Rootstock Plant & Garden Festival Presented by Duke Energy

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October 20, 2018
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Things To Know

Rootstock is back and better than ever with great food, spectacular vendors and live music to make this the best event to date! Free admission, $10 parking per vehicle. (Please note: The $10 parking fee can be applied towards the purchase of a membership.) Members get in for free!

Free admission, $10 parking per vehicle. MEMBERS GET IN FREE

ROOTSTOCK Plant & Garden Festival presented by Duke Energy returns to Bok Tower Gardens Saturday, October 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festival features dozens of plant vendors with hundreds of plants for sale, amazing musicians, healthy cuisine and a spectacular display of seasonal foliage. Admission is free and parking is $10 per car, members free. Members of the Gardens get a sneak peek and opportunity to purchase plants Friday, October 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Over 40 VENDORS from across the state will offer a variety of plants for sale including: orchids, plumeria, palms, herbs, tropical fruits, Florida natives, bonsai, aquatic and bog plants, ferns, bamboo, roses, heliconias, bromeliads, tillandsia air plants, and many more. Garden art, bird feeders, stained glass, pottery, wind chimes, lawn ornaments and other garden accessories are also available.

DUKE ENERGY POLLINATOR POWER EXPERIENCE Experience a pollinator wonderland with native plants and Painted Lady butterflies presented by Duke Energy. Learn more about the importance of pollinators and how to preserve this vital species.

ROSELLE TASTING Known as Florida Cranberry, Roselle is a beautiful and edible native plant. Enjoy samples of Roselle tea served in the Outdoor Kitchen.

ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS Encounter Florida wildlife including birds of prey, reptiles and bugs at the Alexander Discovery Center from 10am-3pm. Visit Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden for additional family fun and art projects.

Full Vendor Listing

The Gardens’ Blue Palmetto Café will prepare a fresh menu of garden-to-table favorites. Oasis Catering will also offer additional food vendors with a variety of menu options.

Company What they are Serving Vegan/Veggie Options
Blue Palmetto Cafe Menu Favorites, Cuban Panini and Chicken Gyros Yes
Blue Palmetto Cafe Outdoors Street Tacos No
Oasis Catering station 1 Hamburgers, Hotdogs and Pulled Pork Sandwiches No
Oasis Catering station 2 Build your own grill bowl Yes
Sawadee Food Truck Thai Cuisine Yes
Kettle Corn Kettle Corn Yes
Kona Ice Truck Shaved Ice Yes

Bok Tower Gardens will be providing multiple wine and craft beer options including many of our cafe favorites including Space Dust IPA, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, Hoegaarden and many more!

Beer Brewery Wine Winery
Space Dust IPA Elysian Brewing Company Chardonnay Chateau Souverain
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter Breckenridge Brewery Cabernet Sauvignon Chateau Souverain
Shock Top Sunset Orange Shock Top Prosecco LaMarca, Italy
Magners Irish Cider Magners Cidery Mimosa LaMarca Prosecco and Florida’s Natural OJ
Hoegaarden InBev
Bud Light InBev


9am – 10:30am: Polkweed Muzique
10:30am – 11am: Carillon Concert
11am-1pm: AcousticDose
1pm: Carillon Concert
1:30pm– 3pm: Groove Infusion
3pm: Carillon Concert
3:30pm – 5:30pm: Rusty Wright Band

Sponsored by Visit Central Florida and Duke Energy

Please Note:

Member Pre-Sale Begins September 7. All Tickets On Sale September 14. Ticket price includes general admission to the Gardens. Tickets are available for purchase at, in person at the Visitor Center or by phone at 863-734-1222. All programs and classes promptly begin at stated time and visitors are encouraged to arrive at least 10 minutes before class begins for check-in. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the class start time. Culinary events are demonstration based and late arrivals may not be accommodated. For classes held after 5pm, the entrance gate will stay open for an additional 30 minutes after the start time. Once the gate closes, late arrivals will not be admitted. Due to the nature of culinary events held at the Outdoor Kitchen, Bok Tower Garden may attempt, but cannot guarantee, to accommodate food allergies. Dogs are not permitted at any ticketed event.