Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Chocolate anyone?


Sunday I attended the Third Annual Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden. Imagine--a chocolate festival at a botanical garden! What is the connection, you might ask, other than the obvious one of chocolate coming from the cacao tree? Actually, I believe the main reason for this festival is to have fun and bring more patrons to Fairchild, especially non-gardeners who might not otherwise visit the Garden. Above you'll see cacao fruit from the Rainforest section of the Garden.
Kudos to the marketing/promotions staff at Fairchild! The word "chocolate" brings people in droves, evident by the crowds of people throughout the entire weekend. The weather cooperated by being just perfect and everyone had a great time trying sumptious chocolate goodies and wandering through this beautiful oasis of nature.
Pictures from the rainforest at Fairchild Tropical Garden
The rainforest is my favorite section of the garden. At this time of the year, the ground was covered with white Amazon Lilies (you can see pictures in my other blog, “My Viewfinder”).

8 comments:

jodi said...

What wonderful photos, Rusty! I'm actually developing a chocolate-themed garden here; well, chocolate and wine, two of my favourite things. :-)

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Rusty, these pictures are terrific! All of them!

Jodi & I must share the same garden;)

Cabs said...

Hi Rusty, I'm back in blogland for a it. Good to catch up. I'm soaking up the tropical garden pictures as we are freeeezing up here in Massachusetts.
Carol
terranovadesign.blogspot.com

Green thumb said...

Oh Chocolates! You had me salivating by the title alone. No wonder people came in hordes. In fact your post has arisen the desire and I am off to get one for myself...

Frances said...

Hi Rusty, that is a fine bit of marketing to use chocolate as a lure for the gardens. Is the rainforest garden similar to what can grow outdoors in your area? Everything seems very exotic in southern Florida, but are there even more exotic things in the botanical garden? And the chainsaw massacre of the boug. made me laugh out loud! Fence high sounds perfect for it and the white hollyhock is so cottagey, I love it!
Frances

Susan said...

Chocolate-themed garden - now that is an interesting thought. If I had one of those, I might never come back inside :-)

Cheryl said...

Love the photographs Rusty especially the spider and web.....

BUT it was chocolate that brought me over here......I am a chocolate addict!!!

alex216 said...

I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.
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