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About Southern Blooms Festival
Rock City's Flower Festival and Gardening Event
Come "See" Rock City in all of its spring glory as we celebrate and honor our original gardener, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter. Walk in Frieda's Footsteps and learn about the legacy and heritage of the gardens by our tour guides and Master Gardeners. Meet members of our horticulture team and be a part of planting the gardens. Kids of all ages can enjoy educational make-and-take activities and learn what it takes to make a garden grow!
Hours and Pricing
May 13 - 14, 2017
10am – 5pm
|Adult||Child (ages 3-12)|
|Rock City General Admission||$19.95||$11.95|
*Most event activities included with admission
Southern Blooms Activities
Southern Blooms Festival Activities
See Rock City in full bloom during this flower festival and gardening event. There's fun for the whole family, including garden tours and kids' activities, plus Southern Blooms dining specials and garden-themed souvenirs!
Fairy Garden Workshop
Enjoy the art of gardening and learn how to make your own Fairy Garden at our Southern Blooms Fairy Garden Workshop. The class is approximately 30-45 minutes and includes a Fairy Garden Starter Kit. The kit consists of container, dirt, 2 plants, decorative rocks and moss. Fairy Garden figurines and accessories available at additional cost. Participants must register and purchase tickets online in advance. Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm located in the Rock City Pavilion. $29.95, separate Rock City admission required.
Walking in Frieda's Footsteps - a historical, guided walking tour
Set out on a guided tour of Rock City Gardens and learn about the enchanting history of the gardens and our founder, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter.
Limited space available. First come, first serve. Tours begin promptly at the Ticket Plaza.
Times 11:00am and 3:00pm
Free Gardening Advice
The Hamilton County Master Gardeners in partnership with the Food Bank will host an information table in the Vendor Area near Lovers Leap. Master Gardeners will be available for garden questions or planting advice.
Interactive Planting Demonstrations
Rock City's Horticulture Team will be conducting planting demonstrations each morning. Kids and adults alike can join in the fun and plant a flower at Rock City Gardens!
Daily 10:00am and 12:00pm next to the Rock City Pavilion
Garden 2 Go!
Kids can plant their own flower garden to go all while learning about what it takes to make a garden grow!
10am - 5pm on the Prospector's Point Patio
Character Photo Ops
Have your picture made with Rocky the Elf and a Southern Belle along the Enchanted Trail.
10am - 4:30pm
Southern Belle Makeovers*
Kids can dress up just like a belle on her way to a Spring garden party! Package includes dress, parasol and hair clip. Available at Fairyland Forest Makeovers.
Daily in the Cliff Terrace Porch enjoy Harp Music by local artist Ellen Shiraef.
10am - 4:30pm
Lunch at Cafe 7
Enjoy southern cuisine and the best view around at Cafe 7 featuring Southern Blooms specials.
Located at Lovers Leap, seating available beginning at 11am.
Big Rock Grill
Featuring a Southern Blooms special of homemade chicken salad sandwiches.
Southern Blooms (Blackberry) Wine
The Georgia Winery is offering a limited release, sweet, blackberry wine custom label for Southern Blooms Festival. Available only at the Georgia Winery Tasting Bar at Rock City on the Marketplaza.
Located in the main courtyard beginning at 11am.
Nourish Your Garden
Nourish your garden with "Grounds for your Garden" available FREE daily inside Starbucks by the condiment bar.
Garden Themed Merchandise
You can't celebrate southern gardening without taking home your very own gardening gnome! Visit Woodland Wonders Gifts to find your special garden companion.
*Some activities additional cost.
Festival Flowers in Bloom
In May, look for these Southern Blooms blooming in our gardens:
Rhododendrons, Native Azaleas, Mountain Laurel, and Rose Campion
Partners & Sponsors
Rock City is proud to support the Chattanooga Area Food Bank as our community partner for the Southern Blooms Festival.
Southern Blooms Festival is sponsored by Coca-Cola