Everyone's favorite gardening extravaganza!
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8am-4pm
Carriage House Lawn
$5 for Marketplace / free for Maymont members and children 12 & under
Marketplace on the Lawn
Dozens of vendors from the mid-Atlantic fill Maymont's Carriage House Lawn with every imaginable herb as well as annuals, perennials, trees, vegetables, and herbal products and crafts for this one-of-a-kind event. Shop with the following vendors during the 2014 festival:
Always in Bloom
Boulevard Flower Gardens
Cedar Creek Gardens
Colleen Flood Jewelry
Down the Garden Path
The Enchanted Garden
Forest Lane Botanicals
Forrest Green Farm
Gardens & Accessories by Teresa
Garden Gate Landscape & Design, LLC
Grateful Gypsy Jewelry
Greg's Antiques & Garden Iron
Hanover Master Gardeners
Herb Society of America / Virginia Commonwealth Unit
La La's Leaves
Maymont's From One Garden to Another
Maymont Herb Sale
Morningside Farm and Nursery
Old Dominion Herb Society
Poplar Ridge Nursery
Prime Cut Crafts
Putnam Hill Nursery
Rick’s Custom Nursery
Rivanna Ridge Soaps
Roots & Blooms, LLC
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
A Thyme to Plant at Lavender Fields Herb Farm
Toad Song Farm
Way Cool Tools
Willow Pond Farm
A Wise Gardener
World of Salvias
Check back frequently for new vendors!
Do you have a unique garden or herb-related product that you would like to sell at the festival? Contact our special events department by email or by phone at 804-358-7166, ext. 301 to find out more about our vendor application process.
Food Court Corner
Enjoy fabulous food from local and regional vendors at the event. Your delicious choices include fresh-from-the-oven pizza, crepes, barbeque, specialty drinks, herbal delicacies and vegetarian options. Enjoy your favorites or try something new from the following 2014 food vendors:
King of Pops
Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen
Simply Street Food
Sho-Nuff Bar B.Q.
Whole Foods Market
Check back frequently for new vendors!
From One Garden to Another
Peruse through a collection of "recycled" (ie second-hand) garden-related items, including books, decorative pots and birdfeeders, at the From One Garden to Another bargain booth. You'll also find great deals on donated plants including rooted cuttings, bulbs and shrubs. All proceeds from the booth go to Maymont. Have plants or gently-used garden items to donate? Call 804-358-7166, ext. 301 or send us an email. Some plants that have been donated in the past are acuba, bee balm, butterfly bush, daylilies, elephant ear bulbs, hostas, nandina and rose of sharon. Click here for more ideas and read our donation guidelines.
New! Interactive Herb Station
presented by Whole Foods Market
With hundreds of herb varieties to choose from, shopping at Herbs Galore can be a bit overwhelming. Which herbs are culinary? Are they hardy in our region? Should I make my recipe with dried or fresh herbs? Learn the basics with help from Whole Foods Market experts at the new Interactive Herb Station. Stop by to touch, feel and sniff some popular herbs, and taste a delicious herb vinaigrette. Take home a packet of dried herbs, the recipe to make your own vinaigrette, and additional recipes featuring the herbs on display.
Meet the Experts
Meet the Expert sessions are located under a tent in the Marketplace and are free with Marketplace admission.
Backyard Hens 101
Presented by Heather De Mascio
Are you thinking about getting backyard hens but not quite sure what it entails? This session will provide key information for raising chickens in your own backyard, including city and county regulations and the permits required to keep hens on your property. Participants will also learn about chicken coops and the basic needs of chickens such as feed, protection and health.
Herb and Flower Seeds: Sow, Savor and Save
Presented by Ira Wallace, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
We wouldn't have all the wonderful heirloom herb and flower varieties we do today if someone hadn't kept the seeds from year to year. Learn the basics of herb and flower seed saving. Choosing what to save, when should you harvest, and simple tools and methods for cleaning and storing your herb and flower seeds. Enjoy some sweet and savory treats then start to add the flavor and beauty of herbs and flowers to the seeds you save each year.
Don’t Bug Me: NATURAL PEST CONTROL
Presented by Mark Landa, Boulevard Flower Gardens
Join our garden expert as he shares his tips and tricks for natural pest control. Many plants and shrubs deter pests naturally when added to your garden or landscape. Learn how to successfully use these and other solutions in your garden, the natural way.
2014 Herb of the Year: Artemisia
Presented by Martin & Carolyn Gallon, Herb Society of America
Possibly inspired by Artemis, the Greek goddess of hunting, the moon and chastity, the Artemisia genus has over 300 species. Herbal favorites like wormwood, southernwood, sweet Annie and French tarragon all fall into this popular group. Learn about their history/lore, herbal uses and how to grow them in your garden.
Too many plants to carry around? No problem! You can check your plants and other purchases at the Herbs Galore Plant Check area for just $1. Plant Check is located just inside the festival entrance near the Hampton Street gate. Sponsored by Colesville Nursery.
Parking and Tram Service
Parking for Herbs Galore & More is available at Maymont's three parking lots - Hampton Street (closest to the event, Maymont Mansion and the gardens), the Robins Nature & Visitor Center and the Children's Farm. Limited street parking is also available.
Tram service is available for $1 per person from the Children's Farm and Nature & Visitor Center lots to Magnolia Lane, between the Nature & Visitor Center and the Carriage House Lawn. The tram will not travel to the Hampton Street entrance during the event. Tram hours for Herbs Galore & More are 10am to 4pm.
A loading zone will be available near the Magnolia Gate for temporary parking while you load your purchases.
An ATM machine will be available on-site at the festival. Forget to stop by the bank before your visit? No problem! Need more cash to buy more plants, crafts or lunch? No problem! The ATM will be located outside the festival entrance, near the Herb Garden.