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Surround Yourself with Plants and Flowers at the 32nd Annual Green Thumb Festival

St. Petersburg, FL (April 9, 2018) -The 32nd Annual Green Thumb Festival, St. Petersburg’s annual Arbor Day celebration, returns on April 28 and 29, at Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Ave. N., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event features plenty of fun and informative activities for both adults and children with over 120 vendors to shop from; horticultural and environmental exhibits; programs and seminars highlighting ways to landscape effectively, conserve natural resources, recycle and improve the environment; a wagon decorating contest and parade; plant fair for children; and much more.

Mayor Rick Kriseman will accept the Tree City USA award and present the Green Thumb annual awards on Saturday, April 28, at 1 p.m.

Highlights also include 1,200 trees for sale for $5, a plant auction, plant diagnostic clinic and tool sharpening. The children’s area includes crafts, hands-on activities and more.

The Garden Club of St. Petersburg celebrates the Flower Show presented by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs District VIII. You can visit the show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walter Fuller Recreation Center.

Register to participate with an opportunity to win a prize at one of our events at the Green Thumb Festival:

  • The Garden Wagon Parade on Saturday, April 28, at noon. Anyone can enter and deck out their wagon. Registration is $5. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded: first place receives $100; second place receives $75; third place receives $50, and honorable mention receives $25. For rules and regulations and to register for the parade, visit
  • The Children’s Plant Fair is a non-competitive program designed to promote environmental stewardship in children. The fair offers children an opportunity to grow and show their own plant at the festival. Participants will receive a free shirt and goody bag. For more information about the Children’s Plant Fair and to register, complete the form at   

Concessions, merchandise, and food will be available for purchase.

Adults, teenagers, and families are needed to help out as volunteers during the event. Volunteers assist with selling small trees, distributing plants at the plant auction, staffing booths, assisting with the children’s arts and crafts area and more. All volunteers receive a free t-shirt and student volunteers are eligible to receive volunteer hours. Volunteer applications are available at; completed applications may be returned to St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation, c/o Green Thumb Festival Volunteers, 1400 19th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33713 or emailed to Linda Seufert, Green Thumb Festival Coordinator, at

For event details, vendor information and volunteer opportunities, visit or contact 727-893-7317. 

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