NATURE’S FINEST MARKETPLACE…
For two days in early February, Vero Beach’s Riverside Park transforms into one of the largest free and family-friendly garden shows in Florida, Gardenfest! Visitors come from far and wide to stroll under the oaks and enjoy the amazing vendors, lectures, demonstrations, food and raffle prizes. Many arrive with their wagons in tow, ready for the treasures they will find.
Once again, it’s time to get your wagons ready! Gardenfest! returns February 2nd & 3rd, 2019.
Gardenfest! – Nature’s Finest Marketplace is hosted by the Garden Club of Indian River County and celebrates everything garden. Gardenfest! chairmen spend the summer scouring the south to bring together the highest quality vendors. This year over 85 vendors have been hand-selected assuring an incredible selection of plants and garden accessories.
At Gardenfest! plants for sale include palms, ferns, orchids, bromeliads, Florida natives, herbs, succulents, bamboo, fruit trees, bonsai, roses and geraniums. There are also planters, pottery, fountains, furniture, lighting, statuary and other garden accessories.
In addition, the crowd favorite, “Ask the Experts,” returns each day with free lectures, demonstrations and Q & A sessions all led by local authorities.
When it’s time to take a break, rest under the oaks and enjoy fabulous food vendors, including a Vero Beach favorite, 14 Bones. There are activities for the younger gardener too, and don’t forget tickets for the wonderful raffle prizes. From golf packages, to restaurant and theatre, entertainment, spa treatments, jewelry, art work – there’s a package for everyone.
Proceeds from Gardenfest! help fund the club’s community outreach programs aimed at enhancing, preserving and beautifying the landscape of Indian River County.
Garden enthusiasts of all levels look forward to experiencing Vero’s premier annual gardening event, Nature’s Finest Marketplace – Gardenfest!
Free Admission and parking. Rain or shine.
And don’t forget your wagon!
NATURE’S FINEST MARKETPLACE…
Ahmed Hassan, Celebrity Landscaper as seen on DIY Network's "Yard Crashers"
With his television debut in 2000, Ahmed Hassan is best known as the original host of DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers.” Following a series of hosting stints for numerous DIY Network television shows including, “The Dirt On…,” “Green Me Up,” and “Blog Cabin,” the network created “Yard Crashers” to showcase Ahmed’s high energy, motivational spirit and love for everything green.
Millions of viewers, charmed by his engaging personality and unique style of education and entertainment have identified Ahmed as a Landscape and Design Superstar. In September 2011, The Nate Berkus Show unveiled Ahmed’s work as lead design consultant for Monica “Warrior Mom” Jorge’s house. He co-hosted HGTV’s live coverage of the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade. He has served as guest contributor for the CBS Early Show and NBC’s Today Show. He is a guest columnist for several publications including HGTV Magazine.
Ahmed Hassan is an accredited landscape Design/Build, Contractor, Home Improvement Salesperson and Certified Landscape Maintenance Technician. He owns Ahmad Hassan Landscape Services, a full service landscape company. He has collaborated and worked on several landscape and construction projects throughout the country.
Skip Bedell, Co-Host of Spike TV's "Catch A Contractor"
Skip Bedell is a licensed Home Improvement Contractor and television personality. His love for building began at a very early age as he learned carpentry skills from his grandfather and father, both master craftsman who had built some of Long Island’s earliest homes. In addition, the family lived on a marina they owned, Bedell’s Boat Yard, and Skip grew up watching his grandfather build everything from boats to furniture in the wood shop, and thus began his affinity for hand tools and the smell of fresh saw dust. Skip soon learned to build as a teenage apprentice and began working on hundreds of homes. It was these earliest jobs where he acquired his vast knowledge of the trades, working under master carpenters, licensed electricians, plumbers and masons.
Skip’s knowledgeable and friendly persona landed him roles in local television commercials for building products, e-learning modules, and a Home Depot holiday gift segment on NBC’s Today Show. Most recently, he is the co-host of Catch A Contractor, which recently completed it’s 3rd season on Spike, along with his wife Alison and Adam Carolla. You can also find him regularly giving DIY tips and product advice on the FOX News Network’s morning show, FOX & Friends.
