Annual Garden Party Weekend

Baltimore Ace Parties: Saturday, April 22, 11am-3pm
DC Ace Parties: Sunday, April 23, 12-4pm

Join us for our favorite event of the year, now happening at all 11 A Few Cool Hardware Store locations!

Our garden parties are not to be missed, with hands-on gardening workshops, complimentary potting stations*, tips from local gardening experts, giveaways and snacks during the event. Attendees are invited to enter our raffle to win great prizes like a large Traeger Grill and 3 Gallons of our award-winning paint!

Customers who shop during our garden party weekend April 22-23 receive 20% off all in stock gardening products. Grab all the supplies you need for your home during our biggest gardening sale of the year, including plants, bagged goods, seeds, pottery, planters, and even birding and pest control supplies!

Each store has a different set of activities at their event, with our largest garden parties hosted at our garden center stores in Takoma Park, MD and Waverly, Baltimore. Check out what’s happening at your local store’s garden party, we hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a great event!

Logan Hardware

RiverSmart Home Program: Learn how you can reduce stormwater runoff in your community by partnering with this DOEE incentive program to improve our local watershed. It’s as easy as installing a rain barrel or shade garden- learn how you can schedule a free in home stormwater audit at the event!

Water Blossom Creations: Ensure your plant gets the water it needs where it matters most with these gorgeous decorative root watering systems.

Neighborgoods: Made right here in the district, these food-themed tea towels are sure to brighten up to your kitchen and make a perfect hostess gift- not to mention their adorable utilitarian prints featuring ready-made recipes!

Alfresco Pottery: Our Spring 2017 collection of gorgeous pottery is sure to impress, with hundreds of styles and sizes to choose from in our lawn and garden department. Chat with our Alfresco rep to find the perfect pot to add to your garden or porch appeal.

Casey Trees: Meet one of our favorite nonprofits and discover ways you can support their mission to restore, enhance, and improve the tree canopy in our nation’s capital starting in your own backyard.

Fast Snail: One of our featured DC makers, Fast Snail offers DC-centric greeting cards and stationary.

Lancaster Farm Fresh: Did you know, several of our stores are a Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA pickup site? Enter to win a basket of locally sourced organic produce at the garden party! Ask your store how you can sign up for the Summer CSA program at your local Ace.

Big Green Egg: The Ultimate Cooking Experience, this ceramic grill does it all! A combination grill, smoker, roaster, and oven, the possibilities are endless with this iconic outdoor essential for both casual and professional grade cooking. Stop by for a grilling demo on the Egg and see what the all the fuss is about.

Kaemingk: New to our stores this season, Kaemingk is a perfect collaboration of modern style and simplicity,with thoughtfully designed products that are perfect for year round display. Chat with Kaemingk  at the event for a customized shopping experience catered to your taste! 

Traeger Grills: Meet the newest addition to our 2017 Spring Grill lineup! It was love at first site, with as much versatility as the Big Green Egg and a lower price point. This wood-fired electric grill is HOA compliant and comes equipped with built-in temperature controls, making your next outdoor soirée as simple as flipping a switch (literally!). Raffle Grand Prize- enter to win at any of our 11 Store Garden Parties! A $500+ value.

Activities:

  • Planning Your Urban Container Garden
  • Free Potting Service with purchase of plant + pot
  • Big Green Egg & Traeger Grill Demos
  • Local Vendor Market with some of our favorite DC Artisans
  • How to make a Fairy Garden
  • 20% off all plants, pottery, & gardening supplies April 22-23
  • Free giveaways & snacks

Glover Park Hardware

Party on the breadsoda patio! Join us for a relaxing day on the breadsoda patio, with hands-on gardening workshops, seed starting, and grilling demos on our famed Big Green Egg grill. Take advantage of breadsoda’s drink specials during the event!

RiverSmart Home Program: Learn how you can reduce stormwater runoff in your community by partnering with this DOEE incentive program to improve our local watershed. It’s as easy as installing a rain barrel or shade garden- learn how you can schedule a free in home stormwater audit at the event!

Glover Park & Burleith Farmer’s Market: Meet our community farmer’s market and learn what’s in store for this summer’s market, slated to open for the sesaon on May 13.  

