FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS 2018
Festival of Flowers began in 1994 as the brainchild 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.
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.
Along with the festive displays are a number of horticultural seminars for the novice and accomplished flower enthusiast.
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.
The festival is an enjoyable and relaxing way to spend an afternoon.