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 the party to TWO DAYS this year!
Festivities at 10am – 4pm Saturday and 11am – 3pm Sunday
Shopping from 9am – 6pm both days
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 and neighbors in need.
Note to early birds: No lawn and garden supplies are out yet. The Forklift will not have any garden items available until 9am on April 1st.
There will be prizes for people and pets dressed in garden party finery.
So find yourself a dapper suit or fancy hat, and check out all the activities in store for you:
Anacostia Watershed Society
MOM’s Organic Market
Prince George’s County Master Gardener Program
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.
Tanglewood Works is joining the fun to sell planted arrangements in funky upcycled containers.
Saturday & Sunday
Capitol Hill Art League will be selling their garden-themed artwork.
PERMIE KIDs will be here with a selection of educational gardening resources and food for both kids and adults.
Saturday (click the titles to learn more, and reserve a seat!)
10am-11am: Introduction to Permaculture, presented by Eric Lewis
12pm-1pm: From Evergreen to Edible, presented by Ramona Winkelbauer, a DC Master Gardener
2pm-3pm: The Benefits & Use of Organic Compost, presented by Fritz and Justen of Veteran Compost
4pm-5pm: Economically Sustainable Honey Bee Keeping, presented by Josh Calo of Sol Nectar Farm
11am-3pm: Outdoor Pallet Creations, presented by Matt Menke of Community Forklift and Gary Barnhart of GL Barnhart Construction
11am-3pm: Appraisal Advice, presented by Chris Melendez of Community Forklift, as well as appraiser Jackie Gray. Bring in your vintage items to learn more about them!
12pm: Behind the Scenes at The ‘Lift, led by Ruthie of Community Forklift
2pm: Eco City’s Farm Reuse Tour, led by Kayla of Eco City Farms
Special Thanks to
Riverdale Park Arts Council for the sound system; and photographers Lenzy Ruffin & JoAnna Mak.