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Garden Tours
Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

Garden Tours

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Discover Greenwood's most beautiful home gardens and our very own City Garden.

Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Absolutely Free!

Nelson Smith
In honor of his wife, Hattie Smith

407 Powers Avenue
A gardener's dream! We are so fortunate to have this beautiful and mesmerizing home garden on our tour again this year. Mr. Smith graciously opens his yard to visitors showcasing more than 30 Japanese maple trees thrive in this garden, living alongside a wide variety of hydrangeas, azaleas, and camellias. His lavish garden is filled with many surprises, one of which is a deliciously fragrant Orange Flowering Tea Olive that offers a delicate citrus aroma. 

Another surprise Smith’s garden includes is an heirloom weather vane inherited from his Aunt Blanche McCall from Providence, Rhode Island. In an ancient willow tree over 100 years old, a full-length mirror hangs 20 feet high, reflecting a gently turning windmill. Suspended in another tree is a majestic piece of Chesapeake Bay driftwood decorated with weathered seashells. Wind chimes deliver cheerful melodies, and a gently flowing fountain adds harmony to the relaxing scene. In the gentle curves of shrubs and flowerbeds, benches coax visitors to reflect on the gardener’s hard work and nature’s beauty. A few other water features hide in the garden’s recesses, providing tranquil sounds of serenity and peaceful escape. Another interesting secret this garden keeps is that the stones bordering the walkway were initially used to balance ships in England in the 1900’s, and made their way here by way of Charleston, South Carolina. You will find yourself wanting to learn more about the evolution of this garden, especially one of the most well-kept secrets this garden boasts: a decorative wrought iron piece originally used in the film, “The Color Purple.”South Carolina ETV’s Emmy Award-winning television show “Making It Grow” televised an episode of the garden, resulting in many letters and calls requesting that the garden be reopened for additional tours. This garden is handicap accessible and smoke free. 

The Barklow Wildlife Habitat
110 Ferry Cove Rd
Ann Barklow, Horticulturist for the City of Greenwood along with the assistance of the Lakelands Master Gardeners presents to visitors this garden as a landscape filled with nature.

The garden was originally designed in 2016 by Ann as a Teaching Garden to help homeowners learn how they can provide for nature. This colorful and functional garden incorporates edibles and herbs along with native plants and flowers rich in pollen and nectar from spring through fall and is alive with pollinators including birds, bees, moths, beneficial insects, and butterflies.. 

The landscape is certified with the National Wildlife Federation as a backyard wildlife habitat and with the Xerces Society as a Pollinator Habitat along with Monarch Watch as a Monarch Waystation. Clemson University has also certified this landscape as a Carolina Yard. Ann has a Nesting Box for native bees which provides a hotel for Leaf Cutter and Mason Bees which in turn increases her food production and blooms. 

The back yard has a 25 raised bed vegetable garden bursting with produce as a result of the pollinators she supports. Her philosophy is “Build it and they will come.” Don’t miss this garden and meet some of the smallest yet important residents of our community. 

Park Seed and Ann work together to bring pollinator information on their website blog and film "you tube" videos at her home about useful garden products and pollinators.

Booths include a Monarch Raising Station, and the Lakelands Master Gardeners. Trained Master Gardener Guides will be present to help you with questions.

City of Greenwood Garden
510 West Cambridge Avenue
The idea for a City Garden was originated and developed by the Men’s Garden Club. The land was donated by Greenwood Mills to the City of Greenwood and adopted by the Men’s Garden Club in 1989. The addition of the gazebo, two bridges with hand rails, and two park benches began in 1991. In 1994, a tea-rose garden (made possible by Wayside Gardens) was installed followed by several trees and a large trellis covered with climbing roses.

Although the Men’s Garden Club has since dissolved, several former members and friends of the garden came together as the City Garden Club in 2013 with the singular mission of restoring the garden to its former beauty and building a base of volunteers for its continued maintenance. This year the garden will feature a completely renovated Rose garden and Children’s garden thanks to the support of a wide range of individuals, companies, non-profits, garden clubs and the City of Greenwood. The perennial beds have been “adopted” by individuals and garden clubs who do all the work to maintain their beauty.

