Tour #23 – Lines Orchids and Farming in Downtown Chattanooga

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The first stop will be Lines Orchids, a fourth generational family business located in the quaint community of Signal Mountain, TN. The company began bringing beautiful blooms into the lives of customers starting in 1947 and continue today to grow and sell the highest quality orchid plants available in the southeast. They have 40,000 square feet of vintage glass greenhouses devoted to growing orchids, succulents, and various other plants and will share their experiences and rich family history with the group. The next stop before traveling back to Chattanooga will be Signal Point. Signal Point overlooks the Tennessee River between Signal and Raccoon Mountains. It was practically the only high ground in the area controlled by Union troops during the siege of Chattanooga between September and November 1863. Participants will have the opportunity to take a short, self-guided walk down to the point and read about the history of the area, while taking advantage of remarkable views of the Tennessee River Gorge below. The last stop will take you back into the heart of Chattanooga to Crabtree Farms. Crabtree Farms is a community-based organization on city land, and while they may consider themselves a “city park”, they are also growing large amounts of farm fresh foods, offer a Farmshare CSA program, provide some pick-your-own opportunities, and supply produce to local restaurants.

ADVISEMENT: The tour includes light walking and will conclude shortly after lunch.