13th Annual Orchid Festival Returns In April

It’s that time of year again! Spring is right around the corner, and so is our 13th annual Orchid & Garden Festival! On Saturday, April 4th and Sunday, April 5th, Bonnet House invites you to join us for this highly anticipated event and experience the natural beauty that exists here in South Florida, and throughout the world.

This two-day festival will give orchid enthusiasts and plant lovers of all kinds the unique opportunity to view and purchase beautiful orchids of all shapes, sizes, and colors. In addition to orchids, visitors will also be able to view and purchase other varieties of tropical plants, herbs, and fruit trees sold by local vendors, as well as international vendors from Thailand, Malaysia, Ecuador, and Hawaii. Also, we are proud to welcome Floralia, Brazil’s premier orchid company, as they join our festival for the first time.

Throughout the Orchid Festival, Bonnet House will host a number of lecturers and authors in our Island Theatre. On Saturday, April 4th, the festival will begin with a guided tour of the greenhouses with Bonnet House’s Orchid Curator, and owner of Soroa Orchids, Jose Exposito. Following this tour, Peter Kouchalakos, renowned orchid and bromeliad grower, will be speaking about the specifics of growing bromeliads in your Florida garden. Finally, in the afternoon, President of Orchidmania, Alex Lamazares will teach guests about how to care for and repot orchids.

The second day, April 5th will begin again with a guided tour of our greenhouses by our curator, Jose Exposito. Following this, award-winning orchid grower, Judy Bailey will be giving a lecture about the different species of orchids, and what they can teach us. Finally, Alex Lamazares will be joining us once again to discuss orchid care and repotting techniques.

To ensure that all guests enjoy their time at this two-day festival, we will also be hosting a variety of food vendors, libations, garden art, orchid care, and general gardening lectures. We have also invited various bands to perform throughout the festival to create a fun, lively atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.

Lecture Schedule

Saturday, April 4 (Island Theater)

  • 11 am – Orchids at Bonnet House – a guided tour of the greenhouses. By Jose L. Exposito – Bonnet House Orchid Curator/AOS judge/owner Soroa Orchids.
  • 12 pm – Bromeliads in the Florida Garden – care and propagation of this beautiful epiphyte. By Peter Kouchalakos – renowned orchid and bromeliad grower/owner PCK Orchids.
  • 1 pm – Orchid care and repotting – a survival guide for your orchids. By Alex Lamazares – President of ORCHIDMANIA.

Sunday, April 5 (Island Theater)

  • 11 am – Orchids at Bonnet House – a guided tour of the greenhouses. By Jose L. Exposito – Bonnet House Orchid Curator/AOS judge/owner Soroa Orchids.
  • 12 pm – Orchid species – what can they teach us? – By Judy Bailey – AOS judge/award winning orchid grower.
  • 1 pm – Orchid care and repotting – a survival guide for your orchids. By Alex Lamazares – President of ORCHIDMANIA/Orchid grower.

We couldn’t be more proud to continue hosting such a wonderful event. Whether you are an experienced gardener and orchid expert, or just getting started, you will be sure to find this festival enjoyable and educational.

Tickets are $12 and parking is free. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Bonnet House website. We hope to see you there!

submitted by Monica Estivez
Director of Marketing, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens