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Gardens of Sunshine Hollow

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Beautiful gardens and forest welcome the visitor. Trails wind through terraced beds around a 2-acre lake and creek. Groups of 15 or more may have lunch by reservation from April thru July. Admission by Donation. There are 160 acres of unspoiled Tennessee forest, nestled in the Great Valley between the Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau about halfway between Knoxville and Chattanooga. This is a small Tennessee agribusiness, operated by Dave and Vicki Rhyne with a few seasonal employees.

There are plant sales for Daylilies and Hosta, an outdoor wedding site, reception center and event center. The Gardens of Sunshine Hollow displays thousands of perennials (including daylilies, hosta, roses, dahlias, cannas and iris), numerous annuals, and various shrubs on more than 20 acres. Hundreds of varieties of Daylilies and Hosta are available for purchase, with most also available to order online.

Sunshine Hollow Bakery specializes in pecan fruitcakes—including sales for cakes, nuts and jams.

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Flower Filled Wedding Area
Annuals, Perennials and Shrubs
Beautiful Flower Beds
Anna Belle Hydrangea
Hosta Blue Angel
Wedding in beautiful flower and forest filled setting
Pandora's Box
800 varieties of daylilies blooming in June and early July
One of the rose Hydrangeas
Gardens of Sunshine Hollow


198 Country Rd. 52
Athens, TN 37303


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Free Admission - Donations accepted


Mid-April thru Mid-July.
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Other days and times by appointment.
Dates Closed
August thru March.
Visit by appointment .

Payment Methods Accepted

  • AMEX
  • Cash
  • Discover
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

Discounts Given

  • Student Discount
  • Senior Citizen Discount
  • Other Discounts
  • Active Military
  • AARP Discount
  • Group Discount
  • AAA Discount
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