Tucked away at the base of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, you will find the visually intoxicating Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Reflection Riding is a secluded gem in the Tennessee Valley, offering nature at its finest while educating visitors the importance of conservation. -Joei Burnette
Welcome to the unique landscape that is Reflection Riding! We hope you enjoy the many seasons our gardens and forests offer with beautiful vistas and lush growth. Spring stages a dazzling display of wildflowers in every imaginable color softened by the summer's growth of wild, field flowers, ferns and flowering shrubs. Autumn brings with it the dramatic display of foliage in a variety of hues as well as the subtle gold of asters and purple ironweed. Even the stark beauty of winter has a special place here – evergreens, spectacular rock formations and moss stand out from the prevailing landscape declaring themselves where they have been hidden during the blooming periods of spring and summer. Each season provides unique opportunities for exploration - enjoy them all!
Definition of a Riding
...elegance is the peculiar excellence of a garden; greatness of a park; simplicity of a farm; and pleasantness of a riding... planted with properly chosen and grouped trees... the main route should wind along in a pleasant and varied way... the scenes... through which it proceeds without stopping... as natural as possible.
(Osvald Siren, China and the Gardens of Europe of the Eighteenth Century Thomas Whatley 1770)
"Reflection Riding is a 300-acre arboretum, botanical garden, and historic site dedicated to the study and conservation of native plant life that, through its unique landscape, provides opportunities for education, reflection and healing for people of all ages."-Reflection Riding