The rite of spring for many is the traditional flower or vegetable garden. The first growth of early spring calls out the diligent gardeners and in conjunction with that the annual Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival is thrown with horticultural gusto. Held in April, this festival is the opportune time of year for gardeners to grab some plants, herbs, and much sought after advice. This three day event will nourish a gardeners growing mind as they in turn nourish their growing plants. Anyone with a budding interest will have fun walking through the vendors and participating in workshops or attending lectures.
The Herb and Garden Festival hosts nearly a dozen speakers. To the festival’s credit, each one is an expert in their field and many are nationally recognized for their art and knowledge. The lineup of speakers is multi-faceted and covers everything from ornamental gardening to historical plants and – of course – vegetable and herb garden planning. There are also a handful of workshops. Workshops are vast and terribly interesting. Topics include everything from bonsai care and garden planning to the history of Herbalism and the basic tenants of bee keeping. Prices for the workshops are a bit moderate, but the events are very intensive workshops and the price includes all materials needed to create great horticultural projects as well as expert instruction.
There are over a hundred vendors at this festival, which means plenty of selection. The Herb and Garden festival understandably draws vendors interested in selling plants, herbs, and a wide assortment of products for the avid gardener. However there are plenty of art pieces, potteries and food staples to satisfy the most ardent crafters and cooks. Live instrumental music plays throughout the weekend and is oddly appropriate for the setting – traditionally being live piano or harp music. Other than bulk food staples, there isn’t a lot in the way of food at this festival so visitors would be wise to pack a picnic.
General admission is nominal, kids under 12 are free. Parking is free.