Chestnut Hill’s Home and Garden Festival is back for fun and shopping for all. On Sunday, May 1, one hundred and fifty vendors will line up along blocks 7700-8600 of Germantown Avenue to bring the community together and support local businesses in the Chestnut Hill Business District.
This one-day festival runs from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. It’s a family-friendly event that has something for everyone including home decor, outdoor demonstrations, plants and flowers, jewelry, lawn and tree care, landscaping, soaps, furniture, handmade accessories, art, clothing and more.
Among the many vendors who will be on hand at Chestnut Hill’s Home and Garden Festival are plant dealer Foliage and trendy soap and bath company Gold and Water Co.
Yolanda Palmer owns Foliage, located at 6039 Passyunk Avenue, and is attending the festival for the second time this year. Palmer sells plants, pots, and even makes her own soil. She has a great passion for plants and loves teaching people how to properly care for the plants. She says she wants to help everyone, from the plant-curious to the seasoned gardener.
“Newbies, beginners and seasoned plant lovers will come, people who want to get involved with plants will come,” Palmer said.
Palmer says she has been taking care of plants since she was a child.
“Every Friday when I finished my homework, I got a present. My mother bought me a plant and it traveled with me as I got older. Over the years I’ve gotten into different types and cares. I take care of the plant and the soil and fertilizing,” she said.
In addition to the house and garden offers, there is entertainment for small and large children. Visit Jenks Elementary for activities for kids under 10 years old. There’s face painting, crafts, and other fun activities, including dining options, for families. Additionally, Stagecrafters Theater Events have things for kids of all ages, including stilt walkers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., jugglers from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. courtesy of the Philadelphia School of the Circus Arts, a balloon artist from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Children’s theater performances at 1, 2 and 3 p.m
Because of the pandemic, many things were reduced or canceled last year. This feast condensed into a walk.
Palmer is excited about this year’s expansion: “I’m super excited! I sit here and collect my orders and things I want to display outside. I need everything to look extraordinarily beautiful. It will be very different from what I experienced last year. It’s getting bigger!”
Gold and Water Co. is another vendor that will be on site. Owner Chartel Findlater is attending the festival for the first time this year.
“I’m really looking forward to putting faces to the names of the companies I’ve communicated with on social media as my company is primarily an online retailer. I’m grateful to meet people and be part of this experience,” says Findlater.
Findlater’s shop offers handmade soaps, as well as bath and body products. She has a studio in Kensington and sells online and through local retailers and businesses. Some of their dealers are in Chestnut Hill.
Gold and Water Co. was formed after Findlater longed for peace during a difficult time in her life. Her business has given her the opportunity to “help others find the same moments of calm and peace. I don’t think healing comes from a bubble bath per se, but I think the intent behind it is what matters most. did you pause are you present in this moment Take care of yourself?”
This year Chestnut Hill’s Home and Garden Festival has expanded by several blocks and of course there will be food! Local Chestnut Hill restaurants will be on site as well as some food trucks. Shop for festival favorites like popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, baked goods, soft pretzels and more. Dogs are also welcome!