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The Food and Garden Festival Featuring the 33rd Annual Spring Plant Sale
The Food and Garden Festival Featuring the 33rd Annual Spring Plant Sale

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When: Saturday, April 14, 2012 - Sunday, April 15, 2012 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 33rd 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.
  • 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 33rd Annual Spring Plant Sale with thousands of plants from Fairchild's nursery and local plant vendors.  

Download a pdf of the full program

Garden Demos (Near the Plant Sales)

Saturday, April 14     

10:00 a.m.      10 Great Plants for South Florida
Jeff Wasielewski, FTBG
11:00 a.m.      Spring and Summer Craft Beer Styles
Larry Goeser, Good Beer Larry
12:00 p.m.      Planting Natives in your Edible Garden
Ben Thacker
1:00 p.m.        Preparing a Raised Bed Garden for Fall Production
Andres Mejides, Organic Gardening Expert
2:00 p.m.        Helping your Herbs Survive in Hot Weather
Carolyn Coppolo, Redland Herb Farm
3:00 p.m.        Natural Pest Management
Alison Walker, FTBG              
                         *Please note this lecture will take place in our Corbin Building   

Sunday, April 15        

10:00 a.m.      Making Cheese at Home
                          Hani Khouri, Hani's Mediterranean Organics
10:30 a.m.      Walking Tour: Meet the Plants Collected by Dr. David Fairchild
                          Jason Lopez, FTBG
                          *Please note this walking tour will begin at the Garden Demo Tent
11:00 a.m.      Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Dehydration
Leila Werner, FTBG
12:00 p.m.      Raising Honeybees in your Home Garden
Dr. Richard J. Campbell, FTBG Director of Horticulture
1:00 p.m.        How to Create an Open-air Compost Bin
Jeff Wasielewski, FTBG
2:00 p.m.        Local Sustainable Vegetable Gardening
                         Teena Borek, Teena's Pride
3:00 p.m.        Grow Food All Year Long in South Florida
Dylan Terry, Ready to Grow Gardens 

Cooking Demonstrations (Garden House) 

Saturday, April 14      

11:30 a.m.     Pan Seared Local Key West Pink Shrimp with Organic Grilled
                        Vegetable Medley and a Florida Orange Pan Reduction Sauce
                         Chef Chris Bulgarin, Delicious Catering
12:30 p.m.    Black Bean Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing and 
                        Strawberry Melon Gazpacho
                        Whole Foods Market Health Starts Here Chef Jessica Grossman
1:30 p.m.        Pancetta Wrapped Local Snapper with yellow tomato confit,
                         cauliflower puree, and spinach
                         Chef Julie Frans, Essensia Restaurant at The Palms Hotel 

Sunday, April 15                              

11:30 a.m.     Banana Flake Maple Chocolate Sorbet
                        Tessa Mencia, Real Sorbet Food Truck
12:30 p.m.     Spicy Bean Thread Noodles
                         Chef Johnson Teh, Lan Pan Asian and Yuga in the Gables
1:30 p.m.        All Veggie Stir Fry with Cashew Sauce
                         Loren Pulitzer, Treats that Heal      

Lectures (Garden House) 

Saturday April 14                            

10:30 a.m.      Pollinators in Your Garden
                         Martin Feather, FTBG
2:30 p.m.        Gardening at Fairchild
Noris Ledesma, FTBG
3:30 p.m.        Rain Harvesting in a Rainy State
Chris French, Sustainable Landscape Engineer                       

Sunday, April 15                          

10:30 a.m.      The Healing Power of the Garden
Brent Knoll, Brent's Organic Garden
2:30 p.m.         Edible Palms in Your Garden      
                          Sara Edelman, FTBG       
3:30 p.m.         The Effects of Worm Casting on Garden Production
Lanette Sobel, Fertile Earth

Garden House Art Exhibit

Explore the "Enlightened" exhibit in the Garden House showcasing the festival's featured artist Michelle Ferry's glass earth sculptures, along with an amazing visual arts, film, and photography exhibit inspired from two artists' 21 day expedition to the depths of the Amazon Rainforest where they were immersed in the earth's most primitive environment, people, and culture.

Spring Beer Garden (Cycad Vista)

All weekend from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Please note: you must be 21 years of age or older to participate in The Beer Garden.

Spring is in the air in South Florida! Celebrate the season with the crisp and refreshing spring brews and summer ales in our Beer Garden.

Whole Foods Market – sampling PALM Belgian Amber Ale, Narragansett Lager, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Blue Point Summer Ale, Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale, Holy Mackerel Panic Attack and Holy Mackerel Mack in Black
Gold Coast Beverage - sampling Florida Lager, Sierra Nevada Summer Fest, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Harpoon UFO White, Harpoon Summer and Brooklyn Summer
Schnebly Winery - sampling Beach Blonde Mango Beer, Gator Tail Ale Guava Beer and Big Rod Coconut Beer
Magners Cider -
sampling Magners Original and Magners Pear Ciders. Magners will also be making Pear Cider Mimosas!

Kids’ Activities (Tropical Fruit Pavilion)

All Weekend 
Enjoy special hands-on and culinary kids' activities including kids' cooking demonstrations and kitchen botany.

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

Join us at KidWay where using hand lenses and microscopes, children examine fruits and vegetables to discover the intricacies within. Children will identify the part of the flower that develops into fruit and the role that pollinators and seed dispersal play in this process.   Children can then make a "peanut seed baby" to take home and see the germination process in front of their eyes. 

Saturday only
11:30 a.m. What's the Buzz?
What's the Buzz? is an upbeat, informative presentation that provides insight into the world of the honeybee! We'll have a luscious, lip-smacking honey tasting, and kids will get to make a honeycomb candle to take home.

Sunday only
11:30 a.m. Building a Worm Bin
Kids will enjoy a special interactive demonstration by the Fertile Earth Foundation.

Activities in the Edible Garden

Saturday, April 14
11:30 a.m.     Noris Ledesma, FTBG, Edible Gardening for Kids
12:30 p.m.     Jeff Wasielewski, FTBG, Pruning Fruit Trees
1:30 p.m.       David Hardy, FTBG, Edible Garden Walking Tour 

Sunday, April 15
11:30 a.m.     David Hardy, FTBG , Edible Garden Walking Tour
12:30 p.m.     Georgia Tasker, FTBG, Edible Gardening in South Florida
1:30p.m.        Dr. Richard J. Campbell, FTBG, Honeybees in the Edible Garden 

Spring Flower Market

After shopping the best plants in South Florida at the 33rd Annual Spring Plant Sale, pick up fresh cut flowers from our Flower Market presented by Hirni's Wayside.

Bike Valet

Green Mobility Network will be here Saturday and Sunday offering their unique bike valet service at the South Gate. Bike and $5! If you walk or ride your bike to Fairchild, you will receive $5 off the admission price for adults and $2 for children. It's our way of thanking you for contributing to conservation. 

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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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