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Jun
18
to Jul 15

Thru July 15th: Signature Topiary Display & Map

See for Yourself Our One-of-a-Kind "Living" Sculptures in Uptown Greenwood!

Take a magical topiary tour through Uptown Greenwood. You’ll see 46 topiaries displayed around the Square, at the County Library, and at the Farmers Market. The whimsical horticultural creations showcase the Uptown Greenwood area during the SC Festival of Flowers.

Each topiary has been adopted by an organization and is sponsored by a separate organization.  Come see for yourself and stroll our Uptown Square day or night.

Topiaries, Maintenance and Landscaping provided by: City of Greenwood & City Public Works Department Topiary/ School Coordinators and Delivery:  Johnathan Graves, Renea Sprowl,  Ann Barklow, Sarah Bradley, Clint Price, Gene Yarochowicz, and Tracy Anderson. 

Special Thanks: Director of Greenwood Public Works; Billy Allen, CPW, City of Greenwood Public Works Staff: Chase Rushton, Michael Smith, Joey Jamros, Buddy Hastings, Willie Graham, Clay Stevenson, Erek Leary, Jerry Walker, Chris Lewis, Len Bryan, Wayne Starnes, Jeff Smallwood, and James Moore. City of Greenwood Greenhouse Staff:  Renea Sprowl, Gene Yarochowicz, Clint Price, Sarah Bradley, Tracy Anderson, and Ann Barklow, Greenwood County, Lakelands Master Gardeners, and our local Schools. A very special thank you goes to topiary artist, Nancy Collin and her husband Everett for their thousands of volunteer labor with the topiaries for 2017

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Planting for Pollinators & Other Wildlife
Jun
25
5:00 PM17:00

Planting for Pollinators & Other Wildlife

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This informative presentation will be given by Dr. Nancy Lee Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society & USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center, Greensboro, NC.  A short tour of the City Hall Pollinator Garden commences at 5:15 p.m. prior to the talk.

nancy@xerces.org or nancy.adamson@gnb.usda.gov

Tuesday, June 26th
SC Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control Short Course
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Greenwood County Veterans Center, 106 Main St North
$45 / person

This short course will teach you how to attract native beneficial insects —predators and parasitoids of crop pests— to your orchard, farm, or garden! Participants receive the Xerces Society’s Beneficial Insects Toolkit and a copy of Farming With Native Beneficial Insects.  Pre-register by June 15th at http://xerces.org/event/

 

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Musical Salute to America by the 246 Army Band
Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

Musical Salute to America by the 246 Army Band

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Join us for our final event of the 51st South Carolina Festival of Flowers!

Open to the Public, FREE

This amazing Musical Salute to America by the 246 Army Band will be showcasing tunes you love and sharing their talents and love of music.

The 246 Army Band has been performing for more than 75 years. As the premier touring musical representative of the S.C. National Guard, this acclaimed organization travels hundreds of miles each year presenting a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences.  

Through these performances, the 246 Army Band fosters the support of the American people for members of the armed forces and their efforts around the state.

More About the S.C. National Guard 246 Army Band

The 246 Army Band consists of 37 Soldiers/musicians who play in multiple ensembles to create the different touring groups.  These groups offer varied repertoire but consist of a standard ensemble of music of pop, patriotic and show tunes. 

The band was involved in multiple campaigns during WWII and has traveled overseas to areas such as Guam, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Key West, and Florida.  In recent years, the band has played for the South Carolina Governors Inauguration, the “Bojangles 500” at Darlington Raceway, 75th Anniversary of the christening of the U.S.S. Yorktown, “Fall for Greenville” and the “Red, White and Blue” festivals in Greenville, S.C.

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RESULTS: 5K Run 2018
Jun
30
8:00 AM08:00

RESULTS: 5K Run 2018

5K Run Results

Saturday, June 2, 2018 

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Clemson Tiger Team Fan Night
Jun
15
6:30 PM18:30

Clemson Tiger Team Fan Night

The Greater Greenwood Clemson Club Invites you to Tiger Team Fan Day!

All the C-L-E-M-S-O-N fun will be at the Tiger Topiary in Uptown Greenwood.

Friday, June 15
6:30 p.m. 

Bring your Clemson friends and family to meet the Clemson Athletic Celebreties and cheerleaders!  This has become a proud Clemson fan tradition here in Greenwood during the SC Festival of Flowers and we would love to have you join us!

Get autographs, connect with your fellow fans and meet the Clemson players, coaches and cheerleaders. 

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Bee Buzzin' Bike Tour
Jun
9
8:00 AM08:00

Bee Buzzin' Bike Tour

Join us for one of the most popular summer events in South Carolina - our Bee Buzzin' Bike Tour 2018!

