Upcoming Events for Florida

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Through Jan 31, Orlando
Ribbit the Exhibit II
Leu Gardens

A.J. Cobb’s Ribbit the Exhibit II will be displayed throughout the 50-acre gardens, featuring 26 whimsical copper frog sculptures located in 18 displays. Leu Gardens will offer special classes, programs, and workshops on our favorite amphibians and lots of green gardening classes during the exhibit, including a children’s scavenger hunt. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.


November 17 & 18, Ft. Myers
Fall Garden Market
Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Dozens of vendors from all over the state will have exotic, tropical, and Florida native plants and trees for sale as well as garden art and supplies. The Edison Garden Shoppe will be open and stocked with unusual, native, and heritage plants. Ceramic flowerpots, vegetable and flower seeds, garden art, and more will also be available. Refreshments will be available and there will be live music. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Parking and admission to the market is free. Tours of the homes, museum, and lab are available at additional cost. For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

November 23-Dec 30, Largo
Holiday Lights in the Gardens
Florida Botanical Gardens

The gardens will be festooned with over a million LED lights in an array of colors highlighting our plants and in nature-themed or holiday-themed light displays. Nightly entertainment includes visits with Santa. Refreshments are available. This year there will be a gift and plant sale featuring nature-focused gift and craft items in addition to plant vendors. 5:30-9:30 p.m.  Suggested admission donation is $4; those 12 and under admitted free. Parking is free at either 12520 Ulmerton Rd. or 12211 Walsingham Rd. For more information, call 727-582-2100 or visit www.flbg.org.


Nov 24-Dec 30, West Palm Beach
Garden of Lights: A Winter Holiday Event
Mounts Botanical Garden

For the first time in its 40-year history, Mounts will be all a-twinkle for 36 evenings during the holiday season. Visitors of all ages will enjoy thousands of holiday lights, including creative installations of all sizes and illuminated landmarks and walkways, all along an easy to follow route through 15 different garden areas. Tickets are available online at mounts.org or may be purchased at the gate. Cost is $15 for nonmembers, $5 for children ages 5-12, and $10 for Mounts members. For more information, visit mounts.org or call 561-233-1732.

November 27, Sarasota
Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota Meeting – Crime in the Fruit Tree Grove
Sarasota Garden Club

Biologist Dr. Rhonda Douthett of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will speak on control of those pesky critters that rob us of our harvests – squirrels, opossums, and raccoons. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6:30 at the Sarasota Garden Club, Sixth Street and US 41. Non-member admission is $5, but dues are only $10 for the calendar year. For more information, visit tropicalfruitsociety.org.

Nov 30 & Dec 1, Punta Gorda
Holly Days Home Tour
Punta Gorda Historic District

Tour houses in the Punta Gorda Historic District and the First United Methodist Church, all decorated for Christmas. Refreshments will be served and there will be a poinsettia sale in the fellowship hall. There is a $15 donation requested for this event. Advance tickets are available. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Proceeds go to the PGGC Scholarship fund and community projects. For more information, visit pggc.org or call 941-575-4653.



December 1, Lake Placid
Holiday Home and Garden Tour
Lake Placid

Each ticket has pictures of lovely homes and gardens, as well as maps to the locations on this driving tour. This year the tour features four lovely homes and a garden. Noon-4 p.m. Refreshments will be available at the Placid Lakes Community Building on Placid Lakes Blvd, where poinsettias and garden art will be for sale. The café will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and ticket holders may drop in at any time before, after, or during the tour. Tickets may be purchased in advance with a donation of $15 by calling Peggy at 863-465-1269 or 863-221-5715, or on the day of the event at the café.

December 1 & 2, Ft. Myers
Bromeliad Show and Sale
Araba Shrine Center

The Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society presents a spectacular show of prize-winning bromeliads and artistic plant arrangements. Thousands of bromeliads along with driftwood and plant supplies will be for sale. Admission is free and there will be plenty of parking at the new location, 2010 Hanson Street. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, contact Betsy Burdette at 239-694-4738.

