Garden Jubilee is Western North Carolina’s premier lawn and garden show, held in downtown Hendersonville during the Memorial Day weekend, May 26 and 27.

Garden Jubilee has grown to become the second-largest event held in downtown each year. The event has gained regional and national attention from vendors looking to secure a spot in the show. Garden Jubilee has even sparked the attention of vendors attending the Philadelphia Flower Show, which is the largest indoor flower show in the world, wanting to participate in the event.

Garden Jubilee is celebrating 25 years of transforming downtown into a lovely garden filled with every kind of plant imaginable, interesting yard art and unique handmade crafts to enhance your outdoor space. Garden Jubilee has literally grown by leaps and bounds over 25 years.

Garden Jubilee had its humble beginnings as Garden Party in the parking lot of the Visitor Center with a few plant growers, garden talks, and vendors. Today the event stretches eight blocks of Main Street, from Sixth Avenue to Caswell Street, with over 250 vendor spaces lining the street.

The attendance has also increased dramatically in 25 years, from a few hundred people to attracting about 200,000 during the two-day event. Garden Jubilee has become a huge economic driver by bringing visitors to the county during the holiday weekend.

The Southeast Tourism Society has once again named Garden Jubilee one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for May 2018. The Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985. The best events across the Southeast compete to receive the prestigious Top 20 Events designation.

Local and regional nurseries pack their booths with thousands of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and hard to find plants. People’s backyards are becoming an extension of the home as outdoor living space. Patios and yards are being adorned with yard art, firepits, water features, hot tubs, mini-kitchens and inviting furniture.

Garden Jubilee is a great place to shop for some of these items, such as yard art, handmade lawn furniture, planters, wind chimes, flags and birdhouses. Other vendors will be selling garden tools, jewelry, as well as soaps and pottery. Learn the latest techniques and tips from regional gardening experts located throughout the festival. Shoppers are welcome to bring a wagon to make transporting their purchases easier.

The Lowe’s Expo will be located at the Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St., featuring lawn and garden workshops, a variety of plants for sale, beautiful patio displays, exhibits on how to build block walls and patios using pavers, outdoor furniture, grills, and lawn equipment.

If you have a question or need advice about your lawn or garden, you've come to the right place. National product representatives from Oldcastle, Stay Green, Scotts, Miracle-Gro, Ortho, Roundup, Sevin, Spectracide, Pennington Lawn, Troy Bilt, Greenworks Tools and Hot Shot will be available in their tents giving out literature, samples and helpful advice and tips. Bring the reps a sample from your yard for solving issues that your property is experiencing and find out how to remedy the problem.

Bill Slack, the popular landscape and gardening specialist with Southern Living Magazine, will be making his 16th appearance at Garden Jubilee. He hosts free gardening workshops at the Lowe's Expo located at the Visitor Center. Join him for three talks on Saturday, May 26: at 11 a.m., "Beautiful Landscapes don’t Happen by mistake;" at 1 p.m., “Wandering through the Garden Pathways & Patios; and at 3 p.m., “Let’s Rejuvenate Our Tried and Overgrown Landscape.”

There will be two on Sunday, May 27: at 1 p.m., “Beautiful Landscapes don’t Happen by Mistake;" and at 3 p.m., “Let’s Rejuvenate Our Tried and Overgrown Landscape.”

He is a registered landscape architect, author and lecturer appearing on many national TV and radio programs. The American Society of Landscape Architects named him the Outstanding ExtensionLandscape Architect in the United States. Bring a note pad and pen for taking notes and jotting down questions for Mr. Slack, he enjoys interacting with the crowd.

Two Garden Jubilee Hospitality Tents will be available during the festival. One will be located on South Main Street in front of the Historic Courthouse, between First and Second Avenues, and the second location will be on North Main Street at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Main Street. The Hospitality Tents offer shoppers an area to leave their purchases with festival volunteers so they are able to continue to shop without lugging around plants and bags.

A festival map and vendor directory will be available for shoppers searching for a particular vendor, product or general information. Festival-goers are asked to please leave pets comfortably at home. Hendersonville City ordinance prohibits animals in the event area. Wheelchairs are available at the Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St., at no charge for a two-hour use during the festival on a first-come, first-served basis.

A new water feature has been installed in the front yard of the Visitor Center, just in time for the Garden Jubilee. The waterfall was donated and installed by Water Dance Outdoor Creations LLC. The landscaping was donated by Brightwaters Vacation Rentals. Breezy Acres Nursery kindly donated the Pinus Sylvestris Pom Pom. Please help the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority by thanking these businesses for their generous gift that everyone can enjoy.

The Memorial Day weekend is historically the unofficial start to summer travel season and it looks like this year will be no exception. According to a recent AAA report, road trips remain the most popular family vacation option, despite higher gas prices. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of those planning a family trip are expected to hit the roads this year.

“This is shaping up to be another banner season for travel as Americans look to get out and enjoy themselves in the summer sun,” said Bill Sutherland, senior vice president, AAA Travel and Publishing.

For more information, call the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority at 828-693-9708 or 800-828-4244 or visit visithendersonvillenc.com. Garden Jubilee is an event of the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.