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Garden Party

Spring has (almost) sprung and Miami’s public gardens are in full bloom—both with greenery and events! As the new season approaches, the city’s most popular plots are blossoming. Save the dates for these springtime delights.

Get a jumpstart on spring at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

1. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
A long-standing favorite in the Miami horticultural scene, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden continues to prove why it deserves its place in the sun. Debuted late last year, the garden’s Saturday Farmers Market features delicacies such as goat’s milk cheese from local organic food celebrity Hani Khouri and conch fritters from George Mira’s bright pink fritter stand. If you prefer flora to food, check out the Annual International Orchid Festival. Vendors from around the world will showcase more than 10,000 orchid plants—including some rare species—at the garden March 7-9. 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, 305.667.1651

2. Miami Beach Botanical Garden
Get back to nature at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden with Picnic on the Patio on March 25. This flavorful event features gourmet treats such as eggplant crostini, Gaucho Ranch’s organic, grass-fed beef, and banana pudding with salted caramel provided by none other than farmers market favorite Zak the Baker. Unwind under the setting sun as you enjoy local produce the Miami Beach way. 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, 305.673.7256

3. Fruit and Spice Park
Homestead’s floral haven turns into multicultural foodie hub this March. Starting with the Annual Asian Culture Festival during the first weekend of the month (March 1-2), the park keeps the fresh fun going as it hosts Festival Sabor Latino (March 15-16) as well as Thai and Indian cooking classes. For some true natural beauty, take a meandering walk through the park’s many trails and collect some fallen fruit for your drive home—you won’t be disappointed. 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead, 305.247.5727

4. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Vizcaya’s bayfront gardens are known for their incredible blooms—imagine seeing them under the glow of the moon. The Moonlight Garden Tours, March 12 and 13, allow visitors to experience the Italian-inspired gardens after dark, accompanied by live music in the courtyard to complement the enchanting landscape. Viewing Vizcaya, another monthly nighttime event, invites guests to enjoy a silent film in the courtyard of the Main House as Vizcaya’s original owner did so many years ago. March’s film, The Penalty, hits the screen on March 26. 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305.250.9133

5. The Deering Estate at Cutler
Vintage cars and fresh seafood are on the agenda for the Deering Estate this March. On Sunday, March 23, vintage cars from 1952 and older will grace the famed grounds and tours of the historic house and natural areas will be available to all guests. Under a big top tent the following Sunday, March 30, visitors to the 10th Annual Deering Seafood Festival on the bay will get their pick of shrimp, oysters, conch, crab and more from top restaurants such as Devon Seafood + Steak and Black Point Ocean Grill. Leave room for dessert! 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami, 305.235.1668