December 1-8, Ft. Lauderdale
Holiday Magic Evening Experience
Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

All the trees and wreaths throughout the house will be lit and designed to delight. Decide on your favorites as you enjoy a self-guided tour. 5:30-8:30 p.m. with something exciting every night, such as Santa and his elves, Christmas story telling, strolling carolers, and much more. Admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members, $5 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6. For more information, call 954-563-5393 or visit www.bonnethouse.org.

December 2, St. Augustine
50th Annual Tour of Homes
Historic Downtown

Tickets are $30 and are limited, so advance purchase is recommended since the tour has sold out well in advance since 2010. Tickets are non-refundable. This is a walking tour from noon-5 p.m. The homes are located within the historic downtown area for people who enjoy a leisurely walk through the old streets. For those who have difficulty walking and need assistance, we provide complimentary transportation on the Old Town Trolley. For more information, visit gardenclubofstaugustine.org/tourofhomes.html. To purchase tickets, call 904-819-6864 or visit www.christmastourofhomes.com.


December 3, Orlando
Story Time at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Orange County Library System’s amazing storytelling program comes to Leu Gardens on the first Monday of every month (except January, July, and September) at 10 a.m. Share stories and songs with your little one from birth to 5 years old. This is a free indoor event. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.

December 7, Orlando
Movie night in the Gardens
Leu Gardens

Enjoy an outdoor movie in a beautiful garden setting. Patrons may bring a blanket or chairs and dinner picnic basket. The gardens open at 6 p.m. and the movie is at 8. Garden admission is $6 plus tax for adults and $3 plus tax for children ages 4-17. Garden members receive free admission on all Date Nights. Admission is collected at the door. This event takes place weather permitting. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.


December 7, Tallahassee
30th Annual Camellia Christmas
Maclay Gardens

The evening is filled with music, hot cider, cookies, and candlelight. Visitors are greeted at the garden entrance and they may stroll down the candlelit garden walk, enjoying music along the way. A silent auction offers holiday wreaths and other items suitable as gifts. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the garden from 6:30-7:30. This family friendly free event serves as an old-fashioned introduction to the holiday season. 6 to 9 p.m. Donations to are gratefully accepted. For more information, call 850-487-4556 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Maclay-Gardens.

December 8, Gotha
Holiday Celebration & Amaryllis Festival
Nehrling Gardens

This sixth annual celebration will feature beautiful amaryllis bulbs and blooms and other plants for the holidays, Santa Claus, music, nature-themed vendors, food, and activities for children. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in their red Corvette at 10 a.m. and stay for pictures on the porch until 2 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., free admission. For more information, call 407-445-9977 or visit nehrlinggardens.org.

December 20, Coral Gables
Moonlight Tours
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

See the garden in a whole new light – after dark! Nighttime tram tours and more are offered for this special evening event. 6-9 p.m. Visit www.fairchildgarden.org or call 305-667-1651 or more information.

December 20-January 6, Sarasota
15th Annual Lights in Bloom
Selby Gardens

Featuring more than a million lights, this holiday extravaganza surrounds visitors with a spectacle of unique installations amid some of the garden’s most iconic locations. Back by popular demand is the massive Tunnel of Lights, which transports guests from the tropics into the North Pole. Favorites such as the Radiant Rainforest continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. Enjoy interactive photo opportunities, traditional holiday music and festivities, delicious food and drinks, and more. On Dec. 22 visitors may take part in the Selby Experience featuring reserved parking, early admission, open bar, cocktail buffet, and holiday desserts. Cost is $125 for adults. General admission to Lights in Bloom is $25 for adults, $20 for members, and $7.50 for children 5-12. Special pricing of $20 per person for groups of 25 or more, reservations required. 6-9 p.m. Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas day, and New Year’s Eve. For more information, call 941-366-5731 or visit selby.org.

December 21-23, Vero Beach
Holidays at McKee
McKee Botanical Garden

The spirit of the holidays comes alive at McKee with thousands of twinkling lights and holiday decorations, a triumphant vintage band organ playing holiday music, a large-scale model train display, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and children ages 3-12, children under 3 admitted free. 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org.

