A dazzling display of beauty and color awaits at The Bascom’s 2011 Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival, July 7-10.
The 13th annual Mountains in Bloom is a multi-day garden festival in the mountain resort community of Highlands, N.C. More than 1,200 people attended last year’s event.
Mountains in Bloom features a tour of stunning mountain gardens, a flower show, a preview party, a lecture by Suzanne Rheinstein, a Benefactor Tour of the “Southern Highlands Reserve” in Lake Toxaway and the “Some Enchanted Evening” Benefactor Party. Proceeds benefit The Bascom, a nonprofit visual arts center occupying a six-acre, $13 million campus.
Beginning Thursday, July 7, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Suzanne Rheinstein, renowned author and interior designer, will speak at The Farm at Old Edwards. Tickets for the lectures are $65 per person.
Later that evening, from 6-8 p.m., the Flower Show Preview and Frank Stella: American Master Opening Reception at The Bascom. This is a first peek at the exciting Stella exhibition and the award-winning floral, horticultural and photography exhibitions that comprise the Flower Show. Tickets for this first-ever event are $50 per person and will include cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres.
On July 8 and 9, five fabulous gardens in the Highlands Country Club area will be featured on the 13th annual garden tour. Presenting hosts are Greg and Taz Anderson, Beckie and Harry Butler, Cecile and Phil McCaull, Betty and John McMahon, and Angela and Art Williams. Garden Tour participants will also enjoy a gourmet box lunch served on the Terrace at The Bascom between 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the garden tours are $80 per person. Group discounts are available.
Parking for the tours will be at the Highlands Civic Center (U.S. 64 E and Laurel Street) where participants can board streamlined, efficient shuttles to the tour houses. Overflow parking with shuttle transport is available at Highlands School (south of Main St., corner of Fifth St. and Pierson Dr.).
Also, at The Bascom campus, the free-admission Flower Show will be on Friday and Saturday, July 9-10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flower arrangement entries will be showcased throughout the art center’s early 1800s hand-hewn post and beam barn. The show will also feature a horticulture exhibit in the Dave Drake Studio Barn as well as a nature photography exhibit in the education gallery.
Become a Mountains in Bloom Benefactor and on Sunday, July 10, from 1 to 3 p.m., tour the “Southern Highlands Reserve” at Lake Toxaway by invitation of Betty and Robert Balentine. The Southern Highlands Reserve is a private native plant garden and research center dedicated to the preservation, cultivation and display of plants native to the Southern Appalachian Highlands.
Benefactors are also invited to the premier event for Mountains in Bloom, the “Some Enchanted Evening” Benefactor Party on Sunday, July 10. Enjoy an unforgettable evening in an atmosphere of elegance and romance. Stroll through the “Frog Pond Farm,” the historic property of Paula and Barry Jones, owners of The Summer House, with its magnificent gardens and charming home. The sound of beautiful music by Jim Gibson of Hickory Cove Music will drift through the setting. A seated candlelight dinner with exquisite cuisine prepared by Jerry Dilts and Associates will follow.
Balentine, the new lead sponsor of Mountains in Bloom, has established an award for the most outstanding display of a native plant or cut specimen in the Horticulture Division.
For more information and ticketing on the 2011 Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival, contact The Bascom at (828) 787-2896 or visit www.mountainsinbloom.com.
The Bascom is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. and Holiday Mondays (July 4 and Sept. 5) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, visit www.TheBascom.org or call (828)526-4949.