Open June 8-9 Come Rain or Come Shine!

Well, we needed the rain! Unfortunately, SVI has decided to cancel the Saturday Food for Life, due to the expected heavy rainfall. But we will still have the gallery open, and of course, the trails will be available for those brave souls with a raincoat or umbrella! And it is dry and cool inside the Gallery, which is overflowing with lovely art–perhaps Dad would like a mug or a kaleidoscope for Father’s Day. Come see what we’ve got on display and pick out a perfect gift. We’ll be waiting for you across the creek at the door.


Liquidambar Art Gallery and Sequatchie Valley Institute Nature Trails Open Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26 10-5 Central Time

Trails and Gallery will be open all weekend, so have a quiet Memorial Day here in the forest, no traffic, just the trees and the art. The woods are spectacular now, fully dressed in their summer best. The rainfall has given us large and elegant leaves, forest flowers, butterflies, and nesting birds. We listen to the symphony of bird calls in the morning and frogs in the evening, along with the wind in the swaying trees. Sadly, the creek is no longer flowing as the trees have sucked up all the water, but the trails are still beautiful. Come and see us and find peace along the trails.

Coming up soon is our annual Food for Life program. This year sees a shorter single day program based on vegan foods on June 8. Tickets are on sale now! See for more information.

Food for Life – Vegan Edition

Going vegan is not by any means the only way to health, though many do find benefit. If you are curious to learn more about this lifestyle (or if you just wish to enjoy a full meal and wonderful company in a nature reserve), then come on out and join us on June 8!

A hearty meal will be provided that will include locally-sourced ingredients from here in the Sequatchie Valley and from Hamilton County.

There will also be a Vegan Chili Contest, so bring your best creation for your chance to win a prize!

Follow the link below and register online to snag an Early Bird discount on your ticket!…

Sunday, May 12, is Mother’s Day!

… and what better way to celebrate than a forest walk through the protected woods and nature trails of Sequatchie Valley Institute! The Gallery can also provide unique presents for your wonderful mother. There is no charge to drop by and visit, walk on the trails, and have a picnic by the creek.

All mothers (and fathers too) get a lovely glass of Patrick’s homemade wine to celebrate.

Lots of fabulous art, all made locally by S.V.I. staff and friends, is there to look at and possibly find that perfect piece to give a special someone or take home. Carol and Patrick are both busy making new pieces daily, so feel free to come by and see how it’s done.

Open 10-5 Saturday and Sunday.

Gallery and Trails Open May 4-5–Come See Us!

The Gallery looks lovely and Patrick has filled his shelves with amazing new sculptures, jewelry, and kaleidoscopes. Carol is busy finishing off a new batch of pottery, almost ready for the kiln.

The trails are ready for easy walks, hiking, and running, with the trees now weighted down with fresh new leaves. A more beautiful place to spend a few hours of peace and quiet would be hard to find. The trails are a good place for the kids to run off their extra spring energy. Let us know in advance and we might have some fresh organic garden greens for sale, also.

Open today for walks and gallery visits.

The creek is running, trees are green, and summer flowers are beginning to bloom. Come for a forest walk on this cool and beautiful weekend.
The gallery is open and full of lovely new art.

The entrance to S.V.I. and the Gallery today.

Spring Wildflower Hike Saturday April 6-Gallery Closed, will reopen Sunday April 7

Be sure to come to the hike — the woods are full of blooms, both redbuds and dogwoods in their glory. You may also visit the Gallery before and after the hike today. See you here!

Plan to park at Gallery. Shuttles are available to the Trail Head and Tours.

10:30 Central: Arrive for tour of area

12:30 Central: Arrive for hikes

The First Spring Wildflower Hike at Sequatchie Valley Institute is Saturday, March 30. Gallery and Trails Open 10-5 Sunday March 31.

The Gallery will be also be open during registration for the Hike, about 10 am, and after the short hike whenever we get back, probably about 3 pm! The flowers are in full bloom, so be sure to plan for the hike. For more information, call Carol at (404) 698-5444. Carol has new mugs and small tumblers in the Gallery with impressed early spring flowers. Patrick also has new work and kaleidoscopes on display now.

Follow the link below to learn more about what we do
here at Sequatchie Valley Institute!

Click here to visit the main S.V.I. Website.

Gallery and Trails Open on this First Springtime Weekend

Yes, we will be open, and from 10-5 CDT for the spring and summer. Patrick is back with his beautiful kaleidoscopes and more. Carol has a number of new tumblers with the first spring flowers impressed on them. Don’t forget, the Sequatchie Valley Institute Wildflower Hikes are coming up, Mar 30, April 6 and 13. Plants are already in bloom, so come this weekend for a preview of the beauty in store for us this year.

Weekend Events for the Artists of the Gallery and Upcoming Wildflower Events

Patrick will be at this prestigious show Friday, Sat., and Sun. Mar. 15-17 in Atlanta:
Carol and Johnny Kimmons will be at the Plant Natives Symposium Saturday, Mar. 16, at the University Center, UTC, 2nd floor, where Carol will be showing her new tumblers, just out of the kiln, with the earliest wildflowers now blooming impressed on them. If I have time I’ll post pics of these (as soon as I get them out of the kiln) on the Liquidambar Gallery at SVI Facebook page.
The Gallery will be open Sunday, Mar. 17, closed Saturday Mar. 16.

Already blooming: Bloodroot, toothwort, spurred violets, sedges, hepatica, and more. every day. Maples are almost finished, buds bursting on the trees. The woods along the trails are thick with Little Brown Jug (wild ginger) and Cranefly Orchid leaves.

Come out to the Gallery Sunday and
Carol will give you a short hike and preview of
what’s there now and what’s to come!

Our first Spring Wildflower Hike is coming up soon, March 30!
Make your plans now.