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Spring is coming...finally!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

It has been an interesting winter to say the least! In my 37 years in South Florida, I've not experienced a winter so cool for so long. Many plants lost their leaves due to the extreme cold temperatures in January and have been in "hibernation mode" ever since. In the last few days, warmer temperatures and some warm showers are helping the sleeping trees and shrubs to wake up slowly and start producing new leaves. Propagating for our plant sales has been almost totally collecting, cleaning, ...

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Spring forward!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cardinal beneath the vines. Look no