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The Food and Garden Festival Featuring the 34th Annual Spring Plant Sale
The Food and Garden Festival Featuring the 34th Annual Spring Plant Sale

Note: This event has already taken place. If you are interested in learning about current and upcoming Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Events, click here.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2013 - Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Come see what's cooking at Fairchild during our annual celebration of local foods and the gorgeous gardens they grow in, then take home spectacular plants from our 34th Annual Spring Plant Sale.

  • Gather new tips and recipes from our popular culinary and gardening demos taught by top chefs and gardeners.
  • Shop our Farmers’ Market! Local vendors showcase the best fruits, vegetables and herbs available in South Florida, as well as honey, jams and fresh baked goods and spices.
  • Celebrate the season with crisp and refreshing spring brews and summer ales in our Beer Tasting Garden.
  • Discover Fairchild's Edible Garden, lush and delicious with herbs, vegetables, fruits and ornamentals that can be grown in your home garden.
  • Hear Random Acts of Gardening, ‘pop-up’ lectures in the plant sales area covering South Florida gardening, edible landscaping and more.
  • Enjoy special hands-on and culinary kids' activities in the KidWay.
  • Shop the 34th Annual Spring Plant Sale with thousands of plants from Fairchild's nursery and local plant vendors.  

Outdoor Gardening Demonstrations                           

Saturday, April 20

10:00 a.m.         The Fairchild Edible Garden
                          Todd Walton, FTBG        

11:00 a.m.         Mulching in the Garden
                          Bob Brennan, FTBG       

12:00 p.m.        Making Magic with Tropical Fruit
                         Leila Werner, FTBG         

  1:00 p.m.        Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida
                         Melissa Contreras, Author of Organic Methods
                         for Vegetable Gardening in Florida

  2:00 p.m.        Growing Beautiful Edible Landscapes in South Florida
                         Dylan Terry, Ready-to-Grow Gardens

Sunday, April 21

10:00 a.m.         The Fairchild Edible Garden
                          Todd Walton, FTBG        

11:00 a.m.         Fairchild Edible Landscapes
                         Jason Lopez, FTBG        

12:00 p.m.        Making Magic with Tropical Fruit
                         Leila Werner, FTBG         

1:00 p.m.          Edible Palms
                         Sara Edelman, FTBG    

2:00 p.m.          The Secret to Beautiful Gardens is the Soil
                         Lanette Sobel, Fertile Earth Foundation                                      

Science Village Classroom Lectures               

Saturday, April 20

2:00 p.m.          The Legacy of Dr. David Fairchild - Wild Mangos
                         Noris Ledesma, FTBG  

Sunday, April 21

2:00 p.m.          The Fruit Legacy of Dr. David Fairchild
                         Dr. Richard Campbell, FTBG

3:00 p.m.          Save American Family Farms from Extinction
                         Teena Borek, Teenaspride CSA

Chef Demonstrations

Saturday, April 20

11:00 a.m.          Veggie Stacks with Cashew Cheese
                           Chef Loren Pulitzer, Meals that Heal

12:00 p.m.          Savory Tomato and Pesto Goat Cheese Tart
                          
Chef Derek Hernandez, Whole Foods Market Coral Gables

  1:00 p.m.          Seared Scallops on Corn Johnny Cakes with Smoked Bacon
                           Marmalade and Tangerines
                          
Chef Phillip Bryant, Swine Southern Table & Bar

Sunday, April 21

11:00 a.m.          Mimosa Sorbet
                           Chef Tessa Mencia, Real Sorbet

12:00 p.m.          Quinoa with Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms
                           Healthy Eating and Green Missions Specialist Camille Lamb, 
                           Whole Foods Market Coral Gables

  1:00 p.m.          Florribean Style Bay Scallop Stuffed Eggplant with Mango Chutney,
                           Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and Plantain Crisps
                           Chef Eric Schlossberg, Inspired Creations Catering

Vote each day for your favorite use of summer veggies by our chefs, the winners will be posted to our Facebook page!

Spring Beer Tasting Garden 

Join us all weekend starting at 11:00 a.m. Magners and Brown Distributing Company will be bringing us Magners Original Cider, Magners Pear Cider, Woodchuck Amber Cider, Woodchuck Spring Cider, Blue Point Summer Ale, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Nectar Ale Hemp Ale, Nectar Ale Red Nectar, Nectar Ale Nectar IPA, Palm and Steenbrugge Tripel. The Miami Brewing Company will be bringing us their Caramel and Coconut Blonde Ale Big Rod and Guava and Chocolate Brown Ale Gator Tail. Gold Coast Beverage and Whole Foods Market will be bringing us brews from Abita Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Crispin, Strongbow and more.

Activities in the Edible Garden

Discover Fairchild's Edible Garden, lush and delicious with herbs, vegetables, fruits and ornamentals that can be grown in your home garden. Learn more about our Edible Garden here. We will have fruit tastings all weekend from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Walking Lectures beginning at our Edible Garden

Saturday, April 20

12:30 p.m.            Bee Smart, Bee Cool with Bees, Noris Ledesma, FTBG
                              Learn all about honeybees, their importance in our
                              ecosystem and how to have a safe bee hive at home.

  2:30 p.m.             Gardening in South Florida, Todd Walton, FTBG

Sunday, April 21

12:30 p.m.             Worm Composting, Todd Walton, FTBG

The Fairchild Farm Fruit Market located at the Edible Garden

There will be fruit smoothies, fresh fruit and delicious honey. We will also have seeds and starts of luffa, which has exceptional tolerance to pests and diseases.

75th Anniversary Walking Tours

Saturday and Sunday (Meet at the Tropical Fruit Pavillion)

11:30 a.m.             David Fairchild's Legacy: The Tropical Fruit Program
                              Led by Dr. Richard J. Campbell, FTBG

Kids Activities

Join us at KidWay where using hand lenses and microscopes, children examine every day foods to discover the intricacies within.   Children can then make a "Seed baby" to take home and see the germination process in front of their eyes. 

Kitchen Botany
All weekend
When you eat celery, broccoli, tomatoes or asparagus, what part of the plant are you eating? The leaves, flowers, stem or roots?

Saturday

12:00 p.m.    Chef Ray Newlands, Short Chef
                     Pool of Pasta

2:00 p.m.      Kids find and harvest sweet potatoes

Sunday

12:00 p.m.    Chef Ray Newlands, Short Chef                     Pool of Pasta

2:00 p.m.      Kids find and harvest sweet potatoes

 

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Admission: Free for Fairchild Members and children 5 and under.

Non-members: $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17. 

Eco-discount: If you walk, ride your bike or take public transportation to Fairchild, receive $5 off admission for adults and $2 off admission for children. Members, remember to bring your Rewards Card to earn your gift passes! 

Military Discount: We are pleased to offer active military personnel free admission. In addition, admission for spouses is $20 and children $10. Please present Military IDs.

 

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