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.”  

CARTA Parking Spots Are Free On The Fourth

The Chattanooga Parking Authority has announced downtown parking meters will not be enforced (and need not be paid) on Saturday in honor of the Independence Day holiday. Paid parking for all street meters will also be suspended for these remaining holidays in 2015:                    ... (click for more)

2015 Freedom Celebration To Be Held Saturday

A 2015 Freedom Celebration will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church, at  1275 Stuart Road, in Cleveland. Those in attendance will be Mayor Tom Rowland, Rev. Steve Morgan, Viet Nam veteran Steve Orders, Homeland Harmony Quartet, Ryan Wilson, Jack Clark, David Goodwill, Bill Curtiss, and Bethany McCoy, the McCoy First Baptist Choir/Orchestra, Tyler Brinson, ... (click for more)

Muslim Advocacy Group Questions House Arrest For Signal Mountain Man Charged In Threats Against Muslim Village In New York

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, on Saturday questioned the release of a Signal Mountain man who admitted to planning what it called "a Charleston-style terror attack" on a Muslim community in New York. CAIR also called for stepped up protection for the community targeted in the plot. Judge ... (click for more)

Plumbers Bring Complaints To WWTA; Told New Contracts Are Ready

Several plumbers on Thursday brought complaints to a committee of the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) and got little response other than being told that new contracts are ready. Kay Keefe of Keefe Plumbing said the small number of plumbing companies still participating in the program to repair leaky lines to homes, have long been operating without ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Dr. Tydings Is A Winner

One week from tomorrow the most important educator in the future of our community will start work as the new president of Chattanooga State. While I am normally cynical of beard-strokers and foundation-hungry dreamers who have little or no concept of the real world, I am convinced Flora Tydings will become the best thing to happen in our community in years. A grandmother with ... (click for more)