FIU/FTBG faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega has received an honorary appointment as a "Honorary Member" from the Montgomery Botanical Center. With this award this institution recognizes the long trajectory of Dr. Francisco-Ortega as a supporter and collaborator of MBC. In addition, this award represents a recognition to the synergy that develops from inter-institutional partnerships. For us in the Garden it is a honor that one of the FIU/FTBG faculty working at Fairchild has received an appointment from the botanical institution named after Robert and Nell Montgomery. As our founding father, Colonel Robert H. Montgomery provided the inspiration that has driven Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden since its establishment in 1938.