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. Prizes will be awarded to well-dressed people & pets in garden party finery.
The party starts with our highly anticipated tool sale…
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!
We begin selling garden tools & supplies at 9am, however we know this Saturday is extremely busy with important events. Planning for our annual fundraiser begins months in advance and involves many partners and volunteers, so unfortunately we were not able to move it by the time the March for Our Lives was confirmed. We know many gardeners are disappointed, so keep in mind we will be putting more supplies out throughout the day – and anything not sold before we close at 6pm will be available on Sunday while supplies last.
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 March 24.
There will be gift certificates and prizes for adults, kids, and (friendly, leashed) pets dressed in garden party finery.
So find yourself a dapper suit or fancy hat, and check out all the activities in store:
Anacostia Watershed Society
Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage
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.
Elements of Nature will be selling home-crafted teas and houseplants.
The Colmar Manor Garden Club will be selling an additional variety of seedlings.
Hyattsville Horticulture Society will be selling vegetable, flower, and herb seeds, along with some helpful gardening books and used garden equipment.
Capitol Hill Art League will be here with a gallery of their garden-themed artwork.
Maryland Home & Garden Pilgrimage will be selling tickets to their April & May tours of architecturally significant homes around the state. It’s a real treat if you love beautiful old houses & historic gardens!
Make & Take Crafting– Visit the Anacostia Watershed Society’s table for a unique upcycling craft: Make your own paper out of invasive plants!
Strike a Pose– Stroll the salvaged carpet and pose in our selfie-photobooth.
Reuseosaur Scavenger Hunt– Kids can hunt down dinosaurs (with trivia answers) hidden in the warehouse to win prizes.
Face Painting– Rachel of Signs, Wonders and Gifts will turn your face into a work of art!
Strolling Magician– You won’t believe your eyes!
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12:30pm-1:30pm: Home Composting- Tips, Techniques, & Troubleshooting, presented by Fritz Gottschalk of Veteran Compost
2:30pm-3:30pm: Living a Naturally Healthy Life with Herbs and Houseplants, presented by Linda Jones of Elements of Nature
Weather Permitting: Outdoor Pallet Creations, presented by Matt Menke of Community Forklift and Gary Barnhart of GL Barnhart Construction
So invite your friends, and start planning your stylish garden party ensemble!