Spring Garden Festival and 37th Annual Spring Plant Sale Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the season with local foods and the gorgeous gardens they grow in. Learn tips to keep your garden thriving during the summer months, pick up a trick from local chefs at a cooking demonstration, shop artisan vendors or pick up delicious foods from local vendors. 

And, of course, take home a spectacular plant from our 37th Annual Spring Plant Sale.

Spread the Spring Garden Festival love to win a Fairchild Membership!

Be sure to share the fun you're having by using the hashtag #SpringFest on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook! Be sure to tag us with @FairchildGarden! The visitor with the most "likes" will receive a Fairchild Membership!

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Admission Pricing
Free for Fairchild Members
Adults: $25
Seniors (age 65 and up): $18
Children (ages 6-17): $12
Free for children 5 and younger

Buy Tickets Now

Join today and save on the ticket price! 

Become a Fairchild Member now to enjoy free admission to the Spring Garden Festival and so many other benefits!

Become a Fairchild Member Now

Exclusively for Fairchild Fellows:
Early Admission on Saturday, 8:00 a.m.

The Fairchild Fellows are the Garden's upper-level members and supporters. For over 45 years, their philanthropy has ensured the Garden's success. Early admission to the Spring Garden Festival is one of the many benefits of being a Fellow. Interested in joining this important and transformative group? Learn how here.

Welcome to the Spring Garden Festival: 
It's a weekend garden party!

And it's plants, plants and plants all weekend! 

Springtime in Miami can only mean one thing: the Spring Plant Sale at Fairchild. For 37 years, we've been offering the best plant sale in South Florida. And this year will be even better! Be sure to arrive early to stock up on those special plants grown exclusively for you by our expert horticulturists. There will also be plant vendors selling hundreds of varieties and species of plants. It's a one-stop-DIY garden shopping experience. Take a look at some of our the plants we're offering here.

Want to keep up-to-speed with what's going on? Then follow us on Twitter. Our botanists and horticulturists are excitedly sharing sneak-peeks as we lead up to the big weekend. 

Event Program

View and download the event program here. 

Saturday, April 9

Lectures and Demonstrations

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Fairchild Challenge Green Cuisine Presentation 
Garden House
Come learn how middle and high school students in South Florida, as part of The Fairchild Challenge, are working with NASA on their "Veggie" program to grow edible plants in similar conditions found aboard the International Space StationLearn more about the Green Cuisine Challenge here.

11:00 a.m. Gardening Demonstration by Barbara McAdam  Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
Gardening on a Mission: Beyond Water Conservation: Saving the 39 Imperiled Butterflies of South Florida

11:30 a.m. Talk & Walk by Glenn Huberman, Master Gardener
South Florida Butterfly Garden
How to Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds to your Garden

12:00 p.m. Gardening Demonstration by Dr. Noris Ledesma, Curator of Tropical Fruit 
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
Tropical Fruit For South Florida

1:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Chef Tracy Knight, Skinny South
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
Apricot Toasties

2:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Chef Jackie Gadala, Superfuzion llc
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
Spring Salad with Superfuzion Pesto

Sunday, April 10

Lectures and Demonstrations

11:00 a.m. Gardening Demonstration by Richard Campbell, Ph.D., Director of Horticulture, Fairchild
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
Planting your Home Garden with Pollinators in Mind

11:30 a.m. Talk & Walk by Glenn Huberman, Master Gardener
South Florida Butterfly Garden
How to Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds to your Garden

12:00 p.m. Gardening Demonstration by Sara Edelman, Palm and Cycad Manager, Fairchild
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
Palms for Attracting Wildlife

1:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Chef Mariana Cortez, Bunnie Cakes   
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
Spring Strawberry Tart, vegan, gluten free and soy free

2:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration Chef Michael Heckart, Wicked Mike's 
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
Seasoning Powers 101

2:30 p.m. Kids Interactive Presentation by
Kiki MutisFairchild Community Outreach Coordinator
Walk and Talk Tent
From far and near learn about the roots, stems and flowers we eat.  Did you know tomatoes are not Italian and the potato is not from Ireland?  Discover the long journey plants have taken to get to our tables.  Let’s dissect a seed together and see what lies within. 

