Bonnet House Museum & Gardens Calendar of Events in Ft. Lauderdale
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Singer/Songwriters Program
featuring Three-time Grammy Nominee
Steve Dorff

What do Ringo Star, Celine Dion, Willie Nelson and Barbra Streisand have in common?
All have recorded songs written by Steve Dorff!

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7 pm
Join us on the Veranda for a live performance by Steve Dorff.
A Chrystal Hartigan Production

Premium and General Seating available.
General seating (Rows 9-26): Members $40 and non-members $45.
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Premium seating (Rows 1-8): Members $45 and non-members $50.
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Includes two glasses of wine sponsored by Shady Lane Cellars


Cruising Down the River
Speakeasies, Gangsters & Rum Runners

Join us for a cruise down the New River on the Carrie B and hear about the history of Fort Lauderdale’s gangsters, speakeasies and rum runners. Featured speakers include Melissa Timo, Outreach Coordinator at FAU’s Florida Public Archaeology Network and long time Fort Lauderdale resident Birch Willey.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
3:30pm – 5:30pm
$45 for members, $55 for non-members
Includes 2 glasses of wine generously donated by Red’s Bar & Package Store
and live music performed by Gold Coast Banjos
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For more information, please call (954) 653-1554
Click here for directions to the Carrie B 

Bonnet House Alliance Events

Bonnet House Alliance is a group that volunteers & presents fundraising events for Bonnet House. Luncheons & periodic meetings provide camaraderie and a way to get personally involved. You may join the Alliance for free with a paid membership at any level.

Click here for information and complete schedule of Alliance events, meetings and socials.

Lecture Series

January 12, 10:00am
The Bathing Suit: From Bathing to Swimming
with Patsy West

February 9, 10:00am
History & Prehistory of the New River
with Dr. Michele Williams

March 9, 10:00am
When it Rains, It’s Stored: Managing the Ebb and Flow of South Florida’s Water Resources
with Constance Ruppender

Free for members/$5 for non-members (paid at the door)

Temporary Exhibits

In the Details, A Bonnet House Fine Artist Exhibition
 January 15 – March 1, 2015
Exhibition will take place in the Carl Weinhardt Gallery

Welcome Center Rotating Exhibits
Ongoing exhibition featuring a variety of works from our Bonnet House Fine Artists available for purchase. 


Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival

Featuring the 8th Annual Orchid and Exotic Plant Sale
Saturday and Sunday, December 6 & 7, 2014
9:00am – 4:00pm

Orchids, Exotics, Fruit Trees, Butterfly Garden Plants, Gourmet Food Trucks, Libations, Garden Art, Lectures, Orchid Displays, Cooking Demos, Live Music, Farmer’s Market and Much More!
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Specialty Tours

Orchid Greenhouse Tours
  Offered the second Tuesday of each month from 11am – 12pm $20 per person

Our greenhouses and display house hold approximately 1,200 plants in various stages of development. Our Bonnet House Orchid Curator will show you around our greenhouses and discuss how our orchids are bred and cultivated (including our impressive seedling program).  A treat for orchid enthusiasts and novices! This tour is offered in groups of 15 to allow for questions and discussion. Limited reservations available, pre-registration is required.

Click here to pre-register
for Orchid Greenhouse Tours or call (954) 703-2606.

Behind the Scenes Tours
Offered the second and fourth Wednesday of each month October – May from 2pm – 3pm
$20 per person
(Does not include main house tour)

Visitors will participate in a VIP experience at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens.  Take a sneak peek inside normally-closed areas of Evelyn and Frederic Bartlett’s private living quarters. Tours are led by our seasoned Bonnet House docents and will be offered for only $20 per person. Visitors will enjoy rooms not seen on our other tours. This tour is offered in groups of 10 to allow for questions and discussion. Limited reservations available, pre-registration required.

Please note, the ability to climb stairs is necessary to fully participate in the tour. A video presentation at ground level will accommodate those guests unable to climb stairs.

Click here to pre-register
for Behind the Scenes Tours or call (954) 703-2606


Music Series

Concerts Under the Stars
Enjoy live performances on the beautiful Bonnet House Veranda with complimentary wine, dessert and coffee. These magical evenings take place once a month on Thursday evenings January through April.
January 22, February 12, March 12 and April 9, 2014.

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Impressions: A Juried Art Exhibit

Impressions is an annual juried art competition with fine food, fine wines and fine friends amid the Old Florida Charm of Bonnet House. All of the art work selected for the competition is for sale and 50% of the proceeds benefit Bonnet House.
Lavish opening reception Thursday, March 5, 6pm. Exhibition runs through May 4, 2014.
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Birding Classes

Birding Classes with birder extraordinaire Paddy Cunningham begin in November!
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Orchid Care Classes

Learn how to care for your orchids on the beautiful Bonnet House Estate.
February 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2015
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 Art Workshops

Watercolor, Acrylic, Zentangle and Calligraphy Workshops begin in January!
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 Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council. Support for the educational programs is provided in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.