One of Greenwood’s most beautiful public places it is often used for such events as weddings, picnics, reunions, photo shoots, and as an attraction for visitors to the Festival of Flowers. This horticultural display provides beauty from early spring through late autumn while educating and entertaining the public.

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May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Museum Reception: Grand Opening "Park Seed: A Celebration of 150 Years"

Grand Opening Reception of Park Seed Exhibit: A Celebration of 150 years

All are invited!

Celebrate the opening of "Park Seed: 150 Years", a historical exhibit in partnership with SC Festival of Flowers. The Museum welcomes you to this special anniversary exhibit. 

This event will feature light refreshments and is FREE for the public. 

Who would ever have imagined that 15-year-old George W. Park, advertising seeds for sale from his own small garden, would found America's most beloved mail-order gardening company? The year was 1868, and George placed an ad in the Rural American -- a daring move, since it cost a whopping $3.50. To his surprise, within weeks he had received $6.50 in orders. The course of his life was set, and generations of American gardeners are the better for it!

So come visit the Museum and explore Park Seed Company's rich history and fond memories. 

The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Jun
6
to Jun 11

The Flotilla Winners

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Congratulations to our 2017 Flotilla Boat Winners!

Overall Winner

Boat 6 - Grand Harbor Homeowners Association

In the Business Category

1st Place Winner
Boat 4 - Susan Long Realty
2nd Place
Boat 2 - The Bradshaw Group

Homeowners Category

Winner
Boat 6 - Grand Harbor Homeowners Association

Individual Category

1st Place Winner
Boat 1 - Joe Chabra / Kazmarski Family
2nd Place
Boat 5 - Becky McIntosh

People’s Choice

Boat 1 - Joe Chabra / Kazmarski Family

 

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Garden Tours
Jun
4
1:00 PM13:00

Garden Tours

Discover Greenwood's most beautiful home gardens and our very own City Garden.

Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Absolutely Free!

For directions, please pick up our SC Festival of Flowers Official Program at the Arts Center in the Federal Building at 120 Main Street or the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce, 110 Phoenix Street, Greenwood, SC.

Nelson Smith Home

407 Powers Avenue

More than 30 Japanese maple trees thrive in this garden, living alongside a wide variety of hydrangeas, azaleas, and camellias. Nelson Smith’s lavish garden is filled with many surprises, one of which is a deliciously fragrant Orange Flowering Tea Olive that offers a delicate citrus aroma. Another surprise Mr. Smith’s garden includes is an heirloom weather vane inherited from his Aunt Blanche McCall from Providence, Rhode Island. In an ancient willow tree over 100 years old, a full-length mirror hangs 20 feet high, reflecting a gently turning windmill. Suspended in another tree is a majestic piece of Chesapeake Bay driftwood decorated with weathered seashells. Wind chimes deliver cheerful melodies, and a gently flowing fountain adds harmony to the relaxing scene. In the gentle curves of shrubs and flowerbeds, benches coax visitors to reflect on the gardener’s hard work and nature’s beauty. A few other water features hide in the garden’s recesses, providing tranquil sounds of serenity and peaceful escape. Another interesting secret this garden keeps is that the stones bordering the walkway were initially used to balance ships in England in the 1900’s, and made their way here by way of Charleston, South Carolina. You will find yourself wanting to learn more about the evolution of this garden, especially one of the most well-kept secrets this garden boasts: a decorative wrought iron piece originally used in the film, “The Color Purple.”

South Carolina ETV’s Emmy Award-winning television show “Making It Grow” televised an episode of the garden, resulting in many letters and calls requesting that the garden be reopened for additional tours. This garden is handicap accessible and smoke free.

Berely Dye Home

1109 Brannon Street

Guarded by a large stone Greyhound dog statue near uptown Greenwood, Mr. Berely Dye’s unique vision and design style is on display in his one-of-a-kind garden. Mr. Dye’s ornate style is unlike any other, and includes stunning flower beds and ornamental containers, decorative driftwood, garden art and statues, water features, and even a few budding surprises. Don’t miss Mr. Dye’s amazing display of horticultural talent.

