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Road trips! Spring Inspiration

Friday, February 10, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lisa Burns, Backyard Getaway
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Spring is just around the corner and the unseasonably warm weather we have been enjoying has me thinking about my garden.

OK, truth is, I think about gardening all year long.

In the winter, I plan for my spring garden, thumbing through gardening books, scanning online gardening blogs, combing through garden magazines for new ideas to try. Boy, do I find ideas. I cannot wait to get out there to start digging in the dirt.

Of course, there is something to be said about viewing live plants and gardens for inspiration. Visiting botanical gardens or shopping your local farmers market is a great way to get inspired. Nothing beats a garden festival, where you can purchase a wide variety of plants, usually grown by local growers, while enjoying the beautiful Florida outdoors. Many botanical gardens and garden society host garden festivals.

Here are a few to visit this spring. Who's up for a road trip?

Flamingo Gardens Butterfly & Garden Festival
March 3-4
The Garden is bursting with blooms and butterflies! Feed butterflies in the Butterfly Encounter Pavilion. Visit dozens of specialty plant vendors, along with plant and gardening supplies, garden/butterfly art and decor, classes and demonstration, kid's zone, music and entertainment, food, and tropical fruit wine tasting by Florida Orange Grove Winery.
3750 S. Flamingo Rd. Davie
Admission: $18 ages 12+ and $10 ages 4-12
More info: 954-473-2955 or

Florida Azalea Festival in Palatka
March 3-4
The annual Florida Azalea Festival takes place in historic downtown Palatka at Memorial Park. Come out and enjoy one of Florida’s Oldest Festivals along the banks of the beautiful St. Johns River. This event is for the whole family with  entertainment, food cook offs, art and craft vendors, and magnificent azaleas in bloom. The festival will have food, the Azalea Queen Beauty Pageant, and a parade. The event also hosts an Azalea Festival 5k called "Run through the Ravines.”
Admission and parking is free.
More info: 386-328-1503 or

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
March 7-10
The annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival takes place at Walt Disney World Epcot Theme Park. You will enjoy millions of flowers in bloom. Theme displays of topiary, including more than 75 Disney characters will be abundant Garden Town lets you seek expert advice from top horticulturists. Fragrance Garden provides an abundance of wonderful smells of flowers and more.
Admission: Epcot ticket required
More info:

Fairchild annual Orchid Festival in Coral Gables
March 9-11
Fairfield’s 10th annual International Orchid Festival showcases more than 10,000 orchid plants from 50+ vendors.
10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables
Admission: free for children under 5. $25 adults, $18 seniors, $12 ages 6-17.
More info: or 305-667-1651
Bonus: Visit their website for info on other events including the monthly moonlight tour

Morikami Botanical Garden’s 33rd Annual Hatsume FairBonsai!
March 17-18
Celebrating the first bud of spring, Hatsume, transforms the usually tranquil Morikami Park into a unique Japanese spring festival. Hatsume Fair features three stages with entertainment including taiko drummers, a Japanese tea ceremony, flower arranging, martial art demonstrations, bonsai and orchid demonstrations, and more. Also includes artisan booths, plant sales, food vendors & kid’s activities.
4000 Morikami Park Road,  Delray Beach
$10 for adults & $5 for kids advance
At the gate: $12 adults & $6 for kids.
More info: 561-495-0233 or

Kanapaha Gardens Annual Spring Garden Festival
March 24-25
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens hosts an annual Spring Garden Festival with more than 10,000 visitors, 200 booths, two stages, and numerous live garden seminars Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.
4700 S.W. 58th Drive Gainesville
Admission: Adults $8, Children 13 and under $5 --cash only.
Info: 352-372-4981 or
Extra: Visit their site to learn about other events including the April 21 Rose Show

Florida Wildflower & Garden Festival
9 am-3 pm March 24
In addition to wildflower & gardening education, the festival features vendors who provide information, wildflower and gardening-themed products, and arts and crafts related to general gardening, native plant gardening, gardening for birds, butterflies and wildlife, habitat creation, home improvement, environmental conservation, recycling and "Green" living.
Downtown DeLand at West Indiana Ave.
Free Parking and Admission
More info:

Lisa Burns and her husband, Dave, are owners of Backyard Getaway, a complete pond store in Myakka. She can be reached at

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