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$40 after June 3 to the day of ride

T-shirts and lunch at Uptown Market guaranteed to pre-registrants only.

Registration and Packet pick-up the morning of the event starting at 7 AM.

ROUTE: This ride takes you through the scenic roads of Greenwood County. Rain or shine, the ride is flat to rolling hills. There will be a 55 mile, 30 mile and 20 mile loop. SAG Support provided.

Your ride ends with lunch and beverages at Uptown Market in Uptown Greenwood.

MAPS & CUE SHEETS

55 Mile Loop Map

55 Mile Loop Cue Sheet

30 Mile Loop Map

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20 Mile Loop Map

20 Mile Cue Sheet

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  Modeling This Year's T-shirt: Our hardworking Interns: Austin Hough and Brayden Stevens.

Modeling This Year's T-shirt: Our hardworking Interns: Austin Hough and Brayden Stevens.

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Greenwood Historic Churches Tour
Jun
3
1:30 PM13:30

Greenwood Historic Churches Tour

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Discover Greenwood's most beautiful and historical churches.

Sunday
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Absolutely Free!

The tour of historic churches in and around Greenwood is back! Churches on this year's tour are rich in history. One building dates back to 1860, another to 1890. You'll find a hand crafted wooden Communion Table in the shape of the cross which is the only one of its kind in South Carolina. You will see how stained glass windows tell stories from the Bible in unique ways. The craftsmanship in many of the sanctuaries and facilities is tremendous and adds uniqueness to each church. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! 

Mountain Creek Baptist Church
108 Mountain Creek Road
Kirksey Community
Mountain Creek Baptist Church was established in 1798 and still occupies the third building
which was built in the 1890's. There have been only minor changes to the sanctuary in the past 150 years, and everyone who sees it for the first time are in awe of the feeling of simplicity and reverence.

Tranquil United Methodist Church
1702 McCormick Highway
Greenwood
Tranquil United Methodist Church was begun about 1820, under a brush arbor.  The first structure was a plain log house replaced later by a frame structure.  The present sanctuary was build in 1971. Tranquil has been called the birthplace of Greenwood Methodism.  We are known for our flags.  On patriotic holidays our drive is lined with over a hundred large American flags.  Our goal through the years has been to share the peace and love of Christ.

Rock Presbyterian Church
122 Rock Church Rd NW
Greenwood
First known as Rocky Creek Presbyterian Church, Rock Presbyterian Church as we know it today, was formed by missionary ministers from the Synod of New York and Philadelphia in 1770. Rock Presbyterian is known as the “Mother of Churches” as it had help start and organize churches in Ninety Six, Greenwood (First Presbyterian), Cokesbury and Coronaca. On the present grounds, the first house of worship was built of logs and used a broad flat- rock as a foundation and floor. This log church was replaced by a larger clapboard sided structure in 1815 and served as the sanctuary and classrooms until it tragically burned to the ground in 1959. Services were held in the old Quarry School, acquired earlier, until the present sanctuary was dedicated in 1959.

Ninety Six Presbyterian Church
120 Cambridge St North
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There have been three Ninety Six Presbyterian Churches in Ninety Six, dating back to 1774. The present church, the third location, was built in 1860 as a frame building. Following a tornado in 1944, with much structural damage, the building was repaired and brick veneer added.

First Baptist Church
722 Grace Street
Greenwood
The sanctuary of Greenwood First Baptist Church is noteable for both its beauty and its thoughtful design. The focal point of the sanctuary is clearly the large cross which hangs over the divided chancel. The gallery (balcony) features a smaller but more ornate Celtic cross, insuring that worshippers can see the cross from anywhere in the sanctuary. The hand-crafted wooden Communion Table, also in the shape of the cross, is the only one of its kind in South Carolina.

First Presbyterian Church
108 W Cambridge Ave
Greenwood
First Presbyterian Church first met in the Presbyterian High School Building in Greenwood in 1850. As the population grew in Greenwood, the congregation did as well. In 1899 the building now used as a fellowship hall was build, followed by the education wing in 1924. A tour of these buildings on the same floor would show the original stained glass windows, Wood ceiling and intricate woodwork.

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Main Street United Methodist Church
211 Main St North
GreenwoodThe year 2018 is a significant year in the history of Main Street United Methodist Church
because it will celebrate the 100th year of worshiping in its Sanctuary. The first worship service was held on November 16, 1918. The celebration will take place November 11th with Bishop Jonathan Holstein conducting the service in the format of the original service.

