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It's Flower & Garden Festival Weekend; Crowds Return For Day Two

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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 1:13 pm

This year’s Leesburg and Flower Garden Festival opened Saturday to a large crowd of as many at 18,000 visitors and the event's second day is looking to draw another large turnout.

It is the first time in several years the festival has enjoyed two days of sunny weather.

Yesterday prizes were awarded for the top landscape designs. 

Wildwood Landscape's chicken-coop themed display—including live chickens— won for Best Overall presentation.

West Winds Nursery won for Best Craftsmanship. 

Rivers Edge won for Most Creative. 

Along with the live plantings, there will be booths showing every kind of garden supplies and accessories possible—tools, grills, decks, garden hats, outdoor furniture, watering systems, greenhouses, stone and brick edgers, garden sheds, pottery and garden art, etc.

Vendors come from far away—this year’s roster includes businesses from New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Georgia and Alabama—as well as local and regional favorites.

For those looking for design ideas, they need go no further than the popular landscape exhibits that artfully spring up from the bare downtown streets and form perfect miniature gardens. There’s plenty of food on hand from festival vendors as well as through a number of eateries in and around the five-block festival area.

Kids have plenty to do, with an activities and entertainment roster that will keep them busy all day long, including toe-tapping music and dance as well as painting and games. For the adults, there’s some great music to listen to on the courthouse lawn.

You can read more about the vendors and special events in the 2013 Leesburg Flower and Garden Guide. 

Admission is a requested $3 donation. Visitors are requested to leave their pets at home and to come wearing sensible shoes.

Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, go to, call 703-777-1368, or check the festival’s Facebook page.

Welcome to the discussion.


  • Buffacuse posted at 10:03 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Buffacuse Posts: 585

    You know, funny but I've had the same thought for years--how DOES Waterford get away with charging a fee for walking around their public, taxpayer-funded streets? The Foundation may run the Fair, but they don't own the streets. Given that Waterford is the single-most litigious area in the county (everyone sues everyone there) hows about someone check this out?

  • aussymom posted at 9:55 am on Sun, Apr 21, 2013.

    aussymom Posts: 94

    I might be mistaken but the Waterford Fair is put on by a foundation, not the town. The Leesburg Garden show is paid for with Leesburg residents taxes.

  • Mark J posted at 6:00 am on Sun, Apr 21, 2013.

    Mark J Posts: 72

    Newcomers: Waterford has their own rules. If you tried to run a fair on streets in Waterford, without a pay off and blessing from the ruling sovereign, you would not succeed.

    Leesburg might be too close to the court and commonwealth attorney's office to pretend they can force an admission fee. I thought the "suggested donation" was a newer policy due to complaints that fee was illegal or improper?

    The traffic congestion is still a pain, but at least it is free.

  • Catherine posted at 7:37 pm on Sat, Apr 20, 2013.

    Catherine Posts: 63

    I think it is completely illegal for the Waterford Foundation to charge people to walk around the streets, that is why Leesburg asks for a modest donation. When will the officials say "no" to allowing the fair year after year as it has morphed into something Disney would be proud of. They rake in about $450,000 per year for the weekend and we are forced to drive around the circus to get to our house. Will someone please shed light on how this is permisible because I would sure like to do the same?

  • PissedCommuter posted at 11:20 am on Sat, Apr 20, 2013.

    PissedCommuter Posts: 149

    Too funny that someone else was thinking the same thing as myself! Waterford is NOT all that any more. The price for two adults and two kids is $68.00? Gee, so you get to see some homes, maybe go in a few and buy some hot cider and caramel popcorn when it's still usually 70 degrees out. I am amazed that so many people still partake in this event. Bluemont Fair offers much more real family fun for a $3.00 admission charge and you get so much more. Moon bounces, rock walls, tons of activities for adults, music, and more.

  • Catherine posted at 5:52 pm on Fri, Apr 19, 2013.

    Catherine Posts: 63

    Donations make sense. Why does Waterford give you the shakedown and demand $17.00 per person to walk around the town?