Why are dogwoods so special in Knoxville?

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In 1947, the respected journalist John Gunther described Knoxville as the “ugliest city I ever saw in America, with the possible exception of some mill towns in New England.”

Those words, as much as we like to make light of them, struck us to our core. From that moment forward, Knoxvillians have fought to beautify our scruffy city, with none doing more work than the humble dogwood tree.

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