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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Saturday Morning Market this weekend !



Greetings all, there is a ton of things to do this weekend in downtown St. Pete, and Saturday Morning Market, our home base, is sponsoring a big ole fun fest during market day, check it out !
What a marvelous place!

St Pete Run Fest Activities

in collaboration with the St Pete Saturday Morning Market

 

The Run Fest is adding a marvelous array of activities on the east side of the Al Lang parking lot.  You'll find even more unusual shopping, lively music, great craft brews and engaging kids activities.  


The Run Fest Wellness Expo (in the NE parking area) will feature dozens of vendors with the latest in fitness apparel, technology and wellness related services.
 
The 3 Daughters Beach Bar (on the lawn) will offer a selection of great local craft beers in a beer garden setting.
 
East Music Stage (next to 3 Daughters Beach Bar)
 
 9 - 12 PM  Urban Gypsies kick off with a collection of tribal, disco, gypsy and blue grass
                 music
 
 12 - 3 PM  Hot Rod Hornets Authentic rockabilly that might make you boogie, jump
                 or swing.
 
One of Fritzy's fun personas
More Entertainment (throughout the Market)
  • Fritzy - The One Man Circus
  • The 'Amazing Kenny' - Balloon Artist
  • Fran Goh - The Living Statue  
  • Al DiSanto - Caricature Artist
  • Honeybunch Face Painting
Kids Activities (near the lawn)
 
9 - 1:30 PM  Seminole Hard Rock Tent
You can "Rock the Gold" at this tent, turning running shoes gold with glitter, gold shoe laces and more. The event raises awareness and support for pediatric cancer.
 
The free course will challenge kids of all fitness levels with 10+ pumped up obstacles on a grassy course. This event is offered with timed challenges and/or just for fun!
 
10 - 12PM   Great Explorations
The Childrens Museum will be leading an interactive experience for children ages 5-13.
 
Peli-Kids Races @ 2pm
 
PeliKids One Miler: Calling all kids aged 5-13 for a one mile fun run along the scenic waterfront of downtown St. Pete!  
 
Lil' Shrimp Fun Runs: For the 1-2 year olds there's the .05K fun run, and for the preschoolers aged 3-4 years old, there's the .1K fun run!
 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mt. Dora Fall Garden Faire this weekend


This weekend, Armstrong Nursery will be in the beautiful town of Mt. Dora, FL, for their annual Fall Garden Festival.

The festival runs Saturday and Sunday Nov. 11th & 12th from 8am-5pm.

The festival is located right in the heart of downtown at the beautiful Donnelly Park where you will find a great assortment of plant vendors from around the state and beautiful Yard Art.

Admittance is free and there is plenty of parking around the downtown area.

You can find Armstrong Nursery set up on the big wood deck in front of the Park Activity Building. We will be bringing a huge assortment of Bougainvillea, Exotic Tropical and of course, hundred of Mini Succulents and Cacti that we are known for.

Since we will be at the festival, we will be out of Saturday Morning Market this weekend, but will return Sat. Nov. 18th.

Enjoy this great weather and Happy Gardening !

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Tropiflora Spring Festival this weekend


This weekend, Armstrong Nursery will be out of Sat. Morning Market, so we can set up at the 17th Annual Tropiflora Nursery Fall Plant Sale.

Tropiflora will have many great things on sale plus they will have other vendors from around the state, such as us, set up on the grounds too. It's a beautiful nursery, and if you haven't ever been, we urge you to go to see their specialties of Bromeliads, Tillandsias, Exotic Tropicals and more.

Its a great festival with free admittance, music, food on-site and carts available for you to walk around to make your selection.  Look for Armstrong Nursery booth at the back end of the property.

The show starts:
Friday, Oct. 27th from 8am-5pm
Sat. Oct. 28th 8am-5pm
Sun. Oct. 29  10am-3pm

Tropiflora is easily reached from the Tampa Bay area, located on Tellavast Road in North Sarasota.
Visit their site  www.tropiflora, com for exact address, directions and info.

