TAVARES – Lake County’s 6th Annual Landscape & Garden Fair, a free, botanical-themed festival, will be held Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 at the Lake County Extension Center’s Discovery Gardens, located at 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 festival attracts thousands of guests to hear expert speakers present on a variety of topics, including butterflies, tropical shade, and herb gardening.
Some notable programs this year include “All About Roses,” taught by rosarian and Sumter County Master Gardener Ed Bull, “Beautiful Bugs – Butterflies, Pollinators and Beneficials in the Garden,” led by Orange County Horticulture Agent Kelly Greer and “Landscaping with Native Plants,” hosted by Sumter County Master Gardener Steve Turnipseed.
For a complete schedule of speakers and classes, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/gardenfair.
Additional family-friendly activities include the Children’s Passport, with stops at multiple gardens, the Maze Scavenger Hunt, and special butterfly release. Visitors also have an opportunity to browse and purchase goods from vendors selling landscaping materials, native plants, fruit trees and more.
Discovery Gardens is nestled on over four acres behind the Lake County Extension Center and features 24 themed gardens, including a string of lush courtyards and five specially designed children’s gardens.