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Garden Gala set for May 28

The gardens of Jonesborough will be blooming with excitement on Saturday, May 28, as the 15th annual Garden Gala comes to town.
“Birds, Blooms and Butterflies: Planting with a Purpose,” as the event is themed, will begin in the morning with several garden seminars and events. It will culminate with an afternoon full of garden touring and learning.
To kick off the event, three seminars are scheduled to take place at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, starting at 9:15 a.m.
The first seminar, hosted by Valerya Hyme, will be called “Moon Gardening: An evening garden for the pollinators and the senses.”
At 10:15 a.m., Joy Moore will host “Wild Flowers and Wings: Blooms, butterflies and other beneficials.”
Finishing out the seminar sessions at 11:15 a.m. will be Frances Lamberts, who will present “Planting Native for Biodiversity: Jonesborough’s butterfly garden.”
Cost to attend all three seminars is $5.
A Garden Marketplace will be held along the west side of the downtown courthouse as well as on the patio of the International Storytelling Center. It will open at 9 a.m. with an all-day plant and garden accessory sale, which will be open to the public.
An orchid show and sale will be held inside the ISC throughout the day.
Starting at 12:30 p.m., self-guided tours of elegant gardens throughout the historic district will feature lush foliage, artists and live music. Tours will end at 5 p.m.
“This year, we have 11 gardens on the tour,” said Shirley Lily, event chair.
Northeast Tennessee master gardeners and members of the Southern Appalachian Plant Society will be at the locations to answer questions and offer garden advice. Local artists and musicians will also be at many of the garens for guests to enjoy the artistic diversity of the Jonesborough community.
Meanwhile, an afternoon tea will be held from 1-4 p.m. at Febuary Hill.
“We’d really love for ladies to wear fancy hats to the tea,” Lily said.
Tickets to the garden gala tour and tea are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. To order tickets, call 753-1010 or visit
The daylong event is co-sponsored by the Tuesday Garden Club and the Schubert Club.
Proceeds from the event are divided between the two clubs, which then put the money back into the local community in a variety of ways, including scholarships for high school students and donations to local projects.