An author and public speaker, Boyce Thompson curates a Life-Changing Products exhibit that appeared at ten of the largest American home shows in 2017. To identify products that redefine life at home, Thompson monitors crowd-funding campaigns, attends industry trade shows, and scours magazines and websites. The exhibit includes groundbreaking products that just hit the market and along with prototypes that aren’t yet available for sale.
Previous exhibits have featured air conditioners that sense how many people are in the room; smart grid appliances that know the best time to run; inexpensive voice- and motion-activated home automation systems; and deadbolts that monitor who is at the door. The exhibit allows show-goers to use the products in an interactive fashion. Thompson also delivers seminars that explore trends that drive the do-it-yourself, remodeling, and new home markets
The Friends of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens proudly announce our 2017 Botanica Garden Festival and Plant Sale which will be held at The Gardens on Saturday – February 11th, 2017 and Sunday – February 12th, 2017 from 9am to 4pm each day.
The 8th Annual Botanica Garden Festival event is a two day plant sale of horticulture specialists from around Florida; experts in their chosen field of landscape and ornamental plants and flowers. Botanica Garden Festival and Plant Sale represents a special and fun opportunity for residents of Port St Lucie to shop for unique and unusual specimens to enhance their personal plant environment as well as a large variety of plant related merchandise. The vendors are all experts in their respective fields and the opportunity to “learn from the experts” is an invaluable asset to the consumer. These vendors know their plants! Light requirements, water needs, temperature sensitivity – all combine to ensure a healthy landscape or ornamental plant.
Vendors specializing in fruit trees, heliconias & gingers, orchids, succulents, palm trees, bromeliads, camelias, herbs .. the list is extensive .. are on site at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens for the two day Botanica Garden Festival and Plant Sale. Don’t miss this once-a year opportunity.
The Port St Lucie Botanical Gardens is a twenty acre gem, adjacent to the St Lucie River north fork on Westmoreland Boulevard near Port St. Lucie Boulevard. A serene, tranquil setting for residents and visitors alike to enjoy Florida at its best. This is a free admission event.
NATURE’S FINEST MARKETPLACE…
The 15th annual Gardenfest! was held in Riverside Park, Vero Beach with 90 vendors, 8 non-profit organizations and 8 Blue Ribbon sponsors greeting over 20,000 visitors. Saturday, February 6 was a beautiful day with large crowds causing traffic to back-up the Barber Bridge and in the large grass parking lots. Rains returned Saturday night after saturating the area about 1 ½ weeks ago so, for the first time in 15 years, there was standing water in the park on Sunday, February 7. Vendors were moved, walkways covered, mulch spread but the show went on. People cheered late morning when the sun came out and crowds appeared on this sunny, cold day.
It was a beautiful shopping event with plants, planters, pottery, fountains, furniture, patio designs, lighting, statuary and other garden accessories. Plants for sale included palms, ferns, orchids, bromeliads, Florida natives, herbs, succulents, bamboo and roses. Gardenfest! continues as the horticulturist's weekend resource and garden shopper's Mecca.
Fans of the horticulture arena visited Gardenfest! for the interesting "Ask The Expert" question and answer sessions each day facilitated by top-notch authorities in their fields. Our experts for 2016 were:
• "Caring for Your Orchids" with John Odom of Odom's Orchids, Inc.
• "Herbs, Garden To Table" with Dennis Gretton of D&D Growers
• "Garden Pollinators" with Shari Blisset-Clark of the Florida Bat Conservancy/Bat Belfrys
• "Shade Gardening" with Kathy Roberts of Central Florida Ferns
• "Caladiums" with Merry Savoy of Fancy Leaf Caladiums
• "Florida Natives" with Janice Broda of the Florida Native Plant Society- Eugenia Chapter
• "The History, Benefits and Uses of Old Growth Cypress Wood" with Dee and Jesse Vance of Nature's Relics
• "All About Orchids" with Paul Price of the Treasure Coast Orchid Society
Landscapes, Gardening & Water Features
Get inspired with ideas for your own home and garden! Learn directly from local Gardening Experts.
Come get inspired with:
• Garden & Landscaping
• Outdoor Kitchens & Grills
• Gazebos, Pools & Spas
• Advice on Pollinating & Beekeeping
Bring your questions, problems and pictures to discuss with exhibitors directly to solve your gardening projects!
Complete Selection of Home Improvement
A one-stop-shop for everything home improvement! Browse aisles of kitchens and baths, contractors and remodelers, windows and doors, energy innovations, no-clog gutters, garage organization and storage and more.
New Product Zone
Back by popular demand! See it here first! The New Product Zone will be a display of all the newest products to help you around the house and make everyday tasks easier and more fun! Just when you think you’ve got it all, you will have the next “must have” item right here!
Kids Zone & Pet Zone
Don’t hesitate to bring the kids, we have activities just for them including:
• FREE 4×6 Spring Photos of children 12 & Under by Michele Justice Photography
• Kids Crafts by Michaels
• Kids Fingerprinting by the Volusia County Citizen Observers
• Reptile Display and Interaction by the Marine Science Center
• Face Painting & Balloon Animals by Fun Faces
• Appearance by the Daytona Tortugas Mascot
• Block & Sensory Play to Educate While Entertaining by thE
Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia
Plus, live birds of prey shows, critter encounters and pet adoptions in the Pet Zone!
Take Care of YOU! Shop 'Til Ya Drop & Stay In Front Of Cold & Flu Season
Shop the Art, Gift & Gourmet areas for unique and fun finds for everyone!
And get health screenings and/or a Flu Shot from Walgreens and CPR Classes by Second Wind!
*Features and show details are subject to change.
ADMISSION: $8 (Adults), $5 (children 3-13)
TIME: TWO DAY EVENT
Sat 9am - 5pm Sun 10am - 5pm
This is Gainesville's premier horticultural event. The Spring Garden Festival features about 175 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhibits and, of course, foods. Also featured are a children's activities area, live entertainment and live auctions. Parking is free and two off-site parking areas are serviced by shuttle buses. Please no pets at this event.
Sponsors of the show include: Visit Gainesville, Gainesville Sun, Dominos Pizza and Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives
Admission is $8 for Adults and $5 for children three to thirteen. Cash only (no credit cards) at these events for admission. A $2 discount is given for members of Kanapaha. Pets are not allowed at these festivals.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Spring Garden Festival is an annual celebration held at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens located in southwest Gainesville, Florida. The Festival has about 175 booths including many where patrons can select from a variety of plants to add color, shade and beauty to their yards and gardens. Patrons can also purchase garden related products including tools, furniture and outdoor decorations. In addition there are booths staffed by local gardening and environmental organizations where patrons can gather information about plants, ponds, pests, the environment at large, and a variety of other topics. There are also a number booths presented by artisans who create a wide range of fine arts and crafts for your home or garden. No festival would be complete without a large variety of foods available along with picnic areas where they can be enjoyed. The Festival has a stage featuring live local entertainers. Young visitors will enjoy our free Children’s Activities Area where they can pot plants, create floral arrangements, design newspaper hats and be involved in a wide variety of supervised activities. On Saturday afternoon patrons have an opportunity to compete for bargains by bidding on plants and garden items donated by area nurseries at the Live Auction.
The Spring Garden Festival is filled with activities and opportunities to gather information, and purchase plants or other garden related products. There is plenty of food, and entertainment, and seating areas so everyone can enjoy their stay at the festival. Comfortable shoes, broad brimmed hats and sunscreen can make the hours of meandering through the festival more enjoyable. The festival is located in grassy areas and under trees so we recommend strollers, walkers or wheelchairs with inflated tires. For those of you who expect to purchase large plants, numerous small plants or many other items, we recommend that you bring a wagon or small pull cart. Should you find yourself in need of assistance carrying your purchases we offer a Tote-N-Carry service staffed by Interlachen High School ROTC students and supervised by an adult sponsor. The students can help gather your purchases and transport them to a holding area located at the entrance of the Festival, where you will be able to drive in and pick them up. Any tips the students receive for providing this service go towards their school activities. For this reason we encourage you to please tip them generously.
The Kanapaha Botanical Gardens entrance (Map Marker A) is on SW Archer Road (State Road 24) 1 mile west of Interstate 75 (exit #384).
Map Key:(A) Kanapaha Gardens Entrance; (B) Limited Onsite Parking;
(C) Remote Parking: Veteran's Park; (D) Remote Parking: Kanapaha Middle School
FREE Shuttle Busses every 15 minutes between remote parking and the festival!!
There is some free parking on the grounds of the gardens (Map Marker B) but it fills up quickly. It is recommended that patrons use one of the remote parking lots and board the free shuttle buses to get to and from the gardens.
The free shuttle buses run every 15 minutes Saturday from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm and Sunday from 9:30 am until 5:30 pm. We will be providing handicapped buses this year in addition to the regular buses.
Remote Parking is available at:
7400 SW 41st Place (Map Marker C)
(East on to SW 41st Place off of Tower Road between Newberry and Archer Roads)
Kanapaha Middle School
5005 SW 75th Street (Map Marker D)
(East side of Tower Rd just north of Archer Road)
Some residents along SW 63rd Terrace offer paid parking slots. This service is not affiliated with the Spring Garden Festival. The free "remote parking" shuttle only makes stops at the remote parking lots and the festival entrance.
MUST SEES AND DO'S
The children's area is free with regular admission price. The children's area will include photo opportunities and gardening crafts. Children have the opportunity to plant and take home with them a flowering plant compliments of Hatchett Creek Nursery and the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.
The main stage is located under a large live oak tree near the entrance to the Festival. Performances are scheduled for an hour on Saturday starting at 11am. At 1:00 pm Saturday the Live Auction takes over the stage and lasts for the remainder of the afternoon. On Sunday performances run from 11am-5pm. Entertainment is provided by a diverse group of performers from folk dancers to drum ensembles. Tables and seating are provided under the tree so patrons can enjoy food from the adjacent vendors while they enjoy the entertainers on stage.
Saturday 11AM: Santa Fe Brass
Sunday 11AM: Shade Tree
1 PM: Lost safari Drummers
1-3PM: Keith Peters, Jon Alexander, Richard Bassil, Walter Jones
3PM: Sister Song
Members of The Frontrunners Chapter of the Florida Nursery, Grower and Landscape Association, donate a wide variety of plants and garden supplies to be auctioned off Saturday afternoon at the live auction. This provides an opportunity to make major additions to your garden at very reasonable costs. Proceeds from this auction benefit the Frontrummers Chapter of the FNGLA and are used to fund research and scholarships for students in area horticulture programs. The Auction is from 1 pm until 5 pm on Saturday.
Displays for the festival will be held in Kanapaha’s entrance building in the reception hall.
2016 Summerhouse Display
A judged flower show presented by the Gainesville Garden Club. Designs entering the competition will have an emphasis on using bamboo somewhere in the design to mirror this year's theme, highlighting the Bamboo Garden.
There are about 175 booths filled each year with a wide variety of garden related materials.
Each year over 50 booths are filled by local and regional nurseries and growers who bring a wide variety of plants to show and sell at the festival. Plants are available in a multitude of sizes and varieties including fruit trees, landscape trees, large potted plants, herbs, vegetables, and houseplants. Plants are available that will thrive in many conditions from sun to shade, in wet areas, dry areas, or even ponds and water features. Plants that are native to this area are featured alongside tropical or exotic selections. Local plant societies provide information and sell roses, bromeliads and other specialized plants as fundraisers for their organization.
GARDEN SUPPLIES & SERVICES
Over 25 booths feature products to help in your gardening activities or to make your garden more beautiful. Vendors sell gardening tools, pots, birdhouses, wind chimes and yard art to fill that special spot in your garden. A number of booths have representatives available to discuss garden services from tree trimming to irrigation systems.
Several spaces are reserved for local landscape designers to showcase their creative garden design skills. In addition to adding beauty to the Festival, the staff in these booths can help you realize your yard and garden's potential and even provide the services and materials to make it happen.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Over 50 booths contain a wide variety of nature inspired handmade products that can be used to beautify you home, garden or person. Stained glass, turned bowls, tee shirts, incense, soaps, and weathervanes are among the many items available from the Arts and Crafts booths.
Several booths present original art inspired by nature. These items include paintings, photographs, quilts and blown glass.
Information booths are set aside for local plant societies and environmental organizations to present their specialties and answer questions from visitors. The Camellia and Orchids Societies exhibit plants grown by their members and answer questions from visitors. Other clubs represented include those interested in koi, goldfish and water gardens, and pet rescue groups. There are booths staffed by members of environmental organizations with specialized information that can help answer almost any environmental question that might be raised.