Last Year’s success
It was not quite a year ago the Highlands County Master Gardeners had their inaugural Garden Festival and plant sale. They themed it, Let It Grow! And grow it did; from a great plant sale to a fantastic festival. The festival had vendors, music, food, classes and of course that signature plant sale. The success of the festival gave the group something to build on. This years Garden Festival is November 16th from 9 am until 3 pm and promises to be a larger and even more entertaining extravaganza. You’ll find it at the Bert Harris Agricultural Center at 4509 George Blvd. in Sebring. Click here to Watch our festival movie trailer
Music in the air
Local musicians will be entertaining at the 2nd annual Master Gardener Garden Festival & Plant Sale. Local vocalist Shannon Reed will start the festivities with the Star Spangle Banner at 9 am. Guitar soloist and singer Jamie Tremps will play four 30 minute sets in the Auditorium starting at 10 am and Alternating with Shannon Reed and guitar/piano accompanist Scott Mullins. Shannon and Scott will play three sets starting at 10:30. Outside on the grounds of the Agricultural Civic Center, Okeechobee-based country music entertainer Junior Velez — otherwise known as Belle Glade Boy, will be singing and playing guitar.
Plants for all Tastes
Master Gardeners will be selling lots of different types of plants. Many of the plants the Master Gardeners have been growing themselves and others are donated by local nurseries. Butterfly gardeners will be thrilled at the choices of host and nectar plants. Succulent fanatics will love our new selection of succulents and have an opportunity to take a course on how to propagate and care for them. They’ll be lots of interesting edible plants in our Incredible edible sections both inside and outside of the auditorium. Those University of Florida flavor-able tomatoes will be on hand as well as everglades tomato and other heirloom tomato plants. Edible ginger, turmeric, muscadine grapes, blueberry, blackberry and raspberry plants as well. They’ll be some limited numbers of more unusual edibles such Vanilla Bean Orchids, Cassava, Rosselle, and Katuk.
Vendors Food and More
The festival had close to 30 vendors on the grounds last year and we hope to add at least 10 more this year. Items such as pottery, garden art, soaps, preserves and more are expected to be on hand. Food such as pulled pork, hot dogs, Italian sausage, street tacos, and Ice cream will make sure no one goes hungry. Master Gardeners will be selling orchids, dried herbs, small gifts, rusty gold garden tools, and worm farms. Among the items for sale the Master Gardeners will have their signature help desk to answer all your plant question.
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