Whole Bloomin' Thing returns to Frog Level

By Jessica Swink | May 07, 2014

This year, May 10 will mark 12 years of celebrating of the Whole Bloomin’ Thing Festival.

The event is held annually in historic Frog Level of Waynesville and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Plenty of local growers will be out to provide all types of flowers, herbs, and trees, and the Haywood County Master Gardeners will be on the scene to help any aspiring or current growers that would like to learn more about their hobby.

There will also be artisans with nature-themed pieces, like pottery and birdhouses. And don’t forget music. This year, some of the performances will be led by Frog Level Philharmonic, Round the Fire, Bohemian Jean, Tarnished Rose, and even more.

The festival, regularly attended by over 8,000 people each year, began as a way to celebrating the arrival of spring. Teri Siewert, owner of Mahoghany House Art Gallery and Studios, will be chairperson for the committee this year.

“It’s not about the business,” Siewert said. “We hope we help the businesses, but the focus is about the artists and the growers and getting out there and having a good time. We really want people to discover Frog Level; it’s such a beautiful historic place to be.”

The event, which always falls on the day before Mother's Day, is a great place to find a last-minute gift for moms who appreciate local art or who have a green thumb.

Food vendors and parking will be available in the festival area for anyone wanting to spend the day in Frog Level exploring the event. For more questions, contact Teri Siewart at (828) 246-0818.