November 2014


Saturday, November 1
10 a.m. to Noon
Light the Night
Many of us only get time to sit and enjoy our gardens and patios in the evening after work. This free presentation by Terra-Nova Sadowski will offer ways you can plant a night garden no matter where you live. Night gardens are functional landscapes that maximize all sensory benefits, especially in the dark. Methodology, design ideas, and principles of night gardening will be shared.  Terra-Nova has a BA in Environmental Studies from Alaska Pacific University and is the Programs Director at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Click here to see the Facebook event page!


Wednesday, November 5
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Green Book Club First Meeting of the Season
The Green Book Club meets the first Wednesday of the month to discuss the previous month’s read. This month’s discussion is about the summer read, The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (2013). Read a plot summary here. Come join the group for a conversation about non-fiction and fiction books concerning food, health, and human ecology. The Green Book Club always welcomes new members and encourages meeting participation, even if you have not read the whole book. This is the first meeting of the new season. Come introduce yourself and help decide what November’s read will be!








Wednesday, November 5
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Picnic on the Patio
Join us outside on the patio for another season of picnics. This evening dinner is set outdoors amidst the lush tropical backdrop of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden during sundown, and features a delectable, three-course menu designed by Ken Lyon of Lyon+Lyon Catering. Prepared fresh by Executive Chef Sharithma Almodovar, with special menu items by Pasty Chef Trew Sterling, this family-style meal will bring everyone closer around the table as we enjoy the scenery and give thanks for family, friends and food. $50/Garden Members, $60/Non Members. Click here for the full menu and to register. Limited seating available!





Thursday, November 6
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Natural Perfume-Making Experience
Enjoy natural essences like jasmine, orange blossoms, sandalwood and frankincense while you create your own luxurious natural perfume. Using a carefully selected array of natural essences while working with an experienced and professional natural perfumer, Elise Pearlstine, you will select the building blocks of a unique and personalized custom perfume.

Elise Pearlstine is the owner and perfumer at Tambela Natural Perfumes and has been learning about and creating perfumes since 2004. Her artisanal perfumes are natural, indulgent, and hand-crafted in small batches.

Be guided through your personal evaluation of a variety of essential oils and floral extracts. Then learn to describe their fragrances and take careful notes as you select those aromatics that speak to you. Finally, create a custom scent composed of top notes, heart, and base notes in a natural alcohol foundation.
Cost of the class includes personal consultation on creating a custom scent, a 1/3 ounce bottle of each student’s custom perfume, a mini-sprayer, a perfume kit for further creation at home, a follow-up consultation with Elise, and instruction booklet. Attendance maxes out at 15 participants. Call Elise at (954) 608-3611 or register at the website.




Wednesday, November 12
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Cinema Green in the Garden
Through the screening of environmental documentaries, the Environmental Coalition of Miami and the Beaches (ECOMB) endeavors to increase awareness and enact change concerning pressing ecological issues in South Florida and around the world. The Cinema Green Project is a monthly film series that fuses education and advocacy to inspire action to protect our planet. Screened films have included high profile documentaries such as “Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006), Food, Inc. (2008) and many more. Click here for a full list. Movie announcement for this date coming soon!



Thursday, November 13
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Kreating Kombucha
The Garden invites local foodie entrepreneur Tom Wilfong as the guest speaker for this workshop on basic fermentation. Learn how you can create your own kombucha, kimchi and other foods with the power of microorganisms! Tom will break down the chemical process that occurs and touch on the science you need to know to be successful. Then, go home with your own fermentation creation, recipes, and taste some of Tom's homemade honey wine. Click here to register. Limited space available.




Thursday, November 20
7 to 9:30 p.m.
Surfrider Community & Member Meeting
On the third Thursday of each month, Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter hosts the Community & Member Meeting at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden in the Banyan Room. The public and all concerned with the protection of our oceans and beaches are welcome. We will introduce new leaders and volunteers, update the community on environmental protection initiatives, and pass out information on upcoming events and fundraisers. Brief movies may be screened. Afterwards get a chance to network and talk surf stories.