All Weekend

KidWay! Cycad Circle

Kitchen Botany!  When you eat celery, broccoli, tomatoes or asparagus, what part of the plant are you eating? The leaves, flowers, stem or roots?  Join us at KidWay, located near Cycad Circle, 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. 

Blooming Beer Garden 

Celebrate the season with the crisp Cuban Style brew! Featuring Hatuey, Cuban Style Ale!

Spring Tea Garden, each day: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Enjoy our outdoor Tea Garden in the Baobab Courtyard located next to the historic Gate House. Under the shade of a lovely tent you will find beautifully set tables and volunteers waiting to serve you a delicious tea, complete with scones, savories, and sweets and of course wonderful teas blended especially for Fairchild. Live music is provided.
Adults $20
Children 12 and under, $15 
(Prices do not include Garden admission for Non-members.)
For reservations, please call Marnie Valent at 305.663.8059, mvalent@fairchildgarden.org

South Florida Butterfly Garden 
Each day: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Join us at the South Florida Butterfly Garden, located at the top of the mulch path and learn all about butterflies! Check out the metamorphosis interactive cart where you will be able to sneak a peek at caterpillars and chrysalises, and learn about the different kinds of butterflies living in South Florida.

Plant Vendors

Bonsai Society of Miami - Bob Benaim
Bromeliad Society of South Florida - PCK Orchids and Exotic Plants/Mike's Bromeliads/Bello Tropicals
Envy Botanicals
Exotic Palms
Going Bananas
JG's Tropical Plants
Kreative Gardens
Rare Fruit Council International
So Orchids
South Florida Cactus and Succulent Society - Isaac Farms
Tropical Fern and Exotic Plant Society - Ree Gardens/Rusty's Bamboo Art/Oasis Nursery/Jose Lopez Crotons
Tropical Flowering Tree Society - Paul Gehrke Nursery/Karma Nursery/Freund Flowering Trees

Garden Marketplace

Andre Art Glass
Atizana Inspired
Bee My Honey
Calamarie: Eco-Art
CMG Corp of Miami
CrepeMaker
Delightful Bites
Eccolopops
Garden Gone Wire
Gerbaud Bakery
Gloria Janell
Greek Food
Gringa Flan
Karts of All Kinds
Lakonia Greek Products
Native Conch
Nic & Luc Fine Food Purveyors
PLP Natural Products LLC
Tower Creations
Vibe 305 (Sunday Only)
Wicked Mike's
World Spicery

Be sure to take home a Spring Garden Festival tshirt! 

These beautiful, all-cotton shirts are a great take-home reminder of the fun and learning you experienced during the event. Be sure to pick one up. Limited supplies. $12 each

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibitors

Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency
Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department

Admission Pricing

The Spring Garden Festival is included with the price of admission to the Garden. 
Free for Fairchild Members
Adults: $25
Seniors (age 65 and up): $18
Children (ages 6-17): $12
Free for children 5 and younger

Buy Tickets for the Spring Garden Festival Now

Join today and save on the ticket price! 

Become a Fairchild Member now to enjoy free admission to the Spring Garden Festival and so many other benefits!

Become a Fairchild Member Now 

Convert your admission toward a Fairchild Membership

We're sure you'll enjoy your the Spring Garden Festival and your visit to the Garden, so we've made it easy for you to apply the price of your admission toward a membership on the day of your visit. Any of our friendly admission personnel can assist you during your visit. Click here to learn about becoming a member.

Press and Media Inquiry 

Official press release announcing the Spring Garden Festival.

Please contact Brooke LeMaire, Public Relations Manager at 305.667.1651, ext. 3392 or blemaire@fairchildgarden.org. 

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