Gardeners’ plant sale and festival in Henrico

Free Press staff report | 6/6/2024, 6 p.m.
The Henrico Master Gardener Association holds its annual Spring Plant Sale and Pollinator Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. …
Last year, the Spring Plant Sale and Pollinator Festival drew more than 1,000 visitors to Deep Run Park. Photo courtesy of Henrico Master Gardener Association

The Henrico Master Gardener Association holds its annual Spring Plant Sale and Pollinator Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8. The free event will be held at the Recreation Center at Deep Run Park, at 9900 Ridgefield Parkway.

Attendees can expect a diverse selection of offerings, including discounted plants sourced from master gardeners’ personal gardens, floral arrangements,and gently used gardening items available at the Garden Treasures table. Musical performances by William “Tripp” and Jenny Johnson of the Cary Street Ramblers are scheduled.

Educational displays will cover topics such as native and invasive plants, pollinators and insects. Master gardeners will be available at the plant clinic table to answer gardening questions, while presentations will provide insights into programs offered by the Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Henrico

Master Gardener Association. Children’s activities, led by junior master gardeners, will include story time, a program on vermiculture and a photo booth opportunity.

Exhibitors at the event will include organizations such as the Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, Plant Virginia Natives, Wild Ones, LERN (Local Ecotype Richmond Natives), Virginia Herpetological Society, Dandelion Springs Apiary, Keep Henrico Beautiful, and Riverine Master Naturalists. Representatives from the Division of Natural Heritage of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Proceeds from the annual plant sale contribute to master gardener programs and horticulture scholarships. Last year’s event attracted over 1,000 visitors who collectively purchased more than 3,000 plants of around 400 varieties.

“The Henrico Master Gardeners’ annual plant sale offers high-quality, homegrown plants at low prices while also providing a fun and educational experience for everyone,”

Event Co-chair Nadine Oswald said. “We are excited to showcase a wide variety of plants and gardening items along with engaging activities for children and informative displays for gardeners of all ages.”

For more information, visit henricomg.org.