May 2014

Sunday, May 4
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast Tourism and Culture Festival

Celebrate Nicaraguan culture with the community at large, with free dance and music performances introducing Nicaraguan culture to Miami, as well as crafts and food for sale, representing our coastal peoples including Creoles, Garifuna, Meztizo, Miskito, Mayangna, and Ramas. The Nicaraguan Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Francisco Obadiah Campbell Hooker will be conducting our opening ceremony.

A live village exhibit will take event-goers back in time to the old Caribbean Coast, and a multimedia area will exhibit photos, videos, art and music from artists in the same region. An art tent will provide children with activities and face painting. The entire festival will be transmitted live via the web (Livestream). The festivities will end with a grand carnival parade around the garden in which everyone can participate.

This will be a family event and admission to the festival is free. Click here for the day's itinerary.

El festival será una maravillosa forma de compartir nuestra cultura y país con la ciudad de Miami. Tendremos música y danzas que representan a todos los pueblos de la costa entre los Criollos, Miskitos, Meztizos, Mayangna, Ramas y Garifonas. Habrá alimentos y artesanias costeñas a la venta. El Embajador de Nicaragua en los EEUU, el Sr. Francisco Obadiah Campbell Hooker conducira la ceremonia de apertura. 

Habra un exposición donde los participantes andaran sus trajes tradicionales y el publico ser trasladado a la antigua Costa Caribe. Los ayudara a conoser las raises de nuestras culturas.Tambien tendremos una sala de multimedia donde exhibiremos fotos, videos, arte y musica de artistas de la region costeña. Habra una tienda de arte para los niños junto con pintura de cara. El festival entero será transmitida en vivo a través de la red (Livestream). En conclusión de las festividades sera un gran carnaval alrededor del jardín, en donde todo el publico podra participar.

Este será un evento familiar con entrada gratis. Oprima aqui para el horario del dia

Tuesday, May 6
10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A Day With Amy Stewart
Spend the day with Amy Stewart, author of four New York Times bestsellers, including Flower Confidential and The Drunken Botanist, and winner of the American Horticultural Society’s Book Award. Amy’s characteristically spirited lecture on the business of flowers will answer what has been gained and lost in the quest for the perfect flower. Does it matter if roses have lost their scent? How do we respond to a lily that has been bred for the convenience of the grower, not the desires of the customer? After lunch, discover your drunken botanist with a master class on making infused vodkas and homemade liqueurs. Learn what herbs and fruit work best in infusions and how to blend to get the best results. See the complete itinerary and pricing here and register today! Limited number of spaces available.

Tuesday May 6, and Friday, May 9
7 p.m. to Midnight
16th MGLFF Film Festival
This critically acclaimed event running from May 2-11, 2014, is based in several locations throughout Miami-Dade County. One of them being the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. The mission of the festival is to inspire, entertain and educate the public, encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. Click here for the full program of movies. Purchase tickets here.

Wednesday, May 14
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Green Book Club Final Season Meeting
The Green Book Club meets the second Wednesday of the month to discuss the previous month’s read. May's selection is The Beekeeper's Lament, by Hannah Nordhaus. This book is about how one man and half a billion honey bees help to feed America. 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 last meeting until the next session begins in November. Until then, the summer read will be The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Thursday, May 15
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. This meeting, Alex Gibbs, Senior Forecaster with the National Weather Service, will speak. Gibbs possesses a keen understanding of, and passion for, near shore wave modeling.

This will be a treat for the hard-core surf community, the amateur wave forecasters among us (where's Pete Ferrer?) and the public safety community since Gibb's talk will include rip current dynamics. Surfrider will also update the community on key initiatives, activism options, serve pizza and beer, and flash some hot surf footage on the screen.

Friday, May 16
7 to 10 p.m.
Aqua Girl Miami VIP Cocktail Reception
The highly anticipated Miami VIP is a stylish and sophisticated cocktail party you won’t want to miss! Enjoy delicious appetizers by award winning chef Robyn Almodovar with a beautiful view. This event is part of Aqua Girl, which runs May 14-18, 2014. As the largest charity women’s week in the country, your participation in Aqua Girl® contributes to a very good cause. In fact, 100% of the proceeds from Aqua Girl® benefit the Aqua Foundation for Women, a not-for-profit foundation whose primary mission is to serve as the funding catalyst for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender wellness and equality in South Florida through grants, scholarships, and initiatives. Get more info at

Saturday, May 17
10 a.m. to Noon
Free Saturday Seminar: Salt, Wind and Heat-Tolerant Plants
There are those who like to dote over their roses and spend all day picking aphids off leaves, and then there are those who appreciate a plant that can take care of itself. This free seminar on salt, wind and heat-tolerant plants will supply you with a written list and a visual guide to the plants that have perfected their ability to handle this trifecta of difficult growing conditions often found in SoFla. Find out which will work best for your home or office, and what they’ll need to thrive. Come join us for coffee and conversation.

Friday, May 30
6 p.m. to Midnight
Get Well Yankel Benefit Concert
The concert will feature a lineup of local bands and artists uniting behind one of their own. Among the confirmed acts are Soundcircles, Electric Owl Revue, Vecinos de la Noche, Uma Galera and DJ Tarra Martinez. Additional entertainment, a silent auction and raffle will round out the evening. Proceeds from the event will go directly to the Guzman Family to aid with medical and rehabilitation costs. Get your ticket now by donating $20 or more here! Tickets will also be available at the door.

Yankel Guzman is a Miami Beach native, known to many as a talented musician, energetic MC and concert producer, suffered a massive brain aneurysm on April 15th due to an abnormal vein rupture and was rushed to Mt. Sinai Medical Center. After several surgeries, Guzman was stabilized and the recovery process began. The severity of the aneurysm has left this enigmatic musician without the ability to speak, walk or move his right side and while none doubt his determination to make a full recovery, the process will be long and costly.

Described as “one of the best human beings we know,” by close friends and colleagues, Guzman is known to those in his community as a genuine, hard-working and intelligent man. “The kind of person who would give you his last dollar and then walk home without a second thought,” says close friend and local celebrity Christie Ashenoff of South Beach Tow fame.

6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Groovin’ Garden Yoga
Get ready to water the garden with your sweat. This is a faster-paced class than our Wednesday afternoon classes, designed for 9-5ers who want to get out of the office chair and outside onto the mat. Revitalize your muscular and cardiovascular system after work and feel refreshed and ready for whatever the night will bring. Vinyasa and flow your way to enlightenment with Terra-Nova (RYT). 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. Mats are available on a first-come first serve basis. Suggested donation of $10 for Garden members, $15 non-members. All donations support the Garden.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Tai Chi with Arthur Rosenfeld
Join Arthur Rosenfeld in this Chen style tai chi class every Monday night. Arthur was the first Westerner to be ordained a Taoist monk at the Chun Yang Taoist Temple in Guangzhou, China in 2012. He also writes for The Huffington Post and hosts the national public television show, Longevity Tai Chi with Arthur Rosenfeld. 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.

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. All donations support the Garden.