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About Southern Blooms Festival
Rock City's Flower Festival and Gardening Event
Experience Rock City in all of its spring glory as we celebrate and honor our original gardener, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter. Learn about the legacy and heritage of the gardens through tours by our horticulture team. Kids of all ages can enjoy educational make-and-take activities and learn what it takes to make a garden grow!
Hours and Pricing
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!
Group tours of Rock City Gardens led by Rock City's Director of Horticulture, George Schimpf and Hamilton County Master Gardeners will be available each morning.
Limited space available. First come, first serve. Tours begin promptly at the Rock City ticket desk.
Times 10:00am and 12:00pm
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.
Rain Barrel Workshop
Coca-Cola will be sponsoring an interactive demo-and-take Rain Barrel workshop each day.
Daily, 3pm in the Pavilion. Space is limited. Sign up at the pavilion 1/2 hour prior to workshop.
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 Rock Shop Patio
Character Photo Ops
Have your picture made with Rocky the Elf and a Southern Belle along the Enchanted Trail.
10am - 5pm
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 Gazebo enjoy Harp Music by local artist Rachel Payne.
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.
Located in the main courtyard beginning at 11am.
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