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Upcoming Events for Florida

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Mondays, Orlando
Audubon Park Community Market
Winter Park Rd.

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, 2153 US-1, is pleased to offer locally-grown and created produce and baked goods, 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 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. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit fernandinabeachmarketplace.com.



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

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.



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
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. to 3 p.m. at 524 N. Market Blvd. SNAP/EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. For more information, visit www.sumtercountyfarmersmarket.com.



Saturdays, Osceola County
The Farm Market and CSA
St. Cloud

Located at 5700 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in St. Cloud, 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.



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

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

 

January

 

Jan 3, 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. in Rockledge. For more information, contact Gloria Blake at 321-537-8060 or email seaclus@yahoo.com.



Jan 6, 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. Please allow two hours for the tour. Regular admission price for nonmembers and members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.



Jan 6-April 22, Orlando
Nature Connects
Leu Gardens

Harry P. Leu Gardens presents an amazing, award-winning outdoor exhibit that will delight all ages: Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney. Over 450,000 bricks are used in this exhibit to bring nature to life. This exhibit features 16 sculptures in 13 displays throughout the 50-acre garden, creating a very visual and fun experience for all visitors. Thanks to the Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs grant and the Friends of Leu Gardens for their generous support of this project. Admission to the exhibit is included with regular garden admission: $10 adult, $5 children ages 4-17. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit leugardens.org.



Jan 13 & 14, Homestead
Redland Heritage Festival
Fruit & Spice Park

This festival has been a tradition since 1976 and features local arts and crafts, historical exhibits, a large selection of tropical plants, and great food. Children’s activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, magic shows, and an interactive Everglades wildlife show. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 with children 11 and under admitted free. For more information, visit fruitandspicepark.org.

 

Jan 19-21, Coral Gables
12th Annual International Chocolate Festival
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making, and demonstrations from Miami’s master chefs and chocolatiers. Take our ChocoWalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in our Rainforest and more. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors age 65 and up, $12 for children ages 6-17. This event is free for Fairchild members and children 5 and younger. For more information, visit www.fairchildgarden.org.



Jan 19-21, Fort Lauderdale
Diamond Jubilee Orchid Show
War Memorial Auditorium

Beautiful vendor exhibits, local society display tables, international merchants, and American Orchid Society accredited judging help make this event one of the largest in the state. This year the Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society celebrates its 60th anniversary with a Diamond Jubilee theme. A preview party on January 18 will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a full buffet with champagne and more while getting a first shot at purchasing amazing plants. For more information, visit www.flos.org or call Joan at 954-336-4948.



Jan 20, Winter Park
Camellia Show
Mead Botanical Gardens

This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the Camellia Society of Central Florida’s annual Camellia Show at the gardens. Judging starts at 10 a.m., but from 1-4 p.m. the public is invited to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of thousands of camellia blooms. There is free admission and parking for this special event, and camellias will be for sale. In addition, there will be a camellia plant raffle and a class from 10-11 a.m. This show is a partnership of the Camellia Society of Central Florida, Mead Botanical Garden, and the Winter Park Garden Club also with several fine sponsors. For more information or to register for the class, visit camelliacfl.com or call 407-702-3116.



Jan 20 & 21, Davie
Flamingo Fest
Flamingo Gardens

This annual event celebrates the familiar pink bird and all other things representing Florida kitsch. A variety of vendors, fun foods, flamingo fashion, and live entertainment will be featured. For more information, visit www.flamingogardens.org or call 954-473-2955.



Jan 23, Englewood
The Importance of Native Plants
Cedar Point Environmental Park

The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center is pleased to welcome Craig Huegel, Ph. D., as he presents an informative lecture. This event starts at 5 p.m. with complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres, and music along with a silent auction. Dr. Huegel will speak at 6 p.m. Cost is $8 per person for members, $12 for non-members. Call 941-475-0769 or email Bobbi@CHECflorida.org for more information. Reservations are advised.



Jan 24-29, Titusville
21st Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival
Eastern Florida State College Titusville Campus

Discover why Florida’s Space Coast is your launch pad to incredible nature-based experiences. World-class photographers, field workshops, presentations, and classes will be offered. This is one of the largest birding and wildlife festivals in the United States. For more information, visit www.SCBWF.org.



Jan 27, Marathon
Marathon Garden Club Jamboree
The Clubhouse

The Marathon Garden Club will hold their annual January Jamboree 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Local plant experts will be on hand to answer questions. There will be plants and orchids for sale, local vendors, jewelry, pottery, rummage sale, hot dogs, and fun! For more information, visit www.marathongardenclub.org or call 305.743-4971.



Jan 27, Dade City
Annual Kumquat Festival
Downtown Dade City

Come and enjoy the family fun of “Old Florida” during eastern Pasco County’s biggest and most distinctive event in historic downtown Dade City. Visitors may enjoy all kinds of tasty kumquat treats – from kumquat pie to kumquat cookies, smoothies, ice cream, marmalade, and even kumquat salsa. Over 425 vendors will display and sell at this event, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Activities include arts and crafts, a cart and truck show, health and wellness area, live local entertainment, farmers’ market, kumquat kids corral, and much more. Admission is free and transportation will be provided from two satellite parking areas. For more information, visit www.dadecitychamber.org or call 352-567-3769.



