Downtown Monroe will abound with flowers this Saturday morning, the city hosts the Monroe Blooms Flower Festival from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will be flower art, flower crafts, flower workshops, even tasting of edible flowers.
The festival is co sponsored by Georgia Local Flowers, a cooperative of local flower farmers, and JL Designs, a downtown florist and wedding studio.
The idea is the brainchild of Gail Zorn, a Loganville flower grower and manager of the Monroe Farmers Market.
She was on her way back from a flower conference in North Carolina with a fellow grower when they came up with the idea.
“We just thought it’d be great to have a festival here,” Zorn said.
“It will appeal to anyone who wants food for the soul.”
The festival will feature flower activities of all kinds.
Artists will be constructing flower art in four different locations around downtown Monroe, Zorn said.
There will be close to a dozen workshops on how to make different flower crafts. Some include making fairy gardens at the McDaniel-Tichenor House, making bouquet pop-up cards or watercolor floral miniatures at the Monroe Walton Center for the Arts, and floral crowns or lavender wands at the Sunroom at 114 N. Broad Street.
These workshops require registration and payment. See the full list and sign up by the end of Wednesday at
monroedowntown.com. Other goings on include tutorials about how to cook with flowers, like squash blossoms, at the Farmers Market, and a floral interpretive art design competition.
Zorn said she hopes the festival highlights the number of local flower growers in the Walton County area.
“There are not many small, local flower farmers most places,” she said.
“It’s just something unique to Georgia.”