21st Annual Flower and Garden Expo April 16-17


Looking to update your yard, patio or balcony with vibrant, colorful plants and flowers or unique yard art? Then head to St. Augustine this weekend for the 21st Annual Flower & Garden Expo.

To be held at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday April 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday April 17, the event will feature a variety of vendors bringing a wide array of horticulture including herbs, succulents, tropicals, colorful flowering plants, butterfly plants, native plants and more. The expo will also offer lectures and presentations by master gardeners throughout the weekend as well as art, gardening accessories, and materials and equipment needed to enhance and rejuvenate a garden.

The Garden Club of St. Augustine will also present its annual Flower & Horticulture show. Working in collaboration with the quilt show sponsored by the Piece Makers Guild, the theme of both shows this year will be “Gateway to the Universe.” A free children’s area with fun activities will also be available.

Proceeds from the expo benefit EPIC Behavioral Healthcare.

Farm to Fork Brunch

This year’s expo will also feature the popular “Farm to Fork” spring brunch. Prepared by Chef David Bearl, the brunch will feature locally sourced products and a presentation on the local area’s gardening and culinary heritage. Admission to the brunch requires a separate ticket; admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children and includes admission to the expo. Seating for the brunch is limited; to purchase tickets, visit www.epicbh.org.

Expo tickets are $5 for a two-day pass, with children under 11 admitted free. The expo pass also provides free admission to EPIC’s “A Taste of St. Augustine” event on April 23.

The St. Johns County Agricultural Center is located at 3125 Agricultural Center Dr. in St. Augustine.

Flower & Garden Expo Lecture Schedule

Saturday, April 16, 2016

10 a.m.: “Set the Table for Butterflies,” Native Landscape Designer Renee Stambaugh,

11:30 a.m.: “Beautiful Gardens Begin with the Seed,” Master Gardener Shirley Barber

1 p.m.: “Create a Sizzling Wildlife Garden for Hummingbirds,” Master Gardener C.J. McCartney

2:30 p.m.: “Farmscaping Your Yard – Creating an Attractive Home for Beneficial Organisms,” IFAS Agricultural Extenstion Agent Jim DaValerioSunday, April 17, 2016

11:30 a.m.: TBA

1 p.m.: “Succulents 101 & Unique Ways to Display Them,” Master Gardner Cathy Rogers