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Upcoming Events for Florida

To submit your gardening event to our staff, submit it using our contact form or send an email to calendar@sbsmags.com.

 

 

Through April 22, Orlando
Nature Connects
Leu Gardens

Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney is an incredible exhibit that features many larger-than-life sculptures built with LEGO bricks. 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, visit leugardens.org or call 407-246-2620.

 

April

 

April 20-22, St. Augustine
Epic Celebration of Spring Annual Flower & Garden Expo
St. Johns County Agricultural Center

Celebrate the arrival of spring in the nation’s oldest city with three days of flowers, friends, and fun. Growers, nurseries, crafters, and artisans from around the state offer gardeners everything they need to make spring bloom. Judging and the Judge’s Luncheon takes place on Friday, and there is free entry to garden club members after 2 p.m. The event is open to the public Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Ample free parking. Admission is $5 for a two-day pass, free admission for children under 12. For more information visit gardenclubofstaugustine.org or epicbh.org/flowerandgardenexpo or call 904-829-3295.

 

April 21, Titusville
Earth Day Festival
Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

Celebrate Native Plant Month with Sea Rocket Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Plant sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enchanted Forest Sanctuary offers children’s educational activities, environmental exhibitors, live animals, guided hikes, music, food vendors, and more. Sea Rocket Chapter will offer a variety of native plants for sale. Free admission and parking. For more information, call 321-264-5185.

 

April 28, Ft. Pierce
Plants in the Park
Glidden Park

This multi-club event includes plant sales by several non-profit clubs and societies to benefit a variety of community projects. Information booths will be staffed by horticultural and environmental groups. Experts will be available to answer questions about many plant varieties. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 772-559-2602.

 

April 28, Gotha
Corks, Caladiums & Canvases
Nehrling Gardens

Saturday, April 28 5pm-8pm. $50 in advance, $60 at the door, 21+. Stroll through the Gardens at sunset while sampling wines & food from regions of the world where the plants of Nehrling Gardens originated. View artists at work with original art for purchase at our auction.

 

April 28-29, West Palm Beach
Plant-A-Palooza Annual Spring Plant Sale
Mounts Botanical Garden

This two-day event features more than 90 vendors with an amazing assortment of rare quality plants and accessories. The Conrad-Sunrise Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society and the Palm Beach Rose Society will hold their annual judging and show featuring many of the state’s best blooms. Rare and hard to find palms, orchids, bamboo, begonias, bromeliads, fruit trees, and more will be available for purchase. Members many shop early on Saturday at 8 a.m. and enjoy a continental breakfast and package check-in service at the Member Hospitality Chickee Hut. The sale will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days. For more information, call 561-233-1757 or visit www.mounts.org.

 

April 28 & 29, St. Petersburg
Green Thumb Festival
Walter Fuller Recreation Center

This annual event celebrating Arbor Day will feature environmental and horticulture exhibits and vendors. The Garden Club of St. Petersburg will sponsor and judge a flower show. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 727-893-7441.

 

May

 

May 4, 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 garden opens at 6 p.m. and movie time is 7:30. 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. This event takes place weather permitting. For more information, contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



May 4-6, Merritt Island
Days of Wine and Orchids
Kiwanis Island Park

Informative lectures and spectacular orchid exhibits by commercial growers and amateur exhibitors. Orchid exhibits created by commercial growers and community orchid societies, as well as niche entries created by Platinum Coast Orchid Society members will be displayed. Thousands of orchid plants will be for sale along with a wide variety of supplies. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Candlelighters of Brevard County, Inc., which provides emotional and financial support to children with cancer and their families. Admission is $5. For information, call 321-626-0686 or visit www.platinumcoastorchidsociety.org.



May 5, Fort Walton Beach
Okaloosa County Master Gardeners’ Spring Sale
Okaloosa Extension Annex

Mexican flame vines, giant sunflowers, and fire spikes to name just a few. 8 a.m.-noon. Sale is indoors and held rain or shine. All plants, except the large potted plants, will be $5 or five plants for $20. For more information, call 850-689-5850.



May 5 & 6, Plantation
43rd Annual Broward County Plant Affair
Plantation Heritage Park

Look for native plants, master gardeners, orchid vendors and supplies at this sale, with proceeds benefitting the Plantation Historical Museum. Park admission is $1.50 per person. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit www.browardcountyplantaffair.com or call 954-797-2722.



May 6, Pinellas Park
59th Annual Hibiscus Show and Plant Sale
Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center

Learn where to plant, proper pruning techniques, insect and disease identification and control methods, how and when to fertilize, and propagation methods at this free event. The plant sale begins at 10 a.m. and the hibiscus shows are 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 727-251-0316 or visit sunsetchapter.org.



May 7, 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). Share stories and songs with your little one from birth to 5 years old. This is a free indoor event. For more information, contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



May 12, Ft. Pierce
Spring into Gardening Festival
UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Extension

The St. Lucie County Master Gardeners are please to present their annual Spring into Gardening Festival, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be plant vendors, gardens tours, and a plant fashion show. For more information, call 772-462-1660 or visit sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu.

 

May 12, Sarasota
Mother’s Day Sale
1310 38th Street

This is one of four big annual sales presented by the Sarasota Succulent Society. There will be bargain prices on many varieties of succulent plants. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit sarasotasucculentsociety.org.



