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25th Annual Herb & Garden Fair

April 1, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Guess where Mushpa + Mensa will be!!! The Area’s Largest and Longest Running Plant & Garden Sale, also featuring classes, activities & exhibits on gardening, nature and related topics. 

The grounds of Poplar Grove will be filled with a wonderful  selection of locally grown plants of all types – herbs, perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, shrubs, native plants, vegetable starts and houseplants, plus garden art & accessories, herbal & all-natural products, artisan crafts & local foods.

There is a $5.00 admission fee; kids 12 & under are free. Included in your admission price is live music by Ann Meadows; artist and musician, Mark Herbert from Broccoli Brother Circus; fun activities for the kids, and classes & nature trail walks (come see what is in bloom!) throughout the two-day event. Learn from your neighbors and some of the community’s best local historians, herbalists, and basket-makers! Our blacksmith shop will also be fired up, so be sure to follow the billowing smoke & peek inside.

We will be raffling off a fabulous grill from Lowe’s at Porter’s Neck.  There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, wraps, smoothies, and baked goods available for purchase, including Poor Piggy’s, Southern Concessions, Lil Johnnie’s Crab Shack, That’s a Wrap and QuesadillasFirehouse Kettle Korn and Snowie of the Carolinas.

For the kids, The Stables at Poplar Grove will be open for tours (closed toes shoes required) at 10AM, 11AM, 1PM & 2PM for $5.00 a person (young and old) as well as animal Meet & Greets throughout the day. 

Self-guided house tours will be offered at a discounted rate of $7.00, though you are welcome to sit on our porches and visit our Gift Shop and Slavery Exhibit in the basement of the Manor House for free.

Several participating vendors at this year’s Fair will also be kicking off our Farmers’ Market Opening Day on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 8AM-1PM, so this will not be the only time to introduce yourself.

Special guests, Pender County Master Gardeners and Pender County Tourism, will be on site with Information Booths.


Classes held in the barn. Look for the double doors!

Saturday, April 1
10 AM

Honeybees & Beekeeping with Bruce Hannan

from Pender County Beekeepers Association

11 AM

Make Your Own Pencil Basket with Ms. Jimmie

In the Basket Gallery; Kids Only


A Walk Through the Abbey Nature Preserve with Bill Messr

1 PM

Vertical Gardening: Growing “Up” in the Garden with Tim Mathews

from NC Cooperative Extension

2 PM

How To Make All Natural Household Cleaners with Jennifer Beddoe

from Glynne’s Soaps

3 PM

Whole Plant Herbal Extracts: Tea, Tinctures & Oils with Kathryn Waple

from Gray Cat Botanicals

Sunday, April 2
11 AM

TBA with Meg Shelton

from Shelton Herb Farm


Make Your Own Garlic Basket with Ms. Jimmie

In the Basket Gallery; Adults Only

1 PM

What’s Blooming in the Abbey Nature Preserve? with Duane Truscott

from My Garden Plant Company

2 PM

How to Improve Your Bird-Friendly Yard with Native Plants with Duane Truscott

from My Garden Plant Company


Your $5 admission fee supports Poplar Grove, a non-profit 501(c)3 Public Charity, dedicated to conservation, education and preservation. Herb_Garden2016It is our desire to protect and enhance some of the last remaining coastal lands and open green space for future generations to enjoy as well as preserve the surviving antebellum manor house as an educational museum and historic site. 

Thank you for your support!