Margaret Chambliss and Marie Humphreys were the great influence of the plantings added to Reflection Riding in its earliest years. Hundreds of native wildflowers were already present but there were many more that they wanted. In place of ordering from wildflower nurseries, they would take a truck and go to Marie’s favorite “wildflower heaven” about 25 miles down the creek. As Marie would say, it was “The most unbelievable wildflower area in existence.”
Mrs. Chambliss also had some special friends on Signal Mountain who would hunt rare plants from the woods and streams on Signal, come down with their trowels and water and plant the things they had dug. Some very special plants have come to us by this channel of “wildflower lovers”.
Several gardens, the Philp Memorial Rhododendron Garden and the Holsomback Azalea Garden have been established through the generosity of friends of Reflection Riding. The vision and labor of Dave Hopkins created our “Three Sisters” garden and started the Fern Glade.
Oliver Freeman’s Hollow
Philp Memorial Rhodendron Garden
Three Sisters Cherokee Garden
Holsomback Azalea Garden