The Flowers of Blowing Rock, NC
The Entrance to Town Hall
There isn’t a spot in the little town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina that isn’t adorned with flowers. Each street post has two hanging baskets, merchants display potted arrangements, and the park is raised above the city and is home to thousands of flowering annuals and perennials. So much time and effort makes this town on my regular visit list. My husband and I go in the Spring and Fall. Today we went for Art In The Park to purchase a print by Teresa Pennington. We already have her print titled Camp Daniel Boone. We purchased another which is the second in a series on the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th anniversary. I will do a post honoring Teresa Pennington this week. We pick up our framed print at the next Art In The Park on August 16th.
The Catawba and Cherokee Indians are native to this area and there is a legend that gives Blowing Rock its name. The Catawba and Cherokee Indians were enemies and fought fierce battles between themselves. Legend tells that two lovers met one night for a secret rendezvous. Each was from one of the two tribes. The man was distraught with grief over having to leave his lover and join his tribe in battle. In his grief, he jumped over the side of the mountain to the rocks below. The lady cried out to the gods to return her beloved back from the angry grips of death. The winds are strong coming up the side of the mountain and with the next gust it lifted the warrior back to her arms. So the legend of Blowing Rock is still told to this day.
There are many side roads and parks to explore. The Mountain Laurels were in bloom and just stunning. I admired the statues and flower beds all more beautiful than the one before.
The gardening lady was donated by the Blowing Rock Gardening Club. This statue sits among a bank of flowers and is a very long raised bed. There is a set of stairs in the middle of the bed that leads to the city park.
Many annuals, perennials, and flowering shrubs are contained within this massive bank of beauty. You can see that Blowing Rock’s buildings and hardscapes are made of stone. This stone was quarried in the area and is very plentiful.
If you tire from looking at flowers, you can sit by this fountain on one of the many benches provided. You can clear your mind and then go back for more. I have yet to show you—The Azalea Garden Inn, The Bob Timberlake Gallery, The Library and Town Hall, and a few other areas of interest. Stay tuned over the next couple of days and I will bring to life in photo and essay—-The Flowers of Blowing Rock, North Carolina located in my South amongst the Great Smoky Mountains of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range. Welcome to my South.
Edited to add—-
Truebrit Critters by Britty told me some interesting facts about a gas station in Blowing Rock that warrents retelling here on my blog. Please read what she had to say about the BP station:
Blowing Rock is the most amazing place there is, they have a gas station in town (a BP), when you go into the gas station they not only have a wine market (as opposed to a gourmet cheetos section) but they also have a gourmet cheese section and international foods section, it is the most up-market BP station I have ever seen. There is the most wonderful “English Pub” there called the Six-penny Piece, which has an authentic English phone box outside. Absolutely wonderful place. The whole town is “walking friendly” so once you get your motel in town and park you are done with the car for the day. Only drawback? Said Motel room in town will cost you three figures for a room the size of most bathrooms in any other motel around. Having said that, I LOVE Blowing Rock.