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In the January garden

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

December's low temperatures have taken a toll on the garden's tender plants, especially the (usual suspects) aroids, gingers and heliconias. But many plants have kept right on ticking. Should we keep a basic list of what to plant in the future? Perhaps. Modest in size but outstanding incolor is this Billbergia bromeliad. A small Billbergia (confession: I've lost the species name) is sending out a flower spike. Billbergia is a genus of bromeliad from Mexico or Brazil, and...

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Fairchild’s International Chocolate, Coffee and Tea Festival

Monday, January 10, 2011

For Immediate Release Fairchild's International Chocolate, Coffee and Tea Festival To Take Place in January Coral Gables, FL, January 11, 2011-Fairchild Tropical Botanic will hold its International Chocolate Festival, featuring Coffee and Tea, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 21-23, 2011! The International Chocolate Festival is bigger and better than ever and in its fourth year after a whopping 11,000 attendees flocked to Fairchild for last year's festival. For three...

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Mahogany plus cream make chocolate!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The hybrid orchid Oncidium Sharry Baby Sweet Fragrance' is blooming and Onc. Sharry Baby now has many relatives,some of them quite red in color. releasing its wonderful chocolate aroma just in time for the Chocolate Festival. An easy orchid to grow, this Oncidium has round pseudobulbs that range in size from three to four inches, and long, strap-shaped leaves that are somewhat leathery. It sends out long spikes of mahogany and cream-colored flowers. You can grow this in a mix of...

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How sweet it is

Friday, January 21, 2011

It's a festival that appeals to the kid in all of us, but authentic kids really love this one. The 5th International Chocolate Festival, featuring Coffee & Tea, opened today with the delectable aroma of chocolate coming from orchids, candies, candles, even from the Garden's festival T-shirt. Ummm. Barbara Lalevee shows Ryan Johnson 9, pulpy chocolate seeds . You can see the Theobroma cacao trees in the rainforest -- and volunteer Barbara Lalevee will point out the baby pod on one of them ...

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Student Showcase Booklet

Monday, January 24, 2011

Student Showcase Booklet 2011

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Kilkennyn's Trial Expedition

Monday, January 24, 2011

Kilkennyn's Trial Expedition

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Tropical Garden Winter 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

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A winter's day

Friday, January 28, 2011

After the hubbub of the Chocolate Festival, the Garden is in repose this Mottled and twisted seed pods ofLysiloma latisiliquum, wild tamarind. week, enjoying the soft light and quiet of a January afternoon. Visitors meandered in ones or twos yesterday, content with the winding down that's apparent in the brown edges on leaves, the brown coconut fronds, and the brown coconuts floating in the lakes. There are beautiful turquoise seeds of the Chinese fan palms littering the Bailey Palm Glade...

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January 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dr. Brett Jestrow, our Herbarium Curator (see below) and Francisco Jimenez (Head of the Department of Botany of the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic (NBGDR)) have described a new genus for the island of Hispaniola, Garciadelia.(Euphorbiaceae). This genus is being dedicated to Ricardo Garcia (Director of the NBGDR) and it has only four species; all of them extremely rare and on the verge of extinction. One of the species, G. leprosa, is restricted to a single site in...

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