Upcoming Events for Florida

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Wednesdays & Saturdays, Rockledge
Farmer’s Market
Rockledge Gardens

Rockledge Gardens, 2153 US-1, is pleased to offer locally grown and created produce and baked goods from 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. Look for free-range eggs, pickles, cheeses and much more. 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.


Thursdays, Fort Myers
River District Farmers’ Market
Centennial Park

Join us every Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. year round in Centennial Park west of the Caloosahatchee Bridge for this green market, which offers a variety of local produce, seafood, baked goods, honey, nuts, cheese, flowers, plants and more for the discerning shopper. For more information, visit cityftmyers.com or call market manager Jean Baer at 239-691-9249.


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. Runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit fernandinabeachmarketplace.com.


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

This Saturday morning tradition started in 1997 and takes place from 8 a.m.-noon, rain or shine. Live music serenades shoppers and pets are welcome. 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. For more information visit www.fortpiercefarmersmarket.com


Most Sundays, Mount Dora
Mount Dora Village Market
Elizabeth Evans Park

Shop for fresh produce, herbs, crafts and a growing range of products. Ample parking. For more information, visit mountdoramarket.com.




Sept 9, Green Cove Springs
Plant Sale & Garden Celebration
Clay County Extension Office

UF/IFAS Clay County Master Gardeners Plant Sale & Celebration will have something for everyone’s fall garden and more! There will be workshops, food vendors, garden craft vendors, fun activities for the kids, and over 1,000 plants for sale! Bring your gardening problems to the master gardeners on site to have your questions answered. This event is free and is held rain or shine. The time of the event will be from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, please call 904-284-6355 or visit the UF/IFAS Clay County Master Gardener Facebook page @ UFIFASClay MG.


Sept 22 & 23, Orlando
9th Annual Florida Wildflower Symposium
Orange County UF/IFAS Extension

The Florida Wildflower Symposium is the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s signature annual event. It’s the only educational gathering of its kind, focusing exclusively on Florida’s native wildflowers and the wildlife that depends on them. Field trips will be offered to local natural areas, along with hands-on workshops and educational presentations by experts on planting and growing native wildflowers, creating habitats for pollinators, and much more. You won’t want to miss this fun and informative event. For more information, visit flawildflowers.org, email info@wildflowers.org, or call 407-622-1606.


Sept 23, Plant City
9th Annual Garden Fest
Plant City Train Depot

The event will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Vendors and Plant City downtown merchants will be participating. For more information, please visit plantcitygardenclub.org.


Sept 26, Sarasota
1131 Blvd. of the Arts

Our September meeting will feature a tropical fruit enthusiast Steve Brady, who had the opportunity to travel the world for over 10 years with legendary tropical fruit pioneer and benefactor, Bill Whitman of Miami. Dr. Brady will discuss the best avocado varieties for Florida Gardens. In addition to this information-packed talk, there will be a tasting of several of the best varieties of Florida-grown avocados. A vote will be taken on the “best” of the best. All are welcome. For more information visit TropicalFruitSociety.org, or find us on Facebook at Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota, or email to TropicalFruitSocietySRQ@gmail.com.


Sept 30, DeLand
Annual Fall Plant Sale
865 South Alabama Avenue

The Garden Club of DeLand will be selling plants propagated and grown by its members. Knowledgeable gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and assist you with picking out just the right plant. Vendors will be on hand with baked goods and garden treasures. Plants are available for purchase from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, please call 386-624-6960, visit us on FB–The Garden Club of DeLand, or visit our website, http://gardenclubofdeland.org.




Oct 2, Orlando
Story Time at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Story Time at Leu Gardens is a fun approach illustrating to young children the benefits of reading through songs, rhymes, and books. Storytellers from Orange County Library System share a variety of ways to engage your child into playful reading. Story Time is for families with infants to 5 years of age. It is held the first Monday of each month, excluding city holidays (July and September) and is free. Hundreds of families participate each month in this amazing and imaginative story time event. The event runs from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. with three age appropriate sessions: 10-10:15 a.m., infants to 18 months; 10:20-10:35 a.m., toddlers; 10:40-11 a.m., preschoolers. Thank you to Kids Urgent Care for sponsoring this free event to our community.Harry P. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803.  For more information please contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.


Oct 7, Palmetto
Manatee County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Fair
Manatee County Extension Service

This fair is located at 1303 17th Street West in Palmetto and runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Master Gardener propagated and grown plants will be available including Florida Friendlies, natives, butterfly attractants, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, trees, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, and bromeliads. While at the sale, wander through our award-winning Educational Gardens. For more information, call 941-722-4524.


Oct 7, Gainesville
Guided walk
Kanapaha Botanical Garden

Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the Gardens the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m.-noon. Regular admission price for non-members, and members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.


