9911 Seminole Blvd. Seminole, FL 33772       Ph. 727-397-5563   View TBN's FREE e-Edition today!  
Click here to learn more
Outdoors & Recreation Facebook Twitter
Florida Botanical Gardens honors Scaffidi
Article published on
  Print E-Mail
Photo courtesy of Florida Botanical Gardens
Chuck Scaffidi stands in front of the statue that was dedicated to him at the Diggin’ the Arts Festival.
LARGO - Former Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation president Chuck Scaffidi had a new water statue dedicated to him at the May 4 Diggin’ the Arts Festival.

The Diggin’ the Arts Festival at the Florida Botanical Gardens celebrated all things art with artists, vendors and art-lovers filling the winding and natural trails of the Gardens.

The new statue, which was built by local artists Owen Pach and Jonathan Schork, is located outside of the wedding garden area. It stems from an idea proposed by Scaffidi more than two years ago.

The sculpture has yet to be named. A contest to give it a new name ended May 9.

In addition to the sculpture, artists had the opportunity to compete in the Plein air painting contest, which had artists painting plants in different areas of the gardens during the show. Lawrence Pumprey took home $200 as the best of the show. Vivek Lakhotia won first place and $150, and Judy Pumprey got $100 and second place. Charles Gray and Jane Lawson both received an honorable mention with a $50 gift certificate and a one year membership to the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation.

Rounding out the event were an instrument “petting zoo” provided by the Florida Orchestra, a drawing for a uniquely painted rain barrel, classes on a variety of topics and vendors selling plant and art related items.

The Florida Botanical Gardens is located at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo, with an alternate entrance at 12211 Walsingham Road. The gardens remain open from 7 a.m. until dusk every day, with free admission during daylight hours. For more information, visit www.f­lbg.o­rg or call 727-582-2100. Videos about the Gardens can be seen on YouTube at www.y­outub­­/pcct­v1.
Article published on
Copyright © Tampa Bay Newspapers: All rights reserved.
Printable Version E-mail article
Featured Print Advertisers
Flooring America
9012 Seminole Blvd., Seminole
(727) 397-5509
100 Patricia Ave., Dunedin
(727) 733-1356

Web site        View Ad
Florida Center for Back & Neck Pain
Dr. Greg Hollstrom
11444 Seminole Blvd.
(727) 393-6100

Web site        View Ad
Oakhurst & East Bay Medical
13020 Park Blvd., Seminole
(727) 393-3404
3800 East Bay Dr., Largo
(727) 539-0505

Web site        View Ad
Custom Couture of Tarpon Springs
208 East Tarpon Ave.
Tarpon Springs
(727) 238-7194

Web site        View Ad
Abbey Carpet & Floor of Largo
13120 66th St. N.
(727) 524-1445

Web site        View Ad
Tarpon Springs Recreation Division
2017 Sunset Beach Concert Series
Web site        View Ad
Tampa Bay Newspapers
Online Advertising
For information, e-mail
Online Services Directory
Tampa Bay Newspapers
9911 Seminole Blvd.,
Seminole, FL 33772
Phone: (727) 397-5563
Fax: (727) 397-5900
Submit News