Jan 27, Ocala
Camellia Show
Silver Springs State Park Ballroom

Ocala Camellia Society will host their annual show, 1-5 p.m. Pioneer Garden Club members will present a display of floral arrangements using camellias in their designs. Thousands of colorful blooms will be on display. There also will be plants for sale, many varieties not usually available locally, and with great prices. For more information, visit www.pioneergardenclub.org.



Jan 27, Orlando
Connect to Nature Day
Leu Gardens

Join us for a special family day featuring hand-on activities, crafts, and a scavenger hunt associated with our special exhibit, Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thanks to the Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs grant and the Friends of Leu Gardens for their generous support of this project. Admission to the exhibit is included with regular garden admission: $10 adult, $5 children ages 4-17. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



Jan 28, Melrose
Camellia Private Garden
Melrose Public Library

A top national camellia exhibitor for many years grows almost 1,500 camellias. Camellia plant sale includes many hard-to-find varieties. Besides touring the garden, there will be talks and demonstrations, silent auction, and cookie sale. Noon-4 p.m. $5 per person. Golf carts will be available for those needing assistance. Proceeds will support programs, activities, and future expansion at the library. Follow the signs from the junction of SR 26 and SR 21 to the garden. For more information, contact Melrose Public Library at 352-475-1237.

 

February

 

Feb 2, 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. 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. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



Feb 3, 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. Please allow two hours for the tour. Regular admission price for nonmembers and members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.



Feb 3 & 4, Vero Beach
Gardenfest!
Riverside Park

This popular annual festival is hosted by the Garden Club of Indian River County and includes 85 vendors offering an incredible selection of quality items for your garden. There will be a wide variety of planters, pottery, fountains, furniture, lighting, statuary, and other garden accessories. Plants for sale include palms, ferns, orchids, bromeliads, Florida natives, herbs, succulents, bamboo, and roses. Bring garden questions to the “Ask the Experts” booth. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit gardenclubofirc.org/Gardenfest.html.



Feb 5, Orlando
Story Time at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Orange County Library System’s amazing storytelling program comes to Leu Gardens. 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.



Feb 10 & 11, Port St. Lucie
Botanica Garden Festival
Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

This festival will feature the best of the best in rare and exotic flora. Live music and food will be available. Free admission, free parking, and a plant carry-out service also available. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A $1 donation or more will help the garden grow and is always appreciated. For more information, visit pslbotanicalgardens.org or call
772-337-1959.



Feb 10 & 11, Ft. Myers
Edison Garden Festival
Edison and Ford Winter Estates

The Edison Ford garden festival is bigger than ever as we celebrate Thomas Edison’s 171st birthday with dozens of vendors, live music, food, and activities for children. Free admission and free parking are offered on these special days. Over 35 vendors will be selling plants, garden-related items, arts and crafts, music, food, and craft beer. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit
www.edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 238-334-7419.



Feb 11, Davie
Gala in the Gardens
Flamingo Gardens

This annual culinary fundraiser offers guests delicious food samplings from the area’s finest restaurants and caterers paired with a variety of premium wines and craft beers amid the beautiful botanical gardens. Dine under the stars while enjoying live music. Bid on the many great prizes in our silent auction items or draw a rubber flamingo from our new Flamingo Pond for an array of guaranteed prizes. VIP reception starts at 5 p.m., general admission at 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth or by calling 954-473-2955. For more information, visit www.flamingogardens.org.



Feb 14, Coral Gables
Valentine’s Day Concert
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

Bring a picnic basket and blanket and let the music and beauty of Fairchild make your Valentine’s Day a night to remember. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; concert begins at 7 p.m., rain or shine. Cost is $65 for members, $80 for general public, $30 for students (valid ID required), and $25 for children ages 6-17. VIP romance packages are available featuring a private table, candlelit dinner, and wine. For more information, visit www.fairchildgarden.org.

 

Feb 14, Orlando
Valentine’s Concert
Leu Gardens

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special evening concert in the gardens with Ricky and Buzzcatz from 7-10 p.m. Pack a picnic basket full of your favorite foods and drinks, and bring chairs or blankets for this outdoor event. Sugarbuzz Dezert Company will be selling delicious desserts and locally roasted coffee. Advance ticket sales start January 26. Tickets are $20 plus tax for general admission, $15 plus tax for garden members (members may purchase up to 4 tickets). Tickets are $25 plus tax on the day of the concert for everyone. These tickets are limited, nonrefundable and non-transferable to other garden activities. Purchase advance tickets online or in person at the Leu Gardens’ gift shop. No rain date. Free offsite parking and shuttles will be available. The gardens will close at 3 p.m. and reopen at 6:30 p.m. for this special event. For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



Feb 17, Bokeelia
Garden Gala
Pine Island Garden Club Park

The Pine Island Garden Club presents gardening demonstrations and more. There will be plants and art for sale along with a bake sale, white elephant, children’s learning area, and much more. Wholesale vendors from across the state will have remarkable and unusual horticultural items for sale. Music, food, and local artists and authors will be present at this family-friendly event held one block north of the center. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit www.pineislandgardenclub.org.



February 22, Englewood
A History of Englewood & Surrounding Areas
Cedar Point Environmental Park

Nancy Scot Willie is a fifth generation Englewood resident who enjoys creating and sharing historical videos. Esther Ainger Horton is a native of Englewood and a member of one of the area’s original families. Nancy and Esther’s presentation will include photographs of historical Englewood and surrounding areas while sharing original stories of early life in this area. For more info and/or reservations, call 941-475-0769. Space is limited.

 

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