Garden Festival and Plant Sale – Orange County Extension

Gnome Matter How You Slice it, it will be a Fun Day!

On Saturday March 5th, from 9 am to 3 pm, the UF/IFAS Orange County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will host the 10th annual Garden Festival and Plant Sale at the extension campus at 6021 S. Conway, Orlando, FL 32812. This free, fun-filled event includes nursery and garden art vendors, kid’s activities, speakers on all things gardening, a gnome scavenger hunt and Kid’s Zone, as well as having our Master Gardener Volunteers available to diagnose your plant issues.

Shop for plants from local nurseries and if you like adding a bit of fun and whimsy to your garden, the artisans who will be at the day’s festivities will be right up your alley. Included with our vendors will be food trucks! To learn more about gardening, there will be:


Educational Sessions by:

9:30am: Tia Silvasy – Intro to Florida Friendly Landscaping

11:00am: Tom MacCubbin – Do’s and Don’ts of Florida Gardening

12:00pm: Brittany A. Council-Morton –  What are Jr. Master Gardeners?

1:00pm: Siang Yu Tham – Stimulating Your Senses with Gardening

Workshops presented by Orange County Master Gardener Volunteers:

10:50am – 11:10am: Right Tree, Right Place

12:05pm – 12:25pm: Growing Plants from Seeds

1:30pm – 1:50pm: Tia Silvasy – Plant Propagation from Cuttings

2:00 – 2:20pm: Fran Boettcher – Big Ideas for Small Spaces

Demonstrations by Orange County Master Gardener Volunteers:

10:45am: Mark Bennett – Staghorn Ferns

11:45am: Tania Harmon – Transplanting Orchids

1:15pm: Dena Wild – Growing Vegetables from Scraps

If being in the garden is more your thing, join in one of the Exploration Garden tours, starting on the hour from 9 to 2. You’ll learn about our wonderful gardens and how they are designed and maintained.

Last, but by no means least, what festival would be complete without a Kid’s Zone! Make it and take it projects and crafts will happen outside. Kids can paint rocks to look like gnomes, create garden-themed paper crafts, and our 4-H members will help older kids make a Chia pet gnomes or plant marigolds with a gnome accent stick. And there will be a gnome scavenger hunt and selfies with a gnome!

Plant Vendors:

3 Season Growers

Bromeliads Galore

Cactus and Exotics

Calusa Palms

Central Florida Fruit Society

Easy to Grow

EcoFruits of Florida

Florida Boys Caladium

Florida’s Carnivorous Plants

Grass Roots Nursery

Green’s Nursery

John Plank Greenhouses

Juanita’s Herb Growers

Land of Alice

Lost World Exotics

Mainly Vandas

My Crazy Plant Life

Orlando Bonsai

Plantas by Lee

Plants with Pride

Garden Products and Décor

Beach Shack Chic

Cirama Pottery and More

Concrete Art Handmade

Judy’s Petals

Mister Landscaper

Peace Petals

Regenerative Designs

Revival Gardening

Two Glassy Broads

Wriggle Brew

Food Trucks

Bread for the Masses

Grandma’s BBQ

One Way Coffee

Over Rice Food Truck

Mark your calendar for Saturday March 5th. We look forward to seeing you for a fun-filled family event!

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Posted: February 23, 2022

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agribusiness, AGRICULTURE, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, HOME LANDSCAPES, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, WORK & LIFE
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