The 22nd annual Camas Plant and Garden Fair will return to historic Downtown Camas on Saturday, May 11th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm filling the tree-lined streets with the offerings of over 100 local nurseries, growers, and garden artists.
Customers will find a large assortment of trees, plants, flowers, garden art and furniture, planters, veggie starts, birdhouses and feeders, pottery, metal art, flowering hanging baskets, garden benches, stone art, sculptures, herbs, and more. There are new vendors every year, adding to the list of quality one-of-a-kind plants and garden offerings available.
“This is the event that garden enthusiasts wait all year for!” said Tina Eifert, the vendor liaison for the fair. “We’re thrilled to host this exciting celebration of garden art, and all things flowery, green and sprouting, curated from the best vendors in the area, on the tree-lined streets of beautiful downtown Camas.”
There will be many engaging activities for kids. The “Find the Ladybug” game will be returning this year and will be played throughout participating downtown businesses. Players earn tickets to win a Family Gardening Basket for each ladybug they find. Children will also enjoy a Strolling Jugglemania Show including a giant rose puppet, themed juggling, performances on stilts and other activities. The Kids’ Zone will include garden related crafts and activities. The free petting zoo by 4-Seasons 4-H Club returns as well, bringing goats, bunnies, and more.
The fair will have over 15 designated vendor experts that customers can talk with to learn more about plants, effective gardening techniques and other related topics. Look for the “yellow sun” signs on expert booth locations. Some of the expert topics include:
Botany, Horticulture, Permaculture, Edible Plants, Fruit Trees
Clematis: planting, pruning, fertilizing
Daylilies: growing, hybridizing, dividing
Herbs: culinary, household and medicinal uses, growing, harvesting & preserving
Rhododendrons: planting, growing, disease and insect prevention
Garden pot concrete repair and protection
Beekeeping: Honey bees and Mason Bees
Organic vegetable growing
Using herbs in bath and body products
Wasabi plant growth and use of wasabi
Attracting birds and butterflies to your garden
Lavender and herbs
The full Plant Fair Expert List and a list of fair vendors can be found online at Camas Plant and Garden Fair. You can also stop by the DCA info booth at the fair (4th and Cedar) and pick up the Expert List and booth locations.
“This fair is a beloved blend of amazing quality plant and garden options and also community fun,” says Carrie Schulstad, Executive Director of the DCA. “For the gardening lovers, this event brings you so many unique choices with many hard to find offerings. In addition there is plenty to do for all ages and having all our wonderful downtown merchants and restaurants right here makes this such a one-of-a-kind experience that keeps people coming back year after year.”
The DCA will also be hosting the annual “Wheelbarrow Raffle Prize Drawing” with a large assortment of plants, trees, flowers, and garden art donated by fair vendors in a sturdy wheelbarrow donated by Lutz Hardware. The items will be on display and tickets can be purchased at the DCA table on the corner of 4th and Cedar on the day of the event. The winner will be drawn at 3:30 pm.
Scout Troop 554 will be on hand with their trusty wagons to help citizens transport their purchases as needed.