Fruitcake, Daylilies, Tours, Weddings and more - Sunshine Hollow
News: The Gardens will be open to the public from Mid-April to Mid-July. Call us to book your Wedding.
Greetings! Sunshine Hollow, a tract of unspoiled Tennessee forest & Gardens, is nestled in the Great Valley between the Smoky Mountains & the Cumberland Plateau about halfway between Knoxville & Chattanooga.  Sunshine Hollow is a small Mom 'n Pop Tennessee Agri-business operated by Dave & Vicki Rhyne with a few seasonal employees. Sunshine Hollow Bakery specializes in Pecan Fruitcake & Woozy Cakes TM.   Both a beautiful Garden Wedding Site and an Event Center for Weddings, Receptions or other events are located in the Gardens. Gardens of Sunshine Hollow displays thousands of perennials including Daylilies, Hosta, Roses, Dahlias, Cannas and Iris plus numerous annuals & various shrubs in 20 acres of Sun & Shade Gardens. Sunshine Hollow Nursery grows over one thousand Daylilies and Hosta for purchase at the Gardens with most also available to order online.  Garden Weddings & Receptions are our specialty with flowers surrounding our Wedding Site and Event Center.  Weddings, Receptions, and other events can be held for up to 225 guests.  Read more...

Pecan Fruitcakes and more

Pecan fruitcake picture --The Bakery--
The Sunshine Hollow Bakery produces hand-made Pecan Fruitcakes TM. Other fine products include tasty treats such as nuts coated with chocolate, butterscotch, and orange, homemade jellies and preserves, Vidalia onion dressings and sauces, sorghum and fudge. Click on The Sunshine Hollow Bakery to get a tour or enter our store.

Call 1-800-669-2005 or email


Outdoors wedding pictureArrange your beautiful Indoor Wedding year-round of have a Garden Wedding from April through October.  We can host your wedding reception in our Event Center with its 4,000 square foot Ball Room. Your meal can be personally selected from either our hot buffet or Hors d'oeuvres menus. Your guests can even tour The Gardens for free. Book early to get the best dates. Read more...

Bakery Shows

Christmas show and mall booth pictureEach year we do a number of craft and Christmas shows to sell and introduce our products to customers around East Tennessee.  We try to let folks see and taste many items such as our Pecan Fruitcake, TM and Praline Pecans.  Customers can buy our goodies at Special Show Prices without ordering by Mail Order.  We will post our annual show schedule on the Bakery's main page each fall.


Show us your flower garden!

Sunshine Hollow plans to show off our customer's flower gardens, especially how you've incorporated Sunshine Hollow plants in them. Email us pictures of your gardens at along with your name and city. We will select the best shots to show off on our web site.  If selected, we'll also send you an adult season's pass.

Act now and be one of the first selected when the new page is created.

Sunshine Hollow Word Search

For a little fun, try the Sunshine Hollow Word Search (pdf 9k).

Daylilies, Hosta, and more

Daylilies and gardens tour picture --The Gardens---
The Gardens of Sunshine Hollow displays 1750 varieties of Daylilies, Dahlias, Roses, Hostas, Cannas, and Irises. Our display gardens encompass 20 acres with 8 miles of trails and 4000 feet of flower beds. Click on The Gardens of Sunshine Hollow to get a tour or enter our store. Mail order Daylilies and Hosta ordered now will be shipped in April and May. 

Call 1-800-669-2005 or email

Visit The Gardens

Tours, hay rides, and events pictureLocated about halfway between Knoxville and Chattanooga The Gardens of Sunshine Hollow will be open from mid-April through mid-July. See our calendar for days and hours. See the PBS video (described below) for a look at the gardens in peak bloom. 

Lunch and Tours

We serve lunch during the month of June to individuals. For groups of 20 or more lunch is available by reservation March thru October. We also offer special group rates (call 1-800-669-2005 to access our web site for groups). Groups may have lunch, tour The Gardens of Sunshine Hollow and take a narrated wagon ride through The Gardens.

Peak Bloom Seasons

What flowers are likely to be in bloom when you visit? Check out our Peak Bloom Seasons page.

Heard of us?

link to nationalgeographic.comNational Geographic's Discover Appalachia Web site features various attractions including The Sunshine Hollow Bakery!  Click on the interactive map link and you will find us near Athens, Tennessee.

Did you see us on TV? Sunshine Hollow fruitcakes were featured on NBC's Today Show in December 2003. Also that December, Live at Five, a production of WBIR (NBC's affiliate in Knoxville, Tennessee), did a segment showing how Sunshine Hollow fruitcakes are baked. This segment was picked up by many other NBC stations across the country. We have been seen in other Live at Five segments cooking other scrumptious treats. 

The Nashville Public Television (WEPT) series Volunteer Gardener visited The Gardens of Sunshine Hollow and did a segment.  Episode 1345 first aired in May 2005.  Worth watching for anyone interested in visiting the Gardens, this 7 minute walk around the Gardens is a great introduction.
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Contact Information

Telephone Local #:  423-745-4289
Toll Free #:  800-669-2005
Fax 1-423-745-2936
Postal address Sunshine Hollow
198 County Road 52
Athens, TN  37303
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