Garden Photo of the Day

The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge in North Carolina

Today’s photos are from Carol Thompson, who shared photos of blooms in her garden back in 2011 (refresh your memory HERE. Carol–still waiting to see more of your garden!) Carol lives down in North Carolina, and is sharing our second bridge-themed garden of the month (revisit the one in Massachusetts HERE.) 

She says, “My daughter’s destination wedding was the weekend of September 13th, just a few weeks ago, in Hickory Nut Gorge, North Carolina, near Asheville. Going to and from wedding events that week, I just about drove off the road gaping at the flowers along the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge every time we passed by.

I wish I could have captured the beautiful panoramic setting for you. Massive Chimney Rock (now a state park) looms upstream and Lake Lure is visible downstream, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 1925 historic bridge is 155 feet long and 20 feet wide, and flowers are planted along its entire length. It is truly the gateway to somewhere beautiful! I only had my cell phone with me – sorry some of the most beautiful images are blurred.”

Carol, this is lovely! I did some research and found their website HERE, where there’s lots more photos! (If anyone else has visited, post photos in the comments.) Thanks so much for introducing us to this destination. Adding it to the never-ending list of places to visit…..Oh, and a big CONGRATS to your daughter!!

Hey folks–help me keep kicking out posts all winter long–send me photos of your gardens NOW! Email me at [email protected]. Thanks! –Michelle

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  1. user-1020932 10/06/2014

    I LOVE LAKE LURE! i have spent many many many wonderful weekends there and have never been disappointed. all beautiful and i love this bridge. pack up, head to Lake Lure, Chimney Rock and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Bat Cave, yes, that's where it is.

  2. perenniallycrazy 10/07/2014

    Talk about turning up the CHARM! So many great garden ideas in these photos. Thanks so much for sharing Carol and congratulations to your daughter.

    PS Why is it named Lake Lure? (as opposed to Allure).

    1. caroldt 10/07/2014

      Great question! I read the developer, Lucius Morse's wife Elizabeth, is credited with naming the lake and the town. Now that you mention it, It must have been a play on words!

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    meander_michaele 10/07/2014

    I love their dedication plaque and the tag line "The Gateway To Somewhere Beautiful". I think that's how we all feel about our gardening efforts... whether big or small...costly or on the cheap...brand new or long established...something is touched within us. Projects like this are so special. Thanks so much for bringing it to our attention, Carol and thanks, Michelle, for providing the link to their website where more pictures and history are given.

    And a giant Thumbs Up from Jeff is high praise, indeed!

    1. caroldt 10/07/2014

      A special thanks, too, Michelle for the website link. The music alone (which accompanies the garden photos on the home page) makes me smile.

  4. hostamom 10/07/2014

    Can't wait to visit there this spring. I especially like the fact that many of the plants seem to be labelled which I find so helpful. Thanks for sharing

  5. user-2077552 10/07/2014

    Beautiful! I must visit this place on my next trip thru NC.

  6. Nurserynotnordstroms 10/07/2014

    Ha,I like the repurpose of the old iron ashtray as a birdbath. To bad we are visiting South Carolina not North,this I bet is beautiful in person.congratulations to you on your daughters marriage. Our daughter was married Sept 18th fours years ago and a week ago Friday we had a sweet baby boy arrive (pure joy) We love being Grandparents 4 times

    1. caroldt 10/07/2014

      Congratulations, Nurserynotnordstrom on your new grand baby boy and all 4 grandkids!

      1. Nurserynotnordstroms 10/08/2014

        Thank you that was so nice

  7. GrannyMay 10/07/2014

    Beautiful, and fun too! Congratulations to the volunteers. They've accomplished a lot in just 3 years!

  8. greengenes 10/07/2014

    Oh how beautiful! What a wonderful project to be involved in! Some day I will go there! I would also love to see the rocks and caves! Thanks for showing us more of this great place!

  9. sheila_schultz 10/07/2014

    How lovely... and for all that beauty to be open to the public is inspiring. I don't know about you, but I see lots of container combo possibilities on that bridge!

  10. Meelianthus 10/07/2014

    Thanks for taking us on this wonderful garden visit Carol. So much work goes into a project like this one and it is beautiful. What fun for you to wander through. . . . and isn't the chair in the rose bush corner great !

  11. NCYarden 10/08/2014

    I'm a bit late to the party today. Been in a conference all day, but this is a great visual to end my day. Definitely on my list of places to visit. Maybe Christine and I will head up for our anniversary in a couple of weeks. There are some very creative plantings here. Thank goodness for gardening volunteers to make sites like this possible and available.

  12. user-7007252 10/08/2014

    Happy to see the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge (LLFB) featured on the Fine Gardening website. I'm adding a picture of the beautiful bridge with the iconic Chimney Rock in the background. I manage the LLFB website and our Facebook page, which I would encourage you to visit to see tons and tons of wonderful pictures. You can even like us on Facebook to be notified when we post new photos and when we have special activities on the bridge, which is open year-round:

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