spring garden festival

Theme

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 Every year our Spring Garden Festival has a theme. Our 2020 theme is focusing on celebrating the 30th anniversary of the show. 

Admission Price

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 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. 

Date

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  March 21 & 22 (9am - 5pm),  2020 

overview

 March 21 (9am - 5pm) & 22 (9am - 5pm),  2020


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.

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 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.

must see and do's

 

Children’s Area

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.


Main Stage

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.


2019 Itinerary

Saturday
11AM: Santa Fe Brass
1PM: Live auction


Sunday
11AM: Shade Tree
12PM: Keith Peters and Friends
1 PM:  Lost safari Drummers
2PM:  Emmett Carlisle


Live Auction

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.


Summerhouse Display


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


 

Shopping

There are about 125 booths filled each year with a wide variety of garden related materials.


Plants

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.


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.


Landscape Displays

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.


Fine Arts

Several booths present original art inspired by nature. These items include paintings, photographs, quilts and blown glass.


Information

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.