Friday, November 21
9 to 10 a.m.
Coffee and CAbi with the Chamber
Please join the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and Aimee Hershkowitz (Independent CAbi Consultant) for a unique experience highlighting CAbi. CAbi is the largest social selling women’s clothing company in the US. The Fall 2014 Collection will be highlighted at the Garden, celebrating “Pink Friday”! See, touch and feel the autumn fashions hot off the runway. Win prizes and gift cards for all your holiday shopping. Come see what all the buzz is about. Please RSVP to ajhershko@gmail.com.


Sunday, November 23
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Botanical Bazaar
The Botanical Bazaar is a local gathering of artisans and vendors at the perfect time of year for early holiday shopping. This one-day-only, free event features food, music by the Florida Grand Opera, free yoga with Terra-Nova, and paper making workshops for gift cards with the Miami Paper Museum. Learn more about the fair, the plant sale, and all the other Sunday Funday activities here.










Every Tuesday
10 to 11 a.m.
Free Meditation Hour
Meditation practitioner for over 20 years and clinical hypnosis therapist Henry Brown leads students through a one-hour journey inward every Tuesday in the Butterfly room. Meditation is a natural state of mind that brings balance to the bodily systems. There are techniques which have been used for millennium which allow us to achieve this wonderful state in a short time. Those who attend meditation sessions regularly will quickly learn to practice these techniques and reach a meditative state to reduce stress, increase memory, improve physical health and mental awareness. These group meditations include individual instruction to assist attendees to meditate and reach a comfortable personal level of relaxation. These sessions are free for everyone to attend. Donations from non-Garden members are encouraged.



Every Wednesday
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Rejuvenating Hatha Yoga
These lunchtime yoga sessions encompass a blend of strengthening, stretching and relaxation outdoors on the terrace. Instructor Terra-Nova (RYT) brings a different theme to class each week that prepares you mentally for the rest of your day, and the rest of your life. Terra-Nova trained at the South Beach Green Monkey yoga studio where she studied a wide variety of yoga forms and philosophies from Ashtanga and Vinyasa, to Iyengar and Kundalini. Students of all experiences and levels are invited to pursue a higher state of consciousness and refresh the mind and body. Mats are available on a first-come first serve basis. Suggested donation of $5 for Garden members, $10 non-members.






Mondays
6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Garden Yoga
This spin-off of our Wednesday yoga classes incorporates themes of ecology and the natural world into the poses and breath work of a hatha-based yoga class in a beautiful outdoor setting. Get a workout and a botany lesson at the same time. Did you know that Buddha became enlightened sitting under a ficus tree? Meditate under our Ficus benjamina and discover your own purpose for being. This class is accessible to all skill levels, and is taught by Terra-Nova (RYT).  All donations given at this class support the Garden. Suggested donation $5 for Garden members, $10 non-members.



Mondays
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Tai Chi with Master Arthur Rosenfeld

All levels are welcome to learn the ancient Chinese art of tai chi from the only westerner recognized by the Chinese government as an ordained Taoist Monk. Master Arthur Rosenfeld also hosts the national public television show, Longevity Tai Chi and writes for the Huffington Post. This authentic, traditional and original class will reduce stress, increase flexibility, strengthen your core, tone your body, quiet the mind and much more. $25/class. Visit Arthur's website here for more info.

October 2014

Thursday, October 2
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
HRC Documentary: Before God We Are All Family
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is pleased to announce the premiere of the documentary Before God We Are All Family in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden as part of the Celebrate Orgullo festival. The film tells the story of five religious Latino families who have lived with the sting of repressive church teachings about sexual orientation and gender identity. It further explores the experiences of those who have been asked to choose between those they love, and the religion they trust. This screening is free and open to the public. Reception at 5:30. Show starts at 6:30, followed by a panel discussion with family members. 







Saturday, October 4
10 a.m. to noon
Free Saturday Seminar: Edible Foraging
Learn how to be a wild food hunter in South Florida. Track down edible weeds and find tropical fruit growing where you least expect it at this free Saturday Seminar presented by Tiffany Noe, author of the popular new book FORAGER (2014, Jai-Alai Books). Noe was featured in Edible South Florida and has presented at the Kampong. She will be sharing her guide to Miami's edible plants that you can discover growing in your back yard. Come to this presentation to enter for a chance to win tickets to our herbal cocktail workshop on October 9th!







