By Mitsi Chorak

The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge volunteers have been very busy planning our summer gardens–we recognize the urge to plant in the lengthing days and warmer climate.  It seems that anything with a flower makes our lists, and the result of our labor is easily seen; the gardens have come alive!  They are bursting with color and flourish in the sun.

Flowering Bridge volunteer Marily Floyd with Noah Cathey, grandson of Mitsi Chorak.

Surrounding our beautiful newly dedicated Visitors Kiosk are gardens with gurgling water features and comfortable seating areas to enjoy the view.  Roses climb the trellises in the Welcome Terrace and daylilies and many plants and flower varieties come to vibrant life in the surrounding areas.  The bridge is a symphony of color!

The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is made up of thematic gardens along its span: cactus, tropical, fragrant, herb and many more.  We also feature design elements, created by our talented volunteers, which change throughout the year.  This year there are brick “books” that will be on permanent display and are a must-see.  We will also have painted windows, scarecrows and pumpkins, and fairy gardens, as well as our ever-popular Winter Lights and holiday decorations.

The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is a child friendly environment where children can learn about nature!  We offer Search and Find games, periodic story times, and a Troll House with a friendly Troll who occasionally visits.  We are also dog friendly and provide water bowls for our canine friends on leashes.

This year people will be “buzzing” about National Pollinator Week, Jun 19-25, to promote awareness and health of pollinators that are so critical to our food and ecosystems.  We celebrate the services provided by bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators.

It is easy to say that this is the perfect time of year for a leisurely stroll across the bridge and time to relax among the plants and flowers!

An excerpt from Jeff Foxworthy’s

“Dirt on My Shirt”

There’s dirt on my shirt

And leaves in my hair

There’s mud on my boots

But I don’t care

Playing outside is so much fun

To breathe the clean air

And feel the warm sun

Mitsi Chorak is chairperson of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge committee.