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The False Parasol Mushroom

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

For a couple weeks now some rather large, doorknob-shaped mushrooms have been sprouting up on the lawn between Cycad Circle and the Glasshouse Cafe outdoor seating area. At first there was one very large one, then as that one started becoming moribund a few other small white buttons began to emerge a few inches apart. The false parasol mushroom, Chlorophyllummolybdites At one point a fairy ring of mushrooms nearly formed. I visited them just about every morning, since I can practically...

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How to care for your newly purchased plants

Monday, October 7, 2013

What to do with your new plants from the Members' Day Plant Sale What to do with newly purchased plants After careful reading and perhaps some research, you have selected plants for your home garden. Most of the plants that Fairchild offers for sale have been grown in light shade to full sun. When you bring home plants do not stop on the way home and park your car in the sun. This will cook any plants that are left in the car. Go home, unload plants, make sure their soil feels moist and ...

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Ballet takes flight

Sunday, October 13, 2013

. Miami City Ballet performed three movements from Tchaikovsky's Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra against the backdrop of the Bailey Palm Glade Saturday afternoon as a special event during the annual Bird Festival. Against the palms, the lakes and the clear blue sky, the dancers captivated everyone in a performance that could not have been more beautiful....

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The Start Apple (Chrysophyllum cainito)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Star Apple (Chrysophyllum cainito) is a tropical fruit native to the lowlands of Central America and West India. The fruit has a star like design when it is sliced, hence its common name Star Apple. 

The start apple its mostly appreciated as a fruit tree in home landscapes. It is a beautiful tree, making a perfect tree for landscaping in South Florida. The canopy ...

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The History of Mangos in South Florida

Sunday, October 13, 2013

It has been more than 200 years since mangos arrived in South Florida. Before 1900, only seedling mangos of turpentine were grown. Mangos arrived to South Florida when the pirates were surrounding Florida's coasts, navigating tempestuous waters from Fort Myers down to Sanibel and Captiva Islands, south to Naples and east to the coveted Keys.  The pirates carryed mango seeds, that for generations had made this peninsula their home.....

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A perfect tree!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Eugenia confusa, redberry stopper, is native to South Florida, the Keys and the West Indies. It is considered endangered in Florida. Redberry stopper is an evergreen small tree or large shrub which slowly grows to about 20 feet and can serve many purposes in the landscape. The opposite leaves with interesting, elongated drip tips, emerge reddish turning a medium green several weeks later. The straight trunk is covered by distinctive finely divided bark. The canopy remains dense, even in ...

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A tree that is 'elegantly upholstered'

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

It sometimes is called the devil tree. But in her book Tropical & Subtropical Trees, An Encyclopedia, Margaret Barwick's description of the October flowers makes it sound quite heavenly: "the deep green canopy is elegantly upholstered with large posies of greenish white slender-tubed blooms that are held rigidly erect in downy, long-stemmed, compact, heads that come from the axils of the leaves." It is Alstonia scholaris, and you should rush to see it. Its home range extends...

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Director of Cayes Botanic Garden Visits Fairchild and Botanical Institutions of Miami

Friday, October 18, 2013

Between October 17-20, William Cinea, Director of the Botanic Garden of Cayes (Haiti) visited us. During this visit he was hosted by Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega (FIU-Fairchild Faculty). The main aim of this visit was to review the results of a project pertinent to conservation biology of the Critically Endangered palm Pseudophoenix lediniana. This species is restricted to a single population in southern Haiti and it is being funded by the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. During ...

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Snakes in the garden

Sunday, October 20, 2013

As published in the Miami Herald What wild things dwell in that uncultivated, unkempt portion of your yard? You know the area I’m talking about — the one where you occasionally dump leaves or hastily pulled weeds, rather than walk around to the compost bin.

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Botanists from Miami and the Dominican Republic Perform Plant Exploration in the Dominican Republic

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Supported by a gift by Dr. Lin Lougheed (through Montgomery Botanical Center) a team of botanists and horticulturists from the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic (Mr. Teodoro Clase), Montgomery Botanical Center (Dr. Chad Husby), and Fairchild (Mr. Jason Lopez and Dr. Brett Jestrow) performed extensive field work across the Dominican Republic between 7-17 October. The main aim of this project was to collect material for the living collections of these three botanic gardens. ...

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Tropical Garden Summer 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Of Migratory Warblers and Resident Turtles

Friday, October 25, 2013

I just always find something new around the Garden. Same is true for my own garden, but it's quite a bit smaller than Fairchild. Nevertheless, last Wednesday I was hunting for mushrooms and lichen to photograph along the mulch path of the Allee (which, by the way, is defined as a walkway lined with trees or shrubs). Instead, I looked up and spotted a turtle. South Florida lakes have a ton of turtles, but it's not so often I see any box turtles. Terrapene carolina bauri is the Florida...

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Rose Apple: An Arc of Bells

Saturday, October 26, 2013









In Florida we have a unique opportunity to create an edible landscape we can enjoy year round. Fruit trees are an essential part of any edible garden. However, a tree may not always be possible or functional in all yards. The Rose Apple provides a unique ability to have a fruit tree with out having a traditional tree that would take up a lot of space, offering a bounty of fruit in the fall and spring....

 

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Looking good enough to eat

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Colorful cauliflower bringeye-appeal to the raised bed. The Edible Garden Festival is underway. What could make you want to Dragon fruit are borne bycacti. plant a vegetable garden more than the enthusiasm that is on display here -- unless it is the marvelous color of the fruits and veggies themselves? Garden demonstrations, cooking demonstrations and earth learning workshops are going on simultaneously today and will continue Sunday. Jams, jellies, local honey, herbs, the Garden's ...

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Redberry stopper is a trouble-free native for small spaces

Sunday, October 27, 2013

If you are even slightly interested in native plants, you have heard of (and smelled) white stopper. It gives off a wonderfully musky scent, slightly reminiscent of skunk, but not offensive.

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Passion Fruit

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Passion fruit, Passiflora edulis, is definitely a showstopper when it comes to tropical plants, and its aromatic fruit and beautiful flowers will ignite your horticultural passion. The passion fruit, unlike most tropical fruits, is not a tree but instead a climbing vine. This vine is multifunctional, providing fruit and habitat for some of South Florida’s most handsome butterflies, including the Zebra Longwing, Heliconius charitonius....

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Color in the Sky

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cotton candy pink, the floss-silk treeis emblematic of the season. Two flowering trees are to October/November as poinsettias are to the Christmas holidays. They are the pink-flowering Ceiba speciosa (formerly Chorisia speciosa), floss silk tree, and the orange-flowering Colvillea racemosa, Colville's glory. On days when the sky is brilliantly blue, the flowers of these trees can make your heart soar. The Garden's showiest Ceiba speciosa, just to the north of the allee, has a broad,...

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UNESCO Professor Dr. David Bramwell Visits Fairchild and Botanical Institutions of Miami

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Between October 14-15, Dr. David Bramwell, UNESCO Professor for Plant Biodiversity Conservation in the Macaronesian Islands and West Africa (UNESCO Center Gran Canaria) at the Canary Islands visited us. Prof. Bramwell is a widely recognized authority on biodiversity and conservation of island plants. Before his appointment at UNESCO he was the Director of the Botanic Garden Viera y Clavijo (Gran Canaria) where he led one of the most successful programs for plant taxonomy and conservation ...

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