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Flower festivals fill Upstate’s June calendar

No matter the season, you’re likely to find something in bloom in South Carolina. This month, flowers are in colorful fashion across the Upstate with the South Carolina Festival of Flowers in Greenwood and the South Carolina Sunflower Festival in Anderson.

The first-ever Sunflower Festival to be held at Denver Downs Farm will feature 12 acres of sunflowers, including exotic varieties that many people likely have never seen, according to Denver Downs Co-owner and Special Event Director Catherine Garrison Davis.

“Our family has always loved flowers and we look for ways to add them to our events,” Davis said. “In talking with other farmers and being part of the National Sunflower Association, we decided to host an annual Sunflower event. We are expecting flower enthusiasts, photographers, and of course, families and friends to come out and enjoy this beautiful field and exciting time at our farm.”

Photographers are welcome and private sessions can be scheduled for times when the festival is not open to the public. Professional photographers can go HERE to complete an application.

South Carolina Festival of Flowers, Greenwood SC – June 11 – 13

One of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events in June for 10 years running, the SC Festival of Flowers in Greenwood includes an arts and crafts show, Kidfest ’21, and 5K and 1 Mile Fun Runs.

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But the main attraction is Park Seed Company’s famous Trail Gardens, featuring 1,500 varieties of annuals, perennials and vegetables. The festival began 54 years ago with show gardens at Park Seed Company and evolved into a community celebration. The event’s signature attraction is “living” topiary sculptures placed throughout Uptown Greenwood.

A division of the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce, the SC Festival of Flowers showcases the city’s relationship with the George W. Park Seed Company, one of America’s leading horticultural direct marketing companies. For more information, visit  scfestivalofflowers.org.

South Carolina Sunflower Festival, Anderson SC – June 19-20 & June 26-27

In addition to 12 acres of sunflowers, this summertime festival offers family fun with 30+ attractions, activities and yard games, and a vendor area with many exhibitors offering sunflower themed products.

There will be plenty of food choices for purchase including hamburgers, shrimp and grits, chicken fingers, tacos, quesadillas, corn dogs, funnel cakes, and snow cones, as well as the farm’s famous lemonade and adult beverages including “silo sangrias.” Dogs on leashes will be allowed to this event.

Live music is also part of the festival lineup, including:

  • Spencer Rush, Saturday June 19, 6pm-8pm
  • LC Branch, Sunday June 20, 3pm-5pm
  • Chris Stokes, Saturday June 26, 6pm-8pm
  • Louie Sagedy, Sunday June 20, 3pm-5pm

For more information, visit scsunflowerfestival.com.

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