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Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

The Gateway between Chimney Rock Village & Lake Lure is Growing More Beautiful by the Day Volunteers are continuing to add plants and plan to change the gardens as the seasons change. You can see volunteers working often, weeding and checking the status of plants, including the impact of visits from deer and other wildlife who may see this as a natural buffet. The Flowering Bridge is also attracting its share of more benign visitors: birds, butterflies, bees, and, of course, plenty of admiring people. Planters are being added to the outside of the bridge rails to add to the drive-by experience. An extension of the gardens on the west end of the bridge is the next big project as funds become available. Donors contributing $200 or more can have their names added on an engraved brick to be placed in the west gardens. Additionally, a donation box has been added at the east end of the gardens and donors continue to provide financial support. The official Grand Opening and Dedication of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is scheduled for Saturday, October 19. Details to come. Early on, the Flowering Bridge Board decided to self-contract the construction of the garden design, utilizing donated materials and volunteer labor. When professional help has been needed, they have hired local craftsmen. Community volunteers have provided hundreds of hours of hard labor under the careful guidance of Project Superintendents Charlie Yelton and Chuck Watkins. The LLFB is a community-based organization that came together to design, create and maintain a flowering pedestrian bridge across the Rocky Broad River and the walkways at both ends of the bridge for the joy and benefit of all who come our way. History of the Bridge The bridge, completed in 1925, served as a part of the US 64/US 74-A/NC 9 highway until 2011 when a new bridge was opened to traffic. In 2011, the North Carolina Department of Transportation completed a new bridge a few yards upstream from the site of the old and thus closed the older bridge to traffic. The old bridge is a three-arch span. Its original design included eight light posts topped by decorative lamps. Those were removed years ago, but an effort to locate and/or replicate them in the design of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is underway. From the bridge, the famous Chimney Rock, now part of Chimney Rock State Park, is visible upstream and Lake Lure itself is visible downstream where the Rocky Broad River flows into the lake. The Historic Bridge was turned over to the Town of Lake Lure to allow for the creation of this unique community garden bridge, to be developed by local people to further enhance the natural beauty of the Hickory Nut Gorge for generations to come.
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Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

As a general rule, flora is absent from bridges, but on the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, it’s cultivated. When the historic 1925 bridge ended its traditional tenure as an overpass in 2011, the gardeners of Lake Lure claimed the landmark for their own. Since its debut in 2013, the bridge has overflowed with a bounty of blooms. Spirited roses, thick-skinned succulents, and long-necked wildflowers fill the 12 themed beds that span the bridge, with motifs ranging from the traditional, like roses, to the whimsical, including a songbird butterfly garden. Favorites for natives of the Old North State are the two North Carolina Wildflower of the Year beds brimming with every blossom ever honored with the designation. With over 700 plants, it takes a veritable troop of gloved, shear-wielding volunteers to maintain the gardens. In summer, they gather en masse to weed, water, prune, and replant, decked out in “Flowering Bridge Ambassador” shirts. A new amenity for curious guests is an audio tour: Accessible through a cell phone, it includes interesting tidbits and facts, as well as a narrative option for the visually impaired. For those who are thirsty for knowledge, the bridge hosts some 20 free annual workshops on topics like preparing your garden for winter. For anyone seeking to get their hands dirty, volunteer opportunities abound—and even if your thumb’s not so green, you can help with construction of the new arbor and atrium on the western end of the bridge. This lovingly tended attraction garners an estimated 30,000 visitors every year. “It’s become a means of socializing and forming community,” says Friends of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge Board Chair Lee Armstrong, “not just with locals, but with all people who come to visit the bridge.”  Take it to the Bridge For info on visiting, volunteering, or taking garden classes (which start in March), visit ww.wlakelurefloweringbridge.org.
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Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

From the bridge, visitors can look upstream to view the famous Chimney Rock, now part of Chimney Rock State Park. Downstream the river flows into Lake Lure, surrounded by the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Be sure to take a walk on the bridge every season for they are constantly making updates and changes! Officially dedicated in Oct. 2013, the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge blooms on the historic 1925 Rocky Broad River bridge. When the bridge was closed to traffic in 2011, the Friends of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge came together to create gardens on 155 feet of the bridge and along a pathway at both ends of the three-arch span itself. With an emphasis on native plants, the Friends mission is to create a “Gateway to Somewhere Beautiful” for the enjoyment of the public.
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Evan + Molly Engagement Session – Lake Lure, NC In Engagement Photography by Will ThomasJanuary 5, 2017 Lake Lure Engagement Evan + MollyWhat a beautiful day! We meet Molly and Evan at Morse Park. This is were their ceremony would be held later in the year. We decided to do a walking loop and enjoy the beautiful day. To get things started we went down the broad walk and discussed wedding plans. It also provides a nice view of the Lake Lure Inn and Spa which is the location of their future wedding reception. From Morse Park we walked to the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge and the grassy knoll. This is one of our favorite spots for engagement photos in Lake Lure. It is a brick path with loads of flower beds that are maintained. Also on one side there is a nice shaded knoll that is perfect for a romantic picnic Yes we are dog friendly and we have dog that are members of our family as well! Let us know what you think! See more of our Asheville Engagement Photography, Wedding Photography or book your engagement session. Will – 828-243-2755 Julie – 828-243-9725 Email Us at ForgeMountainPhoto@gmail.com
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The old bridge is a three-arch span. Its original design included eight light posts topped by decorative lamps. Those were removed years ago, but an effort to locate and/or replicate them in the design of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is underway. From the bridge, the famous Chimney Rock, now part of Chimney Rock State Park, is visible upstream and Lake Lure itself is visible downstream where the Rocky Broad River flows into the lake.
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As a general rule, flora is absent from bridges, but on the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, it’s cultivated. When the historic 1925 bridge ended its traditional tenure as an overpass in 2011, the gardeners of Lake Lure claimed the landmark for their own.
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Walk across one of the most beautiful highway bridges that you’ll ever find! The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge opened in October 2013, transforming a former highway bridge into a gorgeous garden. Volunteers plant and maintain the impressive array of plants and flowers along the 155-foot bridge, as well as adjoining land on both ends. See whimsical planters, sculpture and plenty of butterflies.
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This lovingly tended attraction garners an estimated 30,000 visitors every year. “It’s become a means of socializing and forming community,” says Friends of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge Board Chair Lee Armstrong, “not just with locals, but with all people who come to visit the bridge.” 
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With over 700 plants, it takes a veritable troop of gloved, shear-wielding volunteers to maintain the gardens. In summer, they gather en masse to weed, water, prune, and replant, decked out in “Flowering Bridge Ambassador” shirts. A new amenity for curious guests is an audio tour: Accessible through a cell phone, it includes interesting tidbits and facts, as well as a narrative option for the visually impaired.
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Early on, the Flowering Bridge Board decided to self-contract the construction of the garden design, utilizing donated materials and volunteer labor. When professional help has been needed, they have hired local craftsmen.
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Since its debut in 2013, the bridge has overflowed with a bounty of blooms. Spirited roses, thick-skinned succulents, and long-necked wildflowers fill the 12 themed beds that span the bridge, with motifs ranging from the traditional, like roses, to the whimsical, including a songbird butterfly garden. Favorites for natives of the Old North State are the two North Carolina Wildflower of the Year beds brimming with every blossom ever honored with the designation.

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