Even if the weather isn’t cooperating and the calendar says three more weeks remain of winter, you can always tell when the first Breath of Spring is inhaled in the Lowcountry.
And perhaps at no other time in recent history is a “Breath of Spring” needed. With the recent ice storms and power outages, the area needs a changing of the seasons.
Sponsored by the Belle Isle Garden Club, the Camellia Garden Club of Greater Charleston, The Garden Club of Otranto, and Town and Village Garden Club, the eighth annual Breath of Spring flower show begins Friday, Feb. 28 and will continue through March 2 at Dean Hall on the grounds of Cypress Gardens.
Show Chairman Michael Pound said while the weather has affected the number of horticulture entries, he still expects a full slate for this year’s show.
“Our weather down here between the months of January through March is an up and down rollercoater ride with the
temperatures,” he said. “We are cold one day, and then spring like weather the next day. This in turn can affect what you may have blooming at that time.
“We may not see a lot of blooming horticulture enteries,” Pound contiued, “But by having other horticulture classes filled with decorative cut horticulture, hanging baskets, and potted plants that most people keep inside greenhouses or their home we should still have a good showing of horticulture for the show.”
This year’s flower show theme is “See the USA.”
“We choose this theme to best represent and showcase areas in the USA that we all have visited or want to visit when we go on vacation,” Pound said. “You will get the feeling when you walk into the show that you will be visiting certain parts of our great country through our floral designs and exhibits we have throughout the building.”
The annual show will be open to the viewing public from Friday, Feb. 28 through March 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is free with the $10 admission to Cypress Gardens.
In a new twist, the general public can also be a part of the flower show by entering horticulture entries on Feb. 27 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Dean Hall.
“Entries will be accepted at the back door of the Dean Hall building at that time,” Pound said. “Also this year the public can be a judge during the show.”
The public will be able to cast a vote each day of the show for their favorite floral design.
“We did this in the past and everyone enjoyed having a voice on their favorite floral design, and it was nice to see their point of view of the wonderful floral creations,” Pound said. “We hope that everyone will come out to Cypress Gardens and help us celebrate and ‘See the USA’ through our eyes.”
Pound said the flower show comes together each year through the hard work and dedication of a lot of people.
“With a lot of planning throughout the year and the hard work of the flower show committee staff and Cypress Gardens employees and staff we always put on a successful flower show,” he said. “That is why for the last three years our flower show has won an award from the National Garden Clubs Inc. This is why everyone in the U.S.A must come and visit South Carolina and see this award winning show.”