See Rock City’s Southern Blooms Festival continues this weekend. (Photo: Contributed)

Scenic views, gnomes and rock formations aren’t the only reason to visit Rock City in May.

The annual Rock City Southern Blooms Festival continues for one more weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

Each year, the meticulous gardens started Rock City’s original gardener, Frieda Carter, are on display. Guests will learn about the “legacy and heritage” of the gardens during a tour by a master gardener.


Currently, native Azaleas, Mountain Laurel and Rose Campion are all in bloom.

On the tour, guests will meet with members of the horticulture team and even get to be a part of planting in the gardens.

All ages are welcome at the Southern Blooms Festival. Activities include free gardening advice, live harp music, kids activities, a fairy garden workshop, interactive planting demonstrations and more.

Highlights include a stroll through “Legacy Lane,” from the original 1932 gatehouse onward, Fairyland Caverns, a look at German fairy tales and folklore and more.

Tickets are available here.