TAVARES — Lake County’s 5th Annual Landscape & Garden Fair, a botanical-themed, free festival, offers activities for the entire family.
The event will be held on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Sunday, April 17 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Lake County Extension Center's Discovery Gardens, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares. Sponsored by Lake County, The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County and the Lake County Master Gardeners, the indoor/outdoor festival will provide visitors an opportunity to browse and purchase goods from vendors selling landscaping, native plants, roses and fruit trees.
Expert guest speakers will present on a variety of topics, including butterfly gardening, unusual edibles, shade gardening and hydroponics. Classes will include Unusual Edibles, Plant Recipes for Container Gardens, Hydroponics in a Bucket and Creating a Community Garden, to name a few.
All classes are free to attend, and some are taught inside the auditorium while others, such as a class about roses, will take place outdoors in the gardens and include demonstrations.
Discovery Gardens features 24 themed gardens, including a string of lush courtyards and five specially designed children’s gardens.
For kids, activities will include the Children’s Passport, with stops at five gardens, including the Tropical Shade Garden, Orchard, Butterfly House, Palm Walk and Southern Shade Garden. Children can also participate in the Maze Scavenger Hunt, complete with prizes. A special butterfly release is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 with Teresa Wooddy, UF/IFAS Lake County Master Gardener.
For more information about the 5th Annual Landscape & Garden Fair, call 352-343-4101 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/gardenfair.