Garden Festival and Plant Sale – Orange County Extension

Flower Power: The Power of Native Flowers!

Join us on Saturday March 4th, 2023, from 8:30am to 3:30pm for our annual Garden Festival & Plant Sale at UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, 6021 S. Conway, Orlando, 32812. The theme for this year is Flower Power- The Power of Native Flowers! Hosted by the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Master Gardener Volunteers, proceeds from this fundraiser help support our efforts to assist Orange County residents with their plant and soil questions, serve 4-H programs, and teach K-12 students how to garden and grow their own food. The event is free and is a fun day out for the entire family!

This year’s event will have more than 40 plant, art, and craft vendors. Plant and garden selections will include indoor and outdoor plants, fruit trees, Florida native plants, organic fertilizer, bonsai, and micro irrigation systems. Plus, there will be food trucks and a Kids’ Zone featuring crafts and a treasure hunt!

Interested in learning about the pH of your soil and how it may impact your plants growth? Drop off a sample for $2 to be tested by our Master Gardener Volunteers and receive recommendations if it needs amending.

UF/IFAS Extension Agent Emeritus Tom MacCubbin will take the stage at 11:00am to share his gardening expertise! And Master Gardener Volunteers will offer demonstrations and workshops as well as free diagnostic services for your plant problems.

Educational Sessions:

  • 10:00 am – How to Become a Master Gardener Volunteer by Clarissa Chairez, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator/Residential Horticulture Agent
  • 11:00 am – Bulbs for Florida Landscape by Tom MacCubbin, UF/IFAS Extension Agent Emeritus
  • 12:00 pm- Container Gardening by Calvin Gardner, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Urban Residential Horticulture Agent
  • 1:00 pm – Planning and Design of Urban Gardens by Fran Boettcher & Gary Lewis, Orange County Master Gardener Volunteers
  • 2:00 pm- How to Propagate Plants by Cuttings by Clarissa Chairez, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator/Residential Horticulture Agent


  • 12:10pm – Growing Plants from Seeds by Dena Wild, Orange County Master Gardener Volunteer
  • 2:10pm – How to Propagate Plants from Cuttings by Clarissa Chairez, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator


  • 11:00am – Staghorn Ferns by Mark Bennett, Orange County Master Gardener Volunteer
  • 1:00pm – Only Rain Down the Drain by Tim DePalma, Orange County Master Gardener Volunteer

Follow us at our UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Facebook page for highlights on vendors, food trucks, speakers, and other details of our Plant Sale and Garden Festival.


Plants and Crafts Vendors
1. Wriggle Brew 16. Nehrling Gardens 31. Mad Plants
2. Christmas Mills and Roastery 17. Regenerative Designs 32. 3 Seasons Growers
3. Two Glassy Broads 18. Cactus and Exotics 33. Orange Blossom Beekeepers Association
4. As Your Garden Grows 19. Just Knots & Knots 34. Carl’s Nursery
5. Beach Shack Chic 20. Plants and Pamperin 35. Mister Landscaper
6. Calusa Palms Nursery 21. Blue Moon Tropicals 36. Bromeliads Galore
7. Central Florida Fruit Society 22. Everly After Gardens 37. Land of Alice
8. Easy to Grow 23. Mainly Vandas 38. Revival Gardening
9. Ecofruit of Florida 24. Get Spiked Greens 39. Eltings Exotic Plants
10. Emily Baer Pottery 25. Concrete Art Handmade 40. Thomas Moreno Landscape Nursery
11. Green Isle Gardens 26. Greens Nursery 41. Emma’s Garden
12. Nature Based Jewelry by Laura 27. Grassroots Nursery 42. Vonrose
13. Lost World Exotics 28. Orlando Bonsai 43. She Builds With Love
14. Plants by Lee 29. Juanitas Herb Growers 44. Joy Arts & Crafts
15. My Crazy Plant Life 30. Mid Mod Urban Farm 45. UF Bookstore
Non-Profit Exhibitors
52. Clean Water Petition 54. IDEAS For Us / Fleet Farming 56. Orange County Utilities – Water
53. Greater Orlando Orchid Society 55. OC Environmental Protection Division 57. USDA
Food Vendors
Brock’s BBQ Over Rice The Crepe Company
One Way Coffee Peak Season Pops Walker Donut Factory

Event Map:

Cup Auction:

  • 4pm drawing
  • Great Prizes! You do NOT need to be present to win. ✿

Kid Zone: 10am-3:30pm

  • Located in the Garden Pavilion
  • Flower Power! Look for out-sized flower windmills hidden among our own plants and flowers. As you explore the gardens keep an eye out for these flower windmills. ✿
  • Crafts include: Flower Crafts  ✿ Paper Crafts  ✿ Finger Puppets ✿  Scavenger Hunt
  • 4-H Activities: Planting Wildflowers ✿

Exploration Garden Tours:

  • Tours begin at the Master Gardener tent at the West entrance to the Gardens. ✿
  • Start times will be 8:45 am, 10:45 am and 12:45 pm, with tours as requested until 3:30 pm. ✿

Plant Drop-Off / Pick-Up Stations:

  • Bought too much to carry? Drop-off your purchases with us and pick them up at our plant pick-up station by the parking lot!

*Service Animals Only*

We want to thank our community partners for their generous support: Orlando Utilities Commission, Lukas Nursery, and Mister Landscaper


Posted: January 10, 2023

Category: Community Volunteers, Events, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, HOME LANDSCAPES, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
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