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From the Editor: The staff at Florida Gardening would like to send our thoughts and well wishes to all residents impacted by hurricane Irma.
We insist that our readers verify all events before making arrangements to attend, but it is especially important to verify calendar listings at this time. Some of these events may have been cancelled or rescheduled due to businesses suffering property damage and/or financial hardships.

 

Mondays Orlando
Audubon Park Community Market
Winter Park Rd.

This market offers locally grown and produced items and runs from 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
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.



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. Open 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 fortpiercefarmersmarket.com.



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

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



Saturdays Webster
Sumter County Farmers Market
Webster

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. at 524 N. Market Blvd. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. For more information, visit sumtercountyfarmersmarket.com.



Saturdays Osceola County
The Farm Market and CSA
St. Cloud

Located at 5700 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in St. Cloud, this market runs from 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 localharvest.org/st-cloud-farmers-market-M20854.



Second Saturdays Palm Bay
Evans Center Farmers and Flea Market
Evans Center Site

Join the community in support of the future Evans Center at 1361 Florida Ave in Palm Bay by attending the monthly Farmers and Flea Market. This market runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. EBT is accepted and vendors are welcome. For more information, call 321-408-9587.

 

October

 

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
Herbs!
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.

 

November

 

Nov 1, Rockledge
Floral Design Study Unit
Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club

The Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club, District VI, will host a series of floral design study units on the first Wednesday of the month through March 2018. Demonstration and lecture: 10 a.m.-noon; Lunch break: noon-1 p.m.; Floral design and judging: 1-3 p.m. Located at 1493 South Fiske Blvd. For more information, contact Gloria Blake at 321-537-8060 or email seaclus@yahoo.com.



Nov 3, Orlando
Movies at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Experience movies outdoors in Orlando’s most beautiful garden! Leu Gardens offers an amazing and unique setting, at the floral clock on a 32-foot screen, to see a classic or current feature film, weather permitting. Moviegoers may bring picnic dinners including alcohol and seating (chairs or blanket), then sit back and enjoy an outdoor movie. Best of all, Leu Gardens opens early at 6 p.m. on all movie nights so moviegoers can stroll through the 50-acre gardens before the movie. Movie time is at 7:30 p.m. Grilled items, popcorn, and drinks are available for purchase. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children K-12th grade, and free for Leu Garden members. The Gardens are located at 1920 N. Forest Avenue. Call 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org for more information and a list of movie selections.



Nov 3-4, Bradenton
Design Specialty Show “EIEIO: Down on the Farm”
Manatee River Garden Club

This Design Specialty Show will be held on Friday from 1-4 p.m. and on Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the clubhouse located at 3120 First Avenue West. A farm theme will be woven into floral designs, educational exhibits, and expanded photography sections. Live farm animals will add a unique feature to this show on Saturday. Also enjoy the vendors on Saturday. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit manateerivergardenclub.com or contact Chairwoman Chris O’Grady at 941-776-5788 or email cnogrady@aol.com.



Nov 4, Winter Park
GROWvember
Mead Botanical Garden

Mead Botanical Garden in Winter Park invites you to join us at the 4th Annual Fall Plant Sale, GROWvember. The time is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. A number of nurseries and plant vendors will have all kinds of Florida-grown plants to offer, especially focusing on fall plantings. Gardening accessories will also be featured. There will be classes throughout the day and food trucks in case you get hungry. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit meadgarden.org.



Nov 4-5, West Palm Beach
Plant-A-Palooza Fall Plant Sale
Mounts Botanical Garden

This two-day annual event running from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. features more than 90 vendors with an amazing assortment of quality plants and accessories. Rare and hard-to-find palms, orchids, bamboo, begonias, bromeliads, fruit trees, and more will be available for purchase. Be sure to visit the Mounts Nursery and Garden Shop, which will be open during all hours of the event.



Nov 4, Gainesville
Guided Walk
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

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



Nov 5, Tallahassee
Moon Over Maclay!
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

All are invited to the 8th annual Moon Over Mackay jazz concert. Enjoy the music of two outstanding jazz groups under a full moon on the front lawn of the historic Maclay House overlooking Lake Hall. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs, picnic, favorite beverage, and friends. Tickets are $25 per person, $10 for students, and may be purchased online at friendsofmaclaygardens.org or at the Ranger Station in the park. For additional information, call 850-487-4556.



Nov 6, Orlando
Story Time at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Story Time at Leu Gardens is a fun approach for illustrating to young children about 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 to attend. Hundreds of families participate each month in this amazing and imaginative story time event. The event runs from 10:00-11:00 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. For more information please contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.



