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Spring Garden Festival Featuring the 35th Annual Spring Plant Sale and Butterfly Days
Spring Garden Festival Featuring the 35th Annual Spring Plant Sale and Butterfly Days

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When: Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Come and see what’s growing at Fairchild during our annual celebration of spring, local foods and the gorgeous gardens they grow in, and then take home spectacular plants from our 35th Annual Spring Plant Sale. And, as a special treat this year, learn about the charismatic world of butterflies at our annual Butterfly Days!

  • Celebrate the season with crisp and refreshing spring brews and summer ales in our Spring Beer Garden, sponsored by Whole Foods Market
  • Gather new tips and recipes from local chefs at a culinary demonstration, all with a sweet twist. Chefs will be highlighting honey in their recipes.
  • Shop local vendors array of vegetables, herbs, handmade foods and artisan products.
  • Discover Fairchild’s Edible Garden, lush and delicious with peppers and chilies, perfect for preparing your garden for the summer.
  • Enjoy hands-on scientific activities, as well as, culinary demonstrations for kids and families.
  • Flutter into one of the many Butterfly Days lectures
  • Shop the 35th Annual Spring Plant Sale with thousands of plants from Fairchild’s nursery and local plant vendors.

Butterfly Lectures
In Partnership with Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association
Location: Science Village Classroom

Saturday, April 12, 2014

10:15 a.m.     Welcome
                         Linda Evans, President, Miami Blue Chapter, North American Butterfly Association
10:30 a.m.     Butterflies and their Gardens
                        Georgia Tasker, FTBG

11:30 a.m.     Attracting Butterflies to Coastal Gardens 
                        Roger Hammer, PhD, Naturalist and Author

1:30 p.m.       Robert L Kelley Keynote Lecture: Coastal Butterflies and their Habitats: A Virtual Tour
                        Jaret C. Daniels, Ph.D., University of Florida

3:30 p.m.       Wings of the Tropics at Fairchild: Construction, Content and Conservation
                        Martin Feather, FTBG

Sunday, April 13, 2014

10:30 a.m.     Conservation of Coastal Butterflies in South Florida and Cuba
                        Marc Minno, PhD, University of Florida

11:30 a.m.     Macrophotography Demonstrations *Location: Science Village Laboratories

  1:30 p.m.     Robert L Kelly Keynote Lecture: Butterfly Conservation Initiatives: Efforts to Help Protect our Charismatic Microfauna
                        Jaret C. Daniels, Ph.D., University of Florida

  3:30 p.m.     How to Shoot Bugs: Natural Photography in the Field
                        Mark Deering

Garden Demonstrations
Location: Cycad Vista Demonstrations Tent

Saturday, April 12, 2014

10:00 a.m.   A Few Simple Propagation Ideas for Spring
                      Richard Campbell, FTBG

11:00 a.m.     Honeybees and Your Garden
                        Bob Brennan, FTBG

12:00 p.m.     Growing Edible Greens in Sub Tropical Conditions
                         Dylan Terry, Ready to Grow Gardens

Sunday, April 13, 2014

10:00 a.m.     3 Easy Steps to Grow Happy Palms
                        Sara Edelman, FTBG

11:00 a.m.    Water Conservation in South Florida
                        Barbara McAdam, University of Florida IFAS Extension

12:00 p.m.     Attracting Hummingbirds and Other Wildlife to your Garden
                        Glenn Huberman, Master Gardener

Cooking Demonstrations
Sponsored by Whole Foods Market

Location: Cycad Vista Demonstrations Tent

Saturday, April 12, 2014

1:00 p.m.     Raw Red Pepper &Tomato Bisque, Beet Hummus, and Raw Lemon Avocado Mousse
                      Camille Lamb, Healthy Eating & Green Mission Specialist,
                      Whole Foods Market Coral Gables

2:00 p.m.     Skinny South Quinoa
Tracy Knight, Skinny South

3:00 p.m.     Mango Lassi SUPERFOODBAR Cheesecake
Ashanty Williams, SUPERFOODBAR

Sunday, April 13, 2014

1:00 p.m.     Blueberry and Pistachio Spring Salad with Pomegranate–Honey Dressing
Camilla Staben, Whole Foods Market Coral Gables

2:00 p.m.     Raw Pad Thai & Un-Tuna Salad
Loren Pulitzer, Meals that Heal

3:00 p.m.    Fairchild’s Spring Favorites:
                     Mojito Infused Mango & Mascarpone Mini
Tarts and Mangomisu
Fairchild Challenge Middle and High School Green Cuisine Winners

South Florida Butterfly Garden
Saturday and Sunday
9:30 a.m.  - 4:30 p.m.

