Blowing Rock Garden Club

The Blowing Rock Garden Club hosts the Mile of Flowers garden tour in 2017. From left, Bonnie Ewing, Sally Newcomm, Billie Jo Brown, Betty Harwood, Leslie Shavel, Janet Stout, Patti Robinson, Susan Sweet, Martha Daniel, Elmyra Morris, Event Chair Pat Collins, Annie Tarbutton, Charlene Barham, Marion Thorn, Betsy Helms, Lynn Brennan and Jean Baskin.

BLOWING ROCK — On Friday, June 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Blowing Rock Garden Club will host its sixth bi-annual Mile of Flowers, giving participants a chance to explore several public and private gardens in downtown Blowing Rock, starting at the Memorial Park gazebo.

“Mile of Flowers was started back in 2009 to showcase our town’s beautiful flowers,” said Annie Tarbutton, Mile of Flowers chairperson. “The event continues to attract 150-200 visitors to our special town. Our members and community partners all contribute to making this a fun and informative day whether they are serving as garden hosts or making homemade treats.”

In addition to the garden tours, there will be gardening demonstrations at various locations throughout the day, and a boutique in the fellowship hall of Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church with a variety of vendors offering plants and garden and nature themed products. An afternoon tea will be held in the American Legion building and hand-painted rocks by local artists will be offered at an auction. Proceeds from this auction are to be donated to Memorial Park’s sprinkler system fund.

Last September, the town of Blowing Rock was recognized by the national, nonprofit organization America in Bloom for its community flowers. The three private gardens on tour, Inn at Ragged Gardens, The Blowing Rock and Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, all received individual awards from America in Bloom.

The all-inclusive cost for the event is $30.

For tickets and pre-registration, email, or send check payable to BRGC MOF 2019, P.O. Box 2673, Blowing Rock, N.C., 28605. Checks should be mailed no later than June 20. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the event. Most sites are walkable, but a shuttle will be available.

The Blowing Rock Garden Club is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization begun in 2001 to promote civic beauty, encourage the preservation of native plants and to provide education about environmentally sound gardening practices.

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