The event featured unique plants and garden items from different vendors.
Rebecca Wheelersburg, of Main Street Portsmouth, was busy for nearly the entire day, “selling lots and lots of herbs. I have everything,” she said. “Culinary herbs, mint, lavender, all of the things people like to buy.”
Angela Nelson was drawing a lot of attention with her collection of concrete leaves.
“These are birdbaths that you set on the ground, and they're made of a special mixture of concrete,” Nelson said. “The print is leaves. I actually use a leaf for each one, and I unfold it, and I sell them.”
If you thought Irises came in only one or two types, you need only meet Sara Marley.
“I have bearded and beardless. We have Siberians, tall bearded, spuriers, just part of our garden,” she said.
Jack Vetter had an important job, preparing the food for the lunch hour crowd.
“We're cooking London Broils, and potatoes and green beans, and the ladies are taking care of everything else,” he said.
Entertainment was provided by award-winning recording artist and folk entertainer Steve Free, who talked about his upcoming tour.
“I'm doing an 11 city, or maybe I should say 11 town tour, in Kansas and Oklahoma at the end of June,” he said. “I'm an Ohio artist now, so I take my music to small towns, places where they don't get a lot of entertainment.”
Proceeds from the Garten Markt support Phase IV of the Alexandria Point Park Project and go directly to beautification efforts.
Main Street Portsmouth, formerly known as Boneyfiddle Historic Preservation Society, focuses on preserving and improving the downtown and Historic Boneyfiddle districts.