Where: Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St., Black Mountain.
When: Thursday, June 13, through Saturday, June 15. See website for schedule and cost: http://avl.mx/u3 or http://blackmountainarts.org.
Why: For the past seven years, the Black Mountain Center for the Arts has exploded with blooms of all colors and sizes. Floral designers flock to BMCA to interpret works of art with fresh flowers, letting viewers enjoy the ephemeral beauty of the garden from the inside.
The exhibit showcases both Japanese Ikebana-trained and Western-style floral designers. A gala kicks off the festivities on Thursday, June 13, at 6 p.m., just after the designers finish their arrangements. The exhibit is open to the public on Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
A self-guided cottage garden tour will feature local artists painting en plein air at six area gardens. These freshly painted masterpieces will be on display from Monday, June 17, through Friday, June 21, at BMCA.
If you're looking for some music to go with your greenery, the "friends and flowers" theme of this year's festivities begs for a little music between old chums. Mountain storytellers and singers Joe Penland and Cathy Arrowood will perform on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and tickets to the concert include admission to the exhibit. Photo by Mary Lounsbury.
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