By Sharon Aron Baron
Enjoy a chance to marvel at the beauty of the delicate and graceful orchid during the Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital’s Orchid & Plant Festival.
Held on Saturday, February 25, and Sunday, February 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the center expects more than 25 orchid, plant, and garden art vendors to attend this year.
Admission is $8 or only $6 if purchased by February 24, and children under five are free. Visitors will also see some of the nature center’s fascinating wildlife ambassadors in the exhibit area and walk-thru aviary, plus visit a live apiary.
All proceeds will benefit the Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital, which provides environmental education programs focused on South Florida’s unique, fragile Everglades and its many resident species. The wildlife hospital also provides expert rehabilitative care to over 900 injured and orphaned native wildlife annually at no cost to the public.
A&P Exotics – rare and unusual plants
Backyard Blooms FL – orchid, succulents/cactus, hoyas, and exotic plants
Bactra Design – orchid stands and hangers
Broward Orchid Supply – gardening supplies
Blooming Paradise – orchids
Coral Springs Orchid Society
Cecilie’s Italian Ices
Decorate With Bamboo – bamboo & wood items, handmade items, holiday merchandise
D.R. Bates – Florida natives, exotics, herbs
Faux the Love of Art – wind tins, yard art, upcycled art
H & H Bamboo – bamboo plants, exotic ornamentals, butterfly and hummingbird attractors
Hiko Bonsai – bonsai, orchid arrangements, bonsai decoration
J&J Unique Orchids- orchids and bromeliads
Jim-N-I Orchids – orchids
Koke Moss Houseplants – kokedama and macrame
Kreative Gardens – plants with the “root orb system”
Krull Smith Landscapes– orchids
Lucky Bamboo 4 U– pitcher plants, venus fly traps, exotic shade plants
Miguel Bode Honey- honeybee products and beeswax candles
Orchids in Bloom – orchids
Pelican Coast Farms– orchids and tropicals
Plants by Smitty- Vietnamese pottery and exotic plants
Sara’s Vines & Vintage– rare and tropical plants, philodendrons, monsters, hoyas
Sierra Madre Orchids & Bromeliads– orchids, aroids, tropical plants, fruit trees
Succulent Life– succulent arrangements, pots, plant jewelry & accessories, resin succulent photos, DIY succulent bar & succulents
THE JUICE SOMM FOOD TRUCK – fresh pressed juices, smoothies, acai bowls, cold brew coffee, espresso
Quest Orchids – orchids
Purchase tickets here at sawgrassnaturecenter.org. The Orchid & Plant Festival is held at 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065. Parking is available at Sawgrass Springs Middle School.
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