Founded in 1858, this historic church saw several different early structures before building its current Sanctuary with its huge stained glass window of Jesus questioning the Rabbis in the Jerusalem Temple when he was 12.

Connie Maxwell Baptist Church
215 Terrell Smith Ave
Greenwood    
The original frame structure used for a church on the campus of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home was built in 1893 to primarily house the Connie Maxwell School. After the 1962 decision of the Board of Trustees to relocate the church building, groundbreaking exercises were held October 11, 1964. The cornerstone was laid July 11, 1965. The first service was held on May 22, 1966, the 74th anniversary of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. The ten  nave faceted stained glass windows, the highlight of the current church’s beauty, are a gift of the alumni.

The Church of the Resurrection Episcopal
700 Main St South
Greenwood
Our church was built in 1935 and is the third church building used by Resurrection in Greenwood. It was designed by noted Greenwood architect James Hemphill, who designed homes, schools, and other public buildings across the Carolinas. He used the Church of the Cross in Stateburg as his inspiration. The church is a simple neo-Gothic structure with thick masonry walls and hammer beam trusses. It seats 180 persons. The newest improvement to it is a Marshall and Ogletree digital organ. The parish has about 450 members and lively ministry.  

 

 
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Jazz Brunch and Tour, The Railroad Historical Center
Jun
3
11:00 AM11:00

Jazz Brunch and Tour, The Railroad Historical Center

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Join us for this New Orleans Style Jazz Brunch at The Railroad Historical Center.

We will be serving a delicious brunch in a historic 1924 dining car with Jazz music from an era gone by playing, what could be finer? Enjoy a complimentary Mimosa too!

Live music by:
Steve G and the Juniors
Buffet Brunch by:
Old Main Catering
Tickets: $50
Proceeds go to the Railroad Historical Center.

Tour the seven historic train cars, stroll through the beautiful gardens and enjoy the newly completed deck. We even have a new lift for easy access to the train cars.

For tickets and more information, call (864) 229-7093.

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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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Tours & An Evening of Gospel at the Mays House
Jun
2
6:00 PM18:00

Tours & An Evening of Gospel at the Mays House

Benjamin Mays Historic Site Tours

TOURS:
Saturday, June 2
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 3
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Join Us for a Special Evening of Gospel Music.

Saturday, June 2
6:00 p.m.

As part of the 2018 South Carolina Festival of Flowers in beautiful Greenwood, South Carolina, the GLEAMNS Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site seeks to celebrate the connective legacy between the Black Church, its musical legacy to the world (Gospel Music), and the role of this music played in the Civil Rights Movement through hosting an evening of gospel music, “Gospel at the Mays House”.

This special event will be emceed by local vocalist and radio personality, Louise Robinson. The performances will feature these local gospel groups:

  • The Greenwood Area Martin Luther King Choir
  • Jr., Mass Choir
  • The Bailey Bethel Singing Convention from the Callison-Troy area performing bluegrass gospel style tunes.
  • Rev. Adrian Wideman of Mt. Olive Baptist Church as well as other local gospel music and musicians.

Born in Greenwood County, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays rose to become an American Baptist minister and civil rights leader who is credited with being “the principle founder of the Civil Rights Movement”.

The site contains Dr. Mays' birth home which was removed from its original location in Epworth in southeast Greenwood County and furnished with circa 1900 furniture. In addition, the site has a barn-like structure that serves as a modern museum and theater.

Visitors will find a large collection of his books, writings, films, speeches, and personal items. The third building on site is the original Burns Springs one-room African-American school, originally located in Epworth.

The yard surrounding the home site is reminiscent of a 1900s era sharecropper homestead that includes a cedar post clothes line, wash pot with rinsing tubs, chopping block, tree swing, old well, an original outhouse, and a family garden. The homestead is accented with a cotton field.

 For further information, please contact: Christopher B. Thomas at (864) 229-8833.

 

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Topiaries & Tastings Wine Walk
Jun
2
5:30 PM17:30

Topiaries & Tastings Wine Walk

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Join us for our 9th Annual Topiaries and Tastings Wine Walk in Uptown Greenwood.

You'll taste some of the most exceptional wines at our local Uptown merchants while strolling among our Signature Topiary Display. This fun and lively wine walk is a Festival favorite.