We will return to Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete on Sat. Nov. 4th.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Saturday Morning Market is back Sat. Oct 7, 2017


Greetings all, after a very long summer, and hurricanes and lots of challenges, this time of year brings us to the start of the new Market Season, and Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete will start it's 15th season tomorrow, Sat. Oct. 7th.

The Market resumes back at Al Lang Field Parking Lot off of 1st avenue south and 1st street and you can find Armstrong Nursery on the very back East row of the market layout.

Market hours are 9am,-2pm.

A full contingent of vendors (140 plus) will be waiting for our treasured customers, including the popular Worden Farms Organic Produce vendors. 

We are excited to start another season and have all sorts of wonderful plants for your home gardens, patios, homes and offices, and,

wonderful news, we have our popular Cedar Birdhouses back in stock !


Of course, we will have our usual huge selection of Mini Succulents and Cacti.




We continue to be able to bring a great selection of rare, Asian grafted Desert Rose, many with very impressive varigation and special colors, such as the rare Yellow Desert Rose.
















We have some beauties for full sun out in the garden such as the popular Pink Mandevilla and Purple Sapphire Showers.

We have some great ground covers for sun or shade, tons of great shade plants, and herbs such as Lavender and Oregano (don't worry, Basil will be available in a few weeks!).


We hope you come on down to see us at Market as the Armstrong Nursery team will be there in full force to help you find the perfect plant of your dreams !

Note: Many of you know that usually this first weekend of October, we also participate in the Tropiflora Fall Plant festival in Sarasota. Unfortunately Tropiflora experienced a lot of damage to their greenhouses from Hurricane Irma, but they are busily rebuilding and the show has been rescheduled for the end of this month.

Here's the scoop:

Saturday Morning Market, Downtown St. Pete
Al Lang Field Parking lot
www.saturdaymorningmarket.com  for details and directions

Entry to the market is free and you will find hundreds of vendors with great Produce, Plants, Artisans and Foods galore.

Market hours 9am-2pm every Saturday through the end of May, 2018.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Clearwater Market this weekend-Post Irma


Greetings to all our loyal followers !

We hope this finds you all safe and well after a very trying week with Hurricane Irma.

I will post more about the storm and it's affect on us, but for now, want to get the word out about  an event we will be at this weekend and we need your support!

On Saturday, we will be at Pierce Street Market, on the waterfront in downtown Clearwater.   Postponed from last weekend, this is their official last "summer market" day.

The market will run from 9am-2pm (extended hours) and there will be hundreds of vendors there that need your support.   Many of us were already challenged by weather earlier this month and so the till is getting empty and we need to get it recharged, to help us all keep on going into the Fall season.

The market is located on the waterfront, right in front of the Clearwater Marina building. There is plenty of free parking and free entrance to market. You will find lots of Food, Artisans and Plants. The weather forecast is good to go for the day !

We protected all our precious mini succulents and cacti, as well as our mini tropicals and they are all looking gorgeous and healthy. 

Next week, I will recap our experiences with Hurricane Wilma and happenings as we head into the new Fall season starting in October with Markets and Botanical shows.

For all of you that have experienced, no power, little sleep and tons of stress this week, we encourage you to get out, get some fresh air, have fun at market, and take the steps that will get us all into the "new normal"

Thank you for your support, we are blessed.

Annie & Mitch




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma-we survived, we need help !

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

We finally got Internet access back after getting through Hurricane Irma so I am able to do a quick post.

First, we are fine ! Got power, TV and Internet access so we are blessed. We did stay here in St. Pete to "ride it out" because we had family, friends and plant stock to protect and support.

The home nursery is a mess ! Our home nursery in NE St. Pete where we have been keeping all our current plant stock, got it's share of bumps and bruises. We lost some personal favorite trees as far as the Almond Tree, Brazilian Tree Ferns, Yellow Elder etc, and got some fencing down and loads of debris.

