You are invited to The Bascom’s 2012 Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival in Highlands, NC – July 13-15, 2012

A breath-taking display of dazzling beauty and color awaits you at The Bascom’s 2012 Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival, July 13-15, 2012, in Highlands. NC.

During the Festival, eight fabulous gardens in the Ravenel area will be featured on the 14th annual garden tour. Garden hosts are: Nina and Bill Bugg; Virginia and Mike Campbell; Marion and George Mayer, Diane and Ray McPhail; Libby and Gene Pearce; Connie and Bill Rea, Wyn and Bill Shoptaw; and Peggy Woodruff.

Garden Tour participants will also enjoy a gourmet box lunch served on the Terrace at The Bascom between 11:30am-2:30pm. Tickets for the garden tours are $80 per person. Group discounts are available.

At The Bascom campus, on Friday and Saturday, July 13 – 14, from 9am-5pm, don’t miss the free-admission juried Flower Show with nationally recognized judges. Flower arrangement entries will be showcased throughout the art center’s early 1800s hand-hewn post and beam barn. The show will also feature horticulture entries in the Dave Drake Studio Barn as well as a nature photography entries in the education gallery.

For the second consecutive year, Balentine is the lead sponsor for Mountains in Bloom. Balentine CEO Robert Balentine will present the Balentine Award in the Horticulture Division for most outstanding display of a native plant, single or collection, that is indigenous to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

And there’s more. Mountains in Bloom benefactors will have a private tour of the “Southern Highlands Reserve” at Lake Toxaway by invitation of Betty and Robert Balentine, on Sunday, July 15, from 1-3pm tour. The Southern Highlands Reserve is a private native plant garden and research center dedicated to the preservation, cultivation and display of plants native to the Southern Appalachian Highlands.

Benefactors are also invited to the premier event for Mountains in Bloom, the “Flower Drum Song” Benefactor Party on Sunday, July 15. Enjoy an unforgettable evening in an atmosphere of elegance and romance. Stroll through the magical and enchanting, lushly landscaped gardens at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn. The sound of beautiful music by Jim Gibson of Hickory Cove Music will drift through the setting. A seated candlelight dinner with exquisite cuisine prepared by New Mountain Events will follow.

Members of the Board of Directors of The Bascom and the Mountains in Bloom Committee (pictured from left to right – Dick Boger, Harriet Boger, Marcia Weber, Lana Jordan and Robert Balentine) gathered at the home of Betty and Robert Balentine to celebrate Balentine’s commitment as lead sponsor for the 2012 Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival.

Balentine, an independent, employee-owned investment management firm with offices in Atlanta and North Carolina, is the lead sponsor for Mountains in Bloom. Other Mountains in Bloom partners include Old Edwards Inn and Spa, The Outdoor Lights, Franklin Ford and Moss Robertson Cadillac. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of The Bascom.

For more information and ticketing on the 2012 Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival, please contact The Bascom at 828/787-2896 or visit (

The 14th annual Mountains in Bloom is a multi-day garden festival (July 13-15, 2012) in the mountain resort community of Highlands, NC. More than 1,200 people attended last year’s event. Mountains in Bloom features a tour of magnificent mountain gardens, a juried flower show, a Benefactor Tour of the “Southern Highlands Reserve” in Lake Toxaway and the “Flower Drum Song” Benefactor Party. Proceeds benefit The Bascom, a nonprofit visual arts center.

Mountains in Bloom is presented by and benefits The Bascom, a nonprofit center for the visual arts in the Western North Carolina resort community of Highlands. The Bascom occupies a state-of-the-art six-building, six-acre campus with over 30,000 square feet of exhibition, studio and instructional space for adults and children – including a fully equipped pottery studio and firing barn – where artists and non-artists can enjoy world-class cultural experiences and in-depth workshops with leading practitioners. Through the support of over 25,000 participants (students of all ages, members, friends and visitors), as well as over 1,100 capital campaign donors, The Bascom thrives as an outstanding destination and resource for Highlands, Cashiers and the surrounding region. The Bascom is open Monday-Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sundays from noon-5pm.

For more details on all Bascom activities, visit ( or call 828/526-4949.


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