Mountain music and high quality crafts put the town on the tourism map.
Now, Floyd citizens are working on a new reason to visit the Blue Ridge burg – flowers.
Volunteers have taken up spades and shovels to plant thousands of flowers around town in an initiative called Floyd Flower Power. Most of the seedling posies are native flowers, planted to welcome the birds, butterflies and pollinators as well as human visitors.
The idea for the project began germinating in Jean Woods’ mind after she visited the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, years ago on her honeymoon. She was impressed by the lush gardens atop an old bridge and equally impressed by the number of visitors strolling amid the blooms.
“The license plates in the parking lot were from New York, Ohio, North Carolina, and all over,” Woods said. “Later I thought we could make Floyd a ‘flower town’ too.”