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)! Not only will we have fantastic nurseries and artisans at the Expo, we’ve secured two great food trucks for the event too! Wrap It Up and Zoe’s Italian Ice will be serving delicious food both days of the event! Yum!
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 is “Global Destinations” 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 “Global Destinations” theme, the St. Augustine Piecemakers Guild’s Quilt show were 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 for next year!
The Expo will be held Saturday, April 21st, 9am to 5pm and Sunday, April 22nd, 10am to 3pm in 2018.
Address of St. Johns County Agricultural Center: 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084.
Looking for a place to stay? Fairfield Inn & Suites (305 Outlet Mall Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084) and the La Quinta Inn & Suites (250 Outlet Mall Blvd Saint Augustine, FL 32084) are offering a discount to all Expo patrons! All you need to do is call and mention the Flower & Garden Expo! The Fairfield’s number is (904) 810-9892 and La Quinta’s number is (904) 209-2580. Enjoy!
Q: Is the Expo handicap accessible?
A: The Expo is handicapped accessible but just note that wheelchairs will be on a grassy field as well as sidewalks.
Q: Can I bring my pet?
A: Dogs are permitted at the Expo as long as they are on a leash and the owner has bags ready for clean-up.
Q: What if it rains?
A: The Expo will take place rain or shine.
Sat, April 21, 2018
10:00 Sea Turtles, Presented by St. Johns County Parks Naturalist, Kelly Ussia
Sea turtle nesting season runs from May 1st to October 31st. Learn about the various species that nest on our beaches, the nesting process, and what you can do to help the sea turtle population.
11:30: Florida’s Butterflies and Their Garden Preferences, Presented by Terra Freeman, St. Johns County Urban and Commercial Horticulture Extension Agent.
Florida is home to over 180 butterfly species, 40 of which are considered unique to the state, making Florida a premier location for butterfly gardens. Explore Florida’s common butterflies and how to design gardens that will attract and nourish them!
1:00: Poisonous Plants, Presented by St. Johns County Master Gardener, Cat Rogers
Learn about the Dr. Jekyll’s and Mr. Hyde’s of the plant world. They are beautiful, but deadly, plants. Some can be found as close as your own gardens, patios and pastures. Learn to recognize them and how they can affect both humans and animals.
2:30: Crotons – Yes they are Possible in Northeast Florida!, Presented by Mark Peters, Owner of Peters Croton Nursery
Learn about the history of croton cultivation and how you can grow crotons in northeast Florida via containers.
Sun April 22, 2018
11:00 Hydrangeas: How to Achieve the Desired Color, Presented by St. Johns County Master Gardener, Barbara Purple
Caring for hydrangeas, with a focus on the materials needed to turn pink flowers to blue or blue flowers to pink; hint: acidity/alkalinity is not the determining factor!
12:30 Grow Your Own Vegetables, Presented by St. Johns County Master Gardener, Barbara Purple
Learn how to turn a small patch of dirt into a growing machine that produces vegetables for you and your family.
Art’s Nursery – Flowering plants, fruit trees
Grassroots Nursery – Unique garden perennials
Elting’s Exotic Plants – Bromeliads, airplants, orchids, plumeria
Four Sisters’ Foliage – Succulents, tropicals, annuals, perennials
D&D Growers – Herbs, figs, vegetables, perennials
Randy’s Bromeliads and More – Bromeliads, tilansia
McCrory’s Sunny Hill Nursery – Bromeliads
J&P Nursery – 1 & 3 gallon flowering perennials
George Griepenburg – Butterfly & Hummingbird plants
Mad Plants – Tropicals, bananas, gingers, alocasia, colocasea
Magic Nursery – Fruit & citrus trees, orchids, pitcher plants
Macrame Garden – Plants in natural cedar planters & macrame hangers
Peters Crotons & Cordylines – Crotons, cordylines
SJC 4-H Horticulture Project – Annuals, succulents
As Your Garden Grows – Garden step stakes, gardening supplies & decor
Bath Fitter – Acrylic bathroom remodeling services
Bee Friends Farm – Raw natural honey & honey products
Beneath the Leaf – Hand stamped brass & silver jewelry
Birdplanters – Planters designed to look like birds
Draper Underwood – clay pottery
The Edgewater Shop – Fairy garden items
Dr. Gloria Moore – Chiropractor
James Rivers – Rustic wood furniture
JaxWhirligigs – Handmade wood winged whirligigs
Juice Plus Tower Garden – Hydroponic garden appliances
Lakonia Greek Products – Handcrafted Greek olive oils, olives, herbs & teas
Monroe Drake – Country crafts, gourd bird houses
Michelle Hopkins – Jelly, sauces, brittle
Mark & Susan Robbins – Handcrafted potted plant hangers
Old St. Augustine Gourmet – Datil pepper sauces, spices, jams
Our Vital Earth – Warm castings, worm tea, natural weed killer, natural plant food
Solar Claypot Lighthouses & More – Claypot solar lighthouses
St. Augustine Record – Local newspaper and entertainment services
Tom Fritch – hand made furniture/birdhouses/bat houses, etc.
Wentz Antiques – Arches, benches, fern stands, carts, baskets