Festival of Flowers-25th Anniversary


25 years!

Festival of Flowers began in 1994 as the brain child of Tommy Zieman, Jr. after his visit to a flower show at the Royal Hospital in London. The yearly fundraiser for the Providence Hospital Foundation has grown to the largest outdoor flower in the Southeast.  The show moved to its present location at the Providence Hospital campus in 2006 from its initial location at Springhill College. The Providence location has allowed the show to grow to its 300,000 square feet of space that draws some 15,000 visitors each year.

Azalea Trail Maids always begin the show







Blake Smisson, lead designer and landscape architect for the show, designed the “Walk in the Park”, which features a carousel and multiple fountains for visitors to enjoy their morning or afternoon stroll.

Bellingrath fountain





Along with the festive displays are a number of horticultural seminars for the novice and accomplished flower enthusiast.

More flowers!







Local artist, Augusta Hyland Wilson’s work is featured in the park like setting.  There is also a photographic exhibit featuring local photographers.

A number of vendors are in attendance featuring flowers and outdoor sculptures.

Plane wind art

The festival is an enjoyable and relaxing way to spend an afternoon.



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Roadrunner Journeys was created as an outlet for my photography and travel writing. My passion is travel and sharing my stories by documenting my travel memories, one photograph at a time. While usually a solo traveler, my trips are well planned adventures that provide for maximum fulfillment and affordability both internationally and domestically. My blog features adventures from points around the US, Canada and Europe as well as long weekend road trips, especially if one features cheesecake. A well thought out tour of the northern Florida locations of the Cheesecake Factory may bring some gastronomic excess but it was well worth the adventure of traveling the back roads of the state. The Alabama Gulf Coast is my home which provides me with access to beautiful sunsets, seafood and inspiration.

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