For more information, call Keep Kingsport Beautiful at (423) 392-8814 or email

Keep Kingsport Beautiful is a partnership of the City of Kingsport and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce. An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, KKB has won more than 60 national, state and environmental awards.

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