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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 and craft items. Look for free-range eggs, pickles, cheeses, and much more. SNAP EBT and Florida Organic Growers Fresh Access Bucks are accepted. For more information visit brevardcountyfarmersmarket.com or call 321-633-1702 ext. 238.
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.
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.
Through January 2, Orlando
Christmas at Leu House
Local interior designers will spruce and illuminate the grand rooms of the Leu House Museum, Mr. & Mrs. Leu’s private home, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Each room will reflect a designer’s interpretation of an enchanting Christmas from traditional to whimsical. Special classes in November and the beginning of December will be offered with step-by-step instructions, from wreath making to holiday gifts. Christmas at the Leu House is open every day at 10 a.m. with docent-led tours every 30 minutes with the last tour at 3:30 p.m. Closed December 25. Admission to Christmas at the Leu House is included with garden admission: $10 for adults, $3 for children K-12. Free admission on December 5 and January 2. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 North Forest Avenue. Visit leugardens.org for a complete listing of holiday class or call 407-246-2620 for more information.
Through December 31, Largo
Holiday Lights in the Garden
Florida Botanical Gardens
This traditional array of lights line the garden paths with nightly free entertainment and visits from Santa Claus. It is the largest fundraiser for the gardens and depends on volunteers, sponsors, and donations to reduce the cost of offering this holiday tradition in Pinellas County. More than 450 volunteers and generous sponsor donations make Holiday Lights a success. Suggested donation is $4 with those 12 and under admitted free. Hours are 5:30-9:30 p.m. Parking is free at either 12520 Ulmerton Road or 12211 Walsingham Road. For more information call 727-582-2100 or visit sss.flbg.org.
December 2, Tallahassee
27th 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. 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 850-245-2200 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Maclay-Gardens.
December 2, Orlando
Date Night Movie
To celebrate the holidays, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation will be shown. Movies at Leu Gardens offer a unique and beautiful setting to see a classic or current feature film outdoors in the gardens. Come early and stroll the gardens before the movie. Movies are shown on the first Friday of every month from February through December with no movie in July. Leu Gardens opens at 6 p.m. and movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Pack a picnic dinner and a blanket or chairs; alcohol is permitted. Grilled items and drinks are available for purchase. Garden admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children K-12 and free admission for Leu Garden Members. Weather permitting. Leu Gardens is located at 1920 North Forest Avenue. Visit leugardens.org or call 407-246-2620 for more information.
December 2 & 3, 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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at 2629 Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa. Come hungry because food trucks will offer delicious meals and snacks on site. For more information visit www.tampagardenclub.com.
December 2 & 3, Punta Gorda
Holly Days Home Tour
Punta Gorda Historic District
This year’s theme is A Natural, Tropical Christmas. The tour will take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days. Tour four 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. For more information visit pggc.org or call 941-575-4653.
December 3, Lake Placid
Holiday Home and Garden Tour
The Lake Placid Garden Club’s 6th 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 1-4 p.m. Each ticket has pictures of the three homes and three gardens, as well as maps to the locations on this driving tour. Refreshments are available at the Placid Lakes Community Building on Placid Lakes Boulevard, where poinsettias and garden art will be on sale. The café will be open from 12:30-4 p.m., and ticket holders may drop in at any time either before or after the tour. Tickets may be purchased by calling Peggy at 863-465-1269 or purchased the day of the event at the café.
December 3, Gainesville
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the gardens on the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10 a.m. The docent is Master Gardener Alicia Nelson. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge. For more information visit kanapaha.org.
December 3 & 4, Fort Lauderdale
10th 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 attracts more than 3,000 attendees. Tickets are $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers, and children 12 and under admitted free. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. participants will enjoy not only plants but also gourmet food trucks, cooking demonstrations, live music, and a farmers’ market. Parking is free. Tickets may be purchased online at BonnetHouse.org. Call 954-703-2614 for more information.
December 3 & 4, Stuart
Plant Sale & Open Garden
Tropical Ranch Botanical Gardens
The gardens will be open to the public at this annual pre-Christmas plant sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. On Sunday Dr. Rich Oswald will give a guided tour, and all plants in the sale will be 10 percent off. On non-sale days the gardens are open by appointment only. For more information, call 722-2883-5565 or visit www.trbg.us.
December 4, St. Augustine
48th Annual Tour of Homes
The Christmas Tour of Homes is an annual tradition hosted by The Garden Club of St. Augustine since 1968. Tickets are $25 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. 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. Noon-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.gardenclubofstaugustine.org/tourofhomes.html. To purchase tickets, call 904-819-6864 or visit www.christmastourofhomes.com.
December 9, West Palm Beach
Stories in the Garden
Mounts Botanical Garden
Come out and celebrate the 13th year of Stories in the Gardens by bringing your young ones ages 2-6 to these FREE programs cosponsored by the Palm Beach County Library System. They will love the interactive stories, songs and learning activities in the garden. Scheduled learning activities are held on the second Friday of the month through April. Programs are held rain or shine in the sheltered pavilion. No reservations required except for parties of six or more. A craft activity to culminate each day will be reserved for the first 30 registrants. Call either Mounts’ Program Coordinator or Stacey Burford directly at 561-649-5439.
