The Flowering Bridge

Recently, I had the opportunity to go down to Lake Lure, North Carolina for a few days of vacation. We had hoped to leave Indianapolis and go south for slightly warmer weather. Instead we arrived on one of the coldest days on record. Even as cold as it was, we still enjoyed ourselves and the beauty of the area with it's mountains.
While we were there, we took a walk across the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge. The gardens were down for the year, but as a gardener it was easy to identify what plants were planted there. The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is a really cleaver idea. The bridge was built in 1925, but after years of service it was closed in 2011. A group was formed called the "Friends of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge" and they created a garden on top of the old bridge for the public to enjoy. The garden was made by building raised beds along the length of the 155 foot bridge and planting with shrubs, trees, annuals and perennials.
All of the gardens on the bridge are maintained by volunteers. They have done a wonderful job in reusing a historical bridge, creating something beautiful and making a wonderful garden to visit and enjoy. If you ever go to North Carolina, stop in and smell the flowers on the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge.
Happy Gardening!
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