Greenwood Springs into Action, Celebrating 50 Years of the South Carolina Festival of Flowers

What began as a single, centennial celebration of Park Seed has blossomed into an annual, month-long festival which celebrates more than flowers—and this year is the 50th anniversary of the festival. True to its origins, the South Carolina Festival of Flowers continues to offer many floral activities and sights, including topiaries throughout the city and garden tours. The presenting sponsors this year are Park Seed, Wayside Gardens, and Jackson & Perkins—all purveyors of plants and garden supplies, and all headquartered in Greenwood County.

The festival is more than just plants, though. “The 50th anniversary celebration has something for everyone. From arts and crafts, running to biking, performances to music, to our signature award winning topiary creations, a weekend visit to Greenwood will not disappoint,” says event coordinator Curry Cook.

This year, kids of all ages will enjoy the special Dinosaur Discovery exhibit on loan from the Virginia Museum of Natural History, which will be on display at The Museum all month. Kidfest, a staple of the festival, will be on Saturday, June 3, from 9:00a.m. to noon, and it will feature a dinosaur theme act by Dakota and Friends.

For the 21-and-older crowd, the Topiaries and Tastings Wine Walk draws a crowd. For theater lovers, there will be two performances of Shakespeare’s As You Like It at Wyatt Farms. The Greenwood County Airport will once again host an Aviation Expo with stationary aircraft on display, flights, model aircraft demonstrations, and much more. Athletes can participate in the 5K race, 1-mile Fun Run & Walk, or Bee Buzzin’ Bike Tour.

In addition to those yearly events, some old favorites are coming back. “This year we are bringing back the Beach Dance, featuring the Swingin’ Medallions Reunion Band,” Cook says. “This is the first time we’ve brought this event back in around 10 years. We are also bringing back the Flotilla Boat Parade on Lake Greenwood.”

This festival also offers a huge boost to Greenwood businesses. With a total economic impact of $3.3 million in 2016, restaurant and hotel business owners welcome the South Carolina Festival of Flowers’ 85,000 guests throughout the month of June.

Howard Corley, owner of Uptown Greenwood restaurant Howard’s On Main, testified to the festival’s effect. “With more traffic walking in during the festival, my business increases 10-15%.”

The festival will begin on June 1st, and events continue throughout the month, giving visitors plenty of opportunities to enjoy the experience. Click here for the full schedule of South Carolina Festival of Flowers events.

Photos courtesy of the South Carolina Festival of Flowers in Greenwood.

Jamie Gillenwater’s writing focuses on her Upstate community, technical communication, and corporate training. She serves as the chairperson for Connect Young Professionals, is an active member of the Society for Technical Communication’s Carolina chapter, and participates in the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Council.