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Green Thumb Festival

APRIL 29 AND 30, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Walter Fuller Park
7891 26th Ave. N
St. Petersburg, FL 33710


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Phone: (727) 893-7441

EMAIL: GreenThumb@StPete.org

Stay tuned for 2023 event details.

Looking for vendor information? Click here!

About the Festival

St. Petersburg's annual Arbor Day Celebration, the Green Thumb Festival, brings together plant and flower lovers, as well as, individuals and families looking for a fun weekend activity. With more than 120 garden, plant and flower vendors and exhibitors, the annual event brings the community together for a weekend of fun.

Festival Activities

  • Ask an Arborist
  • Butterfly Tent
  • Children’s Crafts
  • Free Plant Giveaway
  • Environmental Resources Tent
  • Educational Programs
  • Environmental Groups Tent
  • Flower Show
  • Food Trucks
  • Free Mulch
  • Free Pine Seedlings
  • Garden Railroad Display
  • Garden Wagon Parade & Decorating Contest
  • Pinellas County Extension Service
  • Plant/Soil/Water Diagnostics
  • Tree Sale

Workshops

Child Holding a Potted Plant

Pinellas County Farm Bureau and UF/IFAS Extension are sponsoring hands-on workshops for adults (ages 18 & up) during the festival.

Stay tuned for 2023 workshop schedule.

Flower Show

A pink flower

The Garden Club of St. Petersburg displays their creativity through juried floral designs and crafts representing gardens from around the world. Exhibits are designed with a new theme each year.

The public is invited to vote for the best of show in both the horticulture and floral design category.

Judging occurs the Friday before the festival and awards are given to the winners at the festival on Sunday at 3 p.m. inside Walter Fuller Recreation Center. All judges are from clubs within the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs District VIII and use standards set by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. For more information on the Garden Club, visit www.gardenclubstpetersburg.org.

The Garden Wagon Parade & Decorating Contest

A line of people walking with their garden wagons

Get your wagon ready for The Garden Wagon Parade & Decorating Contest. Deck out your wagon and enter the parade to win a prize for youth and adults:

  • First Place: $75 - Adults / $75 - Youth
  • Second Place: $40 - Adults / $40 - Youth
  • Third Place: $10 - Adults / $10 - Youth

Entry Fee: Only $5 per entry


CONTEST REGISTRATION: Stay tuned for 2023 registration information.

For more information, contact greenthumb@stpete.org


History of the Festival

The Green Thumb Festival was established by the St. Petersburg Parks Department as an Arbor Day celebration on April 11, 1986 at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. The concept was introduced by the Parks Director at the time, Litdell “Dell” Holmes, to meet the requirements of the prestigious Tree City USA award, and as a result, the City has been a recipient of the award every year since 1986.

Festival attendance is estimated at 30,000 to 35,000 over the two-day event and more than 200 educational and environmental exhibits and vendors participate. The festival continues to be free of charge.



Partners and Sponsors

Major contributors to the Green Thumb Festival include the following:


Vendors

  • REGISTRATION:
  • Past (2022) Vendor Registration Window: January 23 - February 5, 2023
  • New Vendor Registration Window: February 6 - 19, 2023

  • New vendor registration forms will be linked here when registration opens. Past (2022) vendor registration forms will be emailed out to the email on file.
  • Vendor Information:
  • Fee is $175 per space. The booth spaces are approximately 12’ x 12’.
  • Plant vendors are REQUIRED to attach a registration certificate from the Division of Plant Industry. This certificate must be available at the festival.
  • Limited spaces are available for show vendors.

Click here to contact us with any questions.

Volunteers

Looking to volunteer your time? We have volunteer opportunities at the festival.
Credit for school volunteer hours is available.
A festival T-shirt will be given to each volunteer, and drinks will be available during shift.

Stay tuned for 2023 festval volunteer information.