From Big Boy tomato plants to large gas grills, there was something for everyone at the annual Lawn, Garden and Patio Show in downtown Seymour.
Nearly 60 vendors set up shop in the Robertson parking lot behind Peace Lutheran Church on Saturday to sell their products and provide helpful tips on lawn care, gardening and outdoor entertaining.
Also during the event, Seymour Kiwanis offered up its annual pancake breakfast, raising money to support their community service work.
Mary Campbell of Seymour said if she’s off from her job, she always tries to make it to the Lawn, Garden and Patio Show.
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“I’ve been coming to it a long time,” she said.
The show, in its 14th year, is organized by Seymour Main Street to attract more people downtown and to help promote those businesses that get involved.
Melissa Reutter, event co-chair, said the show was a success and featured a lot of new vendors.
“I was really excited by that,” she said. “There’s a little bit of everything.”
Besides lawn, garden and patio products, there was also a food court, live music from local talents Lom Win and his son Cameron Nguyen and even an opportunity to paint a canvas with instruction from Southern Indiana Center for the Arts.
Campbell stopped to check out flowers and other plants from first-time participant Darlage Greenhouse.
“I love flowers, and the variety they have here is great,” Campbell said. “There’s a lot of different flowers I’m seeing that I don’t have.”
Carey Darlage said the rural Seymour greenhouse has been wanting to sign up for the show for years, but has never had the manpower available to do it.
“So I volunteered,” she said.
Although it was early, Darlage said she had sold several items and had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people.
“It’s been pretty good so far,” she said.
The greenhouse specializes in annuals, vegetables and hanging flowering baskets, which she said were getting the most interest on Saturday.
Luke and Shelley Acton of Seymour brought their two sons, Maddox, 3, and Miller, 6, to get some tomato plants from Darlage to plant at home.
This was the family’s first year attending the event too, Shelley Acton said.
“We have a raised bed garden and like to grow a few things,” Luke said. “The boys like to help me plant.”
Olga Otte of Seymour and her sister, Alice Beyman, of Loveland, Ohio, stopped by the show after enjoying pancakes and sausage.
The two ended up walking away with several items including decorative metal plant stands and yard decorations from Crothersville resident Marilyn Kendall.
“They’re all so beautiful, it’s hard to choose,” Otte said of the items.
She ended up picking out a plant stand that was shaped like a turkey to go with the chicken one she got last year
“I really like it and think it will look great on my porch,” she said.
Kendall said although she tried to get her husband to make similar welded metal items, it was too expensive of a project.
“So I buy them from a guy in Kentucky and sell them locally,” she said.
In the three or four years she’s been setting up at the Lawn, Garden and Patio Show, Kendall said she’s sold several hundred of the plant stands, yard stakes and other lawn decorations.
“They seem to be pretty popular,” she said.
Besides making a little money, Kendall said she enjoys the event because it gives her an opportunity to talk to so many people.
“It’s all people who love to garden and have an interest in gardening, so there’s a lot to talk about,” she said.