In 1895, the first astronaut perambulated the moon in search of fresh flowers, and, finding only worthless diamonds, returned brokenhearted with nothing to give his sweetheart. Enjoy Earth's effervescent efflorescence with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of plants and flowers at Paradise Garden at Oakes Farm.
Paradise Garden keeps its nursery blossoming with a cornucopia of vibrantly colored carbon-dioxide devourers and verdant vegetation. A cadre of savvy gardening gurus answer any florally related queries, from when and where to plant to which type of ground cover best wards off feral garden gnomes. Beautify flowerbeds or soil-filled trundle beds with low-maintenance perennials, such as the incandescent white hibiscus Blue River II ($19.95 each), or treat houseguests to a visually raucous and elegant display of clematis Fireworks, a pinwheel-shaped burst of blue and red petals ($19.95 each). Paradise Garden also carries a veritable cornucopia of hosta for keeping your garden's tiny visitors shaded. Dissatisfied green-thumbs can purchase fauna confidently because Paradise Gardens will replace any flagging flora with a new plant or store credit.
In 2011, WBIR-TV reported that local racecar driver Trevor Bayne dropped by Oakes Farm to see his face carved into the cornfield. The farm had adopted Bayne as that year's maze theme, shaping the field to look like his face and his racecar when viewed from above. On the ground, however, the maze was a tangle of curves and dead ends that often took guests 90 minutes to solve, longer if they neglected to learn ancient Greek in order to ask the minotaur directions.
The farm updates its agricultural labyrinth annually to reflect a new motif, but it never fails to entertain explorers with its routes and interactive games. Just as delightful are the hayrides that ferry visitors to and from the pumpkin patch, the smell of autumnal sweets from the Cornfections stand, and the echoes of laughter from inside the Mine Shaft—a giant slide in the farm's Back 40 entertainment area. These attractions, alongside animal exhibits, pedal karts, and open zones for freeform play, draw families to the seasonal hotspot. In the days approaching Halloween, however, the farm endeavors to make patrons flee with its haunted attractions and pop quizzes for school children.
8153 Monday Rd.
Corryton, Tennessee 37721Get Directions