Saturday I ventured to the Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival with a friend. Now that we’ve been, I’m sure this will be an annual trip for us.
My friend heard about the festival from a coworker, and she was advised to get there early because people show up an hour before the event starts, and popular booths may sell out of favorites early.
Well, we always have the best intentions when it comes to getting somewhere early on the weekend, but we decided Friday evening to push our start time back a bit, so we arrived in downtown Leesburg around 11:15. Downtown is easy to get to, but we had a bit of trouble finding parking. We saw several black signs that stated “event parking,” but there were no arrows or clear indication of where to go for parking.
After about 15 minutes of seeing new parts of Leesburg, we found parking about 5 minutes from the festival. After a $3 suggested donation, we received our maps and headed off in search of… well, nothing in particular. We decided not to spend much because it’s so early in the season.
After giving in to the smell of the “fair-food” booths near the entrance (and how often can I eat a corndog with a clear conscience?) we got to the good stuff — the flower booths.
We were amazed both at the beautiful flower displays and the number of visitors. The streets were packed with people looking at hammocks, carnivorous plants, landscaping displays, and orchids. We spent a few minutes at the $10 bouquet booth, and my friend left with a lovely bouquet. I also found a shrub that looks similar to something growing on the farm… a pink flowering almond.
We also sampled ice cream from Middleburg Creamery. The flavor of the ice cream was lost in my orange float (I’m a sucker for soda and ice cream), but my friend loved her coconut cream ice cream cone. It was loaded with real coconut.
What we didn’t have much time to do was visit some of downtown Leesburg’s many little shops. We love visiting small towns, like Middleburg and Occoquan, so this trip has given us another to-do for our fall schedule.
If you can make it to next spring’s Leesburg Flower Festival, I recommend checking it out! Be sure to bring a wagon if you have a long shopping list.*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**