May 12, Naples
The 42nd Great Dock Canoe Race
Crayton Cove

This annual Naples tradition marks the end to the busy winter season and the start of summer fun. It is one of Naples’ best-loved spectator sports. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the first race starts at 9 a.m. For more information, call 239-263-9940 or visit www.greatdockcanoerace.com.



May 12, Orange Park
Daylily Plant Sale & Show
Marriott at 610 Wells Road

Free admission to this event featuring great prices on hundreds of daylily plants. Judging starts at 10 a.m. and the event is open to the public 1-3 p.m. For more information, contact Ray Wensell at rtcritter1@bellsouth.net or call 904-215-9457.



May 12, Titusville
Native Plant Identification & Scavenger Hunt
Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

Learn more about the benefits of native plants and identify the ones you would like to have growing in your landscape. Treat yourself to a hike afterwards and experience wildlife observation and diverse plant life on over four miles of hiking trails. 10 a.m.-noon No admission fee, parking is free. No pets, bikes or smoking in the Sanctuary. For more information, call 321-264-5185.



May 13, Orlando
Mother’s Day at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Enjoy at day with Mom and stroll through Orlando’s most beautiful garden. Admission is free for moms. For more information, contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



May 13, Gainesville
Mother’s Day Special
Kanapaha Botanical Garden

Free admission to mothers of all ages. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.



May 18 -20, Homestead
Redland International Orchid Festival
Fruit & Spice Park

AOS judging begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday for those who would like to see the prizewinners. Plants, supplies, lectures, raffles, and food will be available to participants at this three-day event. Admission is $10. For more information, visit redlandfruitandspice.com/event/orchid.



May 19, Yulee
Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale
Yulee Government Complex

This biannual plant sale has master gardener-propagated plants, select trees and shrubs, and goodies for the garden including custom painted planters and FNGLA Florida Plants of the Year. All proceeds benefit the Nassau County Master Gardener program and professional development along with their volunteer community projects in Nassau County. For more information, call 904-530-6350 or visit nassau.ifas.ufl.edu.



May 20, Palmetto
Rare Fruit Tree Sale
Bradenton Area Convention Center

There will be a wide variety of citrus, unusual tropical fruit trees, bushes and vines as well as herbs, spices, fertilizer and more. Over 5,000 plants from low chill apples to white sapote. This is a free event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.mrfc.org.



May 28, Sarasota
Memorial Day Sale
1310 38th Street

This is one of four big annual sales presented by the Sarasota Succulent Society. There will be bargain prices on many varieties of succulent plants. At 11 a.m., Tom Heitzman from Sweet Bay Nursery will be instructing on using native plants to attract butterflies and birds to your garden. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  For more information, visit sarasotasucculentsociety.org.



May 28, Sarasota
Ninth Annual Memorial Day Water Lily Festival
Colonial Oaks Park

Tropical water lilies, marginal, floating and submerged plants, free mosquito fish, aquatic fertilizer and more. Parking at 5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd at the park, walk between the buildings and basketball courts, and then follow the flip-flops to the event. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 941-378-9146 or visit www.wonderfulwaterlilies.com.

 

June



June 1, 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 opens at 6 p.m. and movie time is 7:30. 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, contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



June 3, Fort Myers
Hibiscus Show & Plant Sale
Araba Shrine Temple

Over 550 plants will be for sale in many different colors and varieties. Free raffle prizes will be given away every half hour. Sponsored by the James E. Hendry Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society. 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 239-848-7090 or visit www.hendrychapterahs.com.

 

June 4, 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). Share stories and songs with your little one from birth to 5 years old. This is a free indoor event. For more information, contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



June 16, Titusville
Sea Rocket Chapter – Native Plant Sale
Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Butterfly Gardens

Sea Rocket Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will have trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals available for purchase. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. No admission fee, parking is free. No pets, bikes, or smoking in the Sanctuary. For more information, call 321-264-5185.



June 16, Vero Beach
14th Annual Water Lily Celebration
McKee Botanical Garden

Visitors will have a chance to see a magnificent collection of water lilies at this annual event. The garden is opening early giving guests the rare opportunity of viewing the night blooming specimens before they retreat for the day. Plant experts will be on site to answer questions. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 772-794-0601 or visit mckeegarden.org for more information.



June 16 or 23, Fort Myers
Taste of Lee Tropical Fruit Fair
Venue to be announced soon

This event is the brainchild of Lee County Extension Agent Stephen Brown. Admission is $2; children under 12 are admitted free. There will be free samples and displays of unusual tropical fruits and vegetables that grow in Lee County. Look for ice cream, pastries, cooked nutritious foods, cookies, punch, juices, sauces, and much more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Since fruit production is dependent upon Mother Nature, make sure you call 239-533-4327 for final date information.



June 17, Orlando
Father’s Day at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens

Enjoy at day with Dad and take a walk through Orlando’s most beautiful garden this Father’s Day. Admission is free for dads. For more information, contact Leu Gardens at 407-246-2620 or visit www.leugardens.org.



June 17, Gainesville
Father’s Day Special
Kanapaha Botanical Garden

Free admission to fathers of all ages. For more information, visit kanapaha.org.



June 23, Stuart
Taste of the Tropics
Marin County Extension Office

Come sample a wide variety of tropical fruit and listen to experts talk about how to grow various tropical trees. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This is a fun and free event and there will be the opportunity to purchase tropical fruit trees. For more information, call 772-288-5654.




Farmers’ Markets

 

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

This market runs from 7 a.m. to 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. 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.
 

 

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