Every year our Spring Garden Festival has a theme. Our 2020 theme is focusing on celebrating the 30th anniversary of the show.
Admission is $10 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.
March 2021 Cancelled
This is Gainesville's premier horticultural event. The Spring Garden Festival features about 125 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. Please no pets at this event
The Spring Garden Festival is an annual celebration held at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens located in southwest Gainesville, Florida. The Festival has about 125 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. We recently purchased 6 acres of land so that all parking is on-site during our special events; we no longer have shuttle parking. No pets are allowed during these festivals
The children's area is free with regular admission price. The children's area will include photo opportunities, bean bag toss and crafts, such as making paper hats. 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.
11 AM: Santa Fe Brass
1 PM: Live auction
11 AM: Shade Tree
12 PM: Emmett Carlisle
1 PM: Brian McMahon Band
2 PM: Lost Safari Drummers
3:30 PM: Gainesville Dance Academy
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 Frontrunners 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 and follow the year's theme.2020 Summerhouse Display: Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the festival
There are about 125 booths filled each year with a wide variety of garden related materials.
Each year over 40 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.
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.
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. There are booths staffed by members of environmental organizations with specialized information that can help answer almost any environmental question that might be raised.
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