Sensational September

Saturday, September 1st
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Toastmasters Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contest
To polish your professional presentations, engage in social circles with greater ease, or champion a community cause, effective communication is essential. Toastmasters is an international non-profit organization with nearly 235,000 members. No matter what your experience, you will take something of value away from each meeting. Guests are always welcome to attend for free. Come find out what makes or breaks a great speech at this special contest meeting! To join and learn more, visit

Sundays, September 2nd,  23rd and 30th
10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Shakespeare Under the Sun
Start your Sundays out right with free admission to two plays. Sit outside and enjoy the scenery and scenes of Macbeth and Danny & The Deep Blue Sea, brought to you by non-profit organization Ground Up & Rising. These stellar performances are contemporary adaptations, running about an hour long. Ground Up & Rising's vision is "To provoke, push at, and break through the hapless confines of modern theater and film--one that finds its niche no often within the habitual walls of convention and conformity."  

The producer, Arturo Fernandez, has been named as one of the Top 20 Artists Under 40 by the Miami Times, and was given the 2010 Theater Visionary Award by the Miami ArtZine, among other accolades.

Macbeth  will play during both shows on September 2nd, and 23rd, and Danny & The Deep Blue Sea will play at one 10 a.m. show on the 30th. Contact the garden at (305) 673-7256 ext. 201 for more information.

Wednesday, September 19th
6:30 to 11:30 p.m. 
Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Grab your Wayfarers and hop in a fifties vintage car for a road trip to Joshua Tree, 1951.  In this sumptuously filmed, neo-noir portrait of James Dean just before he finds fame. Breathtaking views of the arid landscape and lush gardens at poolside cocktail parties create a dreamy atmosphere that lure the viewer in, as writer/director Matthew Mishory's story blends biographical and re-imagined parts of James Dean's life. James Preston, cast as Dean, bears a stunning and strikingly handsome resemblance to the outsider icon.


The film seeks to redefine Dean for a new generation, by examining his complicated sexuality and his formative relationships. Dean's roommate and fellow struggling actor (Dan Glenn) is along for the ride from their Santa Monica apartment to the desert. The roommate is a quiet source of refuge as well as a passport to a world of cultural refinement. Accompanying them is femme fatale, Violet (Dalilah Rain), a would-be starlet who struggles to survive within the postwar Hollywood machine.

Cocktails (provided by 1492 Rum) and hors d'oeuvres at 6:30, film starts at 8:00, with a Q&A session run by Filmmaker Matthew Mishory afterwards. Click here to purchase tickets.

Saturday, September 22nd
10 a.m. to noon
Rain Barrel Lecture and Workshop
Learn how to water your garden effortlessly and save water at the same time! Rain barrels are one of the most useful tools for South Florida gardeners, both environmentally and economically speaking. How are you going to make sure your grass stays green in the dry season? By watering it with your reservoir from the rainy season of course!

Barbara McAdam from the Miami Dade Cooperative Extension Service will provide you with everything you need to make your own rain barrel and start making it rain! Please RSVP for the event here by September 15th so that we know how many barrels to provide. Lecture is free, workshop materials are $40.

Wednesdays in August
Noon to 5 p.m.
The Wholesome Grocer
The garden is a pick-up point for members of The Wholesome Grocer: a free-to-join program sourcing fresh, local and organic produce to city-dwellers. You can also special order grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and eggs, and assorted seasonal foods from Florida growers. Support your local community and sign up for your share today! To learn how to join this program, visit

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