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Landscape & Garden Fair offers free activities this weekend for children and families

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TAVARES – The 7th Annual Landscape & Garden Fair offers kid-friendly, nature-based activities on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is hosted at the Lake County Extension Center’s Discovery Gardens, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares, a four-acre site featuring 24 themed gardens and lush courtyards.

Family activities will include the Children’s Passport, with stops at five gardens including the Five Senses Garden, Native Plant Walk, Enabling Herb Garden, Rose Garden, and Vegetable Garden. Children can also participate in the Maze Scavenger Hunt, complete with prizes.

The popular butterfly release is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24. Children will learn about the lifecycle of butterflies while receiving a hands-on opportunity to release them into the butterfly greenhouse and watch them fly and feed on sugar water and nectar plants. The butterfly release is limited to the first 50 children due to space limitations.

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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 annually to hear expert speakers present on a variety of topics, including colorful landscapes, native plants, vegetable gardening and honeybees.

Visitors also have an opportunity to browse and purchase goods from vendors selling landscaping materials, native plants, fruit trees and more.

For more information about the 7th Annual Landscape & Garden Fair, call 352-343-4101 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/gardenfair

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