New Year brings renewed excitement at the Gardens

South Motors Fine Arts Festival at Gardens Jan. 11-12 is one of Florida’s premiere juried art shows.

South Motors Fine Arts Festival at Gardens Jan. 11-12 is one of Florida’s premiere juried art shows.

Every year at the Gardens we reflect on all that has happened the year before and make a list of New Year resolutions we honor for the year to come.

This coming year, we have five resolutions on our list that we commit to live by and to honor for our valued members, garden visitors and patrons of our performing arts and educational programs.

Resolution 1 — We will strive to make this garden more lush and better tended than it has ever been before so that when you visit you are surrounded in our botanical beauty and the best that nature has to offer. We are resolved to be your Botanical Garden of Choice!

Resolution 2 — We will strive to inspire you. We will seek out delicious exhibits for our Gallery and our Garden, and present festivals throughout the season that bring together artists, artisans and craftsmen from around the world. We will make these events available and affordable to all. We are resolved to feed your soul.

Resolution 3 — We commit to our community and the families who visit to provide a safe and secure environment where children of all ages can come to play or learn or experience exciting new and wonderful things. It is our resolution to be the most family friendly Botanical Garden in Florida.

Resolution 4 — Let us entertain you. From jazz to movies, from chamber orchestra to theater, we promise evenings and weekends of performing arts and entertainment for everyone. We also promise to provide a venue for our local public and private schools to showcase their very best. We are steadfast in our resolve to grow as South Florida’s Cultural Arts Park.

Resolution 5 — We will tend to our roots as we grow our Garden. Generations have experienced entertainment, enlightenment, and pure enjoyment at this iconic and historically designated venue. It is our resolution to preserve our history as we pave the road to our future. We hope you journey with us.

Jan. brings new adventures and exciting shows to the Gardens. Please join us for some or all of this wonderful entertainment that we provide:

South Motors Jazz Series presents Leon Foster Thomas, the steel pan virtuoso, in a Night of Tropical Splendor, Saturday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m. “Riveting, his artistry as unrivaled and his stage personality as dominant.” — New York Amsterdam News. He is one of the most dynamic talents out of the Caribbean. Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, Thomas has already left an indelible mark in the music arena as a performer, recording artist and songwriter. Having performed for audiences worldwide, he is a unique force in modern jazz and his virtuosic playing of the Steel Pan has enabled him to connect emotionally with the listener on every level. To purchase tickets go to <> or call 305-669-6990.

South Motors Gen-Next Jazz presents FIU Jazz Student Combo, Jan. 12, at 5 p.m. Join us for our newest jazz series celebrating the up and coming stars of tomorrow. FIU has, in recent years, become a leader in performing arts disciplines and the jazz department is second to none. The emphasis on self-expression and experimentation fuels innovation and originality in instrumental performance, composition and improvisation. This process is the essence of jazz. The young jazz virtuosos in the FIU Jazz Student combo have joined together to bring you fresh material, from original compositions to standard jazz repertoire turned upside down. As all of our Generation Next Jazz concerts, this event is free to the public. For a full listing of the Gen Next Jazz performances go to <>.

South Motors Fine Arts Festival,

Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 11-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come to one of Florida’s premiere juried art shows and enjoy an afternoon surrounded by spectacular visual arts in the most lush and luxurious setting. Amongst a generous representation of the best artists and artisans from the U.S. and abroad-you will find the perfect piece of art for your home that includes painting, sculpture, mixed media and photography, or peruse a selection of original handcrafted jewelry or wearable art for yourself or significant other. Additionally there is always a great selection of delicious food, live music, and other activities for the entire family. Admission is free and overflow parking is available at Palmetto Senior High, Palmetto Middle School and Pinecrest Elementary with free shuttle service to the Gardens.

Family Friday Movie of the Month —

Happily ’n Ever After, Friday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m.; “…unexpectedly imaginative!”— Tom Keogh The Seattle Times; Cinderella’s wicked stepmother has tipped the balance of power toward the dark side in Fairy Tale Land and now it’s up to the put-upon princess to restore order and ensure that good triumphs in an animated adventure featuring the voices of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sigourney Weaver, and George Carlin. Flashlight Tours begin at 7 p.m. and the movie starts about 8 p.m., and don’t forget to bring your appetite for the best hotdogs and popcorn in town. General admission is $5 and children under 2 enter free.

Gardens Gallery Exhibit of the Month;

Art Through Process; A Special Exhibit by CCT-A.R.T. CCT adopted the Artistic Realization Technology (A.R.T.) philosophy in 2005. The technique fulfills the CCT mission by allowing the total liberation of the creative being regardless of the physical limitations. The Gardens Gallery proudly supports and showcases these remarkable young artists in the month of January. Opening Reception is Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 6-8 p.m. Experience this extraordinary exhibit, demonstration and celebrate Enabling Art.

Horticultural Workshop — Get in touch with your inner green thumb when we host a hands-on and up-close visit with native plants on the Pinecrest Gardens property. Gardens horticulturist Craig Morell will take guests on a tour of the gardens to see dozens of native plants, discuss their advantages and shortcomings, and get a feel for the subtleties of native plant landscaping. He will cover a lot of territory, so wear walking shoes and dress comfortably for an hour-long tour, some of it off the beaten path. Guests will take home plants of selected plant species for their own gardens, armed with real-time knowledge of how to plant them and how the plants will enhance home gardens. The tour begins at 10 a.m. in the Hibiscus Room at Pinecrest Gardens. Fee is $10 per person and includes tour and your take home plants. Classes are limited to 10 people so call early for reservation—305-669-6990.

Farmers Market: Fresh Produce & More — Sundays 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; “Best market in South Florida” — Miami New Times; Market operates Sundays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every week. You’ll find the season’s best bounty of fruits, vegetables, honey, flowers, meats, cheese and specialty products throughout the year. The market represents a convergence of top local sustainable and organic farmers and food purveyors from the Miami area, Redlands, Homestead, Clewiston and Ft. Pierce. We are committed to the artisan food community and to fostering the values of that community at the Gardens’ Farmers’ Market. We envision the marketplace as a vibrant gathering of local farmers, artisan producers and independently owned and operated small local food businesses and to the customers they serve. Please note that on Jan. 12 the Market will relocate to Suniland Park located at US 1 and 128th Street because of the Fine Arts Festival.

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