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.