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Garden Gala will celebrate all things bee-related

Submitted by Whitney S. Williams • May 24, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Flower lovers from across the region will venture to Jonesborough for the 23rd Annual Garden Gala from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 1. The self-guided walking tour will delight visitors with popular private gardens from past years and an afternoon tea enhanced by live music, as well as gardening presentations.

The Annual Garden Gala is considered the official welcoming of spring in Tennessee’s Oldest Town and has been recognized nationally as an award-winning event. This day-long charity event is hosted by the Tuesday Garden Club and the Schubert Club, and supported by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners and the Southern Appalachian Plant Society.

This year, the Garden Gala will celebrate all things bee-related with the theme, “Bee Happy.” This will create a platform for education on pollinators and how we can help these endangered species thrive. Visitors will also discover interesting and humorous facts about bees hidden throughout gardens.

Soak in the ambiance of true southern charm at the afternoon tea taking place from 1 until 2:30 p.m. Enjoy sweet and savory finger foods beneath gorgeous shade trees all topped off with live music.

There will be Marketplace Vendors set up downtown on the International Storytelling Center Plaza and in front of the Washington County Courthouse from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be everything from yard art, stained glass, plants, garden items, tools, garden-style jewelry, and other handcrafted items.

To create a full experience, guests can visit Ardinna Woods Arboretum (located at Britt Drive), which features 70-plus tree species, and the Garden at the Library (located at 200 East Sabine Drive), which features a children's garden for exploration of plants and nature.

Tickets for the Garden Gala are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For a group of 10 or more, tickets are $13 each and may be purchased online at Jonesborough.com/tickets or by calling the Jonesborough Visitors Center at (423) 753-1010.

Shuttle transportation and water stations will be available throughout the self-guided tour as needed.

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