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Herb & Garden Fair

25th Annual Herb & Garden Fair

April 1 & 2, 2017

Saturday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ♦ Sunday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


HerbGardenFairPoster2016c (1)The Area’s Largest and Longest Running Plant & Garden Sale, also featuring classes, activities & exhibits on gardening, nature and related topics. 

The grounds of Poplar Grove will be filled with a wonderful  selection of locally grown plants of all types – herbs, perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, shrubs, native plants, vegetable starts and houseplants, plus garden art & accessories, herbal & all-natural products, artisan crafts & local foods.

Meet your farmer, your planter, your herbalist, your master gardener and artisan-maker by previewing the 2016 VENDOR LIST.

There is an adult $5.00 admission fee, $3.00 for seniors and active military, 10% off for members, and kids (big ones too) are free. Your admission fee includes live music at the Gazebo.

Included in your admission price are classes & nature trail walks (come see what is in bloom!) throughout the two-day event. Learn from your neighbors and some of the community’s best local historians, herbalists, and basket-makers!  Our blacksmith shop will also be fired up, so be sure to follow the billowing smoke & peek inside.

We will be raffling off a fabulous grill from Lowe’s at Porter’s Neck.  There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, wraps, smoothies, and baked goods available for purchase, including Firehouse Kettle Korn and Snowie of the Carolinas.

For the kids, the Animal Sanctuary at Poplar Grove will be open for tours (closed toes shoes required) at 10AM, 11AM, 1PM & 2PM for $5.00 a person (young and old). There will also be a free basket-making workshop at 1PM on Saturday in the Basket Gallery (limit 12) as well as a face painting booth and animal Meet & Greets throughout the day. 

Self-guided house tours will be offered at a discounted rate of $7.00, though you are welcome to sit on our porches and visit our Gift Shop and Slavery Exhibit in the basement of the Manor House for free.

Several participating vendors at this year’s Fair will also be kicking off our Farmers’ Market Opening Day on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 8AM-1PM, so this will not be the only time to introduce yourself.

Special guests, Pender County Master GardenersPender County Tourism, and Cape Fear Raptor Centerwill be on site with Information Booths.


*All classes meet in the barn, except the Basket-making workshop at 1PM on Saturday.

Saturday, April 2, 2016


Kathryn Waple, representing Gray Cat Botanicals: “Whole Plant Herbal Extracts: Tea, Tinctures & Oil”


Nancy Mercure, representing Pender County Master Gardeners:  “Growing Herbs in Southeastern North Carolina”


Bill Messer, Nature Walk: “What’s in Bloom!”


Ann Hoffman, representing Our Mom’s Best: “Cooking with Herbs” Demonstration


Jimmie Kent, representing Vintage Basket Ladies, “Creating a Pencil Holder Basket” Workshop;

12 limit — all ages, children especially



Tim Matthews, representing NC Cooperative Extension: “Square Foot Gardening”


Charlie Baker, Nature Walk: “Spring Awakens in the Abbey Nature Preserve”

 Sunday, April 3, 2016


Ann Hoffman, representing Our Mom’s Best: “Cooking with Herbs”  Demonstration


Duane Truscott, representing My Gardens Plant Company: “Why Natives?”


Jenn Tabor, representing Glynne’s Soaps: “Clean Cleaning: The Art of Cleaning Naturally”


Duane Truscott, Nature Walk: “What’s In Bloom!”

Your $5 admission fee supports Poplar Grove, a non-profit 501(c)3 Public Charity, dedicated to conservation, education and preservation. Herb_Garden2016It is our desire to protect and enhance some of the last remaining coastal lands and open green space for future generations to enjoy as well as preserve the surviving antebellum manor house as an educational museum and historic site. 

Thank you for your support!

Vendor Applications available: Vendor Application 2016.

Concession Applications available: Concession Application 2016.

Food Truck Applications available: Food Truck Application 2016.



A limited number of spaces are available for our partners and vendors to participate in our Program of Classes: SpeakerWorkshop Contract 2016.

Go Native, and discover why by visiting North Carolina Botanical Garden or downloading how to attract wildlife using native plants by Going Native!

For questions or more information, email, or call Caroline Lewis, Executive Director, at 910-686-9518 x104. 



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