by John Tarpley
Arkansas has been sprung for spring for the last three weeks and now, between baseball season kicking off and Wildwood's "Blooms!" Festival, it's in full effect. This year, the annual festival promises a slate of garden parties: one 1920s themed, one "Storybook Garden Party" presented by the Laman Library for the kids and a "Rockin' the Suburbs" garden party, featuring croquet and bocce ball. The park will also offer demonstrations from horticulturists and florists, a champagne stroll in the lakeside Butler Arboretum (designed by P. Allen Smith) and live music from Lark in the Morning, The Muses, Dave Rogers Trio and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's youth ensemble, Forte.
The next day, Sunday, April 17, Bob Dorough (the man behind the music of "Schoolhouse Rock!") performs an afternoon matinee at 3:30 p.m. Expect food, sodas and adult drinks, games and flowers as far as you can see.