Activities:

  • Free Potting Service with purchase of plant + pot
  • Big Green Egg & Traeger Grill Demos
  • Seed Starting – everyone goes home with their own started seed!
  • DIY Indoor Herb Garden Using Mason Jars
  • 20% off all plants, pottery, & gardening supplies April 22-23
  • Free giveaways & snacks

Tenleytown Ace

Lead Safe and Healthy Housing: There couldn’t be a better time to paint than spring, but could the peeling paint in your home increase your risk of lead exposure? Chat with DOEE’s Lead Safe & Healthy Housing representative on how to detect and prevent lead from affecting your family before you start this season’s home repair projects. 

Activities:

  • Free Potting Service with purchase of plant + pot
  • 20% off all plants, pottery, & gardening supplies April 22-23
  • Free giveaways & snacks

*Stop by the Tenleytown Ace refueling station during Tenleytown Main STree’s Earth Day Clean-up on Saturday, April 22! We’ll be serving snacks, water, and cleanup supplies to show our gratitude for helping us beautify and improve our community’s green spaces.

5th Street Ace

RiverSmart Home Program: Learn how you can reduce stormwater runoff in your community by partnering with this DOEE incentive program to improve our local watershed. It’s as easy as installing a rain barrel or shade garden- learn how you can schedule a free in home stormwater audit at the event!

Mount Vernon Triangle CID: Find out what’s happening in the Triangle and learn about upcoming events, like this year’s Spring Fest and launch of the new Fresh Farm Market on May 6! Stop by their table for a complimentary pot + pansy seed kit for kids, while supplies last!

City Dogs Rescue: Stop by the event from 12-2pm for a dog adoption pop-up with City Dogs Rescue! A volunteer run organization, City Dogs fosters pets from high-kill and overcrowded shelter to ensure they get a second chance at finding a good home. Make some new four-legged friends and receive a free $10 gift card to the store when you adopt on the spot! 

Activities:

  • Potting service
  • Relax in our Park(let) in front of the store, where you can shop hundreds of pots and plants and participate in our free gardening tutorials!
  • Complimentary popcorn, snacks, and giveaways


Old Takoma Ace

Our biggest garden party of them all! Join us where it all began, at our Old Takoma Ace store where they’re hosting their 5th Annual Garden Party. Enjoy complimentary meats, burgers, and snacks cooked on our Traeger Grill while chatting with over a dozen gardening vendors and local experts. With live music, a huge raffle, loads of giveaways and several hands on gardening workshops and DIY stations, this is sure to be our best garden party yet.

Sacred Roots DC: Many of our garden enthusiast customers might remember Hillary from past Spring workshop series. From herbal remedies and apothecaries to foraging and advocacy, we’ve been partnering with Sacred Roots for years to educate our customers to discover the spiritual and holistic aspects of gardening.

RiverSmart Home Program: Learn how you can reduce stormwater runoff in your community by partnering with this DOEE incentive program to improve our local watershed. It’s as easy as installing a rain barrel or shade garden- learn how you can schedule a free in home stormwater audit at the event!

Babikow Greenhouses: Ever wonder where we get our beautiful plants and natives? Meet the folks at Babikow Greenhouses out of Baltimore, MD, where they painstakingly care for thousands of plants each year to ensure we have the best possible blooms for our customers. Come prepared with your gardening related questions for this great opportunity to connect directly with our growers!

U.S. Department of Forestry’s Every Kid in a Park Program: In today’s world of screens and smart phones, encouraging our youth to explore the outdoors and find value in nature is more important than ever. From visiting parks to volunteering in them, learn about programs in your area to engage our youth in environmental efforts. Coincidentally, you can also stop by this table for landscaping advice!

Institute for Local Self Reliance: Learn how to start your own worm composting system and find out about upcoming workshop dates at Old Takoma Ace!

The Green Gardener, Rebecca Cague: Learn about various environmentally friendly gardens that are easy to implement in your yard, including shade and pollinator friendly options!

