07 May 2016

Excited for today's Herb & Garden Faire

Today (as soon as I drop the girls at work) I am heading to the 2016 Herb & Garden Faire and I am SO excited. I have wanted to go for awhile now but every year I forget until the last minute or have other plans. Not only has my scheduled allowed me to go today but my husband actually wants to join me there!

There are various relevant lectures throughout the day, plant vendors, garden related craft vendors and more. Over 80 vendors are scheduled to be in attendance. There will also be someone there to speak about the Heirloom Seed Project.

The Herb & Garden Faire is held at Landis Valley Museum, off Oregon Pike in Manheim Township, Lancaster County, PA. It was yesterday and today and runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a $10 admission fee.

“This is a popular event—rain or shine—that appeals to both the novice and experienced gardener,” said Cindy Kirby-Reedy, the museum’s special events coordinator, in a press release from the Museum.

Vendors will sprawl out over the historic village area with a wide range of herbs, annuals, perennials, native plants, vegetables and shrubs along with herbal and all-natural products, garden art, tools and locally made handcrafts.  The Heirloom Seed Project Marketplace will offer thousands of plants, including roses and many varieties of tomatoes.  There will also be a food court, with vendors serving healthy menu options throughout the day.  

The Herb and Garden Faire is the main fundraiser for the Heirloom Seed Project, which started in 1985 with the purpose of preserving historically significant vegetable, herb and ornamental seeds.  Some of the plants featured at the faire date back to the early nineteenth century.  Seed varieties not offered as potted plants, such as beans, corn, and flax, can be purchased at the Landis Valley Museum Store, along with a wide selection of gardening books and other items.

Situated on 100 acres in Lancaster, PA, Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum is a living history village that collects, preserves and interprets the history and material culture of the Pennsylvania German community from 1740 to 1940.  The museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is administered by the Pennsylvania Historic & Museum Commission with the active support of the Landis Valley Associates (a registered charitable organization).  

(c) Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2016
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