Horticulture is the art, science and business of plant cultivation, and has been practiced by people for upwards of 10,000 years. Early horticulture and farming provided an abundance of food, and allowed people to settle in one place and abandon the need for a nomadic lifestyle. Were it not for horticulture, it’s likely we would not be here today.
Horticulture at Fairchild concentrates not only on growing and maintaining the thousands of plants and the collections and exhibits in the Garden, but also on developing and improving ways to preserve and propagate rare and endangered plants—both in South Florida and other regions of the world. The Million Orchid Project is just one example of how horticulture at Fairchild is re-introducing some of South Florida’s rare plants, in addition to our cultivation of rare palms from Haiti and threatened plants from Jamaica.
From analyzing DNA in our science labs to hands-on cross pollination at The Fairchild Farm, our horticulturists are helping cultivate new varieties of disease- and insect-resistant tropical fruit, while also improving the taste and durability of so many of our beloved edibles, like the mango.
We use plants in so many ways—for food, medicine, fuel and shelter among many others. When you think of it, horticulture really touches just about every aspect of our lives. We invite you to come view it in action here at Fairchild.