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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Time to Fall back...into the New Season 2013/2014 !

We're Back !!!!!!!....and ready for the 2013/14 Market and Plant Show season.  We hope everyone has had a great summer and thanks to the many that kept in touch with us by email and at Summer Market at Williams Park as well that showed up for the couple of Plants sales we had this summer.

This summer.....what can we say ? hot hot hot, whew, hot, but thank goodness for heavenly rain throughout that kept our nursery and our gardens well watered. Even with this heat (and we swear, yes, this was the hottest summer ever, we are certain !), our personal and nursery plants thrived.

We also had the opportunity to visit our favorite getaway place, Weeki Wachee River, do lots of great kayaking and stay at our favorite rental, Moose Cabin...more about that later in the blog, so you gotta read to the end :)

Okay, let's get started on What Is Happening ! There is a lot of info here, so we highly recommend you Bookmarking our blogspot and/or this message so you have ready access to our schedule.

Saturday Morning Market, Downtown St. Pete:
Our Main Community Market, it opens for it's 12th season this coming Saturday, Oct. 5th. For those new here, this market runs every Saturday for a 8 month season to the end of May 2013. Located at Al Lang Stadium, near the Bay front, the market will be back with grand assortment of great Produce, Arts & Crafts, Live Music, Plants and much more....we have heard of some new interesting vendors this year, so will be great to welcome new people to our Market Family.
check out their website for all the info about location, time, happenings:

Tropiflora Nursery Fall Plant Show:
While Mitch & Susan are manning our large booth at St. Pete Market this coming Saturday, Larry and I will be done at one of our favorite places in the world, Tropiflora Nursery, in Sarasota.  It's time for their big Fall Sale and it's happening this Fri/Sat/Sun, Oct. 4 through 6th.  Tropiflora, one of the worlds leading nurseries in Bromeliads, Tillandsias and Rare Tropicals, will have all their inventory on sale as well as welcome 20 of their special vendor friends (yeah, we are one of them), each with our own specialities,  to set up too, so it's one stop shopping for almost any type of plant you are looking for. Free entrance, free parking, music and food, so check out their website for all the info. It's just a short hop down from the Tampa Bay area, so a great one-tank trip and we promise you will have a great time.

Phillippi Mansion Farmhouse Market, Sarasota
Located on the historic property of Phillippi Mansion, right on the Bay, this is a popular market with both locals, Snowbirds and and those who like to seek out new markets for a special experience.
We start there Wednesday, October 9th, 9am-2pm, and will be there most Wednesdays throughout the season.
 Free parking/admission. Great selection of Produce, Plants, Foods and Crafts, with live music and very welcoming organizers & vendors.

Hyde Park Market, Tampa
This Market runs the 1st Sunday of every month. Very popular market with great selection of vendors.
Due to other commitments, we won't be there until Sunday, Dec. 8th, but we will have a few other Sundays we will be there in 2014, so keep an eye on the blogspot)

Boktoberfest ! Bok Tower, Lake Wales FL   Sat. Oct. 19th
 This popular show attracts thousands of people from all over Florida, especially as there is Free admission to the park that day so it's a value deal. 50 plus vendors set up for that show, live music and a Beer garden!)

Mt. Dora Plant & Garden Fair 19th Annual Fall Show, downtown Mt. Dora, FL
Over 75 vendors set up.  Sat. Nov. 2nd and Sunday, Nov. 3rd. 
Free admission, Show this year will be set up in historic downtown

One of our favorite cities in Florida, this is another great one-tank trip for everyone, and you can enjoy the show plus check out the charm of this great small Florida town. This year, they are setting up the show in the historic downtown instead of by the lake in order for access and parking to be easier for patrons.
Other Markets?
At this point, unfortunately, we have heard that Tarpon springs Sunday Market is not renewing their presence, and we will miss it, but stay tuned, because you never know when things could change, not to mention, other markets popping up around the area.

Note:  When we are away Oct. 19th & Nov. 2/3, we will not be at Saturday Morning Market in St. Pete.

Okay, phew, that's a lot of info to digest but hope you can mark your calendars for seeing us at these markets and events. When the holidays approach, we might have other special events, so again, Bookmark us so you can find us.  With the season beginning, our goal is have a new Blog entry by Wednesday of every week, so you, and we, can keep us with ourselves !

Wrapping this up for now, will just give you a tease, know that cabin we spoke about at Weeki Wachee, and our summers? Well, look to the Tampa Bay Times this Friday and you might find something interesting...shhhhh.....that's all we can say for now....

Happy Fall, we can't wait to see everyone again and we can't wait to get back into the Fall Gardening Season !

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