(Lancaster, PA-LititzDailyNews.com)-Last year, so many die-hard gardeners showed up and stood in the rain awaiting the 9 a.m. opening of the Herb and Garden Faire at the Landis Valley Museum, organizers opened the event early.

Tomatoes for sale at the Heirloom Seed Project tent last year. Photo by Lynn Rebuck/LititzDailyNews.com

Today, under a blanket of grey clouds, the event opened under better conditions during what has seemed a temperamental Spring to some local gardeners.
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Still, the museum expects over 2,000 people to flock to the Faire during the two-day event this Friday and Saturday that is held annually right before Mother’s Day, which is no coincidence.
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The plenteous plants, beautiful baskets, and flourishing florals provide ample opportunity for shoppers to select something sure to please those who are hopeful of a gift to honor them on Sunday.

A basket for sale at the Herb and Garden Faire in 2016. Photo by Lynn Rebuck/LititzDailyNews.com

Organizers have noticed that two distinct crops of shoppers usually show up for their pick of the plants: die hard shoppers who make an early beeline for tomato plants, and Saturday shoppers who meander among the many stands.
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With over 80 vendors, there is plenty to peruse: plants, herbal skin care products, garden art, birdhouses, and jewelry. Food is for sale as well. In addition, gardening experts present educational lectures and demonstrations.

Birdhouses are some of the many items for sale at the Landis Valley Herb and Garden Faire. Photo from 2016 by Lynn Rebuck/LititzDailyNews.com

The tent of the Heirloom Seed Project is pitched on site, where plants are sold. The Project actually started the Herb and Garden Faire, now in its 30th year, and is the main beneficiary of the funds, according to museum media assistant Shayla Carey.

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“They grow over 15,000 plants and then they sell those,and then that goes towards the Heirloom Seed Project,” said Carey. Heirloom plants and seeds are those that reliably produce the same vegetable each year, as opposed to hybrids that may not.

Admission, which is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for youth ages 6-13, goes more toward the museum in general.

Details: Landis Valley Museum, 30th Annual Herb and Garden Faire, featuring over 80 vendors with plant and plant-related items, food, and educational speakers.

Tips: Wear shoes or boots that can get muddy, bring a cart or stroller for your plants, and bring cash.

Where: Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, 2461 Kissel Hill Rd., Lancaster, PA.

When: Today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 12.

Tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 13.

Cost: $12 per Adult; $10 per Senior; $8 per Youth ages 6-11; Free for ages 5 & under

More info: Visit the Landis Valley Museum website, where you can find details including a list of vendors.

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