Southeast Tourism Society Selects Festival of Flowers as an ‘STS Top 20 Event’

Travel industry organization has saluted region’s best events since 1985

ATLANTA, Ga. (October 30, 2017) – Southeast Tourism Society has named the Providence Hospital Foundation’s Festival of Flowers one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for March 2018.

This year’s Festival of Flowers, presented by Wells Fargo will take place March 22-25. The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: Southeast Tourism Society and Travel Media Press Room.

The annual event will celebrate its 25th Anniversary this year with “A Celebration Promenade,” featuring the floral artistry and creativity of award-winning landscape architects and designers. Under a vast canopy of gleaming white tents, a vibrant park setting is brought to life, and the Festival’s “green space” promises many opportunities for relaxation, entertainment, reflection and delight. Proceeds from the 2018 Festival of Flowers will be used to purchase advanced technical equipment for upgrades to the Cardiac Care Centre to benefit the health care delivery of Providence Hospital. Tickets will be available beginning in December at

“The Southeast is home to unique and memorable events throughout the year. In spotlighting the Top 20 festivals and events each month, STS is not only giving these events the recognition they deserve but we’re also creating a quick reference guide to some of the best festivals in the Southeast,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.  “These events are important to the economic vitality of our communities and this is a way for us to acknowledge the time and resources organizers have tirelessly spent to create memories for their attendees.”

Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000.   The online nomination link and submission deadlines are available at or by calling 770-542-1523.

STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tourism to and within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.