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

Gainesville's Labor Daze Fest attracted attendees for music and political conversation. Jon Uman, candidate for State House 21, was also in attendance.

Labor Daze Fest Provides Venue for Music and Politics

Gainesville’s annual Labor Day event, Labor Daze Fest, attracted visitors for fun as well as for political conversation. Minimum wage and labor unions were among the topics some attendees hoped to hear more about.


Alachua County Sheriff’s Office To Supervise Waldo After Ticketing Charges

A plan, under development, would allow the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office to supervise Waldo police operations after allegations that the former chief and interim chief established illegal ticketing quotas.


University of Florida President Bernie Machen is doused with ice water for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Machen was nominated to participate in the nationwide campaign by Kéran Billaud, a Ph.D. student at UF.

UF President Participates in ALS ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

University of Florida President Bernie Machen participated in the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” on Monday. Machen nominated all YouTube viewers as well as the president of UF Student Government and the vice president of the UF Division of Student Affairs.


State Buys Land For Florida Greenway

State park managers have said they will be buying or trading land in Marion, Palm Beach, and Jackson counties. This is to fill the gaps of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, a recreational outdoor area that spans 110 [...]


The charred remains of a Levy County home are all that remain following a fire that killed two people early Wednesday morning, August 20, 2014. (Virginia Hamrick/WUFT News)

Two People Die in Levy County Home Fire

Local law enforcement and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating a mobile home fire that occurred in Levy County early Wednesday morning.  Lt. Scott Tummond of Levy County Sheriff’s Office said the Bronson Fire Department responded to calls at [...]


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