2017-03-01 / Features


Date: Thursday, March 23 – Sunday, March 26* Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thurs. – Sat.; 11a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. * Place: Providence Hospital Campus, 6801 Airport Blvd., Mobile, Ala.

A show of wonder and enjoyment for all ages! Imagination and intrigue meet fun and fantasy in

Providence Hospital Foundation’s 24th annual flower and garden extravaganza. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events, the Festival of Flowers is eagerly anticipated each spring and has been widely acclaimed by industry and tourism officials.

Presented by Wells Fargo, the light-hearted theme, “Wildly Whimsical,” sets the tone for a one-of-a-kind experience. Landscape Architect Joe Comer returns, designing an adventurous landscaped world sure to delight young and old. From Bellingrath Garden’s playful interpretation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax to an enchanted and interactive children’s venue, visitors will be unexpectedly amused and entertained. Stroll through fanciful life-size landscaped gardens. Be wowed by flowers from around the world, imaginative table settings, and creative ideas for your porch or patio. You are sure to cluck over the architectural chicken coops artfully embellished in over-the-top fashion! Art abounds in the work of several local artists, the favorite photos of area photographers and the special venue featuring the art of children. Grow your flower and garden knowledge with free seminars and demonstrations, including special guest speaker Harvey Cotten, noted Huntsville, Ala. horticulturist, and popular floral designer extraordinaire Benny

Campbell of Gadsden, Ala. The Children’s

Garden is filled with exciting and educational features related to “Growing Up Green” in today’s world.

Bring the young sprouts to special Family

Fun Day activities on Sunday. The Children’s Garden will be buzzing with excitement—a LIVE beehive, storytime, playtime, hands-on projects and crafts, plus free family photos, honey tasting and a farmer’s market for the whole family to enjoy.

What is a festival without shopping and dining? Take spring home in a bag at the Garden Market and Festival Shoppe and enjoy lunch or a snack at the Garden Café, which features a taste of farm-to-table.

Produced by the Providence Hospital Foundation to benefit the health care mission of Providence Hospital, the fantastic floral event will evoke curiosity and wonder in all who travel through the Festival’s mammoth white tents and outdoor spaces. Come watch in amazement as a whimsical wonderland is brought to life!

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