Paradise for plant lovers

Published April 26, 2007

If you go to this weekend's Green Thumb Festival at Walter Fuller Park in St. Petersburg, don't forget to take a wagon along.

You'll need something to carry your purchases, as it's hard to resist the orchids, tomato plants, fresh herbs and bouquets of potted flowers for sale.

You also can bring your dull tools for sharpening, and your problematic soil or water for testing at a free diagnostic clinic. Speaking of free things, you'll find plenty, from mulch to butterfly plants to friendly advice. And don't bypass the $3 trees.

Kids will have plenty to do, too, including crafts, science activities, an animal show and a children's plant fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days in the adjacent community center (like a county fair, but with kid-grown plants instead of prized pigs).

Don't miss the Garden Club's flower show, a juried show with scores of amazing blooms also in the community center.

The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg.