Categories
Florida Life Things To Do

Fairchild Spring Garden Festival & Plant Sale This Weekend, April 11 & 12

Plant Sale at Fairchild Tropical Garden
Plant Sale at Fairchild Tropical Garden

 

Spring is here and brings with it Spring cleaning and gardening.  If you are looking for a fun way to incorporate plant buying into a whole day and family event, head over to Fairchild Tropical Gardens this weekend for their Spring Garden Festival.

In addition to their 36th Annual Plant Sale, you can shop for  locally-grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs at the garden marketplace, sample crisp and refreshing brews at the Beer Tasting Garden presented by New Belgium Brewing, enjoy live music, and  view Dale Chihuly‘s most comprehensive garden exhibition.

Categories
Restaurants Things To Do

Calling All Orchid Lovers: International Orchid Festival At Fairchild Garden Is This Weekend

SONY DSC

The 12th annual international orchid festival takes place at Fairchild Garden from March 7-9. Stroll through the gardens and browse the 10,000 plants that will be on sale from international vendors, stop by and have lunch at the Orchid Tea Room, Glasshouse Cafe, or Lakesaide Cafe, then continue enjoying all the garden has to offer including: interactive gardening workshops, Wings of the Tropics butterfly conservatory, Tropical Fruit Pavilion, and Rainforest. During your strolling, you are sure to see 16 intricate design pieces by Brazilian designer Hugo França, who uses reclaimed wood to make functional, natural pieces like chaise lounges and tall benches.

Categories
Coconut Grove Neighborhood News Pinecrest South Miami

Things To Do In Miami: Visit A Farmers’ Market

Fresh! Keys Gate Carrots

Well, normally the weather has cooled down enough by mid-December for to thoroughly enjoy the local Farmers’ Market that pop up in the fall and last through spring.  Even though temperatures are still in the 80’s, head over to one of the markets for a fun day out and a chance to purchase produce straight from the farm.  Many also have great gift ideas and live plants for your garden.

Pinecrest Farmers Market

South Miami Farmers’ Market

Coconut Grove Farmers’ Market

Keys Gate Farmers’ Market

Redland Farmers’ Market

Miami Beach Farmer’s Market

Categories
Coconut Grove Neighborhood News Pinecrest South Miami

Things To Do In Miami: Visit A Farmers' Market

Fresh! Keys Gate Carrots

Well, normally the weather has cooled down enough by mid-December for to thoroughly enjoy the local Farmers’ Market that pop up in the fall and last through spring.  Even though temperatures are still in the 80’s, head over to one of the markets for a fun day out and a chance to purchase produce straight from the farm.  Many also have great gift ideas and live plants for your garden.

Pinecrest Farmers Market

South Miami Farmers’ Market

Coconut Grove Farmers’ Market

Keys Gate Farmers’ Market

Redland Farmers’ Market

Miami Beach Farmer’s Market

Categories
Florida Life Things To Do

Things To Do In Miami: Fairchild's Ramble Starts Tomorrow

Known as South Florida’s garden party, the 71st Annual Fairchild Ramble is this weekend.

Categories
Florida Life Things To Do

Things To Do In Miami: Fairchild’s Ramble Starts Tomorrow

Known as South Florida’s garden party, the 71st Annual Fairchild Ramble is this weekend.

Categories
Florida Life

Another Reason To Love South Florida

In Full Bloom

Categories
Neighborhood News Pinecrest Things To Do

Pinecrest Farmer's Market Is Full of Color

farmers marketThe Pinecrest Farmer’s Market at Pinecrest Gardens has been open every  Sunday since December and I finally got by this weekend.  It is open every Sunday from 9-2 p.m. through April, and I plan on being a regular.  In addition to the fresh fruit and vegetables that are grown locally, there are food vendors with everything from conch to tropical ice cream, herb and vegetable plants for the home gardener, spices, and green products to clean your home or make it more energy efficient.  My favorite part was the burst of color all around me.  I know where I will be shopping for my produce for the next several months.

Categories
Florida Life Neighborhood News Pinecrest Things To Do

Pinecrest Farmer’s Market Is Full of Color

farmers marketThe Pinecrest Farmer’s Market at Pinecrest Gardens has been open every  Sunday since December and I finally got by this weekend.  It is open every Sunday from 9-2 p.m. through April, and I plan on being a regular.  In addition to the fresh fruit and vegetables that are grown locally, there are food vendors with everything from conch to tropical ice cream, herb and vegetable plants for the home gardener, spices, and green products to clean your home or make it more energy efficient.  My favorite part was the burst of color all around me.  I know where I will be shopping for my produce for the next several months.

Categories
Environmental Home Improvement

Composting is Beneficial for South Florida Gardens

Growing plants in South Florida is very easy.  When I first moved here, I remember someone  telling me,  “plant once and cut it forever” .  Well, after successfully growing tomatoes, jalapenos, and a variety of peppers by simply throwing seeds from my kitchen into assorted pots, I am convinced that growing just about anything is pretty easy.  The quality of what is grown, however, requires a little more effort.  I threw papaya seeds in the yard and grew massive papayas, which were disgustingly mealy, and my frangipanis, though flowering, could use a little more something.

Composting is an easy way to improve the quality of your plants while reducing waste.   A friend and neighbor of mine who swears by her composter and my sister, who lives in Italy and thinks composting is a no-brainer, have convinced me that composting is the way to go.   So, after years of procrastinating, I have decided to go more “formal” with my garden and will start composting.  Since the University of Florida has an amazing agricultural extension and an extremely informative website, I will be building vs buying my first compost pile.  I will post my progress on this blog and, hopefully, will be producing compost that looks as good as this person’s.Real_Compost