Spring Garden Fair Hosted at Exchange Place Living History Farm

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Celebrate spring at the oldest garden fair in Northeast Tennessee during the 34th annual Spring Garden Tour 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28 and noon to 5 p.m. April 29 at Exchange Place Living History Farm.

Beginner and expert gardeners attend the fair for the thousands of plants for sale, from old favorites to rare and hard-to-find varieties. Growers will offer perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs, herbs, natives and heirloom plants. Gardening experts will be available throughout the weekend to share their knowledge about plant selection and care, and folk and yard artisans will be throughout the farmstead with garden-related arts and crafts. 

The Burow Museum will be open, while in an area between the museum and the barn, shearing the sheep, will take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The Overmountain Weavers Guild will then take that wool and continue their long “Sheep to Shawl” tradition of carding (cleaning, separating and straightening) the wool, spinning it into yarn and weaving that yarn into beautiful and wearable items. 

A new component this year will be a Fiber Fair, to be held on the back porch of Roseland. Textile artisans skilled in spinning, weaving and wool felting will demonstrate their skills and offer hands-on instruction for those interested.

The hearth kitchen will be used by the Eden’s Ridge Hearth Cookery Society, while the Junior Apprentices will be seen in a variety of places, including the kitchen and the garden, performing their chores and offering insights about how life was lived on an antebellum Northeast Tennessee farm. The blacksmith’s shop will be active with demonstrations all weekend.

A wide variety of hands-on children’s activities will be found around the grounds along with the resident animals including Delilah (our cow), Jenny (donkey), and three horses, plus sheep and pigs. 

Two popular features of the Garden Fair will return. Retired World Champion Whimmy Diddler Will Hines of Greeneville will be on hand to direct the 9th Annual Edens Ridge Whimmy Diddle Competition 3 p.m. Sunday. Open to all ages, Mr. Hines and others will be under the main tent, to offer valuable pointers and practice time prior to the contest. Winners will receive trophies made by local woodworker Gary Albertson. The Maypole decoration and dance will be 2 p.m. Sunday. Music and food will also be available both days.

MUSIC SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

TIMES

SUNDAY, APRIL 29

KINGSPORT COMMUNITY BAND

10-11 a.m.

{gates open today at noon}

STATE STREET STRING BAND

11 a.m. to Noon

{gates open today at noon}

CHARLOTTE AND ART ELLIS

Noon to 1 p.m.

 

ABINGDON THUMB STRUMMERS

1-2 p.m.

JENNA RILEY AND BUDDY DELP

RENAISSANCE STRINGS

2- 3 p.m.

WHIMMY DIDDLE SIGN-UP AND PRACTICE

STRAWBERRY JAM

3-4 p.m.

WHIMMY DIDDLE COMPETITION

DRAGONFLY CIRCUS PERFORMERS

4- 5 p.m.

SWEET ADELINES

 

The Spring Garden Fair strives to be as environmentally friendly as possible with recycling, composting, and re-using.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own plant carriers and to bring used nursery pots for recycling/reusing.

Admission is $5 for adults and is free for children under the age of 12. Proceeds from the event helps keep the animals fed and with the restoration and upkeep of the site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

About Exchange Place

Exchange Place is a non-profit, volunteer-run living history farm, educational facility and regional attraction that seeks to preserve, protect, interpret, and manage the history, heritage, and artifacts pertaining to mid-19th century farm life in Northeast Tennessee.  For more information, call 423-288-6071, or visit www.exchangeplace.info.

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Cindy Dupree

Director of Public Relations
cindy.dupree@tn.gov
615) 741-9010