Last Saturday we walked to the Farmacy and Winter Garden Farmer's Market, as we do each week. But on this particular Saturday, there was a whole lot more going on in downtown Winter Garden: It was time for the annual "Spring Fever in the Garden" show and sale! We missed this last year as we headed north in March, but this year we were lucky enough to get to check it out.
The festival has been going on since 2001, and every year, there's been a different poster and t-shirt design, created by Winter Garden artist Andy Crabtree, owner of local business Crabtree Ink. This year's design is to the right. You can see designs for each year here.
One nice thing about living in an RV is that I am not tempted to buy a bunch of plants, as we have no permanent yard. We've seen RVers who travel around with their plants and put them out at each campground, but that seems like an awful lot of extra baggage to carry. With our slide-outs in for travel, we simply wouldn't have the space.
So, I could walk around enjoying the sights without spending any money at all. There were so many beautiful flowers, shrubs, and even trees to see, as well as a few other pretty non-living items available for purchase. It was hard to take it all in!
There was a sidewalk chalk art contest that was just getting started, as we arrived near the beginning of the show. This one chalk creation, which I think is adorable, was the only completed entry when we passed by. This web page shows some of the entries from previous years.
I also loved these charming "flowers" made from plates; I didn't think about as we passed how cute one would be outside Pearl, our motorhome. Hmmm, I think I missed out! Check out the adorable birdbaths made from teapots too....
The show went all the way down the center of the aptly named Plant Street for quite a few blocks, finally terminating on the east end with these lovely small trees.
I'm glad we got to the show in the morning, as I imagine Spring Fever in the Garden brings in much larger crowds as the day wears on. The weather couldn't have been better for it either.
There's always something fun going on in Winter Garden, and I am glad we stayed in town long enough to experience this show, even without spending a penny!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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