Members’ Day Plant Sale at Fairchild

Members’ Day Plant Sale at Fairchild

When: Saturday, October 1, 2016 9:30 AM to Sunday, October 2, 2016 4:30 PM

Exclusively For Fairchild Members

Welcome to the 78th Annual Members' Day Plant Sale and Plant Distribution. This annual celebration of plants grown exclusively by Fairchild for Members promises to be one of the most exciting in our historyThe Bird Festival is held in conjunction with the plant sale, making it a uniquely special weekend of plants, birds, and learning fun!

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General Information

  • The Members' Day Plant Sale is for Fairchild Members only.
  • Join today to attend the Members' Day Plant sale.    
  • Parking is available in the Lowlands Parking Field. Please enter through the North Entrance and watch for signs and staff directions. There will be shuttle service from the Lowlands Parking Field and the Visitor Center parking lot to the plant sales area. 
  • Parking in the lowlands opens at 7:30 a.m. You line up at Cycad Vista until the sale opens at 9:30 a.m. 
  • You must show your membership card to purchase Sale and Distribution Plants.
  • Each membership may purchase up to four Distribution Plants (limit one per species). 
  • Distributions Plants will be located in numerical order according to their placement on the Distribution Plant List (see below) and are handed out to Members by knowledgeable staff and volunteers.
  • You may purchase an unlimited number of Sale Plants, except for those plants with blue tags, which are limited to one per species.
  • We strongly suggest that you bring a container, wagon or cart to carry your purchases to your vehicle.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot pre-sell, ship or hold plants for Members unable to attend.
  • View a list of all plants for sale here.

In the days prior to the Members' Day Plant Sale and Plant Distribution, you might want to visit Fairchild to take a look at examples of the Distribution Plants. Their locations in the Garden are mentioned at the end of each description. We will also be setting up the sale area in the Palmetum during the week before the sale to give our Members time to browse the selection. 

Fairchild's Plot Map

Fairchild’s plant collections are planted in plots, and the plots are part of the Garden's overall design. At the end of each plant description, we list the plot location so you may look at mature examples of the plants we are offering at the sale.  For ease, we've also included a nearby landmark location for each plant.

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Distribution Plants for 2016

The Distribution Plants have been grown in larger quantities than the Sale Plants and are carefully grown for you. While you may purchase up to four of the Distribution Plants (one per species), there will be many other plants for sale. Plan an early start: lines form quickly, and while we have a good supply, it is not endless. Staff members and knowledgeable volunteers will be available to advise you on site selection, planting and growing these very special plants.


Crossopetalum rhacoma is maidenberry, a shrub native to South Florida, Bermuda, the West Indies, Mexico and Central America. It grows from 3 to 8 feet and is found in coastal hammocks, especially in the Florida Keys. Opposite small leaves are leathery and toothed near the apex. Fruit are brilliant red. Grow in sun or semi-shade. $10. Plot 19b; 97b



Ctenitis sloanei is the only tree fern native to the continental United States. Growing from 3 to 4 feet tall and equally wide, the endangered Florida fern needs moist soil and light to moderate shade. $15. Plot 112; RHP A4, B1 and B6

Erythrina madagascariensis
is a legume endemic to Madagascar. Relatively large heart-shaped trifoliate leaves with pointed apex sit atop a thorny, slender trunk. It forms a small tree in South Florida.  Flowers are bright red. The seeds are red and black. This species is resistant to the tip borers that plague many other Erythrinas.  Erythrinas attract hummingbirds. $15


Ficus vacciniodes
, Formosan creeping fig, is a groundcover of growing popularity in Asia with small, glossy green leaves. The plant develops roots at internodes, but according to at least one source is better behaved than Ficus pumila because it does not climb. “Vacciniodes” means blue-berry-like and refers to the dark fruit. This was collected on the Taiwan trip in July, 2015. Full sun to light shade. $18.

Gustavia augusta
, known as membrillo, is an attractive shrub to small tree in the Lecythidaceae family, native to Guyana and Amazonian Brazil. The rich dark green leaves have softly serrated edges. The attractive leaves form a frame to the amazing, sweetly scented flowers that have large, pale pink to white petals encircling the crown of dark pink and yellow stamens. Grow in moist soil with exposure to morning sun.$15 Plots 151 and 152

Hypelate trifoliate
, Wwhite ironwood, is native to South Florida and the Caribbean.  It has small trifoliate leaves and produces panicles of white flowers and black berries. It can be a large shrub or small tree to about 30 feet. White ironwood is in the soapberry family and the leaves can be used as a soap substitute. $15 Plot 164

