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The Hibiscus Festival

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Location Punta Gorda
Dates May 03, 2019 - May 05, 2019

From The Hibiscus Festival Website:

The Hibiscus Festival, May 3rd, 4th and 5th 2019
Located at City Marketplace in the heart of Punta Gorda
115 Tamiami Trail,
(corner of US 41N and Marion )
Punta Gorda, FL

Brought To You By: The Hibiscus Committee for the benefit of The Charlotte County Historical Center Society

We are so excited to bring the 15th Annual Hibiscus Festival to The City Marketplace located in the heart of downtown Punta Gorda, Florida. 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 worlds most renowned hybridizers, Harry R. Goulding.

A character of sorts, Goulding was known to some as an accountant, to some as a rum-runner, and to others as a fisherman, but by far he was known by all for his world class, award winning hybrid hibiscus plants. Harry would start with 2,000 seedlings a year growing some 60,000 varieties of hibiscus over 60 years. He won many accolades and awards including the prestigious American Hibiscus Society shows Best in the World category five times.

So, it is with great privilege, love, and honor every year in the month of May that a 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, The Hibiscus, and the Beloved Spirit of Punta Gorda (the City of Hibiscus).
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