Herb Festivals are popular nationwide, among avid gardeners and weekend or hobby gardeners alike. There is so much to see and do and learn and, of course, buy!
- Wear comfortable shoes. If it is an indoor show, like the Pennsylvania Herb & Garden Festival (York, PA) in April, sneakers or soft cushion shoes will do nicely. If it is an outdoor show, boots may be more appropriate.
- Most events have websites with schedules and speaker listings. Review the fair website before you get there. Some shows note the vendor layout. Others simply list who the vendors will be at the show. Workshops and talks are also often listed ahead of time.
- Capture the moment / idea. Most of us carry cell phones and almost all have cameras. If you see a great idea that you want to try out in your garden, snap a photo. Unless the vendor has a sign requesting no photos, of course. While you’re at it, take a selfie at the show and post on social media. Be sure to tag the event.
- Interested in a talk? Find the classroom or space ahead of time. Some talks fill up quickly so if you want a seat, plan to get there a few moments early. Be aware too, some talks are included in the admission cost. Some are an additional charge.
- Bring a wagon. When the spouse’s arms fill up – and they will quickly – a wagon is a great way to cart around your purchases. Many shows also have a stand set aside to hold your purchases while you enjoy. Kind of like a coat check, but with plants!
- Bring some cash just in case. Most vendors accept credit cards but there is always a possibility of bad signals or a vendor who does not accept cards. Some – especially at a local show – may also accept checks.
- Most importantly … enjoy! This is a time to learn new things, try new things, make some new friends and contacts, and just relax.
Editor’s Note: This article appeared in the Spring 2018 Issue #6.
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