Crabtree Farms will hold their 18th Annual Spring Plant Sale & Festival on Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8. Gardeners come to fulfill their dreams – to obtain a plethora of edible delights.
“More than 300 varieties of sustainably grown vegetable, fruit, herb and flower seedlings make this event unique,” said Avery Patten, Crabtree’s spokesperson. “Crabtree’s greenhouse and farm teams test each of these varieties to ensure local suitability.”
"There are over 50 varieties of juicy tomatoes—plus specialty plants for the increasingly popular themed vegetable gardens, such as tea, pollinator, herb, cocktail and Asian.
"This family oriented three-day weekend is also filled with gardening, craft, wellness and food vendors. Toe-tapping musicians and children’s nature and craft activities will add to the festivities," officials said.
Saturday’s events include a series of free gardening workshops and a presentation by Charlotte Caldwell about her book, The Faces of Local Food: Celebrating the People Who Feed Us.
Sunday, the Wild Ones Tennessee Valley Chapter will hold a Pollinator Rally from noon-3 p.m. This rally will highlight pollinators’ vital role in holding the ecosystems together, what effects pollinator populations and ways to create garden habitats that attract pollinators.
All plants sold at the festival are neonicotinoid free, making them pollinator friendly.
Crabtree Farms accepts all forms of payment, including EBT for edible plants.
9.30am – 10.15am – Master Gardeners of Hamilton County
10.30am - 11.15am - The Faces of Local Food: Celebrating the People Who Feed Us
Author Talk & Book Signing: Charlotte Caldwell
11.30am - 12.15pm - Gardening with Mushrooms
Presenters: Angel and Michael Miller
12.30pm - 1.15pm - Composting 101
1.30pm -2.15pm - The Faces of Local Food: Celebrating the People Who Feed Us
Author Talk g& Book Signing: Charlotte Caldwell
Sunday: Pollinator Palooza
12.00pm - 1.00pm -Bee Native
Presenter: Lisa Lemza from Wild Ones TN Valley Chapter
1.00pm - 2.00pm -The “waggle” dance, “smelly” feet, “buzz” pollination and other amazing facts about bees
Presenter: Ann Brown from Wild Ones TN Valley Chapter
2.00pm - 3.00pm -Bees and Garden Allies
Presenter: Sally Wencel from Wild Ones TN Valley Chapter