Outrageous October

Saturday, October 6th
10 a.m. to noon 
Free Monthly Lecture: Growing Your Own Herbs and Veggies
Even if you live in an urban environment like Miami, it is possible to start a farm! This talk by Dylan Terry and Chris French of Ready-to-Grow Gardens will showcase some of the best edible plants to grow in South Florida, and advice on how to grow them.

The practice of growing food sustainably in cities and homes provides great health benefits for those that eat it, as well as the environment. By and large, our society’s landscapes favor ornament over functional value and don’t offer much to provide food for people and wildlife.  The more it costs to transport food long distances with rising fuel cost, the greater the need will be for people to grow food closer to where they live.

Dylan and Chris will explain the nuances of producing a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and fruits. Topics covered will include garden design, soil improvement, plant selection (high maintenance vs. low maintenance), organic fertilization and organic pest control. Common and rare edible plants will be sold at the event.

Dylan Terry is the creator of Ready-to-Grow Gardens, a company that specializes in edible garden design, installation, and maintenance for South Florida.  He is an advocate of growing food all year long in South Florida and is dedicated to being on-call to helping others do so.  Garden sites include homes, schools, businesses, retirement communities and community gardens.

Chris French is a South Florida native and lifelong water enthusiast. He has been an ecological design consultant for five years, helping others to create landscapes that harvest rain, improve soil, and grow food.

Thursday, October 11th 
7 to 10 p.m.
Embrace Life Workshop
This program is designed for men and woman of all ages and walks of life who wish to live life to the fullest and live in complete gratitude even in the most stressful periods of time. Wear comfortable clothing for experimental movement. The workshop is lead by Dr. Miriam Steinberg, a resident of Miami Beach and practitioner of Jungian psychotherapy and movement therapy. She has developed a method to embrace life, by guiding each individual through physical movement to help express the soul residing inside their body. For more information, call Dr. Steinberg at (305) 793-8213. The cost of the workshop is $25. Cash or check only please.

Sundays, October 14th, 21st, and November 4th
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Digital Photography Workshops
Find the extraordinary within the ordinary by learning photographic techniques such as selective focus, isolating patterns, finding the perfect light, and selective framing. Classes start with an instructional period followed by a guided photo shoot and a critical look at and discussion of students' work.

Students will be guided by Marsha Bradley, a commercial photographer, gardener, and orchid collector. Bradley has been photographing and teaching for 20 years, and has even written a manual that explains the technical side of photography and gives insight into creative vision. The manual is included in the workshop fees.

Fees for the workshop are $40 ($50 for non-members) for one class, $70/$90 for two classes, or $90/$120 if you register for all three. To register, click here!
      • Oct. 14 Basic outdoor digital photos
      • Oct. 21 Botanical subjects up close and personal
      • Nov. 04 Portraiture in the Garden

6 to 11 p.m.
50th Anniversary Celebration
Every year, our Great Table on the Great Lawn dinner brings guests together to celebrate nature and the Garden. This year however, we have something more to celebrate: It's our 50th anniversary, and we are breaking out the good china to create an unforgettable event.

Enjoy Cirque du Soleil style performances from Rainbow Circus, music courtesy of the South Beach Chamber Ensemble, a jazz trio, and a dance DJ. The theme is 60s-era Rat Pack, so expect to see the likes of Sammie Davis Jr., Jackie Gleason, Lucille Ball and others at the dinner table.

The celebration is a two-tiered event: VIP will be from 6 to 8:30 with an open bar and buffet dinner stations. For those who aren't hungry but don't want to miss the party, cocktail reception tickets for entrance after 8:30 are available as well, with access to a dessert buffet and open bar. To register online, click here!

Saturday, October 27th
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free Historical Hauntings Halloween Party
Children are invited to start trick-or-treating early with pumpkin carving, a costume contest, a haunted garden tour, scary snacks, and other spooky activities. This is a free party for all members of the family. Come and experience the darker side of the Garden. Okay, maybe not dark but definitely shady! Sometimes our horticulturist is out weeding so often we think he's actually a ghost with two cultivators for hands...

October 17th and 31st
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 www.onceuponacarrot.org

October events sponsored by: