Tropical Plant Fair Finds New Home at Richardson Park

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Photo courtesy Equality Park Garden Club.

After years of hosting its annual event at The Pride Center in Wilton Manors, the Equality Park Garden Club has a new location for its plant fair.

“A Tropical Plant Fair” will now be held about a half a mile from Equality Park at Richardson Park, located at 1937 Wilton Drive. The sixth such event takes place March 24 and March 25.

The current president of the Garden Club says the reason for the change of venue is, in part, because of the event’s growth.

“As you know the Pride Center is going to build apartments on the area we have always held our fairs,” Paul Durbin said. “Last year parking became a problem. Long before we would be replaced by the apartments, we had already started to outgrow the location. We were presented this opportunity by the city of Wilton Manors to use Richardson Park, which is the perfect location for a sale,” he said.

Durbin, who is spearheading the event with show chairman Chip Jones, expects more than 2,500 to attend the fair. The event is the largest fundraising event for the group and a time when membership increases, Durbin said.

Durbin and Jones expect more than 30 plant vendors, including more than 10 plant-related organizations with booths.

“There will be food for sale, a fantastic, huge silent auction and much more,” Durbin said. “Everything is in a gorgeous nature preserve which people are welcome to stroll through,” he added.

Other features include a large picnic area and a “plant check” booth for those who want to leave plants while still enjoying the event. “We will have a loading area a few feet from the plant check,” Durbin said. “You can pull right up and load your purchases. Not many plant fairs have that,” he said.

Durbin said the group is already planning for a “bigger and better” fair in spring 2019 — its seventh event.

Durbin is a master gardener and garden hobbyist. He said he’s completed large projects at the Mounts Botanical Garden in Palm Beach County, and was formerly the horticultural adviser to Casa Phippsberger, a privately owned botanical garden on Palm Beach.

Jones is the owner of Jones Landscaping and also owns a plant nursery in Davie. He is the past president of the club.

The free admission event runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the first day and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the second day.

Proceeds from the event will help community service efforts in Broward County that are sponsored by the club. More is at epgcwm.com.


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