Sunday, October 5
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Fair Fauna: Revolt of the Feminist Flowers
How many works of art exist in which women are compared with flowers? Here in Fair Fauna, artists turn the idea on its head. The actresses explore the ideas of femininity through flora and fauna and the extended metaphor of the garden. The stage joins the natural world to the plastic; the beauty of a botanical garden to a synthetic balloon sculpture garden. Women performing as flowers, costumed themselves as floral balloon sculptures, perform with creativity and passion as they revolt! $20 tickets can be purchased by calling the Garden at 305.673.7256. Click here to purchase tickets at a discounted price!



Thursday, October 9
6 to 8 p.m.
Garden to Glass Herbal Cocktail Workshop
We can't help you with your hangover, but we can help you step up your cocktail creations. Learn and practice innovative recipes, prep and presentation tips, and methods for making three fun cocktails using ingredients plucked straight from our edible garden. 

Bettina Barnoczki of Blackbird Ordinary will introduce recipes and mixologist secrets for your next cocktail party incorporating classic drinks, fresh new herbal twists, and herb syrups and punches. Registration required. $25 for Garden Members / $30 Non-Members. Click here to register.





Wednesday, October 15
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Cinema Green in the Garden
The Garden teams up a second time with local environmental groups ECOMB and Surfrider to bring you a free screening of Home (2009). This  is the first film that has been made using aerial-only footage from over 50 stunning countries from a view most of us have never seen. The director shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. Last month's movie and discussion panel played to a full house, so RSVP early by calling the Garden at 305.673.7256 or emailing membership@mbgarden.org. For more information on this and other screenings visit the Cinema Green Facebook page.








Thursday, October 16
7 to 9:30 p.m.
Surfrider Community & Member Meeting
On the third Thursday of each month, Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter hosts the Community & Member Meeting at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden in the Banyan Room. The public and all concerned with the protection of our oceans and beaches are welcome. We will introduce new leaders and volunteers, update the community on environmental protection initiatives, and pass out information on upcoming events and fundraisers. Brief movies may be screened. Afterwards get a chance to network and talk surf stories.



Friday, October 17
12 to 1:30 p.m.
Prepare to be Moved by Ability Explosion
Ability Explosion, the week-long mega event happening this October to bring awareness to the disabled community, will be holding a disability simulation where public figures in the community will experience what it is like to have a disability. Afterwards, join students from North Beach Elementary School, who did the same exercise, to share their experiences. Ability Explosion runs October 19 to 24 in South Beach, with events ranging from a tech convention, a regatta, a Crunch 5K run, and an evening of dining in the dark. For more info visit www.abilityexplosion.org.




Tuesday, October 21
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Everglades: America's Wetland with Mac Stone
From Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay, from inside the bone-crushing jaws of an alligator to the storms that race across the blackwater backcountry, award-winning conservation photographer Mac Stone takes us on a visual journey through the wetlands of the Everglades. Stone traveled to remote areas of the Everglades as a biologist for the National Audubon Society, capturing everything from snail kites to sharks using underwater, aerial and intimate close-up photography to create windows into the essence of this beautiful and endangered ecosystem and her inhabitants. Stone will share his work, which has been recently published into a book, and the story behind the pictures in a special presentation followed by a Q & A session and book signing. 

Aperitifs and light bites at 6:30. Presentation begins at 7 p.m. To RSVP for this free event, email membership@mbgarden.org or call the Garden at 305.673.7256. Click here for a video previewing how he shot the book cover pictured here.



Friday, October 24
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Book Launch and Exhibit with Ben Batchelder
Local author Ben Batchelder launches his new book, Borderlands USA: or, How to Protect the Country by Car, with three readings and a photo exhibit, an art intervention on view for one night only! As a returning expatriate, Batchelder dry-circumnavigates the Lower 48 and produces a work on what it means to be American post-9/11. This free art opening and exhibit will be in the Butterfly Room at the Garden with readings scheduled at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Come join us for this unique literary and artistic event. For more about the author, visit www.benbatchelder.com



Saturday, October 25
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Halloween Family Day
Families can explore the spooky side of the Garden at this free annual Halloween party. Make your own healthy Halloween snacks, carve a pumpkin, touch a pickled brain, and let your imagination run wild inside the haunted Banyan Room. Costume contest for the kids at 1 p.m. with live DJ monster mash music! Be there if you dare...









