Last fall, the Lehigh Valley became entangled with its very first plant festival when Bethlehem plant nursery The Wicked Botantist threw the inaugural Lehigh Valley Fall Plant Festival at South Mountain Grove.
Well, its popularity really blossomed — enough so that The Wicked Botanist is announcing a spring festival.
The Lehigh Valley Spring Plant Festival, which is also technically the first of its kind, is upgrading locations, too. This time around, it’ll be cropping up at SteelStacks. The festival is scheduled for 10 am to 3 pm on May 1.
The fall festival had over 50 vendors, and the spring festival is upping that number by 20. The plant community is one that depends largely on each other, commercially. As Wicked Botanist owner Dawn Ash explained last fall, plant sellers need fertilizer sellers who need pottery sellers who need macrame sellers, and vice versa.
With the number and diversity of vendor types at the festival, one could walk in empty handed and leave a fully fledged “plant parent.”
The idea for a spring festival came from requests from fall festival attendees — Ash and her husband Rod expected about 500 people to come, and that number wound up closer to 1,500. So while the festival will largely be similar, it’ll certainly be bigger .
The number of vendors is growing from 50 to 70 — all plant sellers, local farmers, crafters and artisans and more. There will be live entertainment and food trucks.
Admission to the festival is free, and there will be a basket raffle to raise money for a local shelter.
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