Oct 7, Tavares
Fall Plant Sale
Lake County Extension Office

There will be a large selection of Master Gardener-greenhouse-grown plants. Florida, Natives, perennials, butterfly plants, and succulents. Bring your own wago/cart or use one of ours (we will have a limited number). Line forms early, gate opens at 8 a.m. and will remain open until noon. Cash or check only. Please call 352-343-4101 or visit lake.ifas.ufl.edu for more information.


Oct 7-8 Tampa
Fall Plant Sale
Kessler's Cacti & Things

Kessler's Cacti & Things is holding its huge Fall Plant Sale with hundreds of varieties of cacti and succulents from around the world, including rare collectors specimens. Large stock of beautiful Desert Roses! We will also have botanists on site to answer any questions. Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Bearss Groves, 14316 Lake Magdalene Blvd., Tampa. For more information, contact us at Kesslerscacti@gmail.com or 813-751-9409.


Oct 12, Deland
90th Birthday Celebration and Standard Petite Flower Show
865 South Alabama Avenue

The Garden Club of Deland will be celebrating its 90th Birthday with a Standard Petite Flower Show. The evening event will also include wine and appetizers, live music, opportunity drawings, and a chance to stroll their lovely gardens. No admission fee, parking is free. For more information, visit www.gardenclubofdeland.org or call 386-624-6960.


October 13-15, Coral Gables
71st Miami International Orchid Show
Wasco Center University of Miami

America’s favorite orchid show presented and judged by the South Florida Orchid Society. Featuring internationally acclaimed orchid growers from around the world and the U.S. Orchid lectures will be held Friday and Saturday. The show is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and admission is $10. Children 10 and under admitted FREE! The address is 1245 Dauer Drive in Coral Gables and there will be ample parking. For more information, please visit www.sforchid.com.


Oct 14, Fort Pierce
St. Lucie County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
St. Lucie County Extension

The St. Lucie County Master Gardeners invite all to their annual fall plant sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be a lot of great plants for sale that they have propagated, and monies raised furnish scholarships in the community. This sale takes place at 8400 Picos Road and admission is free. For more information, visit stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu or call 772-462-1660.


Oct 21, Wildwood
“Plantoberfest” Fall Plant Sale
Wildwood Community Center

The event will include sale of plants and garden related items, including books. Food and drink will be available. Educational tent talks and demonstrations will be held. It will be held at Wildwood Community Center, 6500 Powell Road (CR 139) from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  


Oct 21 & 22, Gainesville
Fall Plant Sale & Orchid Show
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Each October, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens holds an Open House and Fall Plant Sale, in conjunction with the Gainesville Orchid Society and invites visitors to see the facility admission-free. The Gardens formally opened to the public in October of 1986 and the Open House is a means of celebrating its birthday. This year the event runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on both days. In addition to viewing the botanical gardens, approximately 50 booths will be set up selling a wide variety of plants. The American Orchid Society will have their annual America Orchid Society’s judged-show that will coincide with the Fall Plant Sale, and will take place inside Kanapaha’s entrance building. Bring cash because most vendors do not accept credit cards. Sorry, but pets are not allowed at this festival. For more information, please visit www.kanapaha.org or call 352-372-4981.


Oct 21 & 22, Naples
Naples Yard & Garden Show
Collier Extension

Come join us at the annual Naples Yard & Garden Show on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be plant vendors, horticulture merchants, educational lectures, and much more. Located at 14700 Immokalee Road, admission is $5 per person (children 12 and under admitted free). Domestic Animals Services (DAS) will be bringing dogs available for adoption too. For more information, call 239-352-4800 or visit Facebook/Naples Yard and Garden Show.


Oct 24, Sarasota
1131 Blvd. of the Arts
What’s a bowl of mango salsa without cilantro but a sad state of affairs? Join us for a lively talk about growing herbs in the hot Florida weather, and how different herbs compliment tropical fruits. The speaker for this talk will be Dennis Gretton, a local farmer who over the years has developed expert knowledge about growing herbs in Florida. All are welcome. For more information visit TropicalFruitSociety.org.


Oct 28, Lakeland
33rd Annual Fall Garden Extravaganza
Munn Park

The 33rd Annual Fall Extravaganza, presented by The Garden Club of Lakeland, Inc. will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 50 vendors, large variety of plants, garden art and more. Master Gardeners and other experts to answer your questions. Great food and fun! The event will be held in downtown Lakeland in Munn Park at 201 E. Main St. For more information, call 863-370-4065.




Nov 3 & 4, Bradenton
Standard Flower Show “EIEIO: Down on the Farm”
Manatee River Garden Club

This Standard Flower Show will be held on Friday from 1-4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the clubhouse located at 3120 First Avenue West. A farm theme will be woven into floral designs, horticulture exhibits, and an expanded photography sections. Live farm animals will add a unique feature to this show. Also enjoy the vendors on Saturday. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.manateerivergardenclub.com or call 941-870-2259.


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