Garden Shopping at the Riverside Arts Market

Every Saturday the city of Jacksonville puts on a big market with lots of vendors, mostly artists and crafters.  Of course my favorite booths are the ones dealing in plants and produce!  No one week has the same lineup of vendors, but you're likely to stumble across anything from orchids, to hanging baskets, to herbs, to pitcher plants, and even hypertufa pots!

Its held under the towering canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge in the historic Riverside area, and is just down the street from the Cummer Museum and Gardens.  Make it a day trip if you're a fellow Floridian, and enjoy the live musicians and street performers while you chow down on some of the yummy food. Then its off to the vendors, and you'll definitely want to check out the produce, plants, and garden accessories like rain barrels, sculpture and hypertufa pots!

A customer checks out the deals at Maggie's Herb Farm's booth.

Some of the more common herbs offered.

A Cattley Guava tree for only five dollars!  I can't believe I forgot to pick up some cash on the way.

Maggie's Herb Farm is one of my favorite booths to peruse, and she's sure to have an herb or edible you haven't found before, such as Thai basil, bay tree or Vietnamese coriander.  She even has ornamentals like false cardamom ginger (alpinia nutans) and native maypop passionflower!  You can find more at the farm in St. Augustine and even take some cool classes on things like making lotions, creating a dish garden, and herbal vinegars!  You better believe that I'll pay Maggie a visit next time I'm in the area, and I'll be sure to tell you all about it as a post.  Here's a link to their website.

A large assortment of unusual offerings from Seven Trees Nursery.

This shot affords a view of the bridge sheltering the market... hey, is that a tarantula cactus in the foreground?

A Nepenthes Pitcher plant for only ten dollars. What a steal!

I've been buying plants from Seven Trees Nursery for the last couple of years, mostly in the form of rhipsalis cacti in hanging baskets.  When it comes to succulents, I would have to say that they are the absolute best in the area.  Some of the (very affordable) plants for sale were epiphyllums, rhipsalis, echeverias, rat tail cactus, and hoyas, all conveniently planted in hanging baskets and ready for the balcony.  Of course, hanging baskets are perfect for providing the ambience of a rainforest, maximizing space and recreating the feel of looking up into the branches in the jungle.  They are based just north of Jacksonville at Black Hammock Island, 16224 Shellcracker rd, 32226 and can be emailed at

Starfruit and plums for sale.

You can also find some tantalizing produce for sale at several booths, and one of them even had some Indian River citrus for sale like Pomelos, Red Navels, and Fall-Glo tangerines.  We opted for a bag of the Fall-Glo's and a bag of delicious Roma tomatoes for a grand total of five dollars.  By the way. the tangerines were seedy, but so sweet and juicy that I didn't even care.  Keep an eye out next time you're at the grocery store!

Of course it wouldn't be an Arts market without plenty of arts and crafts, and Eco-Purposed had a really nice lineup of repurposed clothes and accessories made from organic cotton.  I'm totally digging the sign pictured above, maybe just because one of the fonts is similar the The Rainforest Garden's.  Anyways, check them out.

Hypertufa containers by Almost Ancient Pots. (Picture from Kanapaha Fall Festival)

The assortment of vendors varies each week, and on other weeks you're even likely to find orchids, bonsai or native plants.  A vendor that's really worth looking out for is Almost Ancient Pots.  I last met Melanie Palmrose at Kanapaha at the beginning of the month, and she unfortunately wasn't at this week's market.  Still, I'll be sure to do a post one of these days on hypertufa since its such an excellent way to grow succulents and epiphytes... and they just look really cool.


  1. Looks like a great place with some fabulous deals. Always nice to shop outside... that pitcher plant really WAS a steal.

  2. Wonderful and charming. And I love guava. Would have taken that little one home :)

  3. Meems:
    I'm loving the chartreuse sweet potato vine in your garden and am thrilled that you've made the jump to be a garden coach! Congrats!

    Tanamera Kayu Ara Spa:
    I'm going to have to make another visit soon so I can snatch it up when I have cash... I think I've found a great tree to go next to the loquat!

  4. I remember that bridge! - what a great spot to have a market. It looks as though there are some nice goodies there.

  5. africanaussie:
    Its so neat to be reminded that you too lived here. I think there a stinky paper plant back then but not anymore! Its getting better here, with the exception of Westside and Northside... only time.

  6. Oh, man...I can't believe you got there with not enough cash! What a rip off! :)

    Looked like a really nice market! I love hypertufa day I hope to make a few!

    Thanks for telling about the tangerines...I WILL keep my eye out for them!!!

  7. What a great place to shop, and every Saturday. With such an assortment I'd be spending whatever cash I had with me, so maybe it's lucky I live so far away.

  8. I just moved here a month ago and I've already been to the market. Friendly folks and lots of goodies at good prices. I bought some red okra, something I've never seen before, but was disappointed it turned green when cooked. The bread from that baker is delicious!

  9. What a nice market to have in your local area. I will look forward to your future posts on some of those vendors. Love the hypertufa!

  10. Ugh. Unusual offerings, indeed! A nepenthes for $10! They want an arm and a leg here. And a night-blooming cereus right there for all the world to see! There was a time when I searched and searched for such an animal, though they are coming out my ears now. You are quite lucky to have access to such a large city, though. What great shopping opportunities. But what am I saying? Been there, done that, didn't like it. I now live in the boonies, in a land of farms, citrus groves, and even a couple of wholesale nursery growers, but we just don't have that kind of variety down here. Strangely, we have to drive a great distance to hit a farmer's market or flea market. Of course, mom-and-pop fruit stands are found everywhere.

  11. Julie:
    Its probably for the best since I might have gotten carried away otherwise. Hypertufa pots would be perfect for your succulents!

    I know what you mean, though you really can't beat a $5 guava tree!

    I saw your beach finds on your blog! If you really want to find some shells and seaglass, check out mickler's landing beach just south of ponte vedra. It is worth the drive! You might like my "beachcombing for gardeners" post that I did a week or so ago.
    Oh, and thanks for telling me about the red okra. Good to know!

    You can count on it! There's only so much inspiration to provide from the garden and my balcony, so why not promote small businesses and share some great ideas in the process?

    I can say that I would prefer living in the boonies, but it is really nice to live close to family. We've visited your area of FL and it really is the perfect sort of place to live. I guess that one good part of city life is not having to drive so far, but even just visiting my parents and The Rainforest Garden still takes 30-40 minutes. :(


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