Flower lovers take note — the 18th Annual Garden Festival hosted by Peconic Bay Medical Center kicked off Thursday and will continue all weekend in Riverhead.
Forty East End growers will be selling everything from trees and bushes to flowers and bedding plants, which will be available at three different locations. Plant experts from the Cornell Cooperative Extension and Garden Center will be on hand to provide festival goers with green-thumb advice. Briermere Farm pies and Holey Moses cheesecakes will also be on sale.
Proceeds from the festival will benefit Project Fit America, a non-profit organization promoting cardiovascular health and fitness programs at elementary schools nation wide.
PBMC Health has partnered with Project Fit America to launch the program at Riverhead School District elementary schools, the first Project Fit America program in New York. Its health and fitness program has been used at schools in 42 other states.
All five elementary schools in the Riverhead district will benefit from the program.
To start promoting health and fitness, a weighted hula hoop contest for kids will take place every 15 minutes from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Staples Shopping Center on Route 58 in Riverhead Saturday. Winners from each round will take home a free potted plant for Mother’s Day.
The Garden Festival will take place May 9-12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Staples Shopping Center in Riverhead and Green Lawn in Westhampton Beach.
It will also take place May 10-11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at PBMC Health Manorville Campus located at 496 Route 111S in Manorville.
For more information call (631) 548-6080 or visit pbmchealth.org.