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Plants and People: An Interactive Garden

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Between drizzle and downpour, a magical thing happened this week in the garden. Plants and People did indeed connect and interact during the luncheon and tram tour for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers. The program is new to the garden this year, initiated by trustee Lin Lougheed after he witnessed a similar program at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. During a boxed lunch in the Visitors Center, everyone worried about the rain, and a slide show stood at the ready. But just at...

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Valentine’s Day Concert at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Features Jon Secada

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Valentine's Day Concert at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Features Jon Secada Coral Gables, FL, February 4, 2010-If you and your sweetheart are searching for the perfect Valentine's Day event on February 14, then you'll find it at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden this year! Fairchild presents a Valentine' s Day Concert featuring the sultry sounds of Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Jon Secada. Jon and his band will play jazz favorites that will...

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A more natural way to grow orchids?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Harry Phillips, who with his brother Andy operates Andy's Orchids in Encinitas, Ca., made a strong case for growing epiphytic orchids mounted on hard wood when he spoke at the Orchid Society of Coral Gables this week: it's easier to water; roots grow longer; plants grow best when in situations that imitate nature. Orchid roots exposed on mounts benefit from good air circulation. The only orchid that doesn't like good air movement around roots is the ghost orchid, he said. It...

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Discovering secrets in plain sight on a walking tour

Thursday, February 11, 2010

One of the best experiences at the garden is a walking tour. I checked out two tours recently and discovered things about the garden and its plants that I never knew. Walking tours are lead by well-informed volunteers and inevitably launch friendly exchanges among participants. Tours don't cover the entire 83 acres, but are confined to two areas easily covered in 45 minutes: the palm and tropical fruit area of the garden, and the arboretum, vine pergola and spiny forest displays. This...

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Aflame in late winter

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The flame vine puts on a show. Late winter bloomers always are welcome, especially this winter when we seem to be stuck in cold. Flowering in the south parking lot is the red kapok or red silk cotton tree, Bombax ceiba, while the vine pergola is displaying a gorgeous coating of orange, thanks to the flame vine, Pyrostegia venusta. Just the sight of these brilliantly colored flowers will lift your winter spirits. The silk cotton is a large tree that needs room to grow: it can Big, waxy ...

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Fairchild Presents Eighth Annual International Orchid Festival in March

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Presents Eighth Annual International Orchid Festival in March Coral Gables, FL, February 19, 2010-Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is excited to announce the International Orchid Festival taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 12, 13 and 14, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Festival will feature over 10,000 orchid plants and more than 50 orchid growers and vendors from around the world, who will exhibit and sell these magnificent...

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The Modern Botanic Garden

Friday, February 19, 2010

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Tropical Garden Winter 2009

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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