The 21st Annual Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival will be held on April 5 and 6, 2019 at
The York Expo Center, Memorial Hall, located at 334 Carlisle Avenue, York, PA. The Festival
has grown immensely since its first Festival held on June 26, 1999. Over the past twenty years
the interest in gardening, growing and using herbs for culinary, health, well-being and natural
beauty remedies as grown. Food production among home gardeners in the U.S. is at the
highest level in more than a decade.
In a survey conducted by The National Gardening Association the estimates show that one in
three households participate in gardening. The largest increase in the numbers during 2014 to
2017 has been within the 18 to 34 year old group (Millennials). In 2017 households spent an
estimated $3.6 billion in growing vegetables, fruits, berries and herbs and $2.7 billion was
spent on flower gardening. Gardening has become one of the county’s most popular activities.
The two-day festival will include a full schedule of Nationally known Speakers, Demonstrators,
Instructors who are knowledgeable in Gardening and Using Herbs and Flowers Medicinally,
Culinary and Crafting. The 2019 Herb of the Year is Anise Hyssop, a self-seeding perennial that
works well in sunny borders, wildflower gardens, and herb gardens.