From the Farmer: Meet your local farmer’s market, delivered straight to your doorstep! From the Farmer connects local residents in the Delmarva region with fresh, organic, locally sourced produce, meats, grocery, and pantry items via their online ordering platform. Sample some of their butcher shop’s finest cuts, cooked on our Traeger Grill! 

Garden Party attendees will receive an exclusive offer for $20 off their first order, while supplies last; plus, enter to win a $50 FTF gift card in our event raffle!

8 Myles: Shop and sample some of the District’s best locally made sauces and rubs, perfectly paired with meats provided by From the Farmer and grilled over our wood-burning Traeger Grill.

Activities:

  • DIY Fairy Garden/Container Gardening Tutorial
  • Terrarium Workshop
  • Complimentary Face Painting
  • Ace employee by day, honky tonk rocker by night. Live Music performed by our very own Valentine Slim! http://valentineslim.com/
  • Free Potting Service with purchase of plant + pot
  • 20% off all plants, pottery, & gardening supplies April 22-23
  • Free giveaways & snacks
  • Big Green Egg & Traeger Grill Demos
  • Local Vendor Market with some of our favorite DC Artisans




Woodley Park Ace

B Holes Bakery: Enjoy made-to-order bagel holes from our favorite local bagel hole pop-up shop!


Activities:

  • Complimentary Face Painting & Balloons
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Seed Starting & Pot Painting Workshop
  • Free Potting Service with purchase of plant + pot
  • 20% off all plants, pottery, & gardening supplies April 22-23
  • Free giveaways & snacks

Old Town Ace

Jonathan Green: Have a yard, but don’t know where to start? Chat with Alexandrian Rick Hardy of Jonathan Green to learn how to seed, feed, and maintain your yard this spring season.

Activities:

  • Prize Wheel of Fortune
  • Fertilizer Tutorial
  • Houseplant Maintenance Tutorial
  • Free Potting Service with purchase of plant + pot
  • 20% off all plants, pottery, & gardening supplies April 22-23
  • Free giveaways & snacks

Adams Morgan Ace

Lead Safe and Healthy Housing: There couldn’t be a better time to paint than spring, but could the peeling paint in your home increase your risk of lead exposure? Chat with DOEE’s Lead Safe & Healthy Housing representative on how to detect and prevent lead from affecting your family before you start this season’s home repair projects. 

Eat170 Pop-Up: Grab a tasty bite to eat at Eat170 pop-up, prepared fresh and locally by Chef Vernon Price!

Activities:

  • HUGE pottery selection, taking over the sidewalk from the store to the old Ontario Theatre entrance
  • Free Seed Starting Workshop
  • Potting Service with purchase of plant + pot
  • 20% off all plants, pottery, & gardening supplies April 22-23
  • Free giveaways & snacks
  • Giving back to the community: Round-up your purchase to the next dollar to benefit H.D. Cooke Elementary School’s Gardening Program!

Baltimore stores

Waverly Ace

Maryland Master Naturalist: If you love nature and wear the Maryland flag with pride, this is the program for you! Hosted by Baltimore’s Lake Roland Park, the Maryland Master Naturalist program educates residents on the many unique and diverse factors that make our ecosystem unique. Meet live animals specific to this region, such as birds of prey, snakes, and turtles!

Maryland Master Gardeners: Your go-to garden experts! With training and over 40+ hours volunteer hours in a range of topics from botany, to lawn care, gardening and entomology, the master gardener program aims to educate residents on safe, effective, and sustainable horticultural practices using our city’s local resources. 

B-More Aquaponics: For those of you who don’t know, our resident garden center manager John Shine is also one of the city’s leading specialists on aquaponics systems! Learn how the Waverly garden center’s tilapia aquaponics system works and how you can install a similar system in your home with just a few supplies from your local hardware store.

Baltimore Green Space: Connecting the community with open spaces throughout the city, Balttimore Green Space aims to help its local citizens acquire and maintain green spaces to create increased food opportunities in urban areas.

Friends of the Wyman Park Dell: Learn about programs, events, and volunteer opportunities at “The Dell”, located at 29th and Charles! Giving back to our community: Round up your purchase to the next whole dollar during our garden party weekend to benefit Friends of the Wyman Park Dell!

