For a quarter of a century, Chattanooga Tent has been a key part of the Providence Hospital Foundation Festival of Flowers event in Mobile, Alabama. This past March, the company once again participated in this major undertaking.
This year marked the 25th Anniversary of the event by the Providence Hospital Foundation, sponsored by Wells Fargo. Proceeds from the Festival of Flowers are used to support the Cardiac Care Unit at Providence Hospital.
Chattanooga Tent provided a total of 42,600-square-feet of white tents, with the main structure totaling 23,000-square-feet, according to Mark Holland, CERP at Chattanooga Tent. You can grasp the scale of this endeavor by watching this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/J2ZQeeZ7U-Q
Eight landscape companies fill the structures with original landscape designs, and six local gardening societies help with design and installation as volunteers. He said the total installation takes eight days and removal requires six days of work. The festival itself lasts four days.
The result is a wonderland of green spaces where visitors can relax, reflect, and delight on exhibits under names such as “The Square,” “The Meadow,” “The Carousel” and “The Zoo.” This year’s theme, “A Celebration Promenade,” set the tone for a remarkable floral showcase.
“We originally got involved in the Providence Hospital Foundation Festival of Flowers 25 years ago because it made sense as an activity for Chattanooga Tent during the off-season,” Holland said. “As winter begins to change over to springtime, we travel a good bit of the South to provide tents for outdoor events. We used to do a lot of fairs at every county in the state of Alabama, so we were well known in the Mobile area, where the Festival of Flowers happens.”
He said that continued participation in the Festival of Flowers gives Chattanooga Tent a valuable yearly opportunity to put a good number of its personnel to use and get them “warmed up” with cohesion before the bulk of springtime projects start happening. This ensures the team is fully up to speed for other installations.
Chattanooga Tent also participates in other events similar to the Festival of Flowers, such as the Believe Bash to benefit Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, which we profiled in our last blog. In fact, our company has contributed to hundreds of fairs and festivals around the country since starting in 1934. The benefit of this is the accumulation of experience and resources to plan and execute truly world-class events.
Holland said Chattanooga Tent plans to once again participate in the 2019 Festival of Flowers event, March 21-24 in Mobile. The Southeast Tourism Society designated the Providence Hospital Foundation Festival of Flowers event as one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast.
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