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July 1 @ 9 am 2 pm

Enjoy the Garden’s most fruitful season with this tasty festival!

Many of the world’s favorite fruits have subtropical or tropical origins. Our climate in Southwest Florida is well-suited for growing these sweet treats, and at the Garden, you can find fruiting plants growing in nearly all of our designed landscapes.

During this event, you can sample tropical fruits from around the world and discover some lesser-known fruiting plants grown in the Garden. Have you ever wondered how to open a coconut or jackfruit? Or wanted to know how to grow a pineapple? With more live demonstrations, special tours, and themed programs than ever before, you’ll have the opportunity to get the answers to these questions and more, all as you explore the tropical fruit plants of the Garden!

This event is included with Garden admission.

Tasting the Tropics Scheduled Programs

9am Guided Tour: Fruits of Asia
9:30am Guided Tour: Fruit of Brazil
9:30am Demonstration: Cutting Open a Jackfruit
10am Guided Tour: Fruits of the Caribbean
10:30am Guided Tour: Fruits of Asia
10:30am Demonstration: Coconut Processing
11am Guided Tour: Fruits of Brazil
11:30am Guided Tour: Fruits of the Caribbean
11:30am Demonstration: Go Bananas for Bananas
12pm Guided Tour: Fruits of Asia
12:30pm Guided Tour: Fruits of Brazil
12:30pm Demonstration: Vining Vanilla

Guided tours have limited capacity; sign up with a staff member at the Smith Entry Prow upon arrival.

Ongoing Activities (9am – 2pm)       

  • Tropical Fruit Tasting and Display inside Kapnick Hall
  • W.O.N.D.E.R. Family Programming “Little Green Thumbs” on the Performance Lawn
  • Dig Deeper Drop-in Adult Programming: “The Spice is Right: Spices of Mexico” on the terrace of Kapnick Hall

Supported by: Collier Fruit Growers

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