Nov 8, Naples
Hats in the Garden
Naples Botanical Garden

This is the 14th anniversary of Hats in the Garden – The Faces of Naples. The annual fundraiser is the introduction of Naples’s social season, and tickets are still available (as of July). Fashionable guests display their stunning millinery over a delicious luncheon and enjoy the runway show of red carpet designs. To find out more, call 239-643-7275 or visit naplesgarden.org.



Nov 10-12, Coral Gables
Fall Garden Festival
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Our Fall Garden Festival features The Ramble, south Florida’s most beloved event. Experience all that fall in South Florida has to offer with seasonal cooking classes, home gardening demonstrations, our fall beer garden, and seasonal vignettes, all mixed with Ramble traditions like art, antiques, rare books, garden vendors, a furniture design show, the largest plant sale in South Florida, and much more. Plants include edibles for the fall garden, ornamentals, orchids, succulents, exotics, and more. The Fall Garden Festival at Fairchild admission is included with Garden admission: $25 for non-members and free for Fairchild members. Tickets may be purchased the day of the festival or pre-purchased at fairchildgarden.org. Call 305-667-1651 for more information.



Nov 11, Brandon
Open Garden Days
1508 Burning Tree Lane

From 10 a.m.-noon Monica Brandies will host her annual Open Garden. Autographed books, plants, especially blue ginger, pinecone, and butterfly ginger bulbs, white cat whiskers, perennial edibles, and more for sale. Wander through the garden. Admission is free. For a list of plants and costs or to reserve plants before they disappear, email Monica at monicabrandies@yahoo.com.



Nov 11, Clearwater
45th Herb Faire Celebration
Moccasin Lake Nature Park

The Florida Herb Society presents this free event to the public and will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be demonstrations and speakers, herbs and plants for sale, silent auctions, herbal vendors, a children’s fairy treat tent and more! Located at 2750 Park Trail Lane. For more information or to be a vendor, contact Linda Nash Stevenson at lifeforceherbals@yahoo.com.



Nov 11, Gainesville
Veteran’s Day Special
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Active or retired military get into the Gardens FREE on Veteran’s Day. Thank you for your services to this country! For more information, visit kanapaha.org.



Nov 11, Ft. Myers
Veteran’s Day Special
Edison & Ford Winter Estates

The Edison Ford is offering free admission to United States Armed Services Veterans and immediate family members. For more information, visit edisonfordwinterestates.org.



Nov 11, Orlando
Veteran’s Day Special
Leu Gardens

Active and retired military will be admitted free to the Gardens on this special day. For more information please contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.



Nov 11, Plant City
Annual Flower Show
High School Community Center

Our Annual Flower Show is scheduled from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Plant City 1914 High School Community Center, 605 N. Collins Street. The theme this year is “Victory of the Grand Alliance.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit plantcitygardenclub.org.



Nov 11-12, Fort Pierce
Fall Festival of Orchids
St. Lucie Shrine Club

The Orchid Show and Sale is presented by the Fort Pierce Orchid Society at 4600 Oleander Ave. The times will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Come see hundreds of beautiful and unique orchids on display. There will be orchid vendors, beautiful orchid displays, art exhibits, and raffles! Workshops will be held on Sunday. Be sure to bring your camera and a friend! Experts will be onsite offering growing and maintenance tips. For more information, email rita2zfpos@gmail.com.

 

Nov 12 through Jan 3, Orlando
Christmas at the Leu House
Leu Gardens

This year local interior designers will wrap and twist the historic Leu House Museum into a beautiful, vintage reflection of Christmas past. The 11-room estate will reflect each designer’s signature touch of an old fashion Christmas in keeping with the time period of the home. See classic holiday ornaments adorning the many Christmas trees throughout the house and beautiful displays for all to enjoy. Designers include Magnolias & Vine, Pottery Barn, Craft Shack, Bloomingdale’s and Pier 1 Imports. Admission to Christmas at the Leu House is included with regular garden admission: $10 adult, $5 children ages 4-17. Admission will be free on Dec. 4. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 North Forest Avenue. For more information please contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.



Nov 13, Vero Beach
9th Annual Bromeliad Auction
Indian River Bromeliad Society

This highly anticipated event offers top quality, hard-to-find specialty bromeliads for auction to the general public. Preview begins at 6:30 p.m. and the auction starts at 7 p.m. Admission is FREE and there will be refreshments. This event is held at the Garden Club of Indian River County, 2526 17th Ave. For more information call 772-713-6007 or visit irbromeliadsociaty.org.



