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.