December 10, Gotha
Holiday Celebration & Amaryllis Festival
Join us at this free community event at Henry Nehrling’s Palm Cottage Gardens. This will be the 4th Annual Celebration featuring beautiful amaryllis bulbs and blooms for the holidays, Santa Claus, music, nature-themed vendors, food, and activities for children. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 407-445-9977 or visit nehrlinggardens.org.
December 11, Largo
Holiday Gift and Plant Sale
Florida Botanical Gardens
This plant and gift sale includes an assortment of tropical plants, orchids, herbs, bromeliads, citrus, bamboo, begonias, and fruit trees. Specialty vendors will be selling unique clothing, jewelry, garden art, honey, ceramics, dog treats, candles, body lotions, and more. Suggested donation of $4 per person, 12 and under and members of the FBGF admitted free. For more information call 727-582-2100 or visit www.flbg.org.
Dec 16-30, Sarasota
13th Annual Lights in Bloom
Featuring more than half 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 Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 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 and $30 for children 5-12. General admission is $25 for adults, $20 for members, and $10 for children 4-16. Special pricing of $20 per person for groups of 25 or more, reservations required. 6-9 p.m., closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. For more information call 941-366-5731 or visit selby.org.
December 21-23, Vero Beach
Holidays at McKee
McKee Botanical Garden
Lights, decorations, music, Santa Claus, and model train display. For more information, call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org.
December 28-30, Vero Beach
Nights of Lights
McKee Botanical Garden
Stroll candlelit pathways through a sea of sparkling lights. For information, call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org.
January 7, Gainesville
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Kanapaha offers guided tours of the gardens on the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10 a.m. The docent is Master Gardener Alicia Nelson. Regular admission price for nonmembers, and members are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.
January 11, Coral Gables
6th Annual Splendor in the Garden Luncheon
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Neiman Marcus Coral Gables proudly present an afternoon of fashion and philanthropy. This event attracts guests from Pinecrest to Palm Beach and is one of the signature fashion events of the season. There will be a champagne reception, luncheon, fashion show, and an awards ceremony. All proceeds benefit Fairchild’s numerous programs in conservation, science, children’s education, and horticulture. Tickets start at $300. For more information, contact Susannah Shubin at email@example.com.
January 13, West Palm Beach
Stories in the Garden
Mounts Botanical Garden
Come out and celebrate the 13th year of Stories in the Gardens by bringing your young ones ages 2-6 to these FREE programs cosponsored by the Palm Beach County Library System. They will love the interactive stories, songs, and learning activities in the garden. Scheduled learning activities are held on the second Friday of the month through April. Programs are held rain or shine in the sheltered pavilion. No reservations required except for parties of six or more. A craft activity to culminate each day will be reserved for the first 30 registrants. Call either Mounts’ Program Coordinator or Stacey Burford directly at 561-649-5439.
January 13-April 30, Orlando
This one-of-a-kind outdoor exhibit features lifelike prehistoric creatures throughout the 5-acre botanic garden. Creator Guy Darrough, an accomplished fossil expert and collector, crafted these authentic-looking animals, which range in size from 14 inches to 33 feet. For more information, visit www.leugardens.org or call 407-246-2620.
January 14 & 15, 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. Admission is $8 with children 11 and under admitted free. For more information, visit www.fruitandspicepark.org.
January 20-22, Coral Gables
11th 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. 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.
January 20-22, Fort Lauderdale
A Galaxy of Orchids
War Memorial Auditorium
Beautiful vendor exhibits, local society display tables, international merchants, and American Orchid Society accredited judging help to make this event one of the largest in the state. For more information, visit www.flos.org or call Joan at954-336-4948.
January 21, Winter Park
Mead Botanical Gardens
This year marks the 71st anniversary of the Camellia Society of Central Florida’s annual Camellia Show at the gardens. For more information, visit camelliacfl.com or call 407-440-8384.
January 21, Marathon
Marathon Garden Club Jamboree
The Marathon Garden Club will hold their annual January Jamboree from 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! Here is your chance to buy plants grown in the Keys that are specifically geared to our climate and soil conditions. For more information visit www.marathongardenclub.org or call 305.743-4971.
January 21 & 22
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.
January 25-30, Titusville
20th Annual Space Coast
Birding & Wildlife Festival
Eastern Florida State CollegeTitusville CampusThis year the theme is “Indian River Lagoon” and features special programs about the lagoon as well as a variety of birding and wildlife field trips, world-class photographers and speakers, exhibitors and keynote presentations. Targets for offshore birding and wildlife adventures include jellyfish, dolphin, possibly sea turtles, and North Atlantic right whales, along with regional sea bird species. For the second year, $5 of the registration fee will be donated to the Wildlife Foundation of Florida. For more information, visit www.SCBWF.org.
