Dr. Gus Frye Garden Featured On Tour

Event To Benefit Food Bank This Weekend

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Known professionally as an innovator in orthopedic medicine, the late Dr. Gus Frye was revered by his colleagues all around the country. But, moreover, he was beloved by his family and countless friends in the community he called home for decades.

Since his death three years ago at 94, his memory has lived on in the hearts of the thousands of patients he treated; in the hearts of his children and grandchildren; and in the heart of his beloved Eleanor, who enjoyed his company in marriage for six decades.

With each passing year, the family's memories of Dr. Frye have grown fonder and warmer. And, with each year the splendid garden that Eleanor Frye planted to honor her husband grows more lavish with its array of evergreen conifers and shade-loving wildflowers, which are situated beneath a canopy of mature hardwoods.

A spry 97-year-old lady, Eleanor Frye transformed a craggy Lookout Mountain hillside into a lush, intricate garden full of rare and beautiful specimen plantings.

Well-known Lookout Mountain landscape architect and garden expert Jimmy Stewart knows the Frye garden well, and has nothing but praise for Mrs. Frye's artistic vision. For years, Stewart explains, Mrs. Frye had been an avid collector of day lilies.

"But, in recent years she became enamored with the vision of creating a garden with more permanent, structured 'bones,' utilizing the many textures, colors and configurations of evergreen conifers," says Stewart, the man who helped Mrs. Frye realize her vision.

Mr. Stewart, who made a legendary career in garden design in some of the tonier neighborhoods of Atlanta, and later in our area, says Mrs. Frye's garden is an exquisite sight to behold in any season. With its unique specimen evergreens accented by a myriad of blooming shrubs, perennials and showy ground covers, Stewart says this garden is a true gem, a one-of-kind paradise 12 months a year.

Through Mrs. Frye's generosity, her paradise garden will be open to the public as a fundraiser to benefit the Chattanooga Area Food Bank this Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)  and Sunday (1-6 p.m.). Tickets may be purchased at the garden for $20. Price of admission also includes other gardens around town, such as Shirley and Johnny McMasters in Harrison; Janet Wasetis in North Chattanooga; Stephanie and Mike Payne in Hixson; The Evelyn Davenport Navarre Teaching and Enabling Garden; The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center; and the Fair Share Garden at Hope for the Inner City in East Chattanooga.

Maeghan Jones, president of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank said, “The Garden Tour is a wonderful chance to expose our community to the hard work that goes in and the pleasure that comes out of gardening. We are excited to showcase the seven gardens included on this year’s tour and we are thankful to the gardeners for allowing us to enjoy the fruits of their labor.”  

3rd Annual Affordable Botox SuperHero Race Benefitting Make-A-Wish East Tennessee Scheduled August 23

Responses to the second annual Affordable Botox Run for Wishes last September has prompted organizers to host a third event on Saturday, Make-A-Wish East Tennessee and the Chattanooga Track Club announced.  Make-A-Wish East Tennessee is partnering with the Chattanooga Track Club to help organize the event. Enterprise South Nature Park is the host location for the event ... (click for more)

Wilcox Tunnel Closed Next Week For Maintenance

Wilcox Tunnel will be closed from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day from Wednesday, July 30, until Friday, Aug. 1 , for routine maintenance. Detours will be posted. (click for more)

EPB Files With FCC To Expand TV, Phone, Internet Offerings Outside Electric Service Area

 EPB announced Thursday that it has filed a petition to the FCC "in an effort to respond to neighboring communities’ requests for access to the company’s gigabit enabled high-speed Internet service." Officials said, "EPB offers high-speed Internet access, video programming and voice services using a fiber optic communications network that allows the company to deliver these ... (click for more)

Black Creek Developers Say They "Followed The Rules" On $9 Million TIF: To Continue Project

The developers of the Black Creek project at Aetna Mountain said Thursday they "complied precisely by the rules when we applied for and received approval of the TIF district." Doug Stein said the group plans to continue on with the project, which he said earlier would include the creation of a small town on a huge undeveloped tract on the mountain above Black Creek (formerly ... (click for more)

Cell Phones And Roundabouts

I read the article written by Chris Morgan about the use of cell phones in vehicles and the Chattanooga Roundabouts. Cell phone use in vehicles especially in crisis intersection situations is extremely dangerous. I also agree with his assessment about the roundabouts. One problem I see with roundabouts is that on the two-lane roundabouts where they are coming in from ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The NCAA’s “Division IV”

Jonathan Jensen and Brian Turner are two very smart guys. Not long ago the two sports researchers at Ohio State authored a story that appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports that focused on the most successful college football teams in the country and, earlier this week, a writer named Ben Cohen broke it down in understandable terms for a fascinating Wall Street ... (click for more)