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Gardeners’ Delight! Basil Fest, Festival of Flowers Coming Soon

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This weekend, at Alzafar Shrine, is the 16th Annual Festival of Flowers. Next weekend, June 1, comes the popular annual Basil Fest at the Pearl. Put away the gardening gloves for a little while and come see all the new plants, information and more out there for beautiful gardens this summer.

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Basil Fest at Pearl Farmers Market is June 1!

Get Ready to Make Pesto (and so much more)

The 4th annual Basil Fest, courtesy of the San Antonio Herb Market Association, will be happening at the Pearl on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is in conjunction with the Pearl Farmers Market, 312 Pearl Parkway. Admission is free and so is the parking.

This annual event’s mission is to foster the use of basil in everyday living and to provide nutritional information on this popular herb.

The program for this year’s Basil Fest will include a seminar on how to grow basil in this area, and the different types available. A cooking demo will showcase basil, and delve into the nutritional aspect of including herbs in your diet.

Children are encouraged to begin their gardening habit by potting up and adopting their own basil plant to take home – for free. Basil plants, recipes and books on the growing and uses of basil and other herbs will be available.

This year’s special feature is  The Chef’s Challenge – “Just Desserts.” It will highlight local chefs vying for the the first place title as they are challenged to develop the best-tasting basil-based dessert. They’ll be competing for monetary votes of audience members, and the money raised will benefit the Good Samaritan Community Shelters in San Antonio.

See recipe here for Thai Basil Lime Sorbet!

For more information on upcoming events and scheduling, visit the website .

16th Annual Festival of Flowers: It’s a big, bloomin’ deal!

Festival of FlowersThe annual Festival of Flowers will happen Saturday (May 25) at the Alzafar Shrine, 901 NW Loop 1604 W., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Want some new yard, garden and flower techniques? This is one of the best events to attend for answers. As their website says, “There’s an expert in every booth.” The Native Plant Society of Texas will be there with information, Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard will be selling healthy and beautiful olive trees and the Bexar County Master Gardeners will be there with plants to buy as well as information.

Nature’s Herb Farm will also be there to help cooks and foodies with their kitchen herb gardens — as well as many other types of herbs.

There is also a city-wide herb and plant exchange, an organic roundtable, horticulture show and more. Admission is $6 for adults, and free parking is available.

Visit their website here.


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