The Historic Locust Grove is located at 561 Blankenbaker Lane. | Courtesy of Locust Grove

There are those born with green thumbs and those who try. It takes more than sunlight and water, after all, to keep a fern alive — and we should know as we have yet to be successful on that front.

Whatever group you fall into, you can get a leg up on your landscaping at this weekend’s 24th annual Locust Grove Gardeners’ Fair & Silent Auction, held May 10-12.

More than 40 vendors, professionals and demonstrators will showcase plants, flowers, herbs, yard art, tools, trees and much more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. There also will be live music, food trucks, beer by Monnik Beer Co. and water provided by the Louisville Water Co.

Furry friendly creatures will be present. | Courtesy of Locust Grove

A long list of vendors includes 502 Hemp, Kentucky Orchid Society, Slow Food Bluegrass, Waterfront Botanical Gardens, Lucky Clover Farm, Ewe and Me and Company, Copper Hummingbird Feeders and more.

And you can expect demonstrations on composting, raising chickens, flax production and distilling — and don’t forget the live animals.

New this year is an Elmwood Inn Mother’s Day Tea event on Sunday, May 12. Tea settings will be at 1 and 3 p.m., and admission to this is $25.

Admission to the Gardeners’ Fair is $6 for adults and $3 for children 6-12. All proceeds go to the Historic Locust Grove, whose mission is to preserve and interpret the 55 acres of the Croghan estate, which was built around 1792.

Famous guests who stayed at the house include President Andrew Jackson, artist John James Audubon, explorers Lewis & Clark and Louisville founder George Rogers Clark.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."