Charlotte skyline, fall

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show

Charlotte, North Carolina – home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Carolina Panthers and the Southern Spring Home and Garden show. Over 50 years has proven a successful show full of fresh ideas, knowledgeable people, and thousands of pleased visitors. If you are planning on attending the show there are so many things to see and do there, that you should plan out your visit before you attend. Hundreds of vendors are set up to showcase the newest products and offer their services during the show, as well as after it is over. Talk with landscape pros on tools, lawn equipment, and furniture and shop the green market for live plants and beautiful flowers for Charlotte gardens. Meet with home improvement and décor specialists for your home needs and browse the arts and crafts, while sampling wine from local wineries. The marketplace is also a great area to walk around when shopping for items like handbags, jewelry and gifts.

When attending this show, plans to listen to one of the celebrity guest speakers or expert gardening speakers should be on your list of things to do. Listen to their lectures for tips on home décor, green living and gardening. You should also plan on taking one of the DIY workshops for chances to win great prizes from some of the vendors.

One special night during the show a small gala will be held to raise money for the Council for Children’s Rights. This gala costs $50 per ticket and allows people access to the Freedom Hall, where they will enjoy food, beverages and entertainment.

Date: February 29 – March 4

Location: The Park Expo & Conference Center, Charlotte

Contact: (704) 376-6594 or (800) 849-0248


Ticket Fee: $10


Orchid Show at The NC Arboretum

The best time of year is when spring comes along, the sun warms the outdoors, and flowers begin to bloom. Visit the North Carolina Arboretum when spring has just sprung and orchids are showcased in abundance. This annual Asheville flower show is one of the biggest in the southeast with thousands of orchids on display in the Education Center of the arboretum. During this weekend event, visitors will have the opportunity to purchase orchids and supplies, receive specific care advice, admire gorgeously grown orchid arrangements and attend educational seminars. These seminars include topics such as repotting orchids, growing from seeds, and care for these special flowers.

Date: March 26-27

Location: The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville

Contact: (828) 665-2492

Ticket Fee: $8 per personal motor vehicle


Biltmore’s Festival of Flowers

Every flower color imaginable will be bright and abundant at the George Vanderbilt Estate from the beginning of April through the middle of May, when the Festival of Flowers is in full bloom. 100,000 tulips greet goers at the main entrance of this 8,000 acre property. From there a rainbow of azaleas, snapdragons, poppies, dianthus and more use their sight and smell to lure in visitors walking the flower trails. As visitors are admiring the planted flowers at Biltmore, they will also be entertained by a few additional activities. Daily events include lectures on gardening take place in the conservatory and live music showcased in the conservatory as well as the Winter Garden. Furthermore, a station is set up for visitors to ask horticulture specialists questions on gardening, and an art show is put on at Deerpark.

Because this flower show runs through the Easter holiday, an egg hunt is set up on the front lawn of the estate on Easter Sunday. The egg hunt includes music, magic, games, and photos with the Easter bunny. Contact the estate for more information.

Date: April 2- May 15

Location: George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre property, Biltmore

Contact: (828) 225-1600


Ticket Fee: Call (800) 411-3812


Spring Herb Festival

If you’re looking for new and creative ways to utilize everyday herbs, this festival has exactly what you’re looking for. In addition to a great selection of herbs and herb plants, festival vendors also supply the largest collection of herbal products anywhere, such as lotions, ointments, soaps and medicines. Some vendors also sell herbal cook books, herb gardening books, and herbal healing books. For those interested in learning about herbs, growing them and using them for cooking or in other ways, there is educational resources available from the vendors themselves or at the information booth where a certified master gardener is ready to answer any questions you may have. And if you end up getting hungry while being around all the herbs, snack on some baked goods, eat a freshly made lunch and enjoy an herbal drink like tea.

Founded over 20 years ago by a few farmer friends, this multi-day festival has grown to accommodate an average of 25,000 visitors annually. They are now sponsored by the Western North Carolina chapter of the North Carolina Herb Association.

Date: April 26 – May 1st

Location: Western NC Farmers Market, Asheville

Contact: (828) 253-1691

Ticket Fee: Free!


The American Rhododendron Society’s Southeastern Chapter Annual Show

The North Carolina Arboretum is proud to once again be hosting the American Rhododendron Society Southeastern Chapter Annual Show. The arboretum’s overall goal is to connect people with plants, so they feel honored to be a part of something that does just that. During the two day show, hundreds of flowers will be on display for visitors to admire. There will also be educational classes on these flowers and their care, along with society members available and eager to answer gardening questions, and vendor booths set up for visitors to shop for plants and supplies.

This free show also offers the opportunity for attendees to go on a hike that shows off the arboretum’s own beautifully blooming rhododendrons and azaleas. A walking tour is also available on the same route as the hiking trail for anyone who wants to learn about the flowers, their history and how to maintain and care for them.

Date: May 1-2

Location: The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville

Contact: (828) 665-2492

Ticket Fee: $8 per personal motor vehicle

The Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society’s Annual Exhibit

In addition to the American Rhododendron Society’s show, the North Carolina Arboretum also plays host to the Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society’s Annual Exhibit. During this exhibit, the pleasing fragrance of roses fills the air as every shape, size, and color of this flower is brought together for visitors to view and appreciate. They can also get their rose questions answered by experts who are there specifically to educate visitors and address inquiries on care and other topics of this favorite flower. For those who want more detailed and specific information, a few educational programs will be available for attendance. Goers of the show will have the opportunity to purchase rose plants from vendors, as well as fertilizers, soil amendments and other gardening accessories.

Date: May 28-29th

Location: The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville

Contact: (828) 665-2492

Ticket Fee: $8 per personal motor vehicle