Flower & Garden Expo features lectures, quilt show and contests



The Flower & Garden Expo will celebrate its 22nd anniversary April 1–2 at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center.

This year’s expo will be a little earlier in the month than usual, says Teresa Andrews, Director of Development at EPIC Behavioral Healthcare.

“Due to Easter, we had to change the date,” Andrews says. “This first weekend in April worked best for our vendors who enjoy exhibiting at our show each year.”

The expo, a fundraiser for EPIC, brings in a wide variety of growers, nurseries and garden-related artisans.

In addition, the expo hosts the Garden Club of St. Augustine’s Horticulture Show and the Piece-Makers Guild’s Quilt Show, both of which will use the theme “Mad Hatter’s Garden Party.”

Patrons will also enjoy expert lectures both days, a special children’s area with garden-related activities, access to Master Gardeners and a food area.

“For anyone wanting to beautify their yard, gain ideas for landscaping, ask questions about plants or enjoy art gallery-quality beauty found in the flower and quilt shows, the expo is the place to be,” Andrews says.

Admission is $5, which includes both days. Children 12 and under are free.

The hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 2.

On Sunday, the first 100 new patrons will receive a new plant courtesy of Southern Horticulture.

Guests will also receive a pass for free admission to EPIC’s “A Taste of St Augustine” April 22, plus discounts to local attractions.

All proceeds from the expo benefit EPIC Behavioral Healthcare, which provides substance abuse and mental health treatment in St. Johns County.

For information, call 829-3295 or go to epicbh.org.

Lecture Schedule

Saturday, April 1

10 a.m. “Vegetable Gardening” with Barbara Purple, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension St. Johns County Master Gardener

11:30 a.m. “Rain Gardens” with Terra Freeman, UF/IFAS St. Johns County Urban & Commercial Horticulture Extension Agent

1 p.m. “Landscaping with Natives” with Renee Stambaugh, UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Master Gardener

2:30 p.m. “Beautiful Gardens Begin with the Seed” with Shirley Barber, UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Master Gardener

Sunday, April 2

11 a.m. “Low Volume Irrigation Made Easy” with Alicia Lamborn, UF/IFAS Extension Baker County Horticulture Extension Agent and Carolyn Saft, UF/IFAS Extension Swannee County Horticulture Extension Agent