Nectar and Company’s second annual Garden Market, a unique plant sale designed to inspire and create, was held at the Museum of Arts and Sciences on Thursday through Sunday, April 19-22, 2012. To celebrate spring and benefit the Museum, Nectar and Company sponsored two sneak preview events on Thursday, April 19—a special Lunch & Learn lecture and the Rhythm & Bloom party—to kick off the Garden Market. Tickets to these events were required to gain early “opening day” entrance to Garden Market.

Garden Market consisted of six enticing themed concept shops in a 60 by 60 square foot tent (click here for more in-depth information about the Concept Shops). Under the auspices of the giant tent, attendees were directed to these “shops within a shop” areas specifically designed to highlight the creativity and fun of gardening.

“Nectar and Company unveiled the hottest must-have plants at this spring’s Garden Market,” said Carmen Johnston, owner of Nectar and Company. “Garden Market’s interactive concept shops taught guests how to make their existing in or outdoor spaces eye-catching, irresistible and contagious with this season’s horticultural trends.”

How to videos designed and created to show guests fun, unique and exciting ways to utilize the Garden Market merchandise were available for purchase. Action and cooking stations inspired guests to decorate and entertain inside and outside of their homes with featured flowers and plants. The shops also featured demonstrations by local chefs, kids’ activities, and passels of suggestions for plant usage.

“We wanted our guests to be a part of the experience. Our featured how-to’s, action and cooking stations made this more than a plant sale…this is an all-out spring garden event!” said Johnston.

Over the course of the three-day sale, customers listened to live music, sampled local food vendors, and attended educational talks. Lunch & Learn featured Jenks Farmer, renown horticulturalist and garden designer, who shared his experiences as a gardener. Rhythm & Bloom was a night of culinary delights provided by Feathered Nest and foot stomping entertainment by the Bo Henry Band.

Tickets for the Lunch & Learn and Rhythm & Bloom events entitled the ticketholder to an early sneak peak at this year’s Garden Market, and reservations in advance were required for both events. Johnston stated, “Event attendees were the first people to view this spring’s Garden Market concept shops by attending either Lunch & Learn or Rhythm & Bloom on April 19th.”

All proceeds from Lunch & Learn and Rhythm & Bloom benefited the Museum of Arts and Sciences, and a portion of Garden Market proceeds benefited the Museum. Free admission during Garden Market weekend did not include admission to the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

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