Lamar Alexander Parkway (US 321) Townsend, TN  37882


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Dec. 12, 2020 - Bench Dedications for Bob Russell & Ron Byrd

bob russellBob Russell "Father of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum"  Relaxing on the Bench Dedicated to Him
at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum

On December 12, 2020 a bench was dedicated to the "Father of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum", Bob Russell.  Bob was instrumental in obtaining the right-of- way and funds for the Townsend River Walk Trail more than 15 years ago. He created the initial signage and helped to clear the initial trail.  Bob was also a Townsend Commissioner and Mayor of Townsend.   We wish Bob all the best and thank him for making the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum a reality.

Bob Russell FamilyBob Russell and Family

A second bench was dedicated to the memory of Ron Byrd, who passed away 2019.  Bob was another of the pioneers that help to get the River Walk on track to become what it is today.  

Ron Byrd Memorial BenchRon Byrd Memorial Bench with Theresa Schehr, Charlotte Miller and Ron's wife Florence. All members of the Tuckaleechee Garden Club.

Ron Byrd FamilyRon Byrd Family

Dec. 12, 2020, A Study in Invasive Management

TWRA Invasive ManagementTWRA Invasive Management - Scott Schehr, Martha Frink & Theresa Schehr

A group of 8 Tuckaleechee Garden Club members and spouses performed very successful invasive management at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.  Bush Honeysuckle, Privet, Euonymous and Ivy.   We were able to clear a large swath that is about 20 yards to the right of the cave and also do maintenance clearing of the area below the Greenway path from the Pollinator & Memorial Garden to the the new cleanup area. 


buckthorneblasterWe used saws, loppers, picks and our newest tools the Buckthorne Blaster, herbicide applier, and the Pullbearers, tree and root rrmovers.

The Buckthorne Blaster is a bingo dauber like device that is filled with herbicide (25% glyphosate), a surfacant and dye.   It reduces the amount herbicide used by pinpointing the use and the dye indicates areas that it has been applied.  No over spraying or over use of herbicide.

The Pullbears allow us to completely remove an invasive up to 4 inches in diameter.  Just clamp onto it and pull back.  Invasive and roots removed!  Much harder for the invasive to grow back.


Fall 2020! What a Beautiful Blooming Finale.

Asters at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum

This year has been one of the best years for flower blooms thru Spring, Summer and Fall.  The final blooming finale at the TRWA was Asters, Asters, Asters everywhere.  There were several varieties a with golden rod and other flowers it made for delightful strolls on the TRWA.  Enjoy the slide show below and take some time for a walk on the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.


Thanks Town of Townsend for the Debris Removal

trwadebrisremovalbeforeDebris Pile Before at TRWAtrwadebrisremovaafterDebris Pile After at the TRWA

It has been a long time, but the pile of debris located at the corner of the Townsend River Walk and Arboretum has been removed.  Would like to thank the Townsend Employees that did the cleanup this morning.  It is greatly appreciated.



A New Iris Garden on the TRWA

Iris Garden is Planted at the TRWAKay Goodwin and Charlotte Miller are Busy Planting the Latest Addition to the TRWA, an Iris Garden.

Friday the 13th turned out to be an excellent day for our TRWA maintenance.  Signs were cleaned, grass cut, sidewalks edged, some invasives and weeds removed, trash collected and an iris garden planted as a tribute to the Tennessee state flower, the Cultivated Iris. 

A special thanks to all the volunteers: Charlotte Miller, Rodney & Allison Pearson, Kay Goodwin and Mark Seder.

Allison Pearson Putting the Final Touches on the TRWAAllison Pearson Doing the Finishing Touches on Our TRWA Maintenance.


TRWA Milkweed Bandit & Look What is Blooming This Fall at the TRWA!

Milkweed Tussock Moth CaterpillarMilkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillars devouring the Red Milkweed at the Pollinator & Memorial Garden

I think Fall is one of my favorite times at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.  This years is exceptional with the Pollinator Garden now installed and the abundance of Fall wildflowers.  Last Saturday while hummingbirds were buzzing above my head, I looked at the Monarch Garden that was planted and saw that the Milkweed was being devoured by these cute little orange, black and white caterpillars which weren't Monarch caterpillars but the same colors. After a bit of investigation it was determined that they were Milkweed Tussock Moth(Euchaetes egle) caterpillars aka Milkweed Tiger Moth.  More information can be found here.

This weekend will be a great weekend to see this wide variety of wildflowers throughout the arboretum and along the upper walking path as well as in and around the Pollinator & Memorial Garden.  Take a walk into the Pollinator Garden and see what is growing and if you are lucky enough some of the Milkweed Tussock moth caterpillars will still be around, but be careful of low flying hummingbirds.

If you can't get out and enjoy the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum enjoy it thru my camera lens in the slideshow below.


Mid-Summer 2020 Project Update & Blooms

Hillside Looking Over the Pollinator & Memorial Garden at the TRWAHillside Looking Over the Pollinator & Memorial Garden at the TRWA thru a beautiful Iron Weed.

The TRWA is in excellent shape thanks to our maintenance team from the Tuckaleechee Garden Club, so it is time for you to take a stroll thru the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.

Our maintenance team did a great job of cleaning up around the entrance to the TRWA, the Pollinator & Memorial Garden, collecting trash throughout, destroying the invasive Mimosa trees and putting a nice layer of mulch around the Dogwood Tribe along the top path.   A big thanks goes to Tuckaleechee Garden Club Members: Theresa and Scott Schehr, Martha Frink, Charlotte Miller and Mark Seder for taking the time and effort to maintaining the TRWA.

There are many mid-Summer flowers in bloom throughout the TRWA, the Pollinator & Memorial Garden is beginning to fill in, and the lower path provides comfort from the East TN Summer sun.  The hillside opposite the Pollinator & Memorial Garden is thick with Wingstem, Ironweed, many varieties of Coreopsis and more, all just coming into bloom.

Stop by today and if you like what you see, a donation would be appreciated so that we can continue improving the TRWA for generations to come!

Knoxville Track Club - Townsend 10K - Thru the TRWA

KnoxvilleTrackClubTownsend10k1.jpgRunners in the Townsend 10K Sponsored by Knoxville Track Club.

The Knoxville Track Club ran their 10K in Townsend on Saturday, July 18, 2020.   Part of the course took them thru the River Walk & Arboretum.  The runners loved the minutes that they ran thru the shaded TRWA.  So glad to have them use the TRWA for such an event.