ASHS Annual Conference

Friday, August 31, 2012

The 109th Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science was recently held July 31-August 3 at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami, Florida, and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden helped host the venerable event. The ASHS Conference provides attendees a wonderful opportunity to share science and education, network with colleagues, and to reinforce the future of horticultural science. 

This year’s meeting was a huge success and more than one thousand researchers came together to share their new advances in American horticulture. Oral presentations, poster sessions, workshops and colloquia were the backbone of the annual conference. Fairchild’s researchers, Dr. Richard Campbell and Noris Ledesma attended and participated in the conference by presenting posters and oral presentations highlighting Fairchild’s Tropical Fruit Program. A variety of tropical fruit tastings added to their presentations showcasing the program’s most recent additions to its mango, avocado, and jackfruit collections. As part of the off-site tours, ASHS Members also visited the Fairchild Fruit Living collection at the Fairchild Farm in the Redlands. 

Founded in 1903, the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) is the largest organization dedicated to advancing all facets of horticultural research, education, and application. ASHS supports science for specialty crops, global solutions for nutritious food sources and healthy, beautiful environments. ASHS is composed of public and private sector professionals who are engaged in teaching, research, extension, and industry. 

About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. Considered the greatest tropical botanic garden in the world, Fairchild exhibits some of the tropical world‘s rarest and most beautiful plants within the tapestry of an iconic landscape design. Fairchild is a one of the world‘s best science, conservation and education-based gardens and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. It has conservation programs in over 20 countries throughout the tropical world including the Indonesia, South America, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia. Fairchild’s palm and cycad collections are considered the best collections in the world and are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association. It is also home to the American Orchid Society. The Fairchild Challenge is the largest science-based education program in the U.S. reaching more than 150,000 schoolchildren. Fairchild hosts popular events like the Chocolate, Mango, Orchid, Food and Garden, Ramble and Edible Garden Festivals, as well as an internationally acclaimed Art Program, GardenMusic Festival, concerts, plant shows and sales, and evening events and is the cultural and community hub in South Florida. Fairchild is a not-for-profit organization with 45,000 members and over 1,200 volunteers. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida, 33156. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. Information at www.fairchildgarden.org and on Facebook and Twitter.