Sunday, October 26
6 to 9 p.m.
Picante with the South Beach Chamber Ensemble
The South Beach Chamber Ensemble returns to the Garden as part of the continuing concert series, Music in Beautiful Spaces. This  concert, titled Picante, features music from Cuba and Argentina. The show will begin with a piece by Julian Orbon (1925-1991) who was a Cuban composer who lived and composed in Spain, Cuba, Mexico and the United States. He died in Miami in 1991. Aaron Copland referred to Orbon as "Cuba's most gifted composer of the new generation." Then be swept into String Quartet #1 (1948) by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983). An argentine composer, Ginastera is considered one of the most important 20th-century classical composers of the Americas. Purchase tickets online or at the door. $25/general admission, $15/students and seniors.




Friday, October 31
8 p.m. to midnight
Ghosts in the Garden
Discover an enchanted garden, where the ghosts of medieval crusaders wander, and mystical sprites and goblin creatures haunt a court of dancing souls. Ghosts in the Garden is a "knight" of fantasy, where Halloween is celebrated with bottomless grog, gruesome grub, a haunted forest and costume contest with great prizes from The Clevelander! Featuring live music by Mr. Nice Guy, Dylan's Candy Bar, BuzzBar ice cream and more. Official afterparty at Oolite. Tickets cost $75 and include food, drinks, and entertainment.

Purchase tickets online here, or call the Garden at 305.673.7256.




Every Tuesday
10 to 11 a.m.
Free Meditation Hour
Meditation practitioner for over 20 years and clinical hypnosis therapist Henry Brown leads students through a one-hour journey inward every Tuesday in the Butterfly room. Meditation is a natural state of mind that brings balance to the bodily systems. There are techniques which have been used for millennium which allow us to achieve this wonderful state in a short time. Those who attend meditation sessions regularly will quickly learn to practice these techniques and reach a meditative state to reduce stress, increase memory, improve physical health and mental awareness. These group meditations include individual instruction to assist attendees to meditate and reach a comfortable personal level of relaxation. These sessions are free for everyone to attend. Donations from non-Garden members are encouraged.





Every Wednesday
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Rejuvenating Hatha Yoga
These lunchtime yoga sessions encompass a blend of strengthening, stretching and relaxation outdoors on the terrace. Instructor Terra-Nova (RYT) brings a different theme to class each week that prepares you mentally for the rest of your day, and the rest of your life. Terra-Nova trained at the South Beach Green Monkey yoga studio where she studied a wide variety of yoga forms and philosophies from Ashtanga and Vinyasa, to Iyengar and Kundalini. Students of all experiences and levels are invited to pursue a higher state of consciousness and refresh the mind and body. Mats are available on a first-come first serve basis. Suggested donation of $5 for Garden members, $10 non-members.




Mondays
6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Garden Yoga
This spin-off of our Wednesday yoga classes incorporates themes of ecology and the natural world into the poses and breath work of a hatha-based yoga class in a beautiful outdoor setting. Get a workout and a botany lesson at the same time. Did you know that Buddha became enlightened sitting under a ficus tree? Meditate under our Ficus benjamina and discover your own purpose for being. This class is accessible to all skill levels, and is taught by Terra-Nova (RYT).  All donations given at this class support the Garden. Suggested donation $5 for Garden members, $10 non-members.




Mondays
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Tai Chi with Master Arthur Rosenfeld
All levels are welcome to learn the ancient Chinese art of tai chi from the only westerner recognized by the Chinese government as an ordained Taoist Monk. Master Arthur Rosenfeld also hosts the national public television show, Longevity Tai Chi and writes for the Huffington Post. This authentic, traditional and original class will reduce stress, increase flexibility, strengthen your core, tone your body, quiet the mind and much more. $25/class. Visit Arthur's website here for more info.


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