Florida Botanical Gardens presents “Holiday Lights in the Gardens” starting Friday

December 4, 2011 by  

“Holiday Lights in the Gardens” begins its 38-day run at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, Florida on Friday night, December 2, with a tree lighting ceremony in the Wedding Garden, a train exhibit by the Florida Garden Railway Society and live entertainment. The display of sparkling lights and lasers and illuminated flora and fauna is expected to bring in more than 50,000 people to the Gardens before the display ends on January 1.

The event is funded by the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation and by donations made by visitors to the Gardens by means of strategically placed donation tables at the entrance and in more prominent areas of the Gardens. Flyer printing is also being used to make flyers and other printed material to promote the lights to residents as well as visitors to the Largo community. This is the fourth year that the Foundation has funded the event.

In addition to the lights, a four-piece glass mosaic created by the artist and former Foundation board member Heather Anderson valued at $35,000 was donated by the Foundation and officially unveiled at a preview night for the “Holiday Lights in the Gardens” which was held for the Pinellas County Commission and other special guests. The mosaic was placed in the Wedding Garden area and is a replacement for four water fountains that were installed ten years ago and were in need of repair. According to Chris Scaffidi, President of the Foundation, it is hoped that this unique piece will help to attract more visitors to the Gardens, particularly during these holiday season.