Art in Bloom is fast approaching. The Mountain View Garden Club and Rail Trail Council are joining forces in presenting a festival featuring perennials, art and so much more.

The event will take place at the Rail Trail and Susquehanna Studio in Union Dale on Saturday, June 24 from 11am til 6pm.

At 2:30 the garden club will be selling perennials grown in local gardens as well as offering the public the opportunity to exchange two perennials from their own garden for two plants of like size or value. This is the 13th year for the garden club’s Plant Exchange & Sale which has provided reasonably priced perennials to area gardeners and has been so well received by our community.

Please pot and label your perennials. If you are thinning out your perennial beds and have additional plants you would like to share, they can be brought to the Rail Trail office on Friday, June 23 between 9am and 2pm.

2nd Hand Rose is a mini flea market area that has been a feature at our Plant Exchange & Marketplace in past years. The ladies will have lots of goodies and gadgets again this year and will be housed in the Masonic Building.

Over thirty vendors and artisans will be selling their wares including paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, clothing, garden gadgets and supplies and different food items.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions and Raves Garden Center will be distributing milkweed seed packets and sharing information about Monarch butterflies.

Art students from both Forest City and Mountain View Schools will be displaying art work which you, the public, will judge. Cable’s Deli will be selling food and the ladies from the Phoenix Club will be having a bake sale. Lucchi Family Wine Cellar will have wines for tasting and there will be a beer tasting by Iron Hart in Carbondale. Live music by Jim Carro & Friends will add to the festivities, starting at 3pm.

You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the historic town of Union Dale with a guided walk back in time with Pat Peltz and Lynn Conrad at 11am, or enjoy a class on nature photography by Sherry Sparks at 1pm. And the kids can explore what lives in the water near the trail with watershed specialist Cheryl Nolan at 2:30. That will give the kids something to keep them entertained while you check out the perennials.

There will be parking on the trail with overflow parking at the Union Dale Firemen’s Picnic Grounds. A shuttle service will be provided.

For more information, contact the NEPA Rail Trail at 570-679-9300.