UMD Extension Program’s Food Smart Program: In addition to the Master Naturalist and Master Gardener programs, University of Maryland offers a wide variety of extended learning classes. Stop by their table to learn about proper canning techniques, establishing healthy eating habits, and food safety.

Babikow Greenhouses: Ever wonder where we get our beautiful plants and natives? Meet the folks at Babikow Greenhouses out of Baltimore, MD, where they painstakingly care for thousands of plants each year to ensure we have the best possible blooms for our customers. Come prepared with your gardening related questions for this great opportunity to connect directly with our growers!

Maryland Department of Agriculture: Green your garden with help from the DOA! Learn how to reduce stormwater runoff, improve yard maintenance practices, and current government incentives that benefit you and the environment.

Water Blossom Creations: Ensure your plant gets the water it needs where it matters most with these gorgeous decorative root watering systems.

Organic Mechanics: Meet the folks behind Organic Mechanics, our newest line of bagged goods at Waverly Ace! Each bag is crafted from all natural locally sourced products that your plants will love (and it’s peat-free!).

Coast of Maine: New to our store is Coast of Maine, a line of soil amendments sourced from calciferous shells harvested from East Coast waterways. Chat with their rep at the event to find out what differentiates their products from their competition.

Baltimore Bikeshare: Learn about one of Baltimore’s newest infrastructure additions! Launched in October 2016, our new bikeshare program features a fleet of over 400 bikes, half of which being electrical assist bicycles, and plans to install their next docking station right here in the neighborhood at 33rd St. and St. Paul St.

Activities:

  • Growing Aquatic plants with John Shine
  • selecting the best soil/mulch
  • Natural Pest repellents; keeping unwanted pests away from garden
  • Free Potting Service with purchase of plant + pot
  • Big Green Egg & Traeger Grill Demos

Federal Hill Ace

Benjamin Moore Paint: For some people, spring signals gardening, while for others, it’s paint! There’s no doubt about it, there’s no better time for a painting project than the spring, and with $7 off every gallon of Benjamin Moore paint, it’s a great time for inspiration! Chat with our Benjamin Moore rep to learn about color trends, painting techniques, and the science behind a perfect paint job.

Baltimore Bikeshare: Learn about one of Baltimore’s newest infrastructure additions! Launched in October 2016, our new bikeshare program features a fleet of over 400 bikes, half of which being electrical assist bicycles, and plans to install their next docking station right here in the neighborhood at 33rd St. and St. Paul St.

Activities:

  • Plan Your Urban Container Garden Tutorial
  • Big Green Egg & Traeger Grill Demos
  • Free Potting Service with purchase of plant + pot
  • Learn about the store’s expansion, with an additional 3,500 retail space and a conference room for workshops and events!
  • 20% off all plants, pottery, & gardening supplies April 22-23
  • Free giveaways & snacks

Canton Ace

Rust-Oleum: Are you tired of looking at your rusty or hand me down patio furniture? Our amazing Rust-Oleum rep is ready to help you refinish and refine! Get hands—on during our spray paint workshop, where you can test various paint finishes to find the perfect option for your home. From light switches, to lamps, to lawn chairs, we’ll be tackling it all!

Lanncaster Farm Fresh: Did you know, several of our stores are a Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA pickup site? Enter to win a basket of locally sourced organic produce at the garden party! Ask your store how you can sign up for the Summer CSA program at your local Ace.

Baltimore Bikeshare: Learn about one of Baltimore’s newest infrastructure additions! Launched in October 2016, our new bikeshare program features a fleet of over 400 bikes, half of which being electrical assist bicycles, and plans to install their next docking station right here in the neighborhood at 33rd St. and St. Paul St.

Activities:

  • Seed Starting – everyone goes home with their own started seed!
  • Plan Your Urban Container Garden Tutorial
  • Free Potting Service with purchase of plant + pot
  • Big Green Egg & Traeger Grill Demos
  • Complimentary Seed Bombs- just toss in your yard for beautiful blooms! While supplies last.
  • 20% off all plants, pottery, & gardening supplies April 22-23
  • Free giveaways & snacks