KEY WEST — Nature lovers can enjoy an exhibition and sale of rare plants, explore the unique Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden and discover fine arts and crafts during the 19th Annual  “GardenFest Key West: The Green Market Place 2022, on Saturday, March 5. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Garden, located at 5210 College Road.  Admission is free.

Visitors can view and purchase tropical and native plants from the Garden’s Plant Nursery as well as other plant vendors. There will also be docent-guided tours, a children’s science corner, adult beverages, snacks, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle, earth-based arts and crafts with nature themes or composed of natural materials, eco-friendly products, services and exhibits by conservation-oriented non-profit organizations.

ButterflyMichelle Leonard-Mularz, the environmental horticulture agent for Monroe County, will be the featured speaker at 1 p.m., outdoors in the Garden’s Cuban Chug Exhibit. Her presentation, “Self-watering containers for vegetable growing,” includes a question-and-answer session.

Celebrating the Garden’s 86th anniversary in 2022, and one of the oldest operating attractions in Key West, the Key West Botanical Garden Society is proud to be able to continue this important community event.

The Garden is home to many threatened and endangered species, the rich and diverse environment features two wetland habitats, two butterfly gardens, national and state champion trees, birds, butterflies, art, musical instruments and much more. As a living museum with twelve self-guided tours, the garden offers visitors an opportunity to step back in time and experience the Keys in a natural, protected conservation habitat.

All GardenFest activities are to be held outside. To protect against potential Covid-19 transmission, attendees are encouraged to wear masks and practice safe social distancing.

We are grateful to our sponsors:

Opal Key Pepsi Centennial Bank