Events


 EVENTS FOR THE GARDENER- Fun and Informative

Please check the web sites of these operations for all they have to offer

Last Update:  March 18, 2018

  • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden–  10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156  Tel. 305-667-1651   Website:  www.fairchildgarden.org

Be sure to check out the many columns by Georgia Tasker, South Florida’s best-ever garden columnist for The Miami Herald for over 30 years, now at Fairchild and still writing important pieces with all her special enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge..  Just go to the Fairchild web site and click on “News & Media Center”

Upcoming Events at Fairchild:

Saturdays and Sundays Feb 3  –  April 29th, 7:30 – 9:30AM,  Early Bird Walks.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 9th, 10th and 11th  –  9:30 – 4:30,  The 16th Annual International Orchid Festival  with vendors, educational programs and fun for all.

Saturday March 17th,  9:30 – 11:30AM,  Discovering the Native Orchids of South Florida –  Lecture and Tour with Dr. Jason Downing.

Check www.fairchildgarden.org for admission requirements and more info about all these events and more.

Concerts.   Sunday Sounds @ Fairchild,, 1 – 2:30 each Sunday.

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  • Pinecrest Gardens-  

11000 Red Road (SW 57th Ave), Pinecrest, FL 33156  Tel 305-669-6990  Website:  www.pinecrest-fl.gov/

This is a fabulous garden now operated by the Village of Pinecrest, formerly Parrot Jungle.  It still has the old Florida charm I remember as a kid.

Upcoming Events at Pinecrest Gardens:

Every Sunday   9AM – 2PM Green Market….Organic produce, artisan bakers, fresh flowers, plants and trees, coffee, smoothies, fresh juices, local honey, spices & teas, BBQ, conch fritters and pizza…… 

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  • Dade County Fruit & Spice Park-

    24891 SW 187th Avenue, Homestead, FL  Tel 305-247-5727  Website:  fruitandspicepark.org

    This is one of our finest working parks.  Thirty-seven acres of tropical fruit trees, this is a great place to learn.  There are numerous events every year and you can learn about them here.  When you visit you’ll discover 150 varieties of Mango, 75 varieties of bananas, 70 varieties of bamboo.  Five hundred varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs and nuts in all.  Open every day except Christmas 9AM – 5PM.  Enjoy the Mango Café.

    Saturday and Sunday, April 14th and 15th 10am – 5pm,  Redland Blues and BBQ Festival.  Fun and great food for all in the setting of the park.

    Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 18, 19, and 20th, 9am – 5pm each day, The Redland International Orchid Show.  The largest in the U.S., featuring educational exhibits and lectures, vendors galore and an American Orchid Society judged event.  This is a huge event not to be missed.

    Saturday and Sunday, June 23rd and 24th, 10am – 5pm, The Annual Redland Tropical Fruit Festival.  It’s all about the tropical fruits we grow here in South Florida.  Learn from the growers, purchase trees and have a great time all day, each day.  Take the kids.  They’ll be amazed at the displays and the park itself.

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  • Krome Avenue-   There are many roadside vendors of plants and pottery and several growers who sell to the public all along Krome Avenue in the Redland and Homestead.  Many are open 7 days, but some are closed Sundays.

  • Knaus Berry Farm-    15980 SW 248 St., Homestead….  Open Nov. – April only.  Monday thru Saturday 8:00am – 5:30pm.  This is the place for wonderful baked goods including cinnamon rolls, pecan rolls, fruit pies, breads and much more.  Strawberry milk shakes and other flavors as well.  Produce galore and u-pick fields too.

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  • Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden-   5210 College Road, Stock Island, just before you enter Key West.  Tel 305-296-1504  Website: www.kwbgs.org/

Third Saturday of each month-      10AM – Noon  The Garden Nursery is open to the public.  Plants are sold inexpensively and natives are featured.  Only plants that will survive well on the Keys are offered for sale.  This is a good opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with this up and coming public garden.  We will update you on all their events and remember the garden is available for your special events, too.  Call them for details.

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  • Mounts Botanical Garden-   531 N. Military Trail, W. Palm Beach, FL 33415   Tel  561-233-1757   Website:  www.mounts.org

    Saturday, March 17th, 10am – Noon, The Bonsai Society of the Palm Beaches presents a 2 hr. Bonsai Workshop.  See the Mounts.org events page for details.

  • Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and 25th, 9am- 4pm, Palm and Cycad Sale presented by the Palm Beach Palm and Cycad Society.  Shop over 500 palm trees and cycads.

Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th,  9am – 4pm, The Annual Spring Plant Sale.  Vendors galore, judged events by the hibiscus and rose societies, a fun day for all.

 

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  • Unbelievable Acres Botanical Garden- 

    470 63rd Trail North, West Palm Beach, FL    Tel 561-242-1686   Website:  www.unbelievableacresbotanicalgarden.org

This is the 501(c)(3) private garden of Mr. Gene Joyner, retired 35 year Agricultural Extension Agent for Palm Beach County.  Gene started this, the only tropical rain forest in the United States, in 1970.  The garden now boasts several trees registered as the largest of their kind in the state and a canopy 100 feet high.  This is truly an experience to behold.  Tours are guided and self-guided, and you must make reservations by calling 561-242-1686 24/7, leave a message and you will get a call back the next business day.  Open to the public, with reservations, the 2nd Saturday of each month and any other time, (with reservations for groups of 10 or more.)   Listen to Gene on our Sunday radio show at 7:20am.  Consider becoming a volunteer.  You get to work with Gene and learn from the master himself.  Besides, he’s the nicest person in the world (certified by my wife and I).  Why travel to Central America, just visit Unbelievable Acres…….

Unbelievable Acres needs your financial help to clean-up and rebuild after Hurricane Irma.  Checks mailed to UABG, 470 63rd Trail N., WPB, FL 33413 will be appreciated.  Or go to www.unbelievableacresbotanicalgardens.org to make a contribution even faster.

 

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