PLANT CITY - As president of the Suncoast Native Plant Society, Devon Higginbotham is happy to spread the word about the virtues of landscaping with vegetation that grows naturally in the state.
So she’s looking forward to the chance to speak at a downtown Plant City festival that combines gardening and shopping.
She will be a guest speaker at a Sept. 28 festival that caters to shoppers looking for everything from antiques to plants.
Organizers of the fourth annual GardenFest and More are striving to bring visitors to downtown from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 30 vendors are expected.
“It’s going to be a great day and with vendors from all over Central Florida we can have a lot of variety,” said Cassandra Banning, who is helping organize the festival.
The Garden Club founded GardenFest and expanded it with the help of the Plant City Downtown Business and Merchants Association.
Garden Club President Christy Linke said, “each year we add more and more vendors to the event.”
Vendors selling plants such as orchids and bromeliads, along with gardening supplies, will be generally located at Union Station Depot Welcome Center, 202 N. Palmer St. The other vendors, selling such items as art, jewelry and purses, will be located in the adjacent McCall Park, 100 N. Collins St.
One of the booths will be operated by the Suncoast Native Plant Society and will offer native plants for sale. Higginbotham, who talks at 9:30 a.m. at the depot, plans to cover where to find native plants.
“Typically they don’t sell them at Home Depot or Lowe’s,” said Higginbotham, whose group is the local chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.
She will answer questions after her talk.
At 10:30 a.m. wildlife photographer George Veazey and oils and pastels artist Beverly Farley will present a program, also at the depot.
The Plant City Day Break Rotary Club will sell grilled hamburgers and hot dogs from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There is no charge for admission or parking.
For information, call Banning at (813) 716-0950.