Visit the discovery cart at the South Florida Butterfly Garden Plaza and learn how to attract not only butterflies but birds to your garden. Learn which native plants will help you create a  haven for wildlife at home!

Also, learn the basics on sustainable gardening by learning how to use and manage water and mulch.

Location: Learning Garden
Butterflies and moths come in a huge diversity of colors and patterns.  Come to KidWay and explores the strategies these fascinating insects use to protect themselves from hungry predators.   Design you very own butterfly and tell us how it protects itself.

Family Demonstrations
Location: Kidway Demonstrations Tent

Saturday, April12, 2014
1:30 p.m.     Yummy Yogurt Parfaits with Honey
                      Debi Labelle, Common Threads

Sunday, April 13, 2014
1:30 p.m.     Roasted Vegetable Tacos
                      Ray Newlands, Short Chef

The Fairchild Challenge Green Cuisine Competition
Location: Garden House
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-12:00p.m.
Over 120 years ago, David Fairchild began searching the world for edible plants to cultivate in the United States.  Today, as part of Fairchild Challenge’s Green Cuisine, middle school and high school students from all corners of Miami will celebrate David Fairchild’s unmatched contributions to the North American diet.  Choosing from a selected list of ingredients introduced by Fairchild (alfalfa, apricots, dates, mango, pistachio and soy beans), students will create a tasty dish of any kind and try to best impress our panel of judges.  The winners will present their dishes on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Cycad Vista Demonstrations Tent.

Spring Beer Sampling Garden
Location: Cycad Vista Beer Garden
Join us all weekend starting at 11:00 a.m.
for samples of seasonal brews. Whole Foods Market and Gold Coast Beverage  will be bringing us Abita Brewery Spring IPA, Anchor California Lager, Crisp Cider Company Pacific Pear Cider and New Belgium Snapshot.  Vermont Hard Cider Company will be bringing us Woodchuck Spring and Granny Smith Hard Cider and Magners Original and Pear Cider.  Miami Brewing Company will be bringing us Big Rod Coconut Ale, Shark Bait Mango Wheat Ale and Miami Vice IPA. B.R.E.W. F.I.U. will be bringing us an English Pale Ale, Sweet Stout, Barley Wine, Irish Red Ale, Heffeweissen, English Brown Ale, and a Root Beer Soda.   Please note, you must be 21 years of age or older to participate in the beer garden.

Fairchild Farm Smoothies and Fruit Market
Join us at our Edible Garden for refreshing smoothies made from fruit from our Fairchild Farm living collections.  We will also have seasonal fruits from our Farm for sale.

Walking Tours of the Edible Garden
Join us both days of the festival at 11:00 a.m. for a walking tour of our Edible Garden, tours begin at the entrance of the Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion and will include a fruit tasting.

Farmers Market Vendors 
Angie’s Vanilla
Astoria Designs
Candles by Fatima
Crackerman Crackers
Delightful Bites
Earth Learning’s Mobile Harvest Market
Gardens Gone Wire
Market Baskets & Hats
Miguel Bode Honey
Pamela André
PLP Natural Products        
Ready-to-Grow Gardens
Taylor’s Ultimate Gourmet Sauces
Teena’s Pride, CSA
World Flavorz Spices & Teas

Food Vendors 
BillyBob's Roasted Corn
Casa Paella
Cinnamon Horn Rolls
C.J.’s Peruvian Grill
Flip’s Country Kettle Corn
Gerbaud Bakery
Greek Food
Karts of All Kinds
Native Conch

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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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