A Must-Do Guide for Gardeners

Don’t miss the small town of Mansfield’s big festival! Enjoy live music and local food and everything gardening at Baker Creek’s Spring Planting Festival.

By Adesyn Shelton

May 2023

Baker Creek
Photos courtesy Baker Creek Heirloom SeedsBaker Creek’s Spring Planting Festival is the perfect time to purchase heirloom plants.

Get your garden growing and visit the Spring Planting Festival at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in Mansfield (2278 Baker Creek Road, Mansfield). Though tucked away in an old-fashioned pioneer village, this festival brings in thousands of gardeners, farmers and craftspeople annually. The two-day celebration features unique vendors, live music, national speakers and of course, heirloom seeds. 

Baker Creek is North America’s largest heirloom seed company, and their colorful stock is updated every year. Go on a garden and greenhouse tour for a behind-the-scenes peek and learn what heirloom gardening is all about. Whether you are planning out your backyard garden for the first time or twentieth time, the gardens and vendors have new ideas, plants and accessories for everyone.

From the garden to the table, enjoy your share of locally grown food as well. Gourmet chefs offer a delicious spin on your most classic go-to dishes. Like what you taste? Grab yourself some seeds or starters from vendors and create your own backyard pantry! Learn the ropes from the festival speakers, or talk to the food activists and organic growers vendors. If you still have some time left, you can even watch historic demonstrations and western reenactments. Spring Planting Festival takes place Sunday and Monday, May 14–15; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.