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Found at Fairchild: The Azolla Event

Thursday, July 3, 2014

In summer and fall a fascinating little plant covers much of the shorelines of Fairchild's lakes. It's a lacy green and pink-edged aquatic fern. Yes, a fern that lives completely in water! It's in the Azolla genus. I believe it is the native Azolla caroliniana, aka mosquito fern, though conservationists are on the lookout for an invasive Old World mosquito fern, Azolla pinnata.

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Mango trees and South Florida are a nice fit

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Growing, blooming and fruiting in the heat of summer, enduring the cold of winter and the fury of hurricanes, mangoes have made this land their home — the warm, southern extreme of South Florida between the ocean and the great expanse of the Everglades.

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Cycad Hosts a Party

Monday, July 7, 2014

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Fairchild International Mango Festival Grower’s Summit

Friday, July 11, 2014 12:00 AM to

Add to Calendar 7/11/2014 12:00:00 AM Fairchild International Mango Festival Grower’s Summit Fairchild Tropical Botanics Gardens contactus@fairchildgarden.org MM/DD/YYYY axDaZzWwrzTRZGFqimyP24857

 

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Going exotic in summer vegetable garden

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Just because the tomatoes stopped producing and the cilantro went to seed long ago doesn’t mean we can’t grow edibles in the summer in South Florida. In fact, there’s lots we can grow in the dead of summer. The key is looking to parts of the world with similar climates — very hot, humid and rainy summers. Surely some edible plants have evolved to live in such conditions.

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Fairchild's 15th Annual Mango Brunch

Sunday, July 13, 2014 11:00 AM to
Sunday, July 13, 2014 1:00 PM

Add to Calendar 7/13/2014 11:00:00 AM 7/13/2014 1:00:00 PM Fairchild's 15th Annual Mango Brunch Fairchild Tropical Botanics Gardens contactus@fairchildgarden.org MM/DD/YYYY axDaZzWwrzTRZGFqimyP24857

 

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Plant Hunting in the Canary Islands

Friday, July 25, 2014

In July of 2014 Fairchild Herbarium Curator Dr. Brett Jestrow and FIU-Fairchild Faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega travelled to the Canary Islands to collect plant material for the Garden living collections and herbarium. The trip also aimed to develop links with one of the most venerable botanic gardens of Spain: The Jardín de Aclimatación de La Orotava on Tenerife. This botanic garden...

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Dragon fruit surprisingly easy to grow

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Dragon fruit: The name alone is mysterious and intriguing, and its appearance does not disappoint. The fruit itself looks like it’s straight out of a video game. It has a flame-red, egg-shaped body and what looks like reptile scales tipped in yellow-green. The fruit may look like exotic, but you can grow it in a typical South Florida garden.

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Birds of Fairchild Book

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Coral Gables, FL, July 24, 2014 – Journey through the marvelous scenery of the tropics with a new book release that birders, photographers, and nature enthusiasts alike are sure to enjoy. Written by Dr. James A. Kushlan with photography by Kirsten Hines, Birds of Fairchild contains more than 200 pages of stunning images that highlight birds and the beautiful habitats they live in at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, FL. Turn the pages and encounter colorful land birds and water birds that make their home in Fairchild’s 83 acres of tropical and subtropical landscapes: buntings, egrets, herons, anhingas and more.

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