Our biggest challenge with losing these trees (still hoping to save the Almond), is that we lost a ton of shade space for regular stock as well as our private stock, so it's hard to find a place to re-stage everything while we do clean up.

Prior to the storm, we loaded up our plant trailer with all our mini succulents and cacti, in addition, all our personal favorites, as well as rare stuff.  Got it all unloaded and restaged as best we could today,under a tent on our driveway and will continue to clean up our garden areas.

We DO have 2 markets to do this coming weekend - Saturday, Pierce Street Market at Clearwater, and Sunday, Safety Harbor Market on the Main - and we plan to be able to do both of them, so will prepare for them as much as we can while we do clean up.

We know we are luckier than many people that had much more challenging last 3 days, and much more damage than we had, so we are counting our blessings and just plan to move on.

So, for our followers in the St. Pete area, we know that you probably have a lot of your own stuff to clean up and attend to, but, if you happen to have some time to come help us with our clean up, we will be happy to barter your time, for future credit on great plant purchases once we get into our Fall planting season.

What do we need ?
We have a great friend coming tomorrow (Wed) to chainsaw down the broken limbs of the Almond Tree, and we are hoping we can "right" her up and see if she will survive. She fell on several fence pieces and posts that we need to get back into place.

We have a lot of small debris, like everybody, that needs to be raked and swept up into lawn bags for disposal.

The lawn garden needs to be mowed and edged (not that big of a space) and raked of debris.

In general, we just need some helping hands ! We need to re-stage some plants, water, trim, rake and sweep.

We will provide lots of cold drinks and give out lots of hugs !

If you are interested and have the time, any help is appreciated.  Just call Annie and let us know if you can come, even if it's just for an hour or two :)   727-742-9265

Thank you so much for supporting us and helping us to keep moving forward after a time that was hard for so many of us.

Annie & Mitch

Friday, September 1, 2017

September 2017 Happenings and Markets


Greetings and Happy September all !

Summer Market at Williams Park is over now, but Armstrong Nursery will return to the regular Sat. Morning Market, downtown St. Pete Al Lang Stadium site on Sat. Oct. 7th.

You can keep up with the  happenings of the St. Pete Market as it begins their 15th season at: saturdaymorningmarket.com


This month, Armstrong Nursery will be doing some small markets while continuing  to get ready for the new Fall season.

In stock, there is still  tons of glorious Mini Succulents and Cacti, as well as Passion Vines, Exotic Tropicals for shade, baby Big Leaf Tibouchina, Red-cone ginger, Alocasias and Calatheas, and some of our newest additions, Hong Kong Orchid & Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees.

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Armstrong Nursery started at the Safety Harbor Market on the Main last weekend, and will be back this coming Sunday, for a special Labor Day weekend Market there, when they will have all sorts of fun things to do for customers.

The Market at Safety Harbor is in a lovely park, downtown Safety Harbor right by the beloved Gazebo at John Wilson Park, 401 Main Street. The Market hours are 10am-3pm, every Sunday.

Check it out at: SHMarketonmain.com

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Next Saturday, Sept. 9th, Armstrong Nursery will be at the last Summer Market day at Pierce Street Market, downtown Clearwater, which is located on their beautiful waterfront.

Pierce Street Market hours are 9am-2pm. There's huge presence of Fresh Produce, ready-to-eat and take-out foods, Gourmet cheeses and breads and treats, and dozens of local artisans.

Check it out at piercestreetmarket.com

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On Thursday, Sept. 28th, Armstrong Nursery will be set up at one of the newest events to pop up in St. Pete, the St. Pete Side Lot, located at 2133 2nd Avenue South, right next to door to 3 Daughters Brewing.

This evening market event runs 6 - 10 pm, and it is known to be one of the most popular and busiest evening markets around and Armstrong Nursery is excited to be a part of it.

Check it out at: Stpetesidelot.com

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To plant a garden, is to believe in tomorrow -
Audry Hepburn