Tuesday, March 24, 2015



Media contact: Brooke LeMaire
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392

Visitors browse native and exotic plants at the Spring Garden Festival & Plant Sale




Coral Gables, FL, March 25, 2015 – Spring has arrived, and with it comes an abundance of new blooms and edible plants. Join Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in celebrating the best of the season at the Spring Garden Festival featuring the 36th Annual Spring Plant Sale. The festival is from Saturday, April 11 – Sunday, April 12 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Gardening demos by Fairchild horticulturists and local experts will teach you how to improve your edible garden or establish a new one. The garden marketplace is a great place to find locally-grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs perfect for preparing the delicious dishes debuted at the chef-led cooking demos sponsored by Whole Foods Market. To sample crisp and refreshing brews, stop by the Beer Tasting Garden presented by New Belgium Brewing. The Spring Garden Tea in the Baobab Courtyard offers a relaxing tea service with sweets and savories from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Enjoy live music while grabbing a bite to eat.


The 36th Annual Spring Plant Sale features a spectacular array of both native and exotic plants grown by Fairchild horticulturists and local plant vendors, who will be on hand to answer any questions. Some of this year’s plants include sweet almond bush, annatto, wild sage, Bailey palms, and pineland croton.


Kids can learn how food gets from garden to table with fun, interactive activities at KidWay. Chefs will present cooking demos of easy and nutritious meals the whole family can make. As part of The Fairchild Challenge’s Green Cuisine Competition, middle and high school students will be judged on their original and healthy vegetarian dishes. Stop by the Garden House to see their creations.


Dale Chihuly’s most comprehensive garden exhibition is on view until May 31. See the large-scale sculptures installed throughout many of the Garden exhibits, including the lush Rainforest, sprawling Palm Collection, picturesque Bailey Palm Glade Vista, and the Wings of the Tropics butterfly exhibit.


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. Admission is free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. For nonmembers, admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, and $12 for children 6-17. Eco-discounts and military discounts are available.


For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org, the Spring Garden Festival webpage, or call 305-667-1651.


About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, and Orchid Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. For more info, call 305-667-1651 or visit www.fairchildgarden.org


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