By Beth Hager, The Associated PressBristol, Tenn.
— Bristols botanical garden is a gathering place for people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors, including a few people who have no desire to cook or work outdoors.
The botanical collection of the Colorado Botanical Garden is known for its many flowering plants, and its annual flower-bouquet show is the perfect way to appreciate its lush green foliage and stunning flowers.
This year’s event, which will be held Friday, was designed to bring the garden together with local families who are grateful for the warmth and hospitality they receive from its gardeners.
The show is held every year and features a variety of activities for the public, including the “lazy weekend” activity that brings people out to the gardens for fun.
The show, which also includes a garden-wide petting zoo, features people from all walks of life who have a passion for gardening.
One such person is Jillian Johnson, a retired teacher and retired nursing home administrator.
She said her children, ages 9 and 11, were invited to participate in the show.
“I just think it’s an excellent way to spend a weekend together,” Johnson said.
The family said they are grateful that the gardeners are not only caring about their plants, but are also interested in their community.
“They’re always trying to help out,” Johnson added.
Johnson said the garden is full of life, so the show has an important role to play in bringing the community together.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for people to come together and enjoy the beauty of our garden, and to be part of it,” Johnson told The Associated Statesman.
For the past six years, the Botanical Gardens has held its monthly “lazys weekends” event to help raise money for a charity.
The gardeners said the show also benefits the community in many ways.
“We’re a very, very important part of the community, and they’re trying to raise money that helps out,” said Liz Smith, the garden’s curator of plants.
Smith said the lys weekends are a great way to support the charities they are affiliated with.
“Liz is a great ambassador, she’s really passionate about all of these things,” Johnson noted.
While many people can’t attend the show, the botanical gardening staff can offer free or discounted tickets.
The event is open to the public and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit the botanic gardens website.