published Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Town Talk


INTERESTED in learning how to combine art and a garden? What about tips on how to build your own cottage-style garden. How about finding out what plants and shrubs grow best in the shade?

Gardeners will be educated about all of the above Oct. 8 at "Gardening on the Mountain -- The Triumph of Hope Over Experience," a day of gardening lectures in Sewanee, Tenn., by garden designer June Mays.

Three presentations, "Art in the Garden," "Shade Solutions" and "Building a Mountain-Style Cottage Garden," are on the schedule. Landscape contractors will be on hand to talk to guests.

The cost is $35 if paid by Oct. 4 or $40 at the door. A box lunch will be served. Send checks payable to June Mays to 550 Rivendell Lane, Sewanee, TN 37375. Bring a folding chair. The event, which starts at 10 a.m., will be at that address rain or shine. For information and/or directions, contact Mays at, 931-598-9014 or visit Guests will be encouraged to tour Mays' garden and browse her library of garden books.

Mays spent a year studying garden design at the English Gardening School in London, England. She has written for numerous gardening publications and is a member of the Garden Writer's Association and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.


PAINTINGS BY local artist Gay Arthur are featured at In-Town Gallery on Frazier Avenue during September.

Arthur, the gallery's president, has devoted her painting career to preserving images of area architecture that is slated for demolition or no longer in use, said gallery spokeswoman Helen Burton.

"She seeks to invoke the memories of bygone industry and Civil War-era dwellings, Burton said.

The award-winning artist holds an art degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has exhibited her work in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Rome, Ga., and Augusta, Ga. Arthur's Wheland Foundry series is in the permanent collection at the United Way Building in Chattanooga, Burton said.

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about Karen Nazor Hill...

Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

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