Memorial Day weekend is the annual Garden Jubilee in Hendersonville, the largest annual plant show and sale in the western North Carolina area. We go most years, and this year I was on the hunt for more perennials, and I really want a clematis for the lattice in the front garden bed. Local nurseries and garden centers bring their best and the displays are a delight for the eyes.
We came up at the middle of Main Street, looking north you can see lots of plant vendor tents along with arts and crafts vendors. The crowds were substantial as the weather was wonderful, but it wasn’t hard to move around and see all the flowers, veggies, and herbs on offer. We were there in the morning before it got too hot. The large trees are permanent plantings, along with flower beds here and there. Note the wonderful architecture on the buildings peeking over the trees.
Looking south from the same intersection, lots more vendors, people, and gorgeous plants for sale, with a distant view of a mountain. Hendersonville sits in a valley between two ranges. There were eight blocks of Main Street blocked off for foot traffic only, vendors along the street on both sides and lots of things to see.
Lots of people were purchasing rolling carts, and filling them up. I liked this purple flower, but I didn’t see where it came from.
There were several vendors with ‘yard art’, I thought about getting one of these chickens, but ultimately didn’t. Cute though.
Lovely selections of all kinds of flowers and colors were all along the street on both sides.
These light purple verbenas are a nice pairing with the deep purple petunias. Every plant vendor had wonderful ideas for putting plants together in baskets and pots. Aren’t those hydrangeas gorgeous!
The next vendor had lovely red salvia flowers in pots.
And one more down was showcasing pink and white.
I came very close to buying this dalia. But the vendor was honest enough to tell me that it wouldn’t survive our winters without being dug up and stored. Not something I really want to do, I want to plant some perennials and just let them take over. But it is a beautiful flower.
One of the craft vendors was offering barn quilts. These were so neat, some like this one were done in reclaimed wood. Others like the yellow, black and grey were made of tiles.
I think one of these would be super over the garage door on our taller garage.
There is a quilt trail starting in Henderson county, and I’ll try to get around to seeing some of those soon.
The next plant vendor had a pink Mountain Laurel. I’ve lived here for years, and thought it only came in white! After I saw this one, I saw more growing wild. I just never got close enough to the wild ones to see they were Mountain Laurel.
I was tempted by these foxgloves too, remember the ones at Brookgreen Gardens? I may try one eventually, they are biennials, reseeding every year, with new plants blooming the second year.
I took a lot more photos of flowers, but I’ll close with this one of a huge display of hanging baskets.
So, what did I buy? Only one plant, a Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato, and I hope grows well. I picked up some coupons to visit local growers next week. Being local has its advantages, I don’t have to walk around with a bunch of plants, I can get them a bit later. What did you do over the weekend?