Fiesta de Flores at the New York Botanical Gardens

As part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, the New York Botanical Garden presents Fiesta de Flores, a festival commemorating the people of Latin America and the Caribbean, to be held on September 19, 2012. The Gardens are located at 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York.

With she special guest, New York City Councilmember Annabel Palma, activities include musical entertainment by harpist Jose Luis Rodriguez with Cosme Caceres on the congas. There will also be several artisans featured including Olga Ayala Handicrafts (Hecho a Mano)—a polymer clay artisan, Ayala specializes in original, fully functional home decor items and wearable art; and Juan Carlos Suazo—born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Suazo is a self-taught artist who makes his own version of afro-Taíno folklore masks.

Enjoy the splendor of the Garden while being treated to live music, dancing, food and wine tastings, and much more. Take a tour of the award-winning Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden. Surround yourself with fragrance, color, and beauty. Originally designed in 1916, completed in 1988, and beautifully renovated in 2006-2007, this stunning garden now displays more than 4,300 rose plants in over 690 varieties, with roses blooming for six months out of the year.

Participating restaurants are: Don Coquí—A Shortcut to Puerto Rico (with authentic Puerto Rican dining, operated by third generation restaurateurs Jewelle and Jaleene Rodriguez, daughters of renowned restaurateur Jimmy Rodriguez); Havana Café—the Soul of Havana in the Bronx; and Brown Sugar’s Delights—cuisine with distinctive influences from the Caribbean.

Guided tours of the Rose Garden will be held at 5:45pm, 6:00pm, 6:15pm, and 6:30pm. Meet at the Rose Garden entrance; tours are on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information and to learn about upcoming events, call the Office of Government and Community Relations at (718) 817-8990, or visit http://www.nybg.org/exhibitions/ongoing/its-your-garden-fiesta-de-flores.php

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