February 2014

Sunday, February 2
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
South Beach Chamber Ensemble Presents: From Russia, With Love
Enjoy a relaxing classical music concert in the Banyan Room at the Garden. Anna Hersey, our favorite Miami soprano and recent Fulbright scholar, will return to sing after last year’s extremely successful “Scandinavia Explored.” The string quartet will accompany her in Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky songs and perform the Prokofiev String Quartet #2 in F Major, Op. 92 and Shostakovich String Quartet #3 in F major, Op. 73. Tickets available online and at the door. $25 adults, $15 seniors and students. Click here for tickets and more info.

Thursdays, February 6 and 27
6 to 9 p.m.
SpeakOut! LBGTQ Teen Poetry Slam
Regie Cabico and Dasha Kelly return to Miami for SpeakOut residencies. SpeakOut, an LGBTQ teen spoken word project, includes workshops in public high schools, slams and performances, and artist residences. Regie Cabico is a nationally recognized Asian-American gay poet, writer and playwright from Washington DC. Dasha is a nationally-respected poet, novelist, artist and social entrepreneur.  Both will lead a teen poetry slam at the Garden on the 6th, and 27th, respectively. All SpeakOut events are free and open to gay-friendly persons. Click here for more information.

Thursday, February 6
6 to 8 p.m.
Aromatherapy Workshop
Learn how to make an essential oil based bug repellent, an essential oil cleaning concentrate, and a relaxing aromatherapy blend to be used on a diffusing stone and as a calming bath oil in this workshop. Essential oils are the concentrated essence of plants which retain the therapeutic properties of the plants from which they are derived, providing an alternative to conventional medicines, cleansers and beauty products. The workshop will be led by Jessica Brantley, founder of local aromatherapy company, Soulful Essence. Cost of class is $15/garden members, $20/non-members. All materials included. Register here or call the Garden at 305.673.7256 ext. 201.

Wednesdays, February 5 and 26
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Garden Market
Every Wednesday (EXCEPT FEBRUARY 12 and 19) discover a farmers market in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Vendors from The Market Company will be selling freshly made bread from Zak the Baker, local produce and cheeses, greens from the Little Haiti Community Garden, honey, sandwiches, mushrooms and more. Stop by during your lunch break or after work and let us help you figure out what to cook for dinner. The Garden Market is part of the Garden’s efforts to provide green living solutions for the community. Supporting local farmers and crafters keeps more money and jobs in the Miami area, and fresher, more nutritious food in our bellies! Also every Wednesday, balance your mind and body with rejuvenating hatha yoga at 12:30 p.m. (read below for details).

Friday, February 21 and Sunday, February 23
7 to 9:30 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Murder Mystery Show: Bingo! It’s Murder
A one-woman mystery featuring Barbara Fox and several members of the audience. Receive parts to read during the presentation, investigate, share information, examine clues and help solve the crime! Choose between an evening Friday show or Sunday morning show. Bonus: several games of bingo will be played during the performance as part of the mystery. $24/participant. Advance reservations are required. Call Barbara at 786.683.6078 to claim your spot.

Saturday, February 22
10 a.m. to Noon
Free Hanging Basket Design Seminar
Info TBA


Tuesday, February 25
6 to 9 p.m.
Picnic on the Patio
The Garden Market is bringing you a taste of Florida this February. Dine outside amongst the greenery and enjoy the sunset as you savor a three-course meal featuring local produce from the Garden's Wednesday farmers market. The menu features ingredients from local food sources such as the Little Haiti Community Garden and artisans such as Zak the Baker. There will also be a signature cocktail served, and BYOB is encouraged for those who would like additional aperitifs. Tickets are $40 for Garden members and $50 for non-members. Click here to register online, or call the Garden at 305.673.7256 ext. 201 to reserve your spot. Limited seating available!

Wednesday, February 26
7 to 8 p.m.
Toastmasters International Speech Contest
Toastmasters Speech contests are a long standing Toastmasters tradition. Dating back for more than 70 years, thousands of Toastmasters compete in four major speaking contest - The Humorous, Evaluation, Table Topics and the Grand Daddy of them all, The International speech contest. Competition begins with club contests and winners continue competing through the area, division and district levels. The International competition has two additional levels — semifinal and international.

The speech contest at The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is the International Speech and Table topics (impromptu speaking) contest at the Area level. All are welcome.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. 

For more information visit www.toastmasters.com

Wednesdays in February
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Rejuvenating Hatha Yoga
These lunchtime yoga sessions encompass a blend of strengthening, stretching and relaxation. 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 experience 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.