The Landscape and Beautification division of the Recreation Department was established to enhance the natural beauty of Gatlinburg by adding creative landscape designs and flowers throughout the city. The crew designs, installs, and maintains all permanent landscaping around city properties, parks, buildings, as well as public right of ways.
The staff also designs, plants and maintains annual flowers which are displayed in beds, planters, hayrack railing baskets, and hanging baskets for the spring, summer and early fall months. The department relocates the hanging baskets in mid-October to the city's greenhouse in order to maintain the tropical plants at mature sizes through the winter. In late fall, pansies replace the summer annuals and tulip bulbs are planted in certain locations. Inside the greenhouse in early spring, the crew adds annual flowers to the hanging baskets and in early May the baskets are hung on light poles throughout the downtown area.
Gatlinburg is a Tree City USA community and has held this distinction for 25 years. Currently, only 40 cities in the State of Tennessee hold this distinct recognition. To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a city must meet four standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. Each city must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, and hold an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.