St. Petersburg's 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 plenty of activities rolled into one weekend.
- Ask an Arborist
- Butterfly Tent
- Children’s Crafts
- Children’s Plant Fair
- Free Plant Give Away
- City of St Petersburg
- Environmental Resources Tent
- Educational Programs
- Environmental Groups Tent
- Flower Show
- Food Court
- Free Mulch
- Free Pine Seedlings
- Garden Railroad Display
- Pinellas County Extension Service
- Plant Auction
- Plant/Soil/Water Diagnostics
- Tool Sharpening
- Tree Sale
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 then Parks Director Litdell “Dell” Holmes in response to St. Petersburg meeting the requirements for the prestigious Tree City USA award, and 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:
- City of St. Petersburg
- Garden Club of St. Petersburg
- University Florida IFAS Extension
- Florida Nursery
- Growers and Landscape Association
- Tampa Bay Times
Do you have merchandise which is horticultural or garden related? Or are you a licened and insured food vendor?
If you are interested in becoming a vendor, inquire at 727-893-7317.
Registration for the festival is on a first come, first served basis.
Show vendor fee is $160 per space. The booth spaces are approximately 12’ x 12’. Plant vendors are required to attach a registration certificate with the Division of Plant Industry. This certificate must be available at the festival.
Food vendor fee is $350 plus tax per 12’x10’ space.
Looking to volunteer your time? We seek volunteers for both days to work designated shifts.
Credit for school volunteer hours is available. A festival T-shirt will be given to each volunteer, and drinks will be available during shift.
Please return the completed volunteer application form to the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department, c/o Green Thumb Festival Volunteers,1400 19th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL, 33713 or email us. For more information contact (727) 893-7441.