January 28, Dade City
Annual Kumquat Festival
Downtown Dade City
Come and enjoy the unique, quaint and 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. More than 425 vendors will display and sell at this event, which runs from 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, visitwww.dadecitychamber.org or call 352-567-3769.
January 28, Ocala
Silver Springs State Park Ballroom
Ocala Camellia Society will host their annual show from 1-5 p.m., and the Pioneer Garden Club will have a small standard flower show in conjunction, using camellias in the floral 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, visitwww.pioneergardenclub.org.
January 28, Orlando
Explore the world of dinosaurs with your family with hands-on activities, crafts, and a scavenger hunt. See the dinosaur exhibit up close, discovering what makes each dinosaur unique. For more information, visit www.leugardens.org or call407-246-2620.
February 4, Coral Gables
Gala in the Garden
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Now in its 24th year, guests will enjoy an evening of unmatched beauty while celebrating and supporting our programs in science education, conservation, horticulture, and research. This black-tie formal event begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a seated dinner and dancing under the stars. This magical evening in the gardens is the most beautiful and fun-filled event of the social season. Tickets start at $1,000 with tables for 10 starting at $10,000. For reservations and sponsorship opportunities, contact Susannah Shubin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 4 & 5, Vero Beach
For the 16th year, Gardenfest!, a free admission event, is returning to beautiful Riverside Park, Vero Beach. This popular annual festival is hosted by the Garden Club of Indian River County and includes 85 vendors who have been invited to bring together 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 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.For more information, visitwww.gardenclubofirc.org/Gardenfest.html.
February 5, Coral Gables
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens
Enjoy live music at 1 p.m. performed by student ensembles from the Frost School of Music. Location is the Glasshouse Café. These tuneful sounds range from classic to contemporary to jazz favorites. Concerts are free with garden admissions. For more information, visit www.fairchildgarden.org.
February 11 & 12, Port St. Lucie
Botanica Garden Festival
Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens
We will be featuring the best of the best in rare and exotic flora as well as garden craft works. Live music and food will be available. Free admission.9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information,visit pslbotanicalgardens.org or call772-337-1959.
February 11 & 12, Ft. Myers
Edison Garden Festival
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
The Edison Ford garden festival is bigger than ever this year, with dozens of vendors, live music, food, and activities for children. February 11 is Thomas Edison’s 170th birthday, so there will be distinguished guests and special entertainment. Free admission to the garden festival and free parking. For more information, visitwww.edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 238-334-7419.
February 12, Davie
Gala in the Gardens
Join the Friends of Flamingo Gardens for the 90th anniversary celebration of Gala in the Gardens, benefiting the botanical gardens and wildlife sanctuary. 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. 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. general admission is $60/50 for members; VIP tickets are $85/75 for members. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth or by phone at 954-473-2955. For more information, visit www.flamingogardens.org.
February 18, Bokeelia
Pine Island Garden Club Park
The Pine Island Garden Club presents gardening demonstrations and more from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be plants and art for sale along with a bake sale, white elephant, children’s learning area, and much more. Children will be able to start and take home a plant. 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. For more information, visit www.pineislandgardenclub.org.
February 19, Anastasia Island
Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants
Anastasia Island Branch Library
Inspired by and in celebration of our 2017 St. Johns Reads selection, True Grit by Charles Portis, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants takes you back to the late 19th century West through flower arranging and table settings using cactus, cowboy boots as containers, and more! Join us as Cathy and Marilyn show you how to incorporate Western flavor in creating everyday arrangements. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library, who make this event possible. You may buy raffle tickets for chances to win the arrangements that the Sisterhood makes, and which help sponsor this event. Reading True Grit is not required but is encouraged. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., the talk and demonstration begins at 1 p.m.
February 25, Ponte Vedra Beach
Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants
Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library
Inspired by and in celebration of our 2017 St. Johns Reads selection, True Grit by Charles Portis, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants takes you back to the late 19th century West through flower arranging and table settings using cactus, cowboy boots as containers, and more! Join us as Cathy and Marilyn show you how to incorporate Western flavor in creating everyday arrangements. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, who make this event possible. You may buy raffle tickets for chances to win the arrangements that the Sisterhood makes, and which help sponsor this event. Reading True Grit is not required but is encouraged. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., the talk and demonstration begins at 1 p.m.
March 4, Orlando
UF/IFAS Orange County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Festival
UF/IFAS Extension, Orange County
Due to Hurricane Matthew, the Orange County Master Gardener Plant Festival has been rescheduled. There will be seminars, plant vendors, garden artisans, exploration gardens, food trucks, and much more. Bring your gardening problems – master gardeners will be present to answer your questions. This event is free and is held rain or shine at 6021 South Conway Road in Orlando. For more information, visit the UF/IFAS Orange County Master Gardener Facebook Page: @OCMGs.
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