The Stratford Garden Festival this weekend in Stratford, Ontario, is a remarkable local community fundraiser for the Ontario Lung Association that brings out thousands of people who enjoy “earthly delights,” which is this year’s theme. Started in 2001, the festival has netted more than $920,000 “to support lung health” and organizers hope that the 2017 event puts the cumulative total over $1 million.
There’s a mix of vendors and displays, most with a gardening focus, as well as a lineup of 20 speakers over four days. The show is at the Stratford Rotary Centre. More info is at StratfordGardenFestival.com.
The show was started by Deedee Herman and Mary Hill, along with local landscapers and members of the arts community in Stratford (home of one of North America’s finest repertory companies, The Stratford Festival).
Among the vendors at the show:
- Earth Bound Gardens, based in the South Bruce Peninsula.
- HortusTV, the web-based garden TV show service.
- Irrigatia, which sells garden irrigating kits.
- Rogers Custom Greenhouses, manufacturers of residential and commercial greenhouses.
- Advanced Compost, an award-winning improvement on traditional cow manure from farmers in Baden, Ontario.
- Anything Grows Seed Co. with a selection of heirloom, organic and unusual seed varieties.
- Eastcliff Farms, with iron structures and trellises.
- Artwork by local artists Marc Bauer-Maison, Lucinda Jones and Kathryn Robinson.