In Photos: Foliage, Food And Face Paint At Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival


The annual Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Spring Garden Festival drew visitors and vendors from all over Florida this weekend. The festival took place at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens on Saturday and Sunday and brought in both novice and serious gardeners to the event. This year’s theme was “Florida Friendly Landscaping,” highlighting low-maintenance plants that could be used in an “environmentally sustainable way,” according to the Gardens’ website.

New this year was a children’s activity area sponsored by Gainesville Garden Club with free face painting and activities where children could re-plant and pot native plants.

The Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association held a live auction where all of the plants being auctioned were donated by Florida nurseries. The proceeds of the sales will go toward the upkeep of the botanical gardens. The festival took place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and there was no shortage of clientele according to some vendors.

Francesca Novi sits still while a volunteer paints a flower on her face. (Ana-Katarina Stanic/WUFT News)


Jessica Mangee and her boyfriend browse the selection at Randy’s Bromeliads booth. (Ana-Katarina Stanic/WUFT News)


An employee of Govinda, a Gainesville cafe, flips mango chutney vegetable burgers. (Ana-Katarina Stanic/WUFT News)


Adele, the three-legged pitbull, poses for a photo at Plenty of Pit Bulls booth. She is available for adoption through the local non-profit. (Ana-Katarina Stanic/WUFT News)


Families enjoy a game of tag through The Labyrinth, a maze of mondo grass that’s located at the entrance of the botanical gardens. (Ana-Katarina Stanic/WUFT News)


The Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association hosts the live auction. (Ana-Katarina Stanic/WUFT News)


Tom Reed, a Gainesville local, pauses to watch the live auction while wheeling out his newly purchased plants. (Ana-Katarina Stanic/WUFT News)


Caleb Erred, an employee of A Natural Farm, explains the benefits of edible landscape design. (Ana-Katarina Stanic/WUFT News)




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