Rootstock Plant & Garden Festival
October 15 and 16, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The good news keeps growing as Bok Tower Gardens enhances the signature fall plant sale with the debut of ROOTSTOCK featuring dozens of plant vendors, local musical artists, healthy cuisine and a spectacular display of seasonal foliage. This festival marks the start of Florida’s gardening season, and admission is FREE both days.
Admission is FREE… only $5 parking
Nearly 40 VENDORS from across the state will offer a variety of plants for sale including orchids, palms, tropical fruits, Florida natives, ferns, bamboo, roses, heliconias, bromeliads, tillandsia air plants, lilies and many more. Garden art, bird feeders, stained glass, pottery, wind chimes, lawn ornaments and other garden accessories are also available.
Florida Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions and will present several learning areas including vermiculture (worm farming) and container gardening. Special food demonstrations will also be held in the Outdoor Kitchen showcasing fabulous fall produce from the Edible Garden. Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden will also feature nature play guides and additional family fun activities. Visitors will also discover “Pumpkins at Pinewood” as the historic estate is decked out in splendid autumn colors and the lush finery of fall.
This free community festival has grown to become one of Central Florida’s favorite fall celebrations, with live entertainment, tree climbing, family activities, a vineyard area serving signature wines, craft and seasonal beers, fresh food and more. The Visitor Center, Blue Palmetto Café, and Tower & Garden Gift Shop will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pinewood Estate will offer self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $5. Parking inside Bok Tower Gardens grounds is $5 per car, satellite parking is free.
Members of the Gardens get a sneak peek and opportunity to purchase plants Friday, October 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Members get exclusive access to our annual plant sale the evening before it opens to the public. Skip the crowds, meet the vendors, and get first pick of plants and other natural products. The Blue Palmetto Café and Tower & Garden Gift Shop will remain open throughout the evening. Not a member? Sign up today!
Activities for Kids
Family Tree Climbing with ropes, rigging and carabineers will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $15 per person ages 6 and up. Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden will provide additional family fun with nature play guides, interactive displays, animal encounters and nature exploration. Pinewood Estate will have a pumpkin patch and plenty of great picture spots for a perfect fall family portrait.
Sweet Bay Nursery, Gross Orchids, Mitch Armstrong Nursery, Tropiflora, Little Joe’s Food, Central Florida Ferns & Foliage, D & D Growers, Heart Institute, Yellow Green Exotic Gardens, Gardino Nursery, Just Plumerias, Beautiful Bamboo, Elemental Nursery, The Peacock Cottage, MAD Plants, Our Vital Earth, Calusa Palms Nursery, Russell’s Bromeliads, It’s Our Nature, Orchids Just 4 You, Shelly’s Yard Art, Plantopia, Sun Newspapers, Cool Roses, Hands of Man Pottery, Magic Orchids & Nursery, Twisted Mind Rusty Metal,
3 Season’s Growers, Nelson’s Florida Roses, J & P Nursery, Eden’s Nectar Honey, Spring Lake Tropicals, Goodwin Orchids, Farm Daddy, Ritter’s Tropical 1 Orchids, George Griepenburg, A Natural Farm, McCrory’s Sunny Hill Nursery, Florida Pest Control, Four Sisters Foliage, M & D Mosaic, Carlos Dermosheghian, Aquatic Systems & Resources, Southern Oaks Aquatics, Copper Creations, Red Hawk Nursery, Mystic Copper Sprinklers