Green Thumb, Flamingo Festival and more spring festivals coming to Tampa Bay

New faces in the flock: twenty new flamingos have been added to the two remaining birds at Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg on Thursday, 4/21/16.  LANCE ROTHSTEIN / STAFF
New faces in the flock: twenty new flamingos have been added to the two remaining birds at Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg on Thursday, 4/21/16. LANCE ROTHSTEIN / STAFF
Published February 21
Updated February 21

spring events

Flamingo Festival

Help celebrate the young flock of flamingos that recently arrived at Sunken Gardens at a colorful festival with live music, kids activities, and beer and wine for sale. Wear pink for $1 off admission. $10, $8 seniors, $4 kids 2-11. noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 551-3102.
sunkengardens.org.

Clearwater Garden Club Antiques Fair and Craft Show

Browse antique items, featuring collection of Depression glass, jewelry and handcrafted items, homemade jams and jellies and a vegetable stand with seed-to-table garden produce from local school. Free admission. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St., Clearwater. (727) 316-5504. clearwatergardenclub.org.

Spring Plant and Rummage Sale

Plants for a spring garden at budget prices, with household items, jewelry, clothing and toys for sale, along with tempting baked goods, at sale that supports the Riverview Garden Club. Cash only. Free admission. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive, Riverview. (813) 654-6987.

Orchid Round-Up Show and Sale

The Tampa Bay Orchid Society’s judged show and sale includes displays, orchid-themed arts and crafts. $5 admission; no fee for orchid show entry. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 3-4, Tampa Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 5500 Memorial Highway, Tampa. (813) 368-7353 or
(813) 765-9271.

Orchid Festival

Sip beer and wine while browsing through thousands of blooming orchids for sale along the garden’s pathways. Included with gardens admission: $10, $8 seniors, $4 kids ages 2-11. March 11, noon- 4:30 p.m., Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 551-3102. sunkengardens.org.

Fantasy African Violet Club Show and Sale

African violets in array of styles and options. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9-10. Free admission. Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens Center, 3357 Susan Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 345-5271.

Art in Bloom

A spring tradition unfolds at the Museum of Fine Arts as 40 floral design interpretations by professional florists, hobbyists and members of the Stuart Society fill the museum. Included in admission: $17, $10 kids 7-18, six and under, free. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 23-24, and 26, noon-5 p.m. March 25, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667.
fine-arts.org.

Loquat Festival

Celebrate the fuzzy, sweet-tart Florida fruit with samplings, preserves and other loquat products for sale, cooking and canning demonstrations, readings of loquat-related poetry and short prose, with cash prizes for top poems, and this year, release of the Leaves of Loquat, Vol. III Loquat Literary Festival chapbook. Free admission. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 24, Frances Avenue Park, 5580 Frances Ave., New Port Richey. (727) 849-1626. ecologyflorida.org.

Spring Hill Garden Club Spring Plant Sale

Variety of plants at budget-friendly prices, with club volunteers on hand to answer questions, at the botanical oasis that features 22 themed garden areas. Cash or check only. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6-7, Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.
naturecoastgardens.com.

Springfest Garden Art and Faerie Festival

Festival transforms the park into a mystical "enchanted village" inhabited by roaming costumed faeries, sprites, gnomes, ogres and trolls, and Renaissance-era characters, gypsies, wizards, minstrels and other entertainers. Includes a beer garden, live music, kids activities, May pole dances, costume contests, marketplace of plants, garden art and whimsical trinkets. Free admission. 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. April 7, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. April 8, Clymer Park, Gulfport Boulevard S and Beach Boulevard S, Gulfport. (727) 322-5217.

USF Spring Plant Festival

Get inspiration for renewing landscapes and gardens for spring, as more than 70 growers and garden clubs offer an array of landscape and flowering plants, ground covers, herbs, easy care native plants, with plant related items for sale, along with advice, with children’s craft area, garden talks. $5, 12 and younger, and members, free. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. April 14, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. April 15, University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. (813) 974-2329.

Green Thumb Festival

Loads of flowering plants, fruit trees, unusual and unique plants, herbs, garden art and accessories, fresh produce for sale, at the popular annual garden and greenery fest. Bring questions to "Ask an Arborist’’ and tools to be sharpened (nominal fee), get soil and water tested; with Garden Wagon Parade, kids tree climbing, and other children’s programs, garden club flower show, food court, free mulch, free butterfly plants (while supplies last) and 1,000 trees available for $5. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28-29, Walter Fuller Park & Center, 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7441. stpeteparksrec.org/greenthumb

Peak Bloom at Bok Tower Gardens

More than 150 varieties of camellias and hundreds of azaleas, along with orchids, irises and other flowering plants in an explosion of color starting the first few weeks of March at the gardens, with guided tours and carillon concerts heralding spring. $14, $5 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free (gardens only; Pinewood Estate additional fee). Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. (863) 676-1408. boktowergardens.org.

Compiled by Peggy Anders,
Times staff writer.

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