June 2014

Every Wednesday
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Rejuvenating Hatha Yoga
These lunchtime yoga sessions encompass a blend of strengthening, stretching and relaxation indoors (during the summer months) in the Butterfly Room. 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.

Saturday, June 7
10 a.m. to Noon
Free Saturday Seminar: The Sustainable Garden
The world can be complicated, but that doesn't mean gardening has to be. Learn how local permaculture farmer Alex Perez is growing his own edibles and medicinals in a way that can sustain himself and the land for now, and for years to come. Alex will share organic and natural ways to control problems in the South Florida garden, and teach you how to plan and manage all aspects of a garden with the long-term health of the planet in mind. Whitefly, aphids, fungi and plant viruses can be controlled without harsh chemicals that destroy beneficial organisms. Learn strategies for avoiding these problems and how to deal with them sustainably when they arise. Alex is a teacher, organic farmer, and founder of Green Paradise Eco Farms in Clewiston, Florida.

Sundays, June 15 and 29
3 to 6 p.m. and 2:30 to 6: p.m.
Miami Performance International Festival 2014
The M/P festival of performance art, video screenings, talks, workshops and live installations returns to the Design District and the Miami Beach Botanical Garden for the last three weekends in June (14/15, 21/22, and 28/29). The festival provides an opportunity for the general public to explore a realm at the edge of artistic disciplines. Unlike traditional theater and dance performances, all M/P performances have no designated areas to present on a stage, but are presented on the floor, blurring the line between performer and audience. The Garden will be hosting the program on the Sundays of June 15 and 29. Watch the festival promo video here.

Wednesdays, June 18 through August 6
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free Summer Art Camp
Join art teacher and gardener Winsome Bolt in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden for this free annual art camp for kindergarten and grade school students ages 6 and up. Children will work with a variety of mediums to discover their favorite way to express themselves, approaching learning with creativity and inventiveness. Camp-goers will use the Garden as their canvas: we take inspiration from the surroundings by either recreating what we see in front of us, or using natural materials such as seeds, rocks and leaves in our art. Children will develop tactile learning skills and social skills as they use their right brain to interpret their surroundings. Please bring a small snack for class. Call 305.673.7256 for more information or visit the Garden's website.

Thursdays, June 19 through August 7
9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Mommy & Me Garden Adventure
This fun multisensory class uses song, dance, games, stories, show and tell, art, and seed planting to engage the child’s natural curiosity. Draw inspiration from the Garden as you and your 1-3 year-old explore the different shapes and colors in the garden.  The themes of recycling and taking care of the earth will be woven throughout the activities. This enriching class specially designed for toddlers and their caregivers gets everybody involved in the garden, engages the child’s wonder and discovery as well nourishes the parent-child bond. Click here to register now and see the theme for each weekly class. Limited space available!

Thursday, June 19
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. We will introduce new leaders and volunteers, update the community on environmental protection initiatives, and pass out information on upcoming events and fundraisers. Brief movies may be screened. Afterwards get a chance to network and talk surf stories.

Wednesday, June 25
6 to 7 p.m.
FUNDarte's Out in the Tropics
Two writers from the LGBTQ community share their work at this free poetry reading and cocktail party, part of FUNDarte's Out in the Tropics 2014; a unique, daring and artistically outstanding performance festival that features work by GLBTQ artists. Neil de la Flor reads from his new book, "An Elephant's Memory of Blizzards" addressing the process of memory via a hybrid literary language that obscures boundaries between prose and poetry. Poet Carlos Pintado will also read from his work. Both poets will engage the audience in an interactive "reading" The event will be presented in an informal Salon-style in an open-air environment. Please RSVP at info@fundarte.us

Thursday, June 26
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Free Wordspeak Poetry Performance
Tigertail Productions presents six vibrant Miami-Dade youths as the spoken word team, WordSpeak. The team was chosen from a field of more than 1,000 teenagers from local high schools who participated in open mic events such as WordSpeak and SpeakOut programs by Tigertail Productions throughout the year. This year's team is headed to Philadelphia from July 16-19 to participate in the Olympics of spoken word, the Brave New Voices competition. This free performance at the Garden will provide the team with an opportunity to perform before a live audience prior to the competition, and it is the first time all six will be performing together. Come support local art and local youth! More information available here.