One City's Love For a TreeEvery April, the trees wrap Knoxville, Tennessee in lacy clouds of pink and white, and winter becomes a distant memory. In this city, the dogwood is nearly sacred; homeowners usually opt for several, if possible. And in certain areas, designated "Dogwood Trails" lead motorists and strollers through fairylands of dogwood blossoms.
How The Love Affair BeganKnoxville's official love affair with dogwoods got its official start in the 1950s after a New York City author described the city as one of the ugliest places he had ever visited. The good people of Knoxville were not amused. There was plenty to love about their city and they had the trees to prove it. So in 1955, the Dogwood Trails were born--and the critics silenced.
The Dogwood TrailsThe Dogwood Trails are 60 miles of clearly marked, breathtaking beauty. Winding roads meander through the city, past Knoxville's most stunning dogwoods. And every spring, thousands of people from all over the world travel the trails. The words of a grumpy travel writer from the 1940s are just a faint memory. The dogwoods have rewritten history for Knoxville, wrapping the city up like a beautiful pink and white gift.