Wine Tasting stops include:

  • Allura Bella Boutique
  • David Lindsey Clothier
  • Fig
  • Flynn’s On Maxwell Uptown Wine & Beer
  • Lidl Food/Beverage Truck Exhibit
  • Main & Maxwell
  • Main Street Market
  • Museum
  • Senior Helpers
  • South Point Financial Services
  • Spa On Maxwell
  • Stoddard Funderburk Law Firm, LLC
  • Sugar Boutique
  • Sweet Teas Children's Boutique
  • Think Tank on Main
  • Voila Bridal and Formal
  • Wades on Waller
  • Weichert Realtors - Bradshaw Group

TICKETS on Sale at Flynn's on Maxwell Uptown Wine & Beer, 120 Maxwell Avenue, 864-223-9463 or the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce, 110 Phoenix Street, 864-889-9314.

CHECK-IN: Uptown Market for wrist band, your wine glass and wine walk map.

NOTE: You must be 21 or over and show an ID. According to our city ordinances, we require that you consume your tasting in the businesses. Walking with any wine in your glass is strictly prohibited on the sidewalks or streets. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and contributing to a fun and enjoyable evening tasting wines provided by the SC wineries and Flynn’s on Maxwell in our beautiful Uptown among the topiaries. Drink responsibly.
Thank you!

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47th Annual Antique & Auto Show
Jun
2
9:30 AM09:30

47th Annual Antique & Auto Show

Hosted by Emerald City Region, AACA
Benefits Greenwood County Veterans Center
Pre-registration for Vehicles - $15, Day of Show - $20

Top 25 Trophies Awarded by Popular Vote of Show Participants, Club Participation Award.  Club Judged: Longest distance, Hard Luck, Best Chevrolet, Best Mopar, Best Ford, Best of Show.  

To register or for more info: Lew, 864-227-3446, Jim, 864-506-3042 or Eric, 864-223-0541.
All cars and trucks welcome! 50/50 Drawing Raffle, prizes and music! 

Registration from 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon.

Goodie bags to first 50 entries--first come, first served. 

Free for spectators.

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Life of Honey Bees Observation Hive
Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

Life of Honey Bees Observation Hive

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Come join the Lakeland Beekeepers at Emerald Farm for a fun and educational day!

An observation hive will be set up for you to catch a glimpse of the life of a honey bee. Find the queen bee without the worry of getting stung! See and learn about the equipment that the beekeepers use in their apiary. You will be amazed with what these little bees can accomplish in their short life.

Questions are welcome during the event! 

Join the fun, visit the farm, and ride the Emerald Farm Express. Pick up some honey, plants, bird houses or yard art too! 

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Kidfest 2018
Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

Kidfest 2018

Exciting Performances and Entertainment the whole family can enjoy!

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Bring the whole family to Kidfest where we’ll be featuring crowd favorite and the ULTIMATE Entertainer, Mark Lippard! He puts on a dazzling display of pure talent, athleticism and lots of variety. He delivers a fast paced, high-energy performance full of clean laughs, juggling, trick unicycling, fire eating, balance and surprising fun-filled audience participation.  

Wildlife Geeks

In addition, the Wildlife Geeks, Chuck Alberding, will be showcasing an incredible variety animals for the kids to experience and discover. Chuck introduces his entourage of mammals, snakes, reptiles, and amphibians to kids of all ages. His presentation focuses on the unique characteristics and habitat of the animals as well as the importance of conservation of all species. Kidfest will also include karate demonstrations, dance performances, activities, exhibits, face painting plus the Uptown Market Splash pad for your kids to enjoy.

Schedule of Entertainment

9:00 am
Scott’s martial arts demonstration at Stage

9:15 am
Wildlife Geeks at Stage

10:00 am
Mark Lippard Performs

11:30 am
FIYA Dance Performs

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5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
Jun
2
8:00 AM08:00

5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

Join us for one of the most fun 5K runs and 1 mile fun run and walk!

Saturday, June 2, 2018 

You will start out from the soccer field, then go on the Capsugel track, and then out to the Greenwood Rails to Trails and back. 

5k Certified Course: Capsugel Running Track & Greenwood Rails to Trails / Timing by: Racing Toes

$Cash Prizes$

Overall Winning Male/Female & Masters Male/Female Winners will receive $100.
2nd Place winners will receive $50.

Race Packet Pick-up: 
6:15 a.m. at the Jeff May Sports Complex

Entry Fee:

$25/5K; $25/1-Mile Fun Run/Walk if received by May 30th, 2018 online or by mail.

$30, May 31st & June 1st – pay with cash or check ONLY at the Greenwood Chamber, 110 Phoenix St, Greenwood, SC 29646.

$30, June 2 (day of event) - pay on site at the Jeff May Complex

T-shirts guaranteed to all pre-registrants thru May 18th, 2018.

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Blooming Uptown Live Concert with Split Shot Band
Jun
1
5:30 PM17:30

Blooming Uptown Live Concert with Split Shot Band

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Featuring Split Shot Band!

