November 2014

Saturday, November 1
10 a.m. to Noon
Light the Night
Many of us only get time to sit and enjoy our gardens and patios in the evening after work. This free presentation by Terra-Nova Sadowski will offer ways you can plant a night garden no matter where you live. Night gardens are functional landscapes that maximize all sensory benefits, especially in the dark. Methodology, design ideas, and principles of night gardening will be shared.  Terra-Nova has a BA in Environmental Studies from Alaska Pacific University and is the Programs Director at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Click here to see the Facebook event page!

Wednesday, November 5
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Green Book Club First Meeting of the Season
The Green Book Club meets the first Wednesday of the month to discuss the previous month’s read. This month’s discussion is about the summer read, The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (2013). Read a plot summary here. 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 first meeting of the new season. Come introduce yourself and help decide what November’s read will be!

Wednesday, November 5
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Picnic on the Patio
Join us outside on the patio for another season of picnics. This evening dinner is set outdoors amidst the lush tropical backdrop of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden during sundown, and features a delectable, three-course menu designed by Ken Lyon of Lyon+Lyon Catering. Prepared fresh by Executive Chef Sharithma Almodovar, with special menu items by Pasty Chef Trew Sterling, this family-style meal will bring everyone closer around the table as we enjoy the scenery and give thanks for family, friends and food. $50/Garden Members, $60/Non Members. Click here for the full menu and to register. Limited seating available!

Thursday, November 13
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Kreating Kombucha
The Garden invites local foodie entrepreneur Tom Wilfong as the guest speaker for this workshop on basic fermentation. Learn how you can create your own kombucha, kimchi and other foods with the power of microorganisms! Tom will break down the chemical process that occurs and touch on the science you need to know to be successful. Then, go home with your own fermentation creation, recipes, and taste some of Tom's homemade honey wine. Click here to register. Limited space available.

Thursday, November 20
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.

Friday, November 21
9 to 10 a.m.
Coffee and CAbi with the Chamber
Please join the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and Aimee Hershkowitz (Independent CAbi Consultant) for a unique experience highlighting CAbi. CAbi is the largest social selling women’s clothing company in the US. The Fall 2014 Collection will be highlighted at the Garden, celebrating “Pink Friday”! See, touch and feel the autumn fashions hot off the runway. Win prizes and gift cards for all your holiday shopping. Come see what all the buzz is about. Please RSVP to

Sunday, November 23
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Botanical Bazaar
The Botanical Bazaar is a local gathering of artisans and vendors at the perfect time of year for early holiday shopping. This one-day-only, free event features food, music by the Florida Grand Opera, free yoga with Terra-Nova, and paper making workshops for gift cards with the Miami Paper Museum. Learn more about the fair, the plant sale, and all the other Sunday Funday activities here.

Every Tuesday
10 to 11 a.m.
Free Meditation Hour
Meditation practitioner for over 20 years and clinical hypnosis therapist Henry Brown leads students through a one-hour journey inward every Tuesday in the Butterfly room. Meditation is a natural state of mind that brings balance to the bodily systems. There are techniques which have been used for millennium which allow us to achieve this wonderful state in a short time. Those who attend meditation sessions regularly will quickly learn to practice these techniques and reach a meditative state to reduce stress, increase memory, improve physical health and mental awareness. These group meditations include individual instruction to assist attendees to meditate and reach a comfortable personal level of relaxation. These sessions are free for everyone to attend. Donations from non-Garden members are encouraged.

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.
Garden Yoga
Did you know that Buddha became enlightened sitting under a ficus tree? Meditate under our Ficus benjamina and discover your own purpose for being. Yoga classes in the Garden encompass a blend of strengthening, stretching and relaxation outdoors on the terrace. Instructor Terra-Nova (RYT) brings a different theme to class each week that prepares you to pursue a higher state of consciousness. Both the Monday and the Wednesday classes are accessible to all skill levels, however the Wednesday class tends to be more rejuvenating and slow paced, while the Monday class is energizing and faster paced. Mats are available on a first-come first serve basis. All donations given at this class support the Garden. Suggested donation of $5 for Garden members, $10 non-members.