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Winter Movie Nights

Friday, January 3, 2014 10:00 PM to

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Dog Day

Sunday, January 5, 2014 2:30 PM to
Sunday, January 5, 2014 11:30 AM

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Ready for the cold?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Our unusually rainy and warm November and December have fattened our tropical plants, but also made them more vulnerable to a sudden drop in temperature, predicted for tonight. Water plants well as they will be better able to withstand low temperatures than dry plants. Putting container plants on the south side of the house can help protect them from the wind that accompanies a cold front. Drop hanging baskets to beneath a tree and cover with a sheet. Wind may be more damaging than cold...

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Fun with Old Christmas Trees

Monday, January 6, 2014

How sad to discard an old Christmas tree! If you have the time and energy, I suggest the following: Take the tree into your yard and using a handheld clipper, trim off as much of the foliage as you can. Or even better, use an electric hedge trimmer. Cut the branches into smaller pieces and spread it around between plantings to act as mulch. It'll keep down weeds while decaying and adding nutrients into your soil. Alternately, you can toss the cuttings into your compost. Now...

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Tropical Garden Fall 2013

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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Fairchild's GardenMusic Festival

Thursday, January 9, 2014 5:00 AM to

Join us at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for two weeks of incredible music and beautiful art in a magnificent setting.

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Volunteer Days

Thursday, January 9, 2014 3:00 PM to
Thursday, January 9, 2014 8:00 AM

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Wild ‘Everglades’ tomato is ideal for South Florida gardens

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I cannot seem to grow a tomato to save my life. After purchasing some heirloom tomato seeds in fall 2013, I carefully sowed them in individual pots and placed them where they should be, receiving warm, morning light, sheltered from the extreme heat of midday.

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Volunteer Days

Saturday, January 11, 2014 3:00 PM to
Saturday, January 11, 2014 8:00 AM

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FIU-Fairchild Faculty Delivers Plant Identification Workshop in Elementary School of the Canary Islands

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Invited by teacher Mrs. Ana de la Cruz Perez (see top image, below), our FIU-Fairchild faculty Prof. Javier Francisco-Ortega delivered a plant identification workshop at the CEIP Rafael Gavi o del Bosque Elementary Schoool (at Mar a Jimenez, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands) on December 4th 2013. This educational activity targeted students from 1st through 6th grade and focused on Tropical plants cultivated in the school garden (see middle image, below). During...

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Mommy and Me Tea

Sunday, January 12, 2014 8:00 PM to

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Pupating lady bug larva

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Three of these larvae are on my Jamaica capers. I never before have seen a lady bug larva pupate. Look closely and you will see the wrinkled larval skin scrunching up towardthe top of her head. ....

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Growing your own chocolate

Saturday, January 18, 2014

We can grow so many unusual plants in our South Florida enclave. Even while most of the country — indeed some of Florida — is frozen, we can grow all but the most tender tropical plants out of doors. But did you ever think of growing your own chocolate? While it won’t produce little foil-covered bars, the Theobroma cacao tree does indeed produce the foundation for chocolate.

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Splendor in the Garden

Thursday, January 23, 2014 4:00 PM to
Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:00 AM

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Chocolate Festival—Day Two

Sunday, January 26, 2014

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