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Participation in the 9th International Conference on Cycad Biology

Thursday, December 1, 2011

As part of our research activities with cycads we are participating in the 9th International Conference on Cycad Biology (at Fairy Lake Botanical Garden, Shenzhen, China between December 1st and 7th). Our Javier Francisco-Ortega, although was unable to attend this meeting, is co-authoring four papers on: (1) cycad anatomy [presented by Patrick Griffith from Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC)], (2) phylogeography of the Zamia pumila complex in Caribbean Islands and Florida (presented by ...

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Seeing anew

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

After many weeks away, it's wonderful to be back among good friends. Mt. Everest, second from right. The last posting on this blog was from Bhutan. From there, we journeyed to Nepal. It was a rather brief visit because of a cancelled flight, but we managed to view Mt. Everest from a small plane and then wander through the country's 210-acre national botanical garden on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Our guide said none of his clients had ever asked to see that garden before, and he...

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Tropical Garden Winter 2012

Saturday, December 24, 2011

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Interior design

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dioon edule seed pod. Walking past the cycad circle recently I noticed that the end of a Dioon edule seed pod had fallen away, revealing a perfectly packaged interior. It reminded me of the exquisite symmetry of mahogany seed pods, which I love to find just barely opened so I can admire the design. See what you think. Mahogany seed pod....

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Grow your own lettuce - it is easy!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Earlier this month I attended a Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension Service advisory board meeting. After the meeting, we went outside to see the raised bed gardens that Master Gardeners had planted. In some cases, unusual containers were used. Seeing this gave me a great idea! I have an old recycling bin. So the following weekend I went to my local gardening center and purchased some young buttercrunch lettuce and red lettuce plants along with some potting soil. I picked up a few ...

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Visit of Dr. Ethan Freid, Botanist of the Bahamas National Trust

Friday, December 30, 2011

This coming year we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the publication of the Flora of the Bahama Archipelago. This seminal work by Fairchild's plant taxonomists Donovan Correll and Helen Correll represented a major milestone in the history of the Garden. In order to preparate some activities to celebrate this event, Dr. Ethan Freid (botanist of the Bahamas National Trust) visited us on December 12. This coming year Fairchild and the Bahamas National Trust will join forces to ...

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