The 20th annual Camas Plant & Garden Fair is growing, with new offerings, vendors and activities in downtown Camas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. After you’re done seeing all the vendors and buying your Mother’s Day gifts as well as treasures for your own garden and home, you can have a meal or a cocktail in one of Camas’ notable eateries, coffee houses, or cocktail parlors. And then you can do some MORE shopping in Camas’ charming boutique stores and galleries! You can also enter a raffle prize drawing where the proceeds will benefit scholarships for women. For more information, visit www.cwplantfair.org.
Browse through the wares and products from local nurseries, garden artists, and farms. You’ll find trees, plants, garden art and furniture, planters, vegetable starts, wind chimes, garden tools, birdhouses and feeders, pottery, metal art, flowering hanging baskets, garden benches, stone art, sculptures, lavender, herbs, and more. Boy Scouts will be standing by with their trusty wagons to help you bring your purchases to your car. A list of all the vendors with links can be found at www.cwplantfair.org/vendors.
After you buy your plants, drop by the free potting station where garden club volunteer will help you pot your plants in the containers you buy. You can also chat with the 20 designated vendor experts to learn more about plants, effective gardening techniques, and other related topics. Look for the “yellow sun” signs on expert booth locations to find out about attracting birds and butterflies to your garden, container gardening, hot pepper plants, herbal remedies and pain relieving extracts, clematis, water gardens, rhododendrons, beekeeping and pollinating, outdoor living spaces, Japanese maples, carnivorous plants, geraniums and pelargoniums, and more.
A new addition this year is the “Birch Street Wine Garden” to help celebrate the fair’s 20th anniversary. From noon to 4 p.m., customers can relax and enjoy a glass of wine in the outdoor space at 311 N.E. Birch. Birch Street Uptown Lounge’s full drink menu will be available, and nearby live music and fresh food vendors will add to the experience.
For kids, there’s the “Find the Ladybug” game, played throughout participating downtown businesses. Players earn tickets to win a Family Gardening Basket for each ladybug they find. There’s also the strolling Jugglemania Show with a giant rose puppet and themed juggling. The Kids’ Zone—open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.—will include seed planting, making Mother’s Day cards, painting ladybug rocks, a ladybug habitat, a worm bin, seed exploration, and kid-friendly garden planting ideas. Returning this year is the free petting zoo, open all day.