EVENTS FOR THE GARDENER- Fun and Informative

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

Last Update:  October 24, 2017

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

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:

November 3rd  2pm-4pm  Plant ID Workshop in the Herbarium, bring cuttings to be ID’d.

Friday, November 10, Sat. Nov 11 and Sunday, Nov 12…..   The 77th Annual Ramble.  A huge event with plant sales, music, cooking, antiques, book sales, crafts and art.  The largest garden event in SE U.S. every year.   Do not miss this spectacular event.  See you there.

Every Saturday   9AM – 2PM visit the Fairchild Farmer’s market.  It’s convenient, large and plentiful in all the things you expect at a farmer’s market.

Every Saturday & Sunday   7:45AM – 9AM  Birding Walk starting at the Visitor Center.

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


  • Pinecrest Gardens-  

11000 Red Road (SW 57th Ave), Pinecrest, FL 33156  Tel 305-669-6990  Website:

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…… 

  • Dade County Fruit & Spice Park-

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

    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.

November 18th and 19th  10a – 5p  Seafood Festival.  Local seafood prepared in styles from around the world.  Shrimp, grouper, conch fritters, crab cakes.             Music and lots to do for the kids.

  • 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.

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

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.

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

     November 4th and 5th  9am-4pm   Plant-a-Palooza, the big Fall plant sale.  All kinds of plants, arts and crafts, the wood turners and more.  Lots to do for everyone.


  • Unbelievable Acres Botanical Garden- 

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

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 to make a contribution even faster.


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