Connie Keithley, also of North East, her daughter, Brittany McKelvey, who gardens on a much larger piece of land at her Pennsylvania home, and her 8- year- old grandson, Aiden McKelvey.
“We come to this every year. It’s a tradition now,” Keithley said, acknowledging that she had visited the garden market on Friday as well.
She added, “I just love coming to this event. We look forward to it.”
So do a lot of people, according to Woody Carter, who gave advice to people who visited his Carter Herbals Main Street Farm & Wellness booth and made plenty of sales during the event. Carter has been in the business for 20 years, the last five of which at his shop on Main Street in North East.
“This is heavily- attended event, always has been. Even in the rain yesterday, it was bangin’,” Carter said Saturday, noting that it is the beginning of the planting season. “The people come here on a mission. They’re motivated to buy,
North East-area resident Denise Keithley holds some Gerbera daisies.
and they know that this ( garden market) is one- stop shopping. With all these vendors, they can come and get everything they need.”
There were some novices at the
garden market too, people like Allison Kulp, of Lancaster, Pa.
“This is my first try,” Kulp said, after gesturing toward her mother, Barbara Kulp, of North East, and remarking, “My mom has been dabbling in gardening all of my life.”
Kulp pulled a wagon loaded with herbs, natural soap, all- natural insect spray, two azaleas, a plastic bag containing fresh “lettuce for dinner” and other purchased items.
One of the things in Kulp’s wagon was a passion flower plant, which is a vine that, like ivy, climbs walls and other vertical surfaces as it grows.
Asked how high she thought her passion plant would grow, Kulp noted that height wasn’t her biggest concern and then, with a chuckle, she commented, “I’ll be glad just to keep it alive all summer.”
Also shopping at the garden market Saturday in preparation for their rookie season of gardening were Fair Hill residents Chris Inmon and his fiancee, Amanda Armour, who are getting married in September.
Among their purchases were zinnias, just one type of flower that the couple plans to plant.
“This is our first time,” Inmon said, prompting Amour to interject, “We’re looking forward to seeing the fruits of our labor.”