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Image courtesy of The Leesburg Flower and Garden Show

At this time of year, everyone is vying for the garden enthusiast’s attention, yet there is only so much time. It’s worth putting this one on your calendar.  The Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival in Leesburg, VA hosts over 150 vendors from artisans to plant sellers, has a landscape competition, a wine and beer tent, live music, activities for kids, and – what my family always looks for the moment we arrive – great food vendors.  Hosted in the streets of historic Leesburg, it’s a day out that somehow makes spring official.

Held the third weekend every April for 26 years, the 2016 Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 16th and 17th. The festival hours are Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm rain or shine.  For more information, visit the website at