Green thumbs will be out in force at Lake County’s Landscape & Garden Fair this weekend. The event offers free nature-based activities for the entire family this weekend.
The fair is held at Lake County Extension Center’s Discovery Gardens, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares. Nestled on over four acres, the venue features 24 themed gardens, including a string of lush courtyards and five specially designed children’s gardens. Visitors hear expert speakers on a variety of topics, including rose gardening, native plant landscaping, pollinators and herb gardening.
Visitors also have an opportunity to browse and purchase goods from vendors selling landscaping materials, native plants, fruit trees and more.
Festival activities for kids include the Children’s Passport, with stops at five gardens, including the Backyard Habitat, Turf and Groundcover Walk, plus Mediterranean garden, Wetlands and rain garden.
Children can also participate in the Maze Scavenger Hunt. A special butterfly release is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 25. Children will learn about the life-cycle of butterflies while receiving a hands-on opportunity to release them into the butterfly greenhouse and watch them fly and feed on sugar water and nectar plants. The butterfly release is limited to the first 50 children in attendance.
The event runs Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual fair is sponsored by Lake County, The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension in Lake County and the Lake County Master Gardeners.