See larger One of Knoxville’s most appealing oddities, Savage Garden. English-born industrialist Arthur Savage (1872-1946) whose marble-milling machinery factory was in downtown Knoxville, built this garden around 1917, inspired by Japanese examples during the art-nouveau period. He and his wife, Hortense, lived next door. After surviving a tornado and periods of neglect, the privately owned garden has recently been renovated.

Photo by Shawn Poynter

One of Knoxville’s most appealing oddities, Savage Garden. English-born industrialist Arthur Savage (1872-1946) whose marble-milling machinery factory was in downtown Knoxville, built this garden around 1917, inspired by Japanese examples during the art-nouveau period. He and his wife, Hortense, lived next door. After surviving a tornado and periods of neglect, the privately owned garden has recently been renovated.

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