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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens’ annual Spring Garden Festival starts Saturday

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Gardeners from across Florida will be selling plants this weekend at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville for the 23rd annual Spring Garden Festival.

The festival’s theme is “Pass Along Plants,” and the event will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24. Guests can enjoy crafts, food, seminars and a live auction at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, located on 4700 SW 58th Drive.

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More than 100 vendors from across Florida will display and sell their plants.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 2 to 13. Children will get in for half price Sunday.

Alexis Caffrey, director of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, said the theme sums up how the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens were created. When the garden started, a lot of the plants were donated by volunteers and community gardeners.

“The gardens really started as a pass-along garden,” she said.

She said the festival is the garden’s biggest event, and she expects about 8,000 people to attend the event.

The proceed will benefit nonprofit organizations, such as the Gainesville Garden Club, and community businesses, she said.

Audreyanna Loguerre wrote this story online. 

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