Bountiful Blossoms

Illustration by Janet Cummings

A beautiful blue mist blankets the mountains. The air is clean and moist. The sun peeks out to focus its spotlight on the Eden below. Mother Nature unfolds her petals and bursts into a wheel of color. 

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived, The Bascom’s Mountains in Bloom.

The setting for this year’s glorious unveiling is Bowery Road, where every lawn, path, water feature, and garden is a jaw-dropping huzzah. Five gardens are featured, each with its own special character. You’ll experience the traditional English garden, native and cultivated perennials, fruit and flower gardens, hemlock hedges, vintage gardens, an English Manor garden, waterfalls, seeps . . . even a grown-up’s tree-house.

The theme for 2016’s benefactor party is The Hamptons of Long Island, famous for its beautiful botanical gardens and arboretums.

Frances Schultz is Mountains in Bloom’s guest of honor. Schultz is a celebrated author of several books, including “The Bee Cottage Story - How I Made a Muddle of Things and Decorated My Way Back to Happiness.”  Originally from Tarboro, North Carolina, Schultz has both visited and lived in Highlands and Cashiers for years.  A contributing editor to House Beautiful magazine and former editor-at-large for Veranda, she has also written for The Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, Indagare, and The New York Social Diary.

Here is a brief schedule of events:

Friday, July 15:

9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. - Garden Tours (includes a boxed lunch on The Bascom Terrace)

6:00 to 11:00 P.M. - A Night in the Hamptons Benefactor Party at The Bascom (Benefactor Only)

Saturday, July 16:

9:30 AM- Saturday Morning Salon with Frances Shultz (Benefactor Only)

9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. - Garden Tours (includes a boxed lunch on The Bascom Terrace)

5:00 to 7:00 P.M. - Sunset Soiree Champagne Toast (Benefactors Only)

 To learn more about the Mountains in Bloom Garden Tour visit www.mountainsinbloom.org. Give your eyes, ears, nose, and palate a sensory tree(t) you’ll never forget.