In one week, our Gulf Coast area has had violent storms that blew trees on houses and sent the tents at the Arts and Crafts Festival tumbling down the street. Sunny days followed and we found ourselves running the air conditioner one day, and you guessed it . . . heat the next. Strange? No, just typical around here.
That’s why this year, Providence Hospital Foundation’s Festival of Flowers was ready to go into “flood mode” when the skies opened up and dumped on their beautiful exhibit. Volunteers and vendors graciously shifted into extending the event into the next week, which was perfect for my schedule!
Fairhope’s Joe Comer from Espalier Landscape Architecture was this year’s show designer and did a fabulous job. I’m amazed how the show looks different each year.
Now in it’s 23rd year of raising funds for Providence Hospital, this year’s theme was, “Taking Flight to a World of Gardens.” There was definitely an international flair to the trip around the world through exotic floral displays.
Missy Patrick was the featured artist. Her landscapes and floral in oil were almost sold out by the time I arrived.
This is her beautiful “Alabama Pecan Tree.” Missy shows her work in several local Mobile galleries and you can see more about her HERE.
Their beautiful rustic bench was a nice feature for any garden.
And a garden table set for an al fresco aperitif looked relaxing.
Some of the displays and cut flowers showed a few tiny signs of wear and tear from the beating rains and extended show days, but overall, it all still looked freshly picked and planted. I found several great ideas for my own yard. Don’t you think this giant fountain would look good in my front yard?
How do you like this wine bottle fountain? Designed by Fairhope’s Tommy Martiniere of Martiniere Landscape and Design, the wine/water feature was a big hit.
If only there was someone could actually touch it and turn it into real wine . . . hmmm.
Congratulations to the Providence Hospital Foundation on another successful show. The hospital has been serving the South Alabama area since 1854 and this year’s proceeds from the 2016 show will be used to purchase a state-of-the-art high resolution X-ray imaging system for Providence Hospital surgical suites.
Definitely a beautiful and fragrant way to support our local health care teams!