Festival of Spring
May 21, 2022
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Festival of Spring is a free outdoor event featuring the Paine’s annual spring plant sale and more than 100 vendors of original art, fine crafts, plants, and garden supplies. As a great source for a wide selection of perennials, the Paine’s plant sale offers thousands of “tried-and-true” plants as well as new and hard-to-find varieties.
Throughout the day, enjoy free admission to the Paine mansion and gardens, an art activity for kids, tasty food, and live entertainment. Paine Members receive early admittance to the Spring Plant Sale at 8:00 am.
Vendor resources, including applications and event form, will be available in March.
Saturday, May 21
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Paine Members receive early admittance to the Spring Plant Sale at 8:00 am.
Parking is available along the nearby streets, as well in the Paine's parking lots. The parking lots are located on Elmwood Avenue and on Algoma Boulevard, just north of the mansion. Martin Luther Church, just north of the Paine, and Algoma Boulevard United Methodist Church, just south of the Paine, offer ample parking with a requested donation. Handicap-accessible parking is available along the east side of Algoma Boulevard, just north of New York Avenue, as well as in the Paine's parking lot on Algoma Boulevard. We encourage you to obey all city parking signs on surrounding streets.
EXPRESS PICK-UP AREA
To make your shopping experience as easy as possible, the event features an Express Pick-up Area. Once you are finished shopping at the Festival, simply place your purchases in a nearby holding area, and then drive right up to the spot and load your vehicle.
This year, the Paine's Plant Sale is at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Congress Avenue. It features thousands of "tried-and-true" plants as well as new varieties. The Paine's Plant Sale is well-known as having the widest selection of perennials in the Fox Valley. The Plant Sale is open to the public from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and proceeds support the Paine's gardens.
Paine Members are admitted an hour early to the Plant Sale, at 8:00 am, to receive the first selection. Members also receive a 10% discount on plant purchases from the Paine's Plant Sale throughout the day. Memberships are available for purchase at the gate for immediate early entrance and discounts. To become a Member now, click here.
BRING YOUR WAGON
We suggest that you bring your own wagon or cart to easily transport your purchases around the festival grounds. Some wagons are available.
As you shop, eat, and enjoy the entertainment, just leave your purchases in one of the convenient holding areas until you're ready to load up your car.
LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS
The Paine's friendly staff and volunteers will be on hand in the plant sale area to answer your questions and to assist you with making the perfect new selections for your own successful garden.
ART AND GARDEN FAIR
In addition to the Paine's plant sale, the Festival of Spring features more than 100 booths of garden suppliers, landscapers, jewelry-makers, potters, candle-makers, painters, woodcrafters and much, much more. Booths are open beginning at 8:00 am.
It wouldn't be a festival without live entertainment throughout the day!
The festival also features a great variety of food options, including popcorn, hot dogs, burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, egg rolls, smoothies, ice cream, coffee, espresso and more! Bring your appetite and enjoy dining in a seating area in front of the entertainment.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Festival of Spring raises funds to support the ongoing care of the historic Paine property and beautiful gardens.
Photos by Jim Koepnick