GardenFest to Spotlight Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Feb. 16-17, 2019

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Nature lovers can enjoy an exhibition and sale of rare plants, explore the historic Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden and discover fine crafts during GardenFest Key West – The Green Market Place 2019, set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17.

The free-admission nature fair is scheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days in the garden, located at 5210 College Road. Themed “Re-greening the Keys,” it showcases its conservation efforts of this unique habitat in the lower Keys and the recovery of the garden’s tree canopy, facilities and living collections following September 2017’s Hurricane Irma.

Visitors can view and purchase tropical and native plants — some propagated at the Garden’s Native Nursery — as well as earth-friendly, nature-themed arts and crafts. In addition, they can learn about the Florida Keys’ native plants from the garden’s knowledgeable corps of staff and volunteers.

The schedule also includes an educational presentation titled “Hydro-Culture and Organic Gardening in the Keys” by Marjorie Townsend – Owner / Operator – Townsend Family Organic Farms, Key West at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Among other GardenFest attractions are live music, information booths, a Kids Science Corner, refreshments and an on-site “beer garden.”

Event highlights include the chance to explore the 15-acre garden that is renowned as a living museum. Home to many threatened and endangered species, the rich and diverse environment features two wetland habitats, a 2 1 ½ -acre butterfly habitats, seasonal flowers, national and state champion trees, a waterfall wall of tropical plants and two of the last remaining natural freshwater ponds in the Florida Keys.