Abandoned / Forgotten Gardens in Tennessee
I wonder if anyone knows of any former public gardens or special (once noteworthy) gardens, that are now forgotten or overlooked (or have been significantly transformed).
One example that I've run into quite a few times is the Alfred Fanton (A.F.) Sanford Arboretum over in the Boxwood Square/Lake View Drive area of west Knoxville. In the 1930's this was a 20 acre arboretum with 2,500 species! Today, only a few mostly unnoticed unusual trees in various people's yards remain.
Another example, although recently brought back to everyone's attention, is the Howell nursery in east Knoxville. This garden's history goes back into the 1700's (before Tennessee was Tennessee). Now the Knoxville Botanical Garden occupies part of the site. There are some very unusual (at least to this area) trees on the site.
Finally, I can think of at least two once well-known hybridizers/collectors from the Knoxville area that left a substantial amount of plant material that may soon be lost. Harold Elmore left a considerable collection of hollies to the UT Arboretum, but I'm not sure what will happen with his private collection. Some members of his family are taking care of it for now, from what I hear. Another similar plantsman, Dr. Frank B. Galyon, left us with new plants of all types from magnolias ('24 below' and many others) to daffodils ('Millie Galyon', etc). I know that some of his magnolias are at the UT Arboretum, but I don't know if many records of his work there are left or if his work is preserved anywhere else. Does anyone know anything more about these two guy's gardens or other hybridizer's/collector's gardens that are no longer around or in jeopardy?