Sage Hill Gardens

October - The Month of Festivals & Color~

Looking down into the valley from the ridge of Icy Bank above Sage Hill~

Autumn in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a special time when a glorious leaf season of several weeks is enjoyed by visitors as fall colors travel down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills. The kaleidoscope of fall colors in the Smoky Mountains is magnificent and varied because of the amazing diversity of trees. Some 100 species of native trees live in the Smokies, the vast majority of which are deciduous. The timing of fall color change depends upon so many variables that the exact dates of "peak" season are impossible to predict in advance.

In the Smoky Mountains, autumn color displays above 4,000 feet start as early as mid-September with the turning of yellow birch, American beech, mountain maple, hobblebush, and pin cherry, clearly visible from such vantage points as Clingmans Dome Road.

The fall color display usually reaches peak at middle and lower elevations between mid-October and early November. This is the park’s most spectacular display as it includes such colorful trees as sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum, red maple, and the hickories. For more information about fall colors in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you can visit their website here.

So much changes constantly-yet much is still the same.

Festivals are a part of my memory from the earliest years.

Apple Bobbing, Trick-or-Treating, Dress-up parties, Marshmallow Roast, Corn-Mazes and Hayrides …those were great fun…and still are.

You know that “Eating in Season” is my pet “do”. And the foods in season during the fall and winter months are the heart of a fabulous experience with the magic of food.

Apples, all manner of root veggies, peas, okra, eggplant and the most awesome… Pumpkin!

We have a saying in my house…31 days of pumpkin…get used to it!

So many charming shapes and colors…so many delicious recipes…from drinks to Jack-O-Lanterns, there isn’t much that can’t be accomplished with pumpkin. (Oh, and ice cream)

Don’t let the magic of the fall season go untapped…bold colors, fresh flavors, bonfires, and if you have a black cat… watch it very carefully!

Info from “The Dark Side”

Herb of October~

Rosemary is my choice, there are so many ways to use the heavy, aromatic pine scented herb… from the grill to the oven to table-scapes, let your imagination be your guide.

A Thought to Ponder~

‘The collapse of the Roman Empire was accompanied by the loss of the wheat fields.’ Taken from the book by Bill Laws… “Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History”


Never store herbs in plastic bags - they will absorb the essential oils and result in dead flavor and nutrients.

Embrace the Bliss that is October~

Heads-up - Interesting class scheduled for October 26th. Keep the date in mind! Details to follow soon.

Bea Rigsby-Kunz
Sage Hill Gardens

32 Old Petersburg Pike
Petersburg, Tn. 37144