There’s Never a Dull Moment at Bonnet House!

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SoMuchToSee-DoWhen you come to Bonnet House Museum and Gardens in Florida, you will not only enjoy one of the most beautiful historic home and gardens in our nation, but also have the opportunity to participate in a plethora of activities to make any visit truly memorable. This bright and airy Caribbean-style house, built in the early 1920s along a 35-acre slice of breathtaking waterfront property in Fort Lauderdale, is a true architectural gem reflecting the vivid artistry of original owner Frederic Clay Bartlett throughout the entire property, with painted faux marble floors and murals on walls and wood ceilings in major rooms, beautifully manicured grounds, spectacular tropical gardens, winding nature trails and exotic wildlife. But more than just visually grand, Bonnet House is truly a feast for all your senses.

You can register for a very special VIP experience by taking a sneak peek inside Evelyn and Frederic Bartlett’s private living quarters, showcasing rooms not regularly open to the general public, in tours led by seasoned Bonnet House docents. And you can also register for a breathtaking Orchid Greenhouse Tour to vividly experience approximately 1,200 beautiful plants in various stages of development. Our expert Bonnet House Orchid Curator will guide your tour and discuss how our orchids are bred and cultivated (including our impressive seedling program). This tour is an absolute treat for orchid enthusiasts and novices alike, and exquisite varieties of orchid seedlings are available for purchase.

If you are artistically inclined, you can participate in Outdoor Watercolor and Acrylic Workshops, where you will draw and paint from floral, landscape and architectural motifs in a beautiful tropical setting. If bird watching suits your fancy, you can register for Birding Classes and enjoy a more intimate look at our fine-feathered friends. And if you enjoy beautiful music under the Florida sky, our Concerts Under The Stars, featuring live performances by the finest young talent in South Florida on the beautiful Bonnet House Veranda – with complimentary wine, dessert and coffee – is one of the area’s most popular activities.

A visit to South Florida is truly not complete without time spent at beautiful Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and declared a historic landmark by the City of Fort Lauderdale. Besides all the exciting activities to be enjoyed, the story told here spans and parallels a wide swath of American history and makes a visit both to these pages and to the estate not only most entertaining, but also uniquely educational. Bonnet House is located at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more information and registration details for all activities, please call (954) 563-5393 or visit BonnetHouse.org.

Bonnet House Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival Returns for 9th Spectacular Season!

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OrchidFestival2015Bonnet House’s world-famous orchid collection is one of the myriad reasons why a visit to South Florida is truly not complete without time spent at this grand estate’s beautiful Museum and Gardens. Here, you will marvel at and delight in the approximately 1,200 beautiful, exotic plants in various stages of development found within our greenhouses and display house.

One of the most popular and anticipated yearly events featuring this wonderful collection will bloom once more in early December with the return of the Bonnet House Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival, featuring the 9th Annual Orchid and Exotic Plant Sale. Taking place from 9am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, the Festival will allow orchid enthusiasts, and plant lovers in general, the opportunity to vividly experience – and purchase – diverse, colorful and fragrant varieties of orchids, exotics, tropical, herbs and fruit trees sold by over 40 local vendors. The orchids and exotic plants, though, are only the beginning. This exciting two-day event will offer something for everyone to enjoy, including gourmet food trucks, libations, garden art, orchid care and general gardening lectures, cooking demonstrations, live music, a farmer’s market, and much more!

Bonnet House, one of our nation’s most popular historic houses and gardens, is located at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. The entry fee for the Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Parking is free. Tickets are now available online at BonnetHouse.org. For more information please call (954) 703-2614.