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International Orchid & Garden Festival Returning To Bonnet House

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One of the most popular events of the spring season is returning to Bonnet House! This year, our 15th Annual International Orchid & Garden Festival will take place on April 6th and 7th, 2024. This Festival welcomes orchid enthusiasts and plant lovers alike to vividly experience (and even purchase!) diverse, colorful, and fragrant varieties of orchids, tropical plants, herbs, and fruit trees sold by local and international vendors.

The two-day event will be taking place from 9:00am-4:00pm, rain or shine. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy orchid and tropical plant displays, food vendors, libations, garden art, orchid care & general gardening lectures, live music and much more. This year we have even added a Tropical Luau Lunch on the beautifully decorated waterfront veranda. This delectable meal will include a full buffet, Mai Tais, wine and beer, live Tahitian music, and hula dancers. Lunch attendees are also welcome to take a leisurely stroll through the estate and Orchid Display house.

The International Orchid & Garden Festival is a fantastic way to welcome spring time and learn more about unique growing opportunities right here in South Florida. In addition to the Tropical Luau Lunch, throughout the festival, guests will have the opportunity to learn from highly experienced experts about various topics including:

● Orchid Mounting (Saturday, April 6th from 10:00am-11:00am)
● Growing Roses In South Florida (Saturday, April 6th from 11:30am-12:30pm)
● Orchid Growing 101 (Saturday, April 6th from 1:30pm-2:30pm)
● Florida Unique Ecosystems & Native Orchids (Sunday, April 7th from 10:00am-11:00am)
● Growing A Butterfly Garden (Sunday, April 7th from 11:30am-12:30pm)
● Growing Cattleya Orchids (Sunday, April 7th from 1:00pm-2:00pm)

Parking is free for the festival, and admission to the festival is $15 per person. Admission for the self-guided house tour is an additional $10, but children under 12 are free. Tickets for the Tropical Luau Lunch are $100 and include admission to the festival.

We hope that you and your loved ones are able to attend this fantastic event. Come prepared to enjoy live music, eat excellent food, learn new things, and have fun! To learn more about this event and purchase tickets, click here.


The 13th Annual International Orchid & Garden Festival

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Here in South Florida, orchids are extremely popular. Not only are they some of the most unique and visually stunning flowers in the world, but our warm and humid climate makes them well suited to thrive in our local environment. This is why we are able to grow them in abundance throughout our estate and is also the reason Evelyn Bartlett was able to collect them so prolifically.

To honor her collection, and accommodate local interest, we host an annual International Orchid & Garden Festival each spring. We are thrilled to once again present our annual International Orchid & Garden Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 2nd and 3rd, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Festival welcomes orchid enthusiasts and plant lovers alike to vividly experience – and purchase – diverse, colorful and fragrant varieties of orchids, tropical plants, herbs, and fruit trees sold by local and international vendors from Thailand, Malaysia, Ecuador, and Hawaii.

This popular event will feature breathtaking orchid displays and over thirty exotic plant vendors from all over the world. Guests can also purchase and view attractive and unusual forms of garden art, and listen to gardening lectures from local growers. Guests can also enjoy a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments, as well as delicious food from local vendors.

Admission for this event is $12 per adult and includes both admission to the Orchid Festival and a self-guided grounds tour. Self-guided house tours are available for an additional $8 and children 12 and under are free. Discounts or group rates do not apply, and there will not be any guided house tours during the festival weekend.

We hope to see you and your loved ones at this year’s 13th Annual International Orchid & Garden Festival. To learn more and purchase tickets in advance, click here.

Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens will be blooming during its Orchid, Garden and Gourmet Food Festival featuring the 7th Annual Orchid and Exotic Plant Sale December 7th and 8th from 9:00am to 4:00pm! With free parking and a $10 entry fee for members and $12 fee for non-members- plant lovers and orchid enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see and buy an exclusive selection of orchids and exotic plants.

In addition to the unique collection of exotic orchids and plants sold by over 40 local vendors, the two-day event will feature gourmet food trucks, libations, orchid care lectures, cooking and gardening demonstrations, a silent auction display, live music and a farmer’s market.

The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  The entry fee is $10 for members and $12 for non-members for the fair and grounds and an additional fee of $8 for the self-guided tour through the house. Tickets will be available online at beginning in October.

Event Features:

Orchid Displays & Silent Auction – Various orchid displays created by the participating vendors will be available for auction.
Gourmet Food Trucks – Food trucks throughout the property offering edible bites.
Wine, Beer, Mimosa’s & Bloody Mary’s– Enjoy an invigorating mixture as you wander through the garden.
Orchid and Exotic Plants – Featuring over 40 vendors including tropicals, fruit trees, bamboo, butterfly garden plants and much more.
Orchid Supplies – Vendors to provide all you need to plant and grow orchids.
Garden Art – Attractive and unusual orchid and/or garden related items from several vendors.
Lectures – Educational lectures by Home Depot on caring for your garden and how-to demonstrations by Whole Foods Market on preparing healthy meals for the entire family.
Dillard High School Art Exhibit- NatureScapes @ Bonnet House. Beautiful works of art inspired by the Bonnet House Estate will be on display in the newly renovated Island Theater.  Reception scheduled for Sunday, December 8 at 2pm.  Exhibition will run Saturday, December 7, 2013– Sunday, January 5, 2014.
Marando Farms Green Market – Herbs, organic fruit and vegetables and helpful tips on gardening will be available.
Self-guided Tours of the House and Grounds – Stroll through the grounds and house at your leisure and experience the charm and beauty of the Bonnet House estate.
Rest Areas – Where you can sit and relax in the shade.
The Bonnet House Museum Shop – Near the main house, offers a unique choice of interesting books, jewelry and array of gift items.
Lots of Free parking – The entrance to the parking lot is on N. Birch Road off of Sunrise Blvd. between A1A and the Intracoastal Waterway.