December 28 & 30, Vero Beach
Nights of Lights
McKee Botanical Garden

Create delightful memories at McKee with this celebration that features thousands of glimmering lights, luminaria-lined pathways, spectacular lighting displays in the ponds and waterways, and another opportunity to see the model train display and listen to the vintage band organ. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and children ages 3-12, and children under 3 admitted free. 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org.



January 5 & 6, Gainesville
Camellia Show
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

This event features prize-winning camellias of all sizes, shapes, and colors. There will be judged exhibits of japonicas, reticulates, hybrids, and species. In addition to their outstanding winter beauty, some of the varieties are fragrant. This show is geared toward educating the public about the care, culture and appreciation of camellias both in the green house and landscape. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free. Camellias will be available for purchase during the show. For more information, visit the Gainesville Camellia Society’s website, www.americancamellias.org.


Farmers Markets


Mondays, Orlando
Audubon Park Community Market
Winter Park Road

This market offers locally grown and produced items, 5-9 p.m. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. For more information, visit audubonmarket.com.

Wednesdays and Saturdays, Rockledge
Farmers’ Market
Rockledge Gardens

Rockledge Gardens is pleased to offer locally grown produce, baked goods, and other handmade gift items, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Local growers are on site to answer questions and offer preparation suggestions. Call 321-636-7662 for more information.

Thursdays, Melbourne
Brevard County Farmers’ Market
Wickham Park Equestrian Center

Rain or shine, this market is open from 3-6 p.m. and features locally grown and produced vegetables, fruits, baked goods, and craft items. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. This is a pet-friendly market. For more information, visit brevardcountyfarmersmarket.com or call 321-633-1702 ext. 238.

Fridays, North Port
North Port Farmers’ Market
City Hall Boulevard

9 a.m.-1 p.m. October through April. For more information, call 941-391-4856.

Saturdays, Fernandina Beach
Market Place Farmers’ Market
North Seventh Street, Historic Downtown

This market takes place rain or shine! Join family and friends at this market where farmers, growers, and producers sell locally grown and homemade goods. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit fernandinabeachmarketplace.com.

Saturdays, Ft. Pierce
Downtown Ft. Pierce Farmers’ Market
Marina Square

Fresh foods, organics, ready to eat munchies and drinks, plants and related items are in one part of the market while a second area showcases crafters and artists. Live music serenades shoppers and pets are welcome. 8 a.m.-noon, rain or shine. For more information, visit www.fortpiercefarmersmarket.com.

Saturdays, Winter Park
Winter Park Farmers’ Market
Outside the old train depot

A variety of fine produce, plants, baked goods, and more await customers. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. 7 a.m.-1 p.m., closed on the third Saturday in March for the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. For more information, visit cityofwinterpark.org/departments/parks-recreation/farmers-market.

Saturdays, Webster
Sumter County Farmers’ Market
524 N. Market Blvd.

Chartered in 1937, this is one of the oldest and largest markets in central Florida. Fresh produce is sold on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. For more information, visit www.sumtercountyfarmersmarket.com.


Saturdays, St. Cloud
The Farm Market and CSA
5700 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway

10 a.m.-1 p.m. November through June. Community Supported Agriculture shares are available. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. For more information, visit www.localharvest.org/st-cloud-farmers-market-M20854.

Saturdays, Punta Gorda
Farmers’ Market Downtown
On Taylor Street, in front of the Historic Charlotte County Courthouse

Proudly sponsored by the Punta Gorda Downtown Merchants Association in collaboration with the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. 8 a.m.-noon May through September and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. October through April. For more information, contact Jerry Presseller at 941-391-4856 or jerry@puntagordafarmersmarket.com.

Second Saturdays, Palm Bay
Evans Center Farmers’ and Flea Market
Evans Center Site, 1361 Florida Ave.

9 a.m.-2 p.m. EBT is accepted and vendors are welcome. For more information, call 321-408-9587.

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