Discovering Fairchild Tropical Garden - the Rainforest

Thursday, December 13, 2007

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 Photo by M. Collins

Rainforest waterfall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I often see many people walking through the rainforest on the tram road but they don't venture onto one of the paths which are lined with beautiful plants and our wonderful stream with cascades and waterfalls.  Our rainforest stream uses water from Glade Lake.  Water from the lake is pumped up in a pipe under the Cycad Vista.  Through gravity, the water flows down the stream which begins behind the Hawke's Lab hort office building, under the tram roads and bridges and back into Glade Lake. 

Our lakes in FTBG are actually brackish and we were concerned that the salt levels in the water may adversely affect plants growing along the stream.  Plants growing adjacent to the stream are thriving and multiplying with no salt damage seen.  During your next visit to Fairchild, be adventurous and take a walk through the rainforest.  You might be surprised at what you see. 

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 Plants are thriving along the FTBG rainforest stream