WUFT News

Kanapaha Gardens holds 23rd annual Spring Garden Festival

By on March 20th, 2013

The first day of spring has sprung, and Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is ready to celebrate with its 23rd annual Spring Garden Festival, hosted this weekend.

The event is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children, with a new half-off special for children on Sunday.

Alexis Caffrey, director of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, said the event will be largely plant-centered, with about 200 plants. There will also be booths, garden accessories, arts and crafts, food and speakers at the festival. Caffrey said the gardens will serve as a backdrop for the event.

For the first time, there will be a bounce house for children, face painting, free plants and arts and crafts. Another new feature, Caffrey said, is volunteer groups, such as the Dudley Farm, speaking about their organization.

This year’s theme, “Passalong Plants,” encourages exchanging plants among family and friends. Caffrey said she expects about 7,000 people to attend this weekend.

According to the Kanapaha Garden website, the event is cash-only and not pet-friendly. There is also a $2 discount for members of Kanapaha.

Kara Joseph, a 21-year-old junior advertising major, said she went last year to the festival.

“I absolutely loved it,” she said.

She said she enjoyed the unique music, the vegan and eclectic food and dressing up in large hats for the festival with her friends.

“It felt like a farmer’s market, with a focus on fresh plants,” she said.

Caffrey said the festival is unique in regard to how it manages waste. She said all trash gets sorted so it can be composted or recycled.

“We try to decrease waste as much as possible,” Caffrey said.

She said the Spring Garden Festival is the gardens’ largest fundraiser.

“We need the Spring Garden Festival to let the gardens exist year after year,” she said.


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
  • shannon

    can small dogs come?

 

More Stories in Local

A crowded audience of Island Field residents and trail supporters filled the Jack Durrance Auditorium at the Alachua County Administration building on Tuesday night. The County Commission voted on how to address complaints regarding use of the Barr Hammock trail.

County Commission Votes To Keep Barr Hammock Trail Open

The Alachua County Commission voted Tuesday to keep the Levy Loop Trail at the Barr Hammock Levy Prairie Preserve open year-round. Residents of Island Field, a neighborhood that borders the trail, raised concerns over noise and privacy earlier this year.


Pumpkins, whose native growing climate is in a cool and dry area, are displayed and sold at the Trinity United Methodist Church pumpkin patch. The patch, located at 4000 NW 53rd Ave., in Gainesville, is open until Oct. 30.

Imported Pumpkins Help Bring Fall Season To Florida

More than 40,000 pounds of the brightly-colored gourds arrived on a semi-truck Sept. 28 just in time for this year’s pumpkin patch. Before filling the small hay-covered courtyard at Gainesville’s Trinity United Methodist Church, the pumpkins travel 1,807 miles through [...]


Punk music festival Fest is now permitted to sell alcohol on Bo Diddley Plaza this weekend after the city of Gainesville broadened its alcohol ordinance. Fest will be held from Friday to Sunday.

Fest Expands Into Bo Diddley Plaza After Ordinance Changes

Punk music festival Fest will have bands perform for the first time at Bo Diddley Community Plaza Halloween weekend. The use of the venue comes with ordinance changes Fest organizers have been waiting three years for.


Martin Luther King III poses for photos with Eastside High School's Gospel Choir before addressing the crowd of voters at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. “My father used to say that a voteless people is a powerless people,” he said. “One of the most important steps we can take is the step to the ballot box.”

Residents Encouraged To Vote Early At ‘Empowerment Sunday’

Voters were encouraged to take full advantage of early voting on Sunday at Gainesville’s Empowerment Sunday organized by the African American Accountability Alliance of Alachua County. Martin Luther King III attended.


Teacher Conference Aims to Bring Global Perspective Into Classrooms

Gainesville Connected, a conference in Gainesville, aims to equip teachers to engage students on global issues such as poverty.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments