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.youtube.com/pcctv1.