December 2014

December 1st through 7th
Time varies
Crumb Garden Cafe & Michy's Pop Up Restaurant
The Crumb Cafe offers attendees of Art Basel a quick and delicious lunch sourced from local, organic farms. The menu includes creative salads, sandwiches, and grilled dishes. Open 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations required.

In addition, a pop up restaurant will be highlighting Michelle Bernstein’s signature cuisine including tapas, a premium bar and international wine. Open 6 to 11 p.m. the 3rd through the 6th. Reservations required. Email Carolyn Webb at

Read more about the dining options at the Garden and around the Beach during Art Basel.

December 10 through 19
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Antique Car City Tour
Take a cruise in a very unique ride, even for South Beach. The Garden is hosting one of many American convertibles from the 40’s and 50’s from offered at various points around the Beach for chauffeured, narrated tours of the area. Visit the Garden to see the car and learn more.

Saturday, December 13
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tasty Traditions of the Botanical Holiday
This free entertaining presentation is all about what really brings us all together for the holidays. Food! Dorothee Rubin, a food historian and member of Les Dames d’Escoffier will tell the stories of scrumptious sugar plums, why we enjoy eggnog, and how to roast chestnuts on open fires. Afterwards, sample some treats mentioned in the lecture and brainstorm with others about what to do with that damn fruitcake!

Tuesday, December 16
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Annual Holiday Party
Garden members are invited to join the Garden Board and staff for our annual gathering celebrating community, compassion, and goodwill towards our fellow gardeners. Light bites and refreshments will be served in the Banyan Room. Thank you to everyone for supporting the Garden’s environmental initiatives this year! Memberships can be purchased at the door.

Thursday, December 18
7 to 9:30 p.m.
Surfrider Community 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. Get updated on environmental protection initiatives, upcoming events and fundraisers. Brief movies may be screened. Afterwards get a chance to network and talk surf stories.

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.

*Classes canceled during Art Basel (December 4 through 8).

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
6:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. respectively
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.

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.

Mon. / Wed. classes taught by Terra-Nova. Sat. classes taught by Mike Dannheim.

Classes canceled during Art Basel (December 4 through 8).

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