Florida Tech Botanical Fest Set for Saturday, March 7

10th Annual Event to Feature Expanded Programming

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology will present its 10th annual Botanical Fest from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, on Crawford Green on the Melbourne campus.

The event will showcase plant and garden vendors offering trees and plants, decorative items and more. There will be free, guided tours of the university’s Botanical Gardens hourly and master gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions.

A variety of food and drink will be available for purchase.

Funds generated by Botanical Fest support the Florida Tech Botanical Garden.

To commemorate this special 10th anniversary festival, the Botanical Garden Committee has organized a series of free Florida-friendly landscaping seminars from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gleason Performing Arts Center on the Florida Tech campus.

  • Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardens, 9 a.m.
  • Backyard Chickens, 9:30 a.m.
  • Veggie Gardens and Composting, 10:15 a.m.
  • Indian River Lagoon, 11:15 a.m.
  • Nine Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping with Sally Scalera, 11:50 a.m.

The seminars are sponsored by Indian River Lagoon Program, City of Melbourne, Brevard County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Palm Bay.

Pre-registration is available for the seminars by going to mybrevardyard.eventbrite.com and clicking on “Florida-Friendly Landscape Seminar.”  The first 500 registrants will receive a free gift bag.

For more information on Botanical Fest, contact Meredith Armeni at (321) 674-8537, email botanicalfest@fit.edu or visit http://garden.fit.edu/botanical-fest.php.


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