Celebrate Fall at Fairchild’s Edible Garden Festival

Monday, October 11, 2010

Celebrate Fall at Fairchild’s Edible Garden Festival

and Scarecrow Contest!

 Coral Gables, FL, October 12, 2010It’s officially fall and in South Florida that means there’s no better time to plant your garden! So whether you’ve planted and tended your own garden before or just want to know how to get started, Fairchild’s Edible Garden Festival and Scarecrow Contest on Saturday and Sunday, October 23 and 24, will teach you all you need to know about growing your own backyard garden including herbs and vegetables that lend well to the South Florida climate. During the Festival, Fairchild will also host a scarecrow contest this year! The competition is open to everyone—individuals, groups and businesses.

 While at the Festival, guests can gather new tips and recipes from our popular culinary demonstrations taught by local chefs using local products. Learn about composting, permaculture and so much more in one of the gardening lectures. There will also be a farmers‘ market where local growers will showcase the best fruits, vegetables and herbs available in South Florida. Invite your whole family to come out and have fun while learning how to plant your own garden and enjoy fresh, local food that’s in season.

 About the Scarecrow Competition

The Fairchild Garden-to-Garden volunteer fundraising committee has organized Fairchild’s Scarecrow Competition as a part of the Edible Garden Festival taking place on October 23 - 24, 2009. One hundred percent of all entry fees, ballot sales and donations from the contest will benefit The Fairchild Challenge Satellite Programs.

 

Scarecrow displays will be set up around the garden on October 17, 18 and 19, and will remain in place through October 31. A $1 donation will allow anyone the opportunity to vote on their favorite scarecrow. The voting period is from Wednesday, October 20 through Sunday, October 31, 2010.

 

Saturday Oct 23:  Lectures and Workshops

Garden House

10:00 a.m.  Don’t Forget the Fruits, Noris Ledesma       

11:30 a.m.  How to Start your Fall Veggie Garden, Adrian Hunsberger
1:00 p.m.    Container Gardening: Solutions for small space gardening   William Moss
2:30 p.m.    Organic Vegetable Gardening, Andres Mejides


Outside Demonstrations

10:30 a.m.  Slow Food School Gardens workshop

12:30 p.m.  Growing Great Soil with Compost and Amendments, Joyce DiBenedetto-

       Colton, Lannette Sobel


Corbin A         

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.   Rain Barrel and Compost workshop

2:00 p.m.                Cheese making demonstration with Hani Khouri       
4:00 p.m.                Real Food and How To Get It, Martha Kenyon


Saturday, Oct 23: Cooking Demonstrations

11:30 a.m.  Tuna Poke with Cumin Crisp, Jeff McCormick, Seasons 52                       

1:30 p.m.   Green Garden Enchiladas, Adri Garcia, Greenrocks Foods, LLC.  Mise en

       Place, LLC.

3:30 p.m.   TBA


The Fairchild Farm‘s Fruit Market

There will be fruit smoothies and fresh avocados, carambolas, canistel and sapodillas along with delicious honey, Mamea americana jelly, mango chutney, Seminole pumpkins and seeds, dry mango, dry carambola and soaps.

 

More

Gardening Q& A table: Leatrice Linden, Master Gardeners

 

Kids‘ Activities

Don‘t miss special garden themed activities.

 

Sunday Oct 24: Lectures and Workshops

 

Garden House

10:00 a.m.  What do I grow and How do I grow it?
                     Herbs and Veggies with Carolyn Coppolo

11:30 a.m.  Tomato time! Beefsteaks are BORING!  Margie Pikarsky           

1:00 p.m.    Growing up with Gardening, Richard Campbell

2:30 p.m.    Your Edible Organic Garden, Ben Thacker

4:00 p.m.    Permaculture 101, Cassidy Fry                       


Outside Demonstrations

10:30 a.m.   Drip Irrigation workshop, Muriel Olivares 

12:30 p.m.   How to Make a Raised Bed Garden, Urban Oasis Project

3:00 p.m.     Intensive Vegetable Gardening, Dylan Terry                


Sunday, October 24: Cooking Demonstrations          

11:00 a.m.   TBA

12:30 p.m.   Cooking Begins in the Garden
                    Norman Van Aken and Justin Van Aken, Norman’s 180     

2:30 p.m.     How to Cook with Fresh Herbs
                     Lori Hollander    

          

The Fairchild Farm‘s Fruit Market

There will be fruit smoothies and fresh avocados, carambolas, canistel and sapodillas along with delicious honey, Mamea americana jelly, mango chutney, Seminole pumpkins and seeds, dry mango, dry carambola and soaps.

More

Gardening Q& A table: Leatrice Linden, Master Gardeners

 

Kids‘ Activities

 Don‘t miss special garden themed activities.

 About Fairchild

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses palm and cycad collections that are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world’s greatest living collection of palms and cycads; an education program reaching more than 70,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Chocolate Festival, International Mango Festival and International Orchid Festival, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 45,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild hosts major art events such as Les Lalanne at Fairchild this year, Yayoi Kusama at Fairchild last year, Mark di Suvero, Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly and Kris Martin at Fairchild in 2008, Botero, Lichtenstein and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2007 and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156, just a thirty minute drive from South Beach. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit us at www.fairchildgarden.org and on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Media Contact:

Paula Fernández de los Muros                                      Kim Bobson

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden                                 Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

pfernandez@fairchildgarden.org                                    Kbobson@fairchildgarden.org

305-667-1651, ext. 3392                                             305-667-1651, ext 3371

 

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