| Cover page of the first issue of the Fairchild Tropical Garden Magazine. The Bulletin had a small format (6 x 9 inches), and it was printed in black and white, but almost every issue included photographs.
David Fairchild was not only the honorary namesake of the Garden, he was also actively involved in its development and growth. After its founding, he began to publish the Occasional Papers in order to explain the diversity of plants that could grow in this area, and to promote the idea of having successful tropical landscapes in South Florida. He was also an enthusiastic supporter of the Fairchild Tropical Garden Bulletin, the Garden’s first official serial publication.
The Bulletin, as it is commonly known, started a few years after the founding of the garden and has continued through various formats and titles to The Tropical Garden that is still being published today (see below details of the publishing history). The idea of a monthly publication was first presented to the Board of Managers in 1945 by Marjory Stoneman Douglas as a way to stimulate memberships. At first it was published monthly but only in the winter when most members were in Miami. It is interesting to note that the paper for the first issues was donated by Board Member Mr. George W. Mead from his Wisconsin paper mills. Marjory Stoneman Douglas was the original editor of the Bulletin.
In the first seven years of publication, David Fairchild contributed 24 articles to the Bulletin. As expected, many of them are about the plants that David Fairchild admired. But the very first article speaks to the level of involvement David Fairchild had in the Garden. He was concerned that the plants have their proper names – and that those names should remain on them always. The technicalities of how a garden accomplishes the task of labeling plants is still of great concern today. Other articles focused on long-time friends and colleagues of David Fairchild, including Thomas Barbour, Charles Dolley, Judge A. A. Godard, and Walter T. Swingle. He also presented his views on the administration of the Garden, including his support of the Garden’s library and his views on how and why the Garden should distribute plants to its members.
Tthe following is a listing and links to the articles David Fairchild contributed to the Bulletin.
|Cover page of the first issue of the Garden News (1993). The format was 8.5 x 11 inches but the magazine was essentially black and white.||Cover page of the first issue of the Garden Views (2000). The format was 8.5 x 11 inches and mostly in color.||Cover page of the first issue of The Tropical Garden (2004). The format was 8.5 x 11 inches and in full-color.|
Fairchild Tropical Garden Bulletin
6 x 8½ format, volume 1, no.1 (unnumbered until issue 2) through volume 47, no.2. Run between May 1945 – April 1992.
Fairchild Tropical Garden Garden News
8½ x 11 format , volume 48, no.1 through volume 54 no.6. Run between Spring 1993 – November 1999.
Fairchild Tropical Garden Garden Views
8 ½ x 11 format, volume 55, no.1 through volume 59, no.3. Run between January 2000 – Summer 2004.
The Tropical Garden
8 ½ x 11 format, volume 59, no.4 through present. Run between Autumn 2004 – present
The last issue of Fairchild Tropical Garden Bulletin was volume 47, no. 2, April 1992. Also being published at the time was a newsletter, first titled Newsletter, but in 1986 changed to Garden News. The last issue published under the banner Garden News was Winter 1993 after Hurricane Andrew. As with the other issues of the Newsletter and Garden News, it carried no volume or issue number. There was a 2 page ‘Hurricane News Update’ released September 1992 that carried the same format as the Garden News, but not the title.
The volume and issue numbering of the Bulletin continued with volume 48, no. 1, Spring 1993 of Garden Views. It was published using the larger format of the previous Garden Views, but with it continued with the numbering of the Bulletin.
Contents of Volumes 1-47 of the Bulletin are indexed. This index updated the indexing through 2004 and also includes indexing for those two special Hurricane Andrew issues. As of this time there is no index either for the Newsletter or Garden Views previous to 1993.
Below we provide a Brief Summary of the Various Periodical Publications from Fairchild Tropical Garden that were issued without a volume number.
Fairchild Tropical Garden Newsletter
8 ½ x 11 format or 8 ½ x 14 format. No numbering. Run between November 1972 – July 1986.
Fairchild Tropical Garden Garden News
8 ½ x 11 format. No numbering. Run between Fall 1986 – Winter 1993.