The 2016 Hibiscus Festival, May 13, 14 & 15, 2016 – Punta Gorda
For three days, Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda, Florida will be transformed into a bright and beautiful garden of world class hibiscus, exotic florals, fun fauna and beautiful music as we celebrate the 12th annual Hibiscus Festival.
This one of a kind celebration was the vision of local resident Dawn MacGibbon . She and a small group of colorful, fun-loving locals held the first Hibiscus festival in 2004.
They wanted to celebrate and share the unique history and character of their town, and its connection to the hibiscus and one of the world’s most renowned hybridizers, Harry R. Goulding.
A character of sorts, Goulding was known to some as an accountant, some as a rum-runner and others as a fisherman, but by far he was known by all for his world class, award winning hybrid hibiscus plants.
Harry would start 2000 seedlings a year growing some 60,000 varieties of hibiscus over 60 years.
He won many accolades and awards over the years including the prestigious American Hibiscus Society show’s “Best in the World” category five times.
So it is with great privilege, love and honor every year in the month of May that small group carry on this vision by putting on a festival for all to celebrate the history of lifelong resident, Harry R. Goulding AKA King Harry, Mr. Hibiscus, the hibiscus and the beloved spirit of Punta Gorda, the City of Hibiscus.
Huge Plant Sale Saturday 9a-4p, Sunday 10a-2p
Hibiscus, Exotics, Trees, Organics Etc.
Sweet and Savory Food Vendors
Friday Night Music Festival 6p till 10p
Secret Garden Tour Saturday 10a-3p
Clydesdale Rides Free Kids Zone Farmers Market
Veteran’s Motor Car Club of America Saturday
Lil’ Miss Hibiscus Pageant 10a Saturday
Hibiscus Sail Boat Regatta Saturday
All Day Saturday 11a-4p
Praise & Celebration Music Sunday 10a-2p
More Info www.thehibiscusfestival.com or call 941.457.3659