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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Presents Major Outdoor Exhibition by Acclaimed Artist Yayoi Kusama

Friday, December 4, 2009

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Presents Major Outdoor Exhibition by Internationally Acclaimed Artist Yayoi Kusama On Exhibition At Fairchild December 5, 2009 through May 30, 2010 During Art Basel Miami Beach 2009 Three Groupings of Works To Be Shown Marking an Exhibition First For Each December 5, 2009 (Miami, FL) - This December, the world famous Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden presents Yayoi Kusama at Fairchild as part of its annual visual art program. The Japanese artist Yayoi...

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Winter white in the garden

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A brilliant blue sky perfectly sets off the charmof Euphorbia leucocephala, the littleChristmas flower. Call it little Christmas flower, snowbush or snowflake, or flor de leche, this shrub is in full glory now in the garden. Several together are dazzling in their showiness, especially when seen against a deep blue winter sky. Euphorbia leucocephala, a poinsettia relative, is as dependable as its red cousin when it comes to telling us the season. Delicate white bracts surround tiny green ...

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Thinking of Fairchild

Saturday, December 12, 2009

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For the Love of Mangos-Ecuador

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Curator Noris Ledesma travels to Ecuador to delve into the world of chocolate and mango along the North coast of South America. Follow her adventure through the country of emerald greens and ocean blue. She will immerse herself into the culture and business of cacao, learning the secrets of this ancient crop of the Maya and passing on the adventure to the Fairchild family. Few crops have such a rich cultural heritage or possess such commercial potential. Cacao farming of today is ...

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Garden of delights

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

These flowers bloom by dayas well as night. With Nessie rising from Center Lake and Big Foot stomping out of the rainforest, with giant polka dotted flowers and pumpkins delighting the eye, the garden is brimming over with color, life and liveliness these days. Sweet almond bush is blooming at several locations around the garden, including the butterfly garden. It is Aloysia virgata, a member of the verbena family. Its aroma is rather noticeable, as if a cloud of fragrance hovers above ...

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Colors of the season

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Maybe it's just me, but I keep noticing red and white flowers this month that resonate with the holiday season. White candles. Just beyond the visitors Center in Plot 50 is a shrub that holds up charming white flowers, a Whitfieldia, or white candles. It hails from the rainforests of Africa but makes a lovely guest in South Florida. Dark green leaves set off the panicles of flowers that are held upright, resembling candles. The flowers are tubular, emerging from fuzzy white bracts....

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Holiday flowers are really tropical bulbs, so plant them

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

This year's amaryllis (Hippeastrum cultivars) have produced spectacular flowers for the holidays. What to do with them when the flowers fade? Plant them in the garden This amaryllis, a Hippeastrum cultivar, is called Papilio. I have always loved these flowers, and now have them in beds throughout my garden. They don't bloom at Christmas, but in the spring. Last year, some of mine began to open in February. Others waited for a couple of months. So the show is on-going. All you need is...

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