Our Mission

Taking care of your garden can be more than just a hobby, it could be your obsession. March 9th, 2019 is your chance to meet local landscaping professionals and serious gardeners at the 17th Annual Spring Obsession in Munn Park.

“It’s truly one of my favorite events,” says local resident Rachel Wallace. “I find great plants, advice, garden art and generally have a nice day in Downtown Lakeland.

Spring Obsession has grown and evolved since it was first staged in 2003. Gloria Brooke, then the owner of Brooke Pottery, inaugurated the event with Marie McGrath, a friend who works as a landscape designer.  “We were thinking we just wanted a first-rate garden show,” Brooke said.

From 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. expect to enjoy a free day of family activities while exploring the many displays of flowers and plants for sale. Attend garden presentations, purchase art for the patio and listen to live music from the jazz band Free Time, an eclectic and entertaining blend of musical styles ranging from Miles Davis to Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley.

The goals of each year’s event is to raise money for cultural enhancements for the residents of Lakeland and surrounding areas. Sixteen years of event proceeds have furnished park benches in Hollis Garden and supported local initiatives including Common Ground Park, Arts on the Park, BikeLakeland and Campfire Girls, artful bike racks outside Polk Museum of Art, artistic bike racks for the libraries; purchase park furniture in Munn Park, Trauma Packs created by the Lakeland Police and Fire Departments that were placed in every classroom at Southwest Middle School. Last year the event help fund almost 200 new trees for the Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department.  For 2019, the event will again use the proceeds to fund additional Trauma Packs to be placed in the Lakeland Public Schools.

About eight years ago the committee decided to support the Green movement. They added rain barrels for sale and an installation workshop. Many of the vendors offer Earth-friendly clothing and garden maintenance products.

Spring Obsession exhibitors and presenters have become regulars each season. The Polk County Master Gardeners have presented educational information almost from the beginning of the event. Exhibitors are quick to rejoin to get a space in the next year’s event. Downtown businesses support Spring Obsession for all the good they do brightening the city.

Our committee for this event has always been entirely volunteers, so all of the net profit goes to support our community which is appreciated by our sponsors.

The event is open to the public and will be held March 9th  2019 at downtown Lakeland’s Munn Park.  We hope to see you there.