The McClary Home

109 Friendfield Lane

Travelling through the impressive stone archways and rolling green fields of quietly grazing horses to the McClary’s estate transports you to another world, where in a serene valley a transplanted historic Chinese Chippendale house, with features inspired by famed cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, boasts a thoughtfully-designed array of gardens. There is a garden of almost every type within its boundaries, including a water garden, formal beds, shade plantings, a cutting garden, and a vegetable plot. A matching Chippendale garden shed combines with the house to form the framework for a garden that has been carefully tended by a passionate horticultural artist. You don’t want to miss this gorgeous estate’s striking garden displays.
 

The Elsley Home

520 Bryte Street

Smooth stone pathways meander through this informal one-acre shade garden, creating a peaceful place for reflection for its loving homeowners for the past 35 years.  Several majestic native oak trees provide cool shade for the Elsley’s garden, which is imperative during intense South Carolina summer heat.  Flourishing in the shadow of these oaks is a layer of smaller evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs, including several large Japanese maples, camellias, rhododendrons, and hydrangeas. The fully shaded ground level provides ideal conditions for an extensive range of herbaceous perennials, including hellebores (a flowering evergreen sometimes called a winter rose or Christmas rose, despite not being from the rose family), hostas (hardy, shade-loving perennials also known as plantain lilies), and lush ferns. A small kitchen garden that requires limited sunlight produces fresh herbs and greens for the home. Two Victorian Stumperies - a popular new feature using pieces of driftwood - create a striking architectural environment for displaying shade-loving plants. Antique English chimney pots and "mushroom-like" staddle stones add further design appeal to this urban landscape. The Elsley’s entire garden is served by an irrigation system with sprinkler heads mounted on tree trunks 15' above the ground.
Beautiful, moss-covered stone steps lined with sumptuous potted plants invite visitors to enjoy this diverse range of horticultural genius. This garden reflects the homeowner’s professional and personal interests, and provides year-round functional and decorative appeal to their ranch-style brick home.

City of Greenwood Garden

510 West Cambridge Avenue

The idea for a City Garden was originated and developed by the Men’s Garden Club. The land was donated by Greenwood Mills to the City of Greenwood and adopted by the Men’s Garden Club in 1989. The addition of the gazebo, two bridges with hand rails, and two park benches began in 1991. In 1994, a tea-rose garden (made possible by Wayside Gardens) was installed followed by several trees and a large trellis covered with climbing roses.

Although the Men’s Garden Club has since dissolved, several former members and friends of the garden came together as the City Garden Club in 2013 with the singular mission of restoring the garden to its former beauty and building a base of volunteers for its continued maintenance. This year the garden will feature a completely renovated Rose garden and Children’s garden thanks to the support of a wide range of individuals, companies, non-profits, garden clubs and the City of Greenwood. The perennial beds have been “adopted” by individuals and garden clubs who do all the work to maintain their beauty.

One of Greenwood’s most beautiful public places it is often used for such events as weddings, picnics, reunions, photo shoots, and as an attraction for visitors to the Festival of Flowers. This horticultural display provides beauty from early spring through late autumn while educating and entertaining the public.

Pick up our Official SC Festival of Flowers Souvenir Program
For
 more information and the GPS addresses of the gardens, please pick up one of our Official Programs.  You'll find them throughout Uptown Greenwood, the Arts Center in the Federal Building and the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce office at 110 Phoenix Street.


 
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The Beach Dance
Jun
3
8:00 PM20:00

The Beach Dance

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Returning to our 50th Celebration...the Beach Dance!

Featuring the awesome sounds of the Swingin' Medallions Reunion Band.

Doors Open at 6:45 p.m. 
Free Shag Lessons starting at 7:00 p.m. 
Shag Contest too!

Tickets are:
VIP Table: $400
Table of 8: $250
Individual Ticket: $35
You must be at least 21 years of age.
Cash Bar Only | No Coolers 

Call the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce for tickets, 864-223-8431 or email: info@scFestivalofFlowers.org

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