Have you visited the Miami Beach Botanical Garden lately?
This 3-acre tropical oasis sits in the heart of Miami Beach, at 2000 Convention Center Drive, and is brimming with beauty. It's open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays, except some holidays, and admission is free! (Previously entry cost $5 per person, plus a $1.94 fee.)
Free Events in February:
Sunday, Feb. 11
In Bloom Family Day at the Garden 2-4 p.m.: Explore nature as an effective therapeutic medium and experience the restorative power of interacting with plant-life through a variety of activations designed to promote social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. In Bloom activities will include creating with visiting artists, repotting plants with the garden's horticulturists and connecting with the Garden’s trees. Free but RSVP required.
Love & Extravaganza: Miami Symphony Orchestra at the Garden from 4-5 p.m.: Bring your blanket and/or chair and listen to members of the Miami Symphony Orchestra as part of the MISO @ the Parks Tour. Free but RSVP required.
Free Events in March:
Spring Artisan Market on March 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You’ll find a selection of handcrafted items – from painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics – to jewelry, leather working, home design products and personal accessories. You’ll also get to meet the small batch food artisans who create local and sustainable brands.
The sanctuary-like grounds feature a variety of water features, a native and an edible garden, flowering trees, wildlife and, of course, plenty of orchids and palm trees.
Stroll through the Japanese garden, over an idyllic red bridge, then take in the colorful fruit in the edible garden. There you'll see starfruit, papaya, pineapple, lychee and pomegranates growing.
The main pond features water lilies, plus a cascading fountain and circular fountain surrounded by red mangroves and water-loving plants.
The garden was created as a Miami Beach city park in 1962 and rejuvenated during fall 2011 as part of a $1.2 million landscape project by South Florida landscape architect Raymond Jungles.
Check out the Facebook page for more information on arts classes and other events at the garden.
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IN OTHER GARDENS NEWS
Miami’s many gardens are an ideal setting for taking a nice, long stroll surrounded by lush, colorful scenery.
Historic spots such as Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Deering Estate, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, The Kampong and Pinecrest Gardens are just a few we suggest. For more information, click here.