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Green Thumb Festival

April 25 and 26, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Event is subject to change.

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


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Phone: (727) 893-7441

EMAIL: GreenThumb@StPete.org
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Green Thumb Vendor List

Although we were not able to celerbate Arbor Day at the Green Thumb Festival, we want to highlight the amazing vendors who help make this festival so great.

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.


The festival will follow state and local as well as CDC guidelines.

Festival Activities

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

Children's Plant Fair

Child Holding a Potted Plant

Children learn the responsibility of caring for a plant and discover the self-satisfaction in raising something. Most importantly, gardening is a great way for parents and children to bond in the great outdoors.


Children in pre-school to fifth grade can participate in the fair by:

Step 1: Growing one or more plants or trees in a container at home.

Step 2: Bringing their plant and registration card for “show and tell” to the festival between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday. Children show their plant and give information about growing plants. Each participant will receive a goody bag. The first 100 participants each day will also receive a free T-shirt.

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. Also, local middle school students showcase their science fair entries.

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 cash prizes for youth and adults:

  • First Place: $75 - Adults / $75 - Youth
  • Second Place: $50 - Adults / $50 - Youth
  • Third Place: $25 - Adults / $25 - Youth

For more information, contact greenthumb@stpete.org


About

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

Do you have merchandise which is horticultural or garden related? Or are you a licensed and insured food vendor?
If you are interested in becoming a vendor, inquire at greenthumb@stpete.org.

Show 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.

  • REGISTRATION OPENS for new vendors will begin on January 31, 2022.
  • Click here to contact us with any questions.

Food vendor fee is $350 plus tax per 12’x10’ space.

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.

If you're interested in registering for a volunteer shift at the festival, complete the form:

Volunteer Application

For more information about volunteering, contact greenthumb@stpete.org.