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Southern Blooms Festival

Celebrate the beauty of southern blooms during this garden event! This event includes garden tours, workshops, demonstrations, special vendors, book signings, music, and a speaker series honoring Rock City's original gardener, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter.

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Southern Blooms Festival

 
 

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Event Hours

May 3 & 4, 2014
10am - 5pm 

*Event Included with Regular Rock City Admission

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Event Activities

The Southern Blooms Festival is full of events for the garden enthusiasts!
  • The Frieda Utermoehlen Carter Garden Series - Join us on the Cliff Terrace Porch as we hear from some of the South's finest speakers as they share their expertise on gardening, food, storytelling, and more...Southern Style! 
  • Group Garden Tours led by Rock City's Director of Horticulture and Chattanooga's Master Gardeners will be available each morning. Limited space available, first come first serve. Tours begin promptly at the Rock City Ticket Desk at 10:00am
  • Workshops - daily interactive workshops. Full schedule below. 
  • Enjoy Southern cuisine and the best view around at Cafe 7 featuing Southern Blooms specials - including special menu offerings from Virginia Willis. Located at Lovers Leap, seating available 11am-4pm
  • Kids Activities - Make-And-Take Scented Tissue Paper Flowers, daily 10am-5pm. Rock Climbing Wall**, Panning for Gems**, Fairyland Forrest Makeovers**. Have your picture made with Rocky the Elf or a Southern Belle along the Enchanted Trail.  
  • Live Music - Enjoy live music throughout the gardens (featuring:  The Old Time Travelers / Old Time Music and other local musicians).
  • Free Gardening Advice - The Hamilton County Master Gardeners in partnership with the Food Bank will host an information table in the Vendor area near Lovers Leap. Master Gardeners will be available for garden questions and planting advice.
  • Vendor Marketplace - Leathern craft, jewelry, and the Georgia Winery vendors will be open daily outside of Gardens Gateway at the end of the Enchanted Trail. 

**A small additional charge may apply for some activities.


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Event Schedule

The Frieda Utermoehlen Carter Garden Series

Join us on the Cliff Terrace Porch at Lovers Leap as we hear from some of the South's finest speakers as they share their expertise on gardening, food, storytelling and more...Southern Style!  

Saturday and Sunday Speaker and Bio

11:00am

Felder Rushing - www.felderrushing.net
Southern Gardener, author and founder of the Slow Gardening movement, Felder Rushing will share his experience of finding and following personal garden bliss, using all senses through all seasons.

Felder will have his books available for purcahse and will be available for a meet-and-greet and book signing after the 11am presentation. 


1:00pm

Virginia Willis - www.virginiawillis.com
Southern Chef, writer, and TV personality, Virginia Willis will be sharing some secrets for dressing up your Southern cooking and will show some fun tips during a food prep featuring local food.

Virginia will have her books available for purchase and will be available for a meet-and-greet and book signing after the 1pm presentation.  


3:00pm

Andy Offutt Irwin - www.andyirwin.com
Southern storyteller, writer, and musician, Andy Irwin will be entertaining us with words and music that capture the best parts of being southern.

Recent winner of the Storytelling World Award for his latest CD Risk Assessment, Andy will be avaialble for a meet-and-greet and CD signing after the 3pm presentation.  


 

Musical Performances

Enjoy live music throughout the gardens featuring The Old Time Travelers / Old Time Music, 11am - 5pm on the Cafe 7 Stage.

Workshop Schedule 

Daily interactive workshops and demonstrations at the Pavilion.  

  • Coca-Cola will be sponsoring an interactive make-and-take Build-Your-Own Rain Barrel workshop each day. Daily, 3pm, space is limited. Sign up at the pavilion 1/2 hour prior to workshop.

 

What's Blooming at Rock City?

In May, look for these southern blooms blooming in our gardens:

  • Rhododendrons
  • Native Azaleas
  • Mountain Laurel
  • Rose Campion

What's blooming at Rock City

 

Community Partner and Sponsor

Community Partner

Rock City is proud to support the Chattanooga Area Food Bank as our community partner for the Southern Blooms Festival. We are partering with Gaining Ground to invite local farms, growers, food artisans, and chefs to be a part of this year's festival.

Chattanooga Area Food Bank

Sponsor

Southern Blooms Festival is Sponsored By Coca-Cola.

 

 

 


*Additional charges apply for food, drinks, some activities, & accessories. Rock City Admission is required to enter the park and festival.

 

 

 

 

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