Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS)

Garden Tours

SAPS members are encouraged to attend garden tours this summer. Here are a few choices to consider:

The 22nd Annual Jonesborough Garden Gala, a Garden Tour with Antique Cars and Afternoon Tea, will be held on Saturday, June 2. This daylong charity event in Tennessee’s Oldest Town is hosted by the Schubert Club and the Tuesday Garden Club and supported by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners and the Southern Appalachian Plant Society.

Ten beautiful gardens are included on the self-guided tour, with a vintage car parked at each location. Bus transportation and water stations are available to ease travels and to ensure guests don’t get dehydrated. A special Garden Tea will be served from 1-2:30 pm in a historic Jonesborough garden. The Garden Gala Marketplace is open from 9 am to 5 pm at the Courthouse and Storytelling Plaza, where vendors will offer art, plants and creations for the garden.

Advance tickets for the Garden Gala are $14 and may be purchased online at or by calling the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423- 753-1010. Tickets the day of the event are $16.00. Money raised supports a wide variety of Jonesborough projects and events.

Keep Kingsport Beautiful’s popular “Saturday in the Gardens,” fundraiser returns on Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m with a self-guided tour featuring six of Kingsport’s most beautiful private gardens, all on the tour for the first time this year. The tour is sponsored by Eastman and the Kingsport Times News.


The 19th Abingdon Garden Tour will be held Saturday, June 16, from 10am – 5 pm. This self guided tour will feature some of the loveliest homes and gardens in Abingdon. Tickets are $10 in advance and will be available June 1 at Necessities or Greer Jewelers on Main Street, Abingdon, or $12 on tour day at the Visitors Center. 276-676-2282 or 800-435-3440.

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