You’re coming to the Garden Party, right?


Saturday & Sunday,

April 1st 2nd

at Community Forklift

 Our Annual Garden Party is a fun-filled event with a ton of landscaping and garden supplies; gardening demonstrations, experts, and vendors; activities for kids; live bands; and local food.  It’s been so popular that we’re extending it to TWO DAYS this year!

The shopping starts at 9am on Saturday…

Throughout the winter, we collect gently-used and surplus lawn & garden supplies as well as outdoor décor and furniture.  Then, we put it all out for your shopping pleasure!  The sale begins at 9:00 am Saturday, but folks start lining up outside the gates even earlier, eager to dig through piles of flowerpots and shovels. (If you can’t get there in the morning, don’t worry – the staff continues to bring out items throughout the weekend.)

The Garden Sale is the Forklift’s biggest fundraiser each year. Proceeds support our work to create green jobs, reduce waste, educate the public about reuse, and provide free supplies to nonprofits & neighbors in need.

Note to early birds:  No lawn & garden supplies are out yet.  The Forklift will not have any garden items available until 9am on April 1st. 

Then, the party starts at 10:00 am on Saturday!

There will be prizes for people and pets dressed in garden party finery.

Photo by Carrie Delesky

So find yourself a dapper suit or fancy hat, and check out all the activities in store for you:

Local Experts and Teachers (Saturday)

Anacostia Watershed Society
Prince George’s Chapter, Maryland Master Gardeners
MOM’s Organic Market
Prince George’s Hens
Veteran Compost

Photo by Carrie Delesky


Saturday only
ECO City Farms will be here with seedlings, already sprouted and ready to go right into your garden.
The Colmar Manor Garden Club will be selling an additional variety of seedlings.
Good Sense Farm & Apiary will be offering their mushroom growing kits and assorted edible mushroom products.
Hyattsville Horticulture Society will be selling vegetable, flower, and herb seeds, along with some helpful gardening books and used garden equipment.
Sol Nectar Farm will have sustainable beekeeping products available, including beehives and honeybee wax.

Saturday & Sunday
Capitol Hill Art League will be selling their garden-themed artwork.
PERMIE KIDs will be here with educational gardening resources and food for both kids and adults.

Activities for All Ages

Saturday only

  • Big and little Forklift Fans can give hands-on help to our local rivers:  help plant seedlings for the Anacostia Watershed Society to use in restoring wetlands.
  • To win fun prizes and gift certificates, kids (and adults!) can track down trivia at the exhibitor tables to complete the Partner Passport.
Saturday & Sunday
  • Check out fun eco-activities led by Jen from PERMIE KIDs.
  • Hunt down dinosaurs for our Reuse-osaur Scavenger Hunt

Live Music (Saturday)

11am-12pm: To Be Announced
1pm-2pm: Blue Plains
3pm-4pm: Vico Cycle


Free Workshops

 Intro to Permaculture, presented by Eric Lewis
12pm-1pm: Gardening Advice, presented by Maryland Master Gardeners
2pm-3pm: Composting for Urban Homeowners, presented by Justen Garrity of Veteran Compost
4pm-5pm: Economically Sustainable Honey Bee Keeping, presented by Josh Calo of Sol Nectar Farm

Outdoor Pallet Creations, presented by Matt Menke of Community Forklift and Gary Barnhart of GL Barnhart Construction
11am-4pm: Appraisal Advice, presented by Chris Melendez of Community Forklift – bring in your vintage items to learn more about them!

Free Tours (Saturday)

2pm: Eco City’s Farm Reuse Tour, led by Kayla of Eco City Farms
Time TBD: Behind the Scenes at The ‘Lift, led by Ruthie of Community Forklift

And delicious local food!

Shortcake Bakery (Saturday)
Shortcake Bakery is a 5 year old bakery, located at 4700 Rhode Island Ave, Hyattsville, Maryland. Shortcake exclusively bakes with fresh ingredients, producing products with a homemade taste. They have received numerous accolades from Washingtonian Magazine and the Washington Post. Shortcake will be selling breakfast (and coffee!) in the morning, and desserts throughout the afternoon.
County Manner is brought to you by Damian and Jeremy. They are two true “County Boys” at heart. With deep roots in Southern Maryland, their bond was built on cooking fresh caught fish over a campfire on the Potomac River. With an equal love for food, outdoors, and a simple way of life, they decided to share that experience with others. They created a unique concept by combining traditions passed on to them by family and their years of experience as chefs. Brisket, pork, and shrimp are their most popular sandwiches (menu subject to change with the seasons), and they’ll also have a vegetarian option available.
“We look forward to bringing you the best of what Southern Maryland has to offer.”
Pink Confetti is a home-based business which offers uniquely designed cakes for all occasions. Our elegant wedding cakes, customized cakes, cupcakes, cookies, dairy-free treats, and desserts are made from scratch by the owner and chef, who passionately turns your creative vision into a velvety-sweet reality. We love to share our flair, creating the most delicious and visually appealing sweets.

So invite your friends, start planning your stylish garden party ensemble, and we’ll see you on April 1st & 2nd!

Ruthie and Matt Garden Party 2013 compressed