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Flower & Garden Expo

Looking to enhance or revitalize or update your yard with vibrant, colorful plants and flowers? Then mark your calendars for our annual Flower & Garden Expo, a rain or shine event, every April!

A popular event in NE Florida, the Flower and Garden Expo will delight gardeners of all ages with growers, nurseries and artisans from around the state offering shoppers every item to make your garden all it can be! Every year, this show features a variety of vendors bringing a wide array of horticulture including olive trees, aquatic plants, herbs, ferns, succulents, citrus, anthuriums (the ‘love flower’), bamboo, colorful flowering plants, butterfly plants, native plants and more plus gardening accessories and art. There is a $5 admission fee per person, which is valid for both days of the Expo (Children are admitted for free)! Save your Expo ticket! It will grant you free admission to our event, “Taste of St. Augustine!” A children’s area will be provided as well. Meaning, face-painting, crafts, and so much fun!

Come enjoy the St. Augustine Garden Club’s Flower Show! Their theme this year will be “Mad Hatters!” Celebrate flowers, friends and fun! For more information on this event please click here: St. Augustine Garden Club’s Flower Show. Also joining in on the “Mad Hatter’s” theme, the St. Augustine Piecemakers Guild’s Quilt show will be there too! Share the newest ideas in quilting with quilters from America’s Oldest City! More info on the Piecemakers Guild’s Quilt show can be found here: St. Augustine Piecemakers Guild’s Quilt Show Both of these groups are local to St. Augustine. We can’t wait to see what they bring!

The Expo will be held Saturday, April 1st, 9am to 5pm and Sunday, April 2nd, 10am to 3pm.

Address of St. Johns County Agricultural Center: 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

Looking for a place to stay? Comfort Inn & Suites (2367 SR 16) is offering a discount to all Expo patrons! All you need to do is call and mention the Expo! Their number is (904) 824-0355. Enjoy!

EXPERT LECTURES:

Saturday, April 1st

10:00 Vegetable Gardening; Learn the do’s and don’ts for growing a successful vegetable garden in northeast Florida, including site preparation, fertilization, irrigation, pest control, and creating a planting schedule.  Barbara Purple, UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Master Gardener.

11:30  Rain Gardens; Learn the many benefits of installing a rain garden, design essentials, and appropriate Florida Friendly plant selection. Terra Freeman, UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Urban and Commercial Horticulture Extension Agent.

1:00  Landscape with Natives; Discover how Florida native plants give your yard character and provide environmental benefits.  This landscape concept can be approved by your Architectural Review Committee, reduces water and chemical use, and brings the yard to life. The dependable dozen Florida native plants that are appropriate for use in residential landscapes will be reviewed. Renee Stambaugh, UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Master Gardener.

2:30  Beautiful Gardens Begin with the Seed; Growing from Seed is Fun and Easy! Discover the miracle of the seed and how to treat it properly for successful results. Learn the steps to grow healthy plants and how to avoid pitfalls and situations that would create unfavorable conditions. Shirley Barber, UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Master Gardener.

Sunday, April 2nd

11:00  Low Volume Irrigation Made Easy: Learn the many uses of low volume irrigation from supplying water to bird baths to your vegetable garden.  Join us for this “hands-on” activity where you will learn the different parts of a low volume irrigation kit and how to put the pieces together.  If you can follow a recipe, you can install low volume irrigation!  Alicia Lamborn, UF/IFAS Extension Baker County Horticulture Extension Agent, and Carolyn Saft, UF/IFAS Extension Suwannee County Horticulture Extension Agent.

12:30 Permaculture Gardening: Successes and Pitfalls; Gayle Prevatt, UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Master Gardener.

The All American Selection Display gardens and Community Garden will be open for visitors to talk with Master Gardeners about the AAS plants and other gardening projects on the arboretum grounds throughout the weekend’s event.

VENDORS:
Crafters:

Teresa Stachulski (painted concrete pavers)

JaxWhirligigs

Draper Underwood – clay pottery

Tom Fritch – hand made furniture/birdhouses/bat houses, etc.

Local Fare South 

David Barber/Amy Baugh – natural stone jewelry

Dr. Gloria Moore – chiropractor

The Edgewater Shop– Fairy garden items

Juice Plus Tower Garden – aeroponic gardens

Renee Bazile/Marlene Lee – recycled metal arts

All American Gutter Protection

Bee Friends Farm

Palmetto Supply

James Rivers – Rustic wooden furniture

Pat Hitchcock – Homemade Soap & Lotion

Our Vital Earth – Worm castings

Lakonia Greek Products – Handcrafted olive oil, olives & herbs

Sunshine Engraving

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