TFAC to hold ‘Art in Bloom,’ an art and garden festival, May 12-13

Published 12:13 pm Friday, March 23, 2012

A tranquil pond in one of the gardens featured in the first Art in Bloom celebration in 2010. Garden tours will take place on Saturday, May 12 as one event in a weekend celebration of art and gardens. (photo submitted by Marianne Carruth)

Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC), in conjunction with the City of Landrum and town of Tryon, will present the second biennial Art in Bloom, a celebration of artful gardens in the Carolina foothills, on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13.
Highlights for the weekend will be five private gardens on tour in the Tryon area and a garden and art bazaar in the two towns on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Each garden will be staffed with a master gardener and local artist who will paint the landscapes.
Both downtown Landrum and downtown Tryon will host a garden and art bazaar featuring more than 40 vendors selling a variety of garden and art items.
Sunday afternoon at 4pm, the Tryon Fine Arts Center will hold a “Festive Finale” sponsored by Tryon Federal Bank, with guest speaker Sally Springer Barnett, author of “A Tale of Two Gardens.” There will also be a reception for the regional artists whose work will be on display throughout the Tryon Fine Arts Center campus for the month of May.
“Art in Bloom is a community wide event and we are so fortunate to have broad participation from all the local garden clubs, individuals, garden retail and wholesale shops, local merchants and the arts community,” said Stuart Evans, TFAC vice president of development and bazaar chair for the event. “Our collective goal beyond celebrating gardens as art and the natural beauty of our area is to work with the municipalities to develop funding for pocket parks and public art throughout the Tryon, Landrum and Columbus communities.”
The two-day weekend kicks off with a Friday night gala sponsored by Millard & Co. Tickets for the garden tours on Saturday, May 12 include refreshments and free parking. Tickets for the “Festive Finale” include Barnett’s presentation and the reception.
The bazaars on Saturday in downtown Tryon and downtown Landrum are free to the public.
For information to purchase tickets and for more information on Art in Bloom, call TFAC at 828-859-8322 or visit
– article submitted by Marianne Carruth

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