Blooming and beautiful

Published 9:08 pm Thursday, June 2, 2011

There will be storewide sales on plants and merchandise at Smithfield Gardens during its Flower Festival June 18. It is also the only day to redeem flower power dollars, which the store has been awarding with purchases since Mother’s Day.

Smithfield Gardens hosts 22nd Flower Festival

Just in time for all the plants to be blooming and beautiful, Smithfield Gardens is hosting its 22nd annual Flower Festival this month.

The festival is an all-day event that will take place June 18 at Smithfield Gardens, located on Bridge Road.

Hard goods manager Margie Cooper said the plants will be open and beaming, making a beautiful setting for the event.

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“It’s fun, and everything looks great,” she said.

The nursery will have special unadvertised sales throughout the store going on that day.

June 18 is also the only time guests can redeem their Smithfield Gardens’ flower power money, which the store has been giving out since Mother’s Day.

Cooper said there is no minimum purchase guests have to meet in order to use the flower power money; they can use it like cash.

During the festival, the Suffolk Master Gardeners, Tidewater Daylily Society and other Virginia certified horticulturists will be on site to offer advice and answer any questions people have about their gardens.

“If anyone has questions, they can bring in pictures or even pieces of the plants,” Cooper said. “We’ll try to help them with any problems they have.”

She said it’s a great opportunity for gardeners to gather information for both spring and fall gardens.

“There’s a lot of information people can get,” she said. “They can still do their homework now.”

There will be several special guests at the event, including the Moonlight Beekeepers, who will have honey for sale, and Isle of Wight County Humane Society, which will have animals available for adoption.

Bon Vivant Market is hosting a wine tasting from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the site. It costs $5 per person, and all the proceeds will benefit Isle of Wight Humane Society.

Additionally, Smithfield photographer and artist Taunya Waxham will display her work and create portraits.

Cooper said people who come out to the event will be in for a fun-filled day.

For more information, contact Smithfield Gardens at 238-2511.