If you're looking for the one thing to do to really get into the Great Smoky Mountains, THIS IS IT. This is the main event. The Wildflower Pilgrimage offers over 150 things to do across 4 days. Lectures, walks, hiking tours, guests and demonstrations showcase the incredible depth of natural life here in the Smoky Mountains. There will be photography workshops, herb lore classes and something called an "armchair" tour of Cades Cove. You can expect to find many of these classes at the W.L. Mills Conference Center on Airport Road in downtown Gatlinburg. And don't forget the art show!
The Art Show?
You heard me. The 2009 Spring Wildflower art competition will highlight many images and interpretations of the Appalachian flora and fauna. With a strong artistic community foundating Gatlinburg, you could almost see it coming.
All of the above and more are sponsored by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the City of Gatlinburg, The University of Tennessee, Friends of the Smokies, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society and the Gatlinburg Garden Club...
...so yeah, it's really a big deal.