Joyful June

Saturday, June 2 
3 to 9 p.m.
Padma Fertility Festival

The Sanskrit word “padma” means “lotus”, traditionally a symbol for consciousness, as the beautiful flower grows from the muddy waters, blossoming into the light of its own awareness. The Padma Fertility Festival honors the flowering of life upon Earth with organic food, dancing in the oriental, belly, and Afro-Cuban styles, henna tattoo artist, open-mic poetry, a drum circle, a seed planting ceremony, yoga, flower wreathing,artisan crafts, and much more. Proceeds support La Luchi Foundation, providing healthcare to urban youth, and to CAMTRA, a Brazilian women’s rights organization. $10 entrance fee, $5 with instrument. Children are free.

Tuesdays in June
9 a.m. to Noon 
Drawing and Painting in the Garden  
With Art Center South Florida
The Garden is inspiration as Art Center South Florida presents a series of drawing and painting classes at the beginner/intermediate level with instructor Ariel Baron-Robbins. Classes outdoors in the landscape focus on flora and fauna with demonstrations on how to draw accurately from life and how to use watercolor and ink media. Learn the history of floral painting, ranging from Buddhist ink drawings to the Impressionists to contemporary artists and create your own unique artworks. Register online at Register online here.

Every Thursday
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Miami Beach Toastmasters 
Whether you want to polish your professional presentations, engage your social circle with greater ease, or champion your community cause, effective communication is essential. Join Miami Beach Toastmasters at the Garden every Thursday evening. For information, visit

Friday, June 8
6 to 9 p.m.
“Uprooting” and Retirement Party
Join the Garden Board of Directors, staff and friends in a celebration of Executive Director Laura Jamieson's retirement and her decade of achievements including completion of a $1.2 Million landscape renovation in 2011, bringing the garden to prominence as a cultural venue, attaining fiscal stability, developing a dynamic annual schedule of environmental education and arts programs, promoting the Garden as a rental venue for social and corporate occasions and making many friends along the way.

Saturday, June 9
10 a.m. to Noon
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Bugs in Your YardDid you just spray an endangered Miami blue butterfly larva (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri) with Raid®??? Join Miami Dade County Extension Agent Adrian Hunsberger as she describes the different insects in your garden and how to control them using organic methods. Hunsberger has a bachelor’s in horticulture from Virginia Tech and a master’s in entomology from University of Florida. She specializes in urban horticulture and writes for the Miami Herald. For more information on our education programs, call our Programs Director, Terra, at 305-673-7256 Ext 201.
Sunday, June 10
2 to 3p.m.
Round Robin Peacock Poetry Reading
Join artist Cara Nusinov, creator of the Poetry Peacock statue roosting here at the Garden, for a poetry reading and open recital. The event will begin with readings of poems written on the peacock, and will then open to the public. Bring your own poems, or those of your favorite poets to share with everyone. The poems on the peacock are written by both renowned and emerging poets from all over the world, and Nusinov’s concept creates a work of art available to everyone that encourages people to gather together, discover, and discuss the poems and their meanings.

Thursday, June 14
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Outdoor Gyrokinesis® Class 
The Garden begins a weekly gyrokinesis class presented by Mari Kasich, owner of the Miami Beach Gyrotonic® Studio on Washington Avenue. A gentle, fluid movement and breathing modality that feels like a massage, gyrokinesis is a healthy workout for the spine, and a strengthening exercise for joints. It starts in a seated position on a chair, and moves into seated, kneeling and standing positions on the floor. This group class can be an energizing way to wind down your day or start up your night. All equipment supplied. To register, contact Mari at 305-397-8070 or You can also check out this video  to see gyrokinesis in action.

Wednesday, June 20
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Life By Design: Your Guide to an Extraordinary Life!   
Every human being is designed to be extraordinary, to experience abundant health and vitality. However, most of us are inconsistent with the action steps necessary to achieve this level of health. Join Dr. Miguel Toro as he breaks down the five basic requirements the body needs to thrive and not just survive. We will address some of the faulty principles we've been taught concerning health and will have fun busting many of the modern myths and belief systems about health. For information, call Cindy Hill at 305-496-4591 or visit

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