Plantings for a public space

There’s a new use for the 185 acres campus where Lakeshore Mental Health Institute once operated. The picturesque setting overlooking the Tennessee River is now a recreational public park welcoming 1 million visitors annually. We learn from the landscape architect about the plant choices for the park, and see how they are used.

Plants Featured in this Clip

CAREX cherokeensis (Cherokee sedge)
NYSSA sylvatica (Black Gum, Tupelo) 'Wildfire'
HYDRANGEA paniculata Little Lime

Gardener Extras

  1. In 1996, Lakeshore Park Conservancy partnered with the City of Knoxville to transform the former campus of Lakeshore Mental Health Institute into a public park.
  2. The administration building opened in 1886 as part of the East Tennessee Hospital. It was designed by architect W. H. Cussack of Nashville.

Gardener Notes

Troy B. Marden

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