There is no better place to enjoy an outdoor concert than the Uptown Market. Join Festival fans as we partner with Uptown Greenwood.

Free Admission!
Food and Concessions Available.

This years entertainment will feature "Split Shot" band. Since it’s inception Split Shot has grown to be one of the most popular variety bands in the Carolina’s! With the charm only true Southerner’s can possess, they bring their talent to the stage with a quick-witted, knee-slapping sense of humor coupled with a clear love for the music. 

Split Shot Band

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Friday, June 1st
5:30 p.m. 
Free Admission

 

 

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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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May
23
11:00 AM11:00

Ladies Luncheon, Life at Full Throttle

Join us for one of the most anticipated events of the SC Festival of Flowers!

Always a good time for everyone who attends, the SC Festival of Flowers Ladies luncheon offers great food, awesome door prizes and a fun setting with your friends and acquaintances. 

Featured Speaker: Southern Humorist, Columnist & Author, Carole Townsend

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Carole Townsend is a author and southern humorist from Atlanta, GA.

Her book, Red Lipstick and Clean Underwear takes an honest, sometimes humorous and often poignant look at the lives of women from adolescence through our golden years, all based on the advice we got from our mamas.

Wear Your Favorite Red Shoes and Enjoy a Complimentary Lip Bar by Belk!

Carole is a true Southerner, having been born in Atlanta, living in Nashville during college, and going right back to Atlanta upon graduation. Following a brief stint as a New York City resident, she married a Southerner, and they've raised their family of four children (plus four rescue dogs) in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She and her husband now have their first grandchild, who of course is perfect and off-the-charts smart.

Before she began writing for the Gwinnett Citizen, she was a staff correspondent and blogger for the Gwinnett Daily Post for more than 12 years. Through her unique brand of no-nonsense humor and her love for observing the quirkiness of human nature, Carole has developed a solid following in the southern region of the United States.

Her first three books are:

SOUTHERN FRIED WHITE TRASH is a frank and hilarious look at how families spin out of control under pressure, such as weddings, funerals, holiday gatherings and reunions. 

RED LIPSTICK AND CLEAN UNDERWEAR is an examination of the advice and hand-me-down wisdoms women glean from their mothers, grandmothers and aunts. While there are some very funny observations and scenes in this book, there are also some poignant moments. This book has remained a top book club selection since its publication in 2012.

MAGNOLIAS, SWEET TEA AND EXHAUST is an amusing and witty look at the national phenomenon known as NASCAR. As Townsend herself explains in the book, while NASCAR has its roots deep in southern culture, she knew nothing about the sport. When her youngest child left for college, she decided to hit the road and learn what she could about the sport and the culture. For one year, she traveled the NASCAR circuit, learning everything she could about the sport, drivers, cars and fans. OF course, as a 50-something suburban mom who knew nothing about any of it, the result is a well-researched, educational, hilarious examination of NASCAR.

Carole Townsend

Her fourth book, BLOOD IN THE SOIL, was published April 12, 2016. A vast departure from her previous three Southern humor books, this book unravels a true crime that happened in Georgia about 40 years ago.

OR Call the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce, 864-889-9313 or email, Chandler@GreenwoodSCchamber.org

$30 per person or $240 for a table of eight
Welcome cash bar reception and exhibitor showcase begins at 11:00 a.m. with Mimosas, Wine and Champagne. Fantastic door prizes too! 

For more information to purchase your tickets contact:
Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce
110 Phoenix Ave.
Greenwood, SC 29649
864-889-9313

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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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Jun
4
1:00 PM13:00

Little Miss & Wee Little Miss Contest - Flotilla on Lake Greenwood

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Little Miss & Wee Little Miss Flotilla Contests

 

2017 Little Miss Flotilla, 6 - 10 years old
2017 Wee Little Miss Flotilla, 2 - 5 years old  
2:00 p.m.
Registration
1:00 p.m.

 Bringing back this popular event to Celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

Bringing back this popular event to Celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

An Event of the SC Festival of Flowers Flotilla on Lake Greenwood

Sunday, June 4, 2017
1:30 p.m - 5:00 p.m. 

Fellowship Camp & Conference Center
457 Camp Fellowship Road
Waterloo, SC

Music by Greenwood’s very own:
The Bonnie Situation

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  • 2017 Little Miss Flotilla, 6 - 10 years old
  • 2017 Wee Little Miss Flotilla, 2 - 5 years old  
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  • There will be a 1st and 2nd place in each division.
  • Winners will receive a sash in recognition of their achievement.
  • All participants (who do not place) will receive a rose for entering.
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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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