Leea guineensis
, is an evergreen shrub from tropical Africa and Micronesia that can reach 6 to 20 feet. It is an understory plant that prefers shade with bipinnate or tripinnate leaves. Flowers are white and and occur in reddish-orange and occur in cymes.  In Australia it is called bandicoot berry. $15. Plot 15

Licuala ramsayi
or Australian fan palm, this licuala may grow to 30 feet, but not fast. Its round leaves are split, and can be 40-inches in diameter. Seed collected from Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden in Hawaii. It loves deep shade and moist soil. $15 Plot 143

Pachypodium rosulatum
, sometimes called elephant’s foot, is a Madagascar native with a wide succulent base, and rosettes of dark green leaves atop its thorn-studded “arms.” The flowers are butter yellow. Full sun and rocky soil that has excellent drainage. $20. Plot 31

Piper neesianum
, from Mexico through Nicaragua, this member of the pepper family makes a lovely shrub in bright shade and can serve as an excellent screen, with glossy leaves densely arranged:  A wall of green. $20 Plots 130,152

Sterculia quadrifida
, the “peanut tree” from Australia and Papua New Guinea, grows in well-drained soil and sun. It forms a small tree and grows well in South Florida.The leaves spiral around the twigs. The boat-shaped red fruit are its main attraction. They dehisce when mature, exposing several black seeds which are edible either raw or roasted, tasting somewhat like peanuts. $20

2016 Sale Plants

In addition to the Distribution Plants, the following specially selected Sale Plants represent just a sample of the more than 100 species of plants available for purchase. It is first-come, first-served, so please consider alternatives. The Sale Plants are available in smaller quantities than the Distribution Plants described above. In addition, there will be many other species at the sale not listed here.


Carludovica palmata
, Panama hat plant, is not a palm but has deeply lobed, palm-like leaves on sheathed petioles and reached up to 8 feet in height. The bases of the petioles are sheathed. Carludovica is in the Cyclanathaceae family; flowers are pollinated by weevils that coevolved with the plant. To make the hats, leaves are divided into strips, boiled, dried and hand woven. Panama hats originated in Ecuador. Prefers shade.
 

Marsdenia floribunda
, bridal bouquet, which used to be known as Stephanotis floribunda, is a vining plant that bears clusters of wonderfully fragrant, snow-white flowers. It likes shade, and can be trained on a trellis. Flowers are moth-pollinated.

Tournefortia hirsutissima
, chiggery grapes, is a native South Florida vine that produces inconspicuous white scorpioid flowers throughout the year followed by white drupes that resemble grapes. It provides nectar for cassius blue and lyside sulphur butterflies. It is endangered in Florida, but grows in Matheson Hammock. Sun to shade.
 

Pimenta racemosa
, Bay rum, is in the Myrtaceae family along with allspice. It produces an aromatic oil, small white staminate flowers in the spring and deep green leaves. Native to the Caribbean, the bark of bay rum is exfoliating, revealing lighter inner bark. It is a small tree, slowly growing to about 12 to 20 feet in sun or light shade.
 

Copernicia baileyana
, Bailey palm, is a large, husky but elegant palm that is columnar and imposing in the landscape. Native to central and eastern Cuba, the Bailey palm honors Liberty Hyde Bailey, a botanist admired by Dr. David Fairchild. Two of these palms flank the overlook at the Bailey palm glade, while several are in a grove in Plot 80 just south of Royal Palm Lake. Full sun and regular palm fertilizer.
 

Kentiopsis oliviformis
, a beautiful palm from New Caledonia that bears an ascending crown of 9 to 10-foot pinnate fronds. It can reach 100 feet in its subtropical climate. This palm likes lots of water, and filtered light when young. When it becomes mature, it reaches full sun.
 

Portlandia proctorii
is a shrub in the coffee family that bears reddish trumpet-shaped flowers. The petals are fused and where they fuse, seams are yellow. Flowers are shorter than those of Portlandia coccinea. Native to limestone cliffs of Jamaica, and does well in our soils. Grow in semi-shade and protect portlandias from cold.
 

Ficus montana
, or oak-leaf fig from east Asia, is a creeping or climbing plant that roots at the nodes and is useful as a groundcover in shade. Grows more slowly than Ficus repens, creeping fig.
Anthurium plowmanii is a large bird’s-nest anthurium from Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay. It likes drier conditions than many aroids. The leathery leaves are wider in the middle than at the ends, and can be 12 to 22 inches at that point, but can reach 6 ½ feet in length. They are wavy on the edges. Grow in shade and well-draining soil or even rock.