Sunday, May 20, 2012

At the Hyde Park Garden Fair

It's one of our family traditions to go to the Hyde Park Garden Fair, held in our neighborhood the third Friday and Saturday in May, to buy the plants for our porch. (It's also on my spring list!) I started taking the kids to the Garden Fair when they were little, and they'd play in the plaza's fountain while I picked out plants. In the meantime, two of my kids take this annual ritual very seriously.

They were gravely disappointed last year when I decided that we wouldn't have a porch garden because we'd be gone for more than a month on our Southwest road trip, and such a garden requires daily watering, which would have been a bit much to ask of the friend who kept an eye on our place. So this year they eagerly awaited the Garden Fair, and on Friday afternoon, after they got home from school, we ventured out.

We're always intrigued by the planted containers, but we tend to plant our own.

Which grass to buy for that envisioned container?

We're always equally intrigued by the hanging baskets, and no matter how much we tell ourselves we won't spend the money on a preplanted one and plant our own, we invariably give in to one of these seductively beautiful, ready to hang up, baskets. Not that we don't plant our own as well. We do.

Somebody took a break, and we took home lots of plants - the planted porch will be on view soon!


  1. I can't wait to see your finished product!!! I'm always envious of others who can make their gardens beautiful. These pictures make me want to go out and buy a bunch a plants and start planting- but alas I know it would be cruelty for those precious plants...I'm a "Plant serial killer"

  2. I can't wait to see! We went to a local nursery today. The boy and I planned a castle sized garden. He insisted on bananas and carnivorous plants. While I dreamt of dahlias, and gladiolus. Considering that I too am a 'plant serial killer', our garden should stay in the dream phase. LOL

  3. I missed this on Sunday. I don't think St. Louis has any community garden market this huge (although we do have a lot of local plant sales). I hope to get my pots planted next week. The pictures are gorgeous.