Botanical Gardens Seek Charter Members

While admission will still be free, for the first time since its founding in June 2001, the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum is seeking charter members to support such projects as the installation of new garden areas and walking paths. Here are some interesting numbers concerning KGBA's membership and rich history:

1786 North Carolina grants 28 acres to David W. Howell for service during the Revolutionary War.

5 generations of Howells subsequently tend the family farm, orchard, and produce business that Howell starts, eventually incorporated as C.B. Howell Nurseries.

1942 Joe N. Howell Landscapes Nurseries are established on 16 acres across the street, complete with stone walls and small round gatehouses.

2001, Joe's business closes and the property is purchased by concerned citizens and revived as a botanical garden.

2003, C.B. Howell Nurseries also closes and the original 28 acres are sold to the KBGA in May 2004.

365 days a year the gardens are open from sunrise to sunset; admission free.

$35 annual individual membership, $50 family

37914—individuals who live or work in this zip code receive a $10 discount.

Nov. 30, deadline to receive a joining bonus: one ticket to a concert in KBGA's 2010 series.

0 charge for guided tours on Tuesday and Thursdays at 2 p.m.

862-8717 call for more information, or the website is