Nov 18-19, Fort Pierce
30h Annual Garden Festival
Heathcote Botanical Gardens

Plants, supplies, food, and more, this year admission is free to all! Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 772-464-4672 or visit heathcotebotanicalgardens.org.



Nov 18-19, Ft. Myers
Edison Garden Festival
Edison & Ford Winter Estates

The annual Edison Garden Festival will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dozens of vendors from all over the state will have exotic and tropical plants and trees, along with garden art and supplies for sale. The Edison Ford Garden Shoppe will be open and stocked with unusual, native and heritage plants proven to thrive in Southwest Florida. Plant vendors will be selling palms, vegetables, bromeliads, hibiscus, butterfly plants, and much more as well as garden supplies and gift items. There will be live music and refreshments available. Parking and admission to the festival are free. For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit edisonfordwinterestates.org.

 

Nov 24-Dec 31, Largo
Holiday Lights in the Gardens
Florida Botanical Gardens

You are invited to a wonderful, family-friendly holiday tradition. The gardens are festooned with over a million LED lights in an array of colors highlighting our plants and in nature-themed or holiday-themed light displays. Included this year for the first time: a synchronized light display where lights dance to the sound of holiday music. Nightly entertainment includes visits with Santa. Refreshments available. Open nightly from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Suggested admission donation is $4 with those 12 and under admitted free. Parking is free at either 12520 Ulmerton Rd. or 12211 Walsingham Rd. Donations and sponsorships are used to fund improvements and special projects in the Gardens. For more information, call 727-582-2100 or visit www.flbg.org.



Nov 28, Sarasota
Dragon Fruit!
Sarasota Garden Club

Join us for a fascinating look at a cactus that bears a wonderful fruit – pitaya, better known in the U.S. as dragon fruit. Speaker Gene McAvoy, director of the Hendry County IFAS Extension Service, will discuss the many cultivars of this peculiar fruit, its growing requirements, and differences in taste between the cultivars. Many club members grow this fruit and will be on hand to share knowledge, and there may be dragon fruit tasting as well. Non-members are asked for a $5 donation. Location is 1131 Boulevard of the Arts. For more information, visit TropicalFruitSociety.org, find them on Facebook at Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota, or email TropicalFruitSocietySRQ@gmail.com.

 

December



Dec 1, Rockledge
Card Party
Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club

The Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club is having a card party from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1493 Fiske Blvd. Lunch will be provided. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Cost is $15. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Cathy Thirlwell at 321-795-0635.



Dec 1, Orlando
Movies at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Experience movies outdoors in Orlando’s most beautiful garden! Leu Gardens offers an amazing and unique setting, at the floral clock on a 32-foot screen, to see a classic or current feature film, weather permitting. Moviegoers may bring dinner picnics including alcohol and seating (chairs or blanket), then sit back and enjoy an outdoor movie. Best of all, Leu Gardens opens early at 6 p.m. on all movie nights so moviegoers can stroll through the 50-acre gardens before the movie. Movie time is 7:30 p.m. Grilled items, popcorn, and drinks are available for purchase. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children K-12th grade, and free for Leu Garden members. The Gardens are located at 1920 N. Forest Avenue. Call 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org for more information and movie selections.



Dec 1, Tallahassee
28th Annual Camellia Christmas
Maclay Gardens State Park

Maclay Gardens State Park and Friends of Maclay Gardens, Inc., would like to invite the public to take a stroll along the candle-lit walk and enjoy holiday music provided by local musicians. Enjoy some hot cider and cookies while waiting for Santa to arrive. This event is the perfect introduction to the season and a fun way to share the holiday spirit with friends and family. The historic Maclay House will be open and filled with lovely fresh arrangements created by local Garden Club Flower Show judges. You’ll also want to take advantage of the opportunity to bid on festive holiday wreaths and decorations for your home donated by local merchants to benefit your State Park. This event is free; however donations will be gladly accepted. For more information call 850-487-4556 or visit floridastateparks.org/park-events/Maclay-Gardens.



Dec 1-2 Tampa
Holiday Garden Fest
Tampa Garden Club

The public is invited to attend this FREE event sponsored by the Tampa Garden Club. Shoppers will find special holiday gifts to purchase from a wide array of vendors. Plants, garden supplies, handmade and creative gift items, and gourmet delicacies will be offered. The fest runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at 2629 Bayshore Blvd. Come to the event hungry because food trucks will offer delicious meals and snacks on site. For more information, visit tampagardenclub.com.



Dec 1-2, Punta Gorda
Holly Days Home Tour
Punta Gorda Historic District

The tour will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days. 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. Proceeds go to the PGGC Scholarship fund and community projects. Advance tickets are available. This holiday tradition began in 1992 when the club was asked to create wreaths for Punta Gorda’s 100-year anniversary. The home tour was added in 1993 and has continued since that time when weather permitted. For more information, visit pggc.org or call 941-575-4653.



Dec 2, Gainesville
Guided Walk
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

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



Dec 2-3, 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 more bromeliads from local growers along with driftwood and plant supplies will be for sale. There is free admission and plenty of parking at the new location, 2010 Hanson Street, for this annual event. The hours are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, contact Betsy Burdette at 239-694-4738.



Dec 2-3 Fort Lauderdale
11th Annual Orchid & Exotic Plant Sale
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Orchids, exotics, tropicals, herbs, fruit trees, garden art, gourmet food, libations, gardening lectures, orchid displays, green market, and so much more mark this annual event that attract over 3,000 attendees. Tickets are $12 for members, $15 for non-members with children 12 and under admitted free. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days, participants will enjoy plants and gourmet food trucks, cooking demonstrations, live music, and a farmer’s market. Parking is free. Tickets may be purchased online at BonnetHouse.org. Call 954-703-2614 for more information.



Dec 3 St. Augustine
49th Annual Tour of Homes
Historic Downtown area

The Christmas Tour of Homes is an annual tradition hosted by The Garden Club of St. Augustine since 1968. This year’s theme is “Christmas During the Flagler Era.” Tickets are $30 and are limited so advance purchase is necessary since the tour has sold out well in advance since 2010. Tickets are non-refundable. This is a walking tour that runs 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 christmastourofhomes.com.



Dec 4, 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 10:00-11:00 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. For more information please contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.



Dec 6, Rockledge
Floral Design Study Unit
Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club

The Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club, District VI, will host a series of floral design study units on the first Wednesday of the month through March 2018. Demonstration and lecture: 10 a.m.-noon; Lunch break: noon-1 p.m.; Floral design and judging: 1-3 p.m. Located at 1493 South Fiske Blvd. For more information, contact Gloria Blake at 321-537-8060 or email seaclus@yahoo.com.



Dec 9, Lake Placid
Holiday Home and Garden Tour
Lake Placid

The Lake Placid Garden Club’s 7th Annual Holiday Home & Garden Tour is a fundraiser to provide scholarships, camper-ships, and counselor training for local youths to the only camp in the county operated by garden clubs. The event is from noon-4 p.m. Each ticket has pictures of lovely homes and gardens, as well as maps to the locations on this driving tour. Refreshments are available at the Placid Lakes Community Building on Placid Lakes Blvd, where poinsettias and garden art will be on sale. The café will be open from 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 on the day of the event at the café.



Dec 9, Gotha
Holiday Celebration & Amaryllis Festival
Nehrling Gardens

Join us at this free community event at Henry Nehrling’s Palm Cottage Gardens. This will be the 5th Annual Celebration featuring beautiful amaryllis bulbs and blooms for the holidays, Santa Claus, music, nature-themed vendors, food, and activities for children. The time is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 407-445-9977 or visit nehrlinggardens.org.



Dec 10, Largo
Gift and Plant Sale
Florida Botanical Gardens

The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundations is supporting a Gift and Plant Sale at the Gardens from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This sale includes an assortment of tropical plants, orchids, herbs, bromeliads, citrus, begonias, and fruit trees. Specialty vendors will be selling unique clothing, jewelry, garden art, honey, ceramics, dog treats, candles, body lotions, and much more. There is a suggested donation of $4 per person with 12 and under and BGF members admitted free. For more information, call 727-582-2117 or visit flbgfoundation.org.



Dec 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, and children under 3 are admitted free. Hours are 6-8 p.m. For information, call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org.



Dec 21-30, Sarasota
14th 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 as the Gardens are transformed into an electric wonderland. On Dec. 23 visitors may take part in the Selby Experience featuring reserved parking, early admission, open bar, cocktail buffet and holiday desserts. Cost is $100 for adults. General admission 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. Lights in Bloom will be open from 6-9 p.m., closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. For more information call 941-366-5731 or visit selby.org.



Dec 28-30, Vero Beach
Nights of Lights
McKee Botanical Garden

Brighten up your holidays at McKee with this celebration that features thousands of glimmering lights, luminaire-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. Hours are 6-7:30 p.m. For information, call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org.

 

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