For those of you who are serious about gardening, the Canby Spring Garden Fair is the granddaddy of all plant sales. Put on by the OSU Clackamas County Master Gardeners, this sale showcases over 170 vendors from all over the Willamette Valley. Many of these growers do not sell retail so this is your only chance to buy direct. The prices are fantastic.
Located at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby 694 NE 4th Ave. Saturday, May 2nd 9-5 and Sunday, May 3rd 9-4. Admission is $5 for Adults. Kids free with an adult. Parking is also Free in one of several large lots.
Survival Tips from a seasoned veteran (me).
16,000 people attend this sale so be prepared for crowds but these are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.
There is plenty of free parking but be prepared to do a lot of walking. If it’s raining, come anyway and wear boots.
You WILL BUY a lot more than you planned so figure out how you are going to carry it all. Some people bring wagons others use the free plant check or plant taxies (tipping suggested).
Bring cash and a checkbook for back-up. Almost all of the vendors take cards as long as the internet is working.
They do have a food court set up inside and outside the exhibit hall with good prices. If it’s sunny bring lots of water, it can be very hot. Beverages are for sale everywhere.
This is not a good place for small children, dogs (are not allowed), or uninterested husbands that will slow you down (I leave mine at home). The crowds are large and little ones can have a hard time.
The Master Gardeners are experts at running this sale (year 17), so don’t let the size intimidate you. It is worth the drive.