Saturday, June 8. Expert landscaping advice and free WaterSaver plants — don’t miss this daylong event, Gardening experts, speakers and landscape experts and vendors from across South Texas will converge on the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, Saturday, June 8 for the Festival of Flowers!

saws at festival of flowersExhibitors include nurseries, landscapers, growers, artisans and nonprofits. In addition, the indoor mall features a dizzying array of gardening suppliers, a farmer’s market with local produce, eggs and honey, and plants, plants, plants!

The 24th citywide Plant Exchange is the largest in Texas with more than 1,000 plants traded over six hours. You’re welcome to bring carts and wagons to the event and there’s even plant check-room where you can store your selections. Be sure to prep your plants, seeds and corms for the event before arriving.

Of course, remember to stop by the SAWS Conservation Station for a free WaterSaver plant (one per adult), while supplies last. And for landscaping tips and tricks, don’t miss the how-to gardening seminars and speak to the experts in the organic world — perfect timing for the upcoming sizzling summer:

“Getting Your Lawn and Landscape Ready for the Summer Heat the Earth-Kind Way”

David Rodriguez, County Extension Agent, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

10 a.m.

“Cultivating Flying Flowers: Simple Steps for Improving or Starting Your Butterfly Garden”

Vicki Blachman, Travis County Master Gardener.

11:30 a.m.

Organic Round Table.

Moderated by Bob Webster, KTSA “South Texas Gardening“ Show Host and co-owner, Shades of Green Nursery. Panelists include Bruce Deuley, host of Organic Matters podcast, and Stuart Franke, President of Medina Agriculture Products Co. Inc.

1 p.m.

“Bluebonnets, The Gateway to Native Plants”

Jay White – Owner and Publisher, Texas Gardener Magazine

2:30 p.m.

Festival of Flowers takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Shrine Auditorium, 901 N. Loop 1604 West (exit Stone Oak Parkway).

Admission is $8. Free admission for children 10 and younger. At center stage the Mens’ Garden Club will teach children the basics of working with plants, soil and gardening tools and provide them a potted plant to care for at home.

By Brad Wier,  a SAWS conservation planner. Years in South Texas landscaping and public horticulture gave him a lasting enthusiasm for native plants that don’t die when sprinklers — and gardeners — break down. He’d rather save time and water for kayaking and tubing. He is a former kilt model, and hears hummingbirds.

Written by GardenStyleSanAntonio