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Garden Lights

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Presents Garden Lights Los Angeles-based Artist to Illuminate Fairchild with Hundreds of Lamps From The Original Hammer Museum Installation On View at Fairchild December 1, 2012 - February 1, 2013 Starting December 1, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has been illuminated with hundreds lamps by Havana-born artist Jorge Pardo. Garden Lights will be on view along Fairchild's glorious tree-lined path overlooking the Garden. Renowned for his meticulous...

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Spanish Lime

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Despite the Spanish limes common name, they are not limes at all and are actually more closely related to lychees and longans. The Spanish lime is native to Colombia, Venezuela, West Indies and the Bahamas. It thrives in the warmer parts of  Florida with trees growing in Palm Beach and most of South Florida. It seems to fruit most prolifically in Key West....

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FIU-Fairchild Presence at 6th International Congress on Legume Genetics and Genomics

Sunday, October 7, 2012

FIU-Fairchild Faculty Dr. Eric von Wettberg and Vanessa Sanchez (FIU -FTBG graduate student) were in Hyderabad, India at the VI International Congress on Legume Genetics and Genomics (October 2 -7). Dr. von Wettberg gave a talk on the phylogeography of South Florida legumes and their symbionts, while both also presented posters on related work. Dr. von Wettberg wasgiven an award for his poster presentation, and Ms. Sanchez was featured in the local newspaper during a conference break to ...

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Chapungu at Fairchild

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Presents Chapungu: Custom and Legend, a Culture in Stone Over Eighty Monumental Stone Sculptures on Display by Artists from Zimbabwe On View at Fairchild November 1, 2012 - May 31, 2013 Chapungu: Custom and Legend, a Culture in Stone, will soon grace the lowlands of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden with 82 unique, hand-carved sculptures by African artists from Zimbabwe. The seven month exhibition will depict beautiful stone carvings of animals, families,...

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Rare plants at upcoming auction

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tropical Fern and Exotic Plant Society's annual auction on Monday, Oct. 22, at Fairchild will feature some rare plants that you may want to add to your collection. Angiopteris smithii, a rare fern. Dr. Jeff Block, a horticulturist par excellence, is donating some fine plants, including Angiopteris smithii. This large and rare fern from Borneo and Sumatra has leaves that tend to resemble cycads in the genus Ceratozamia. When I asked how he grows it, Dr. Block said the key to successfully...

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Howl-o-ween at Fairchild

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bring Your Pooch to Howl-O-Ween at Fairchild on October 31th! Don't miss out on one of the only days of the year that guests can bring their pooch to Fairchild-Wednesday, October 31, 2012. At Fairchild's Howl-o-ween event, now in its fourth year, guests can take advantage of a great opportunity to enjoy special activities just for pups as they parade through Fairchild's lush surroundings all the while showing off their Halloween costumes. Guests and their dog can hop on a...

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Montevideo, Uruguay

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Marjory Stoneman Douglas said for many years that she wanted to write a biography of William Henry Hudson, a naturalist and ornithologist as well as a writer. Hudson spent a long time in Patagonia, that southernmost part of South America shared by Argentina and Chile. I am on my way to Patagonia, W. H. Hudson's "Idle Days in Patagonia" in hand. Hurricane force winds in the southern Atlantic meant we had to be tied to the dock here for two days. This morning we were released as the port of...

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Tropical Garden Fall 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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Magellanic Penguins

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Patagonia is the southernmost region of South America. It spreads across 260,000 square miles of Argentina and Chile. Along with right whales and penguins, the area is famous for guanacos, glaciers, beech trees, sea birds, and a hairy armadillo. Charles Darwin spent much time here during the voyage of the Beagle, examining its geology and fossils. But he was not the first European here. In 1519 Ferdinand Magellan first saw penguins on his trip around the tip of South America, and the ...

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Living and Mulching in Three-quarter Time

Sunday, October 28, 2012

It is time to face facts. Our soils are shallow and made up of mostly nutrient poor rock or sand. We have a monsoonal climate with a rainy summer and dry winter; summers bring the threat of tropical cyclones and winters, the occasional killing frost. But remember it is paradise, if you change your stride and garden to a slightly different beat - mulching....

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Science Village to Open December 1

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's state-of-the-art DiMare Science Village, covering more than 25,000 square feet and featuring five buildings including the The Clinton Family Conservatory's Wings of the Tropics Exhibit, Glass House Cafe, Windows to the Tropics Conservatory, The Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion and the Kushlan Tropical Science Institute is scheduled to open on Saturday, December 1, 2012. "The opening of the Butterfly Conservatory and Science Village...

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The Bones of Patagonia

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Puerto Madryn, Argentina -- The steppes of Patagonia are filled with stories of the past despite their monotonous demeanor. Listen to Darwin describe the physical aspects: "The level plains of arid shingle support the same stunted and dwarf plants, and in the valleys the same thorn-bearing bushes grow." Yet across these wind-swept arid landscapes are exposed strata of the ages, and within each layer, there are bones of the ancients. Many of the mammals that lived here have been unearthed, ...

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International Symposium: Celebrating 30 Years of the Flora of the Bahamas: Conservation and Science Challenges

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Bahamas National Trust and The College of The Bahamas in collaboration with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida International University, and the New York Botanical Garden organized an international symposium entitled: "Celebrating 30 Years of the Flora of the Bahamas: Conservation and Science Challenges." Over 100 attendees joined the symposium, the vast majority of them were students from the College of The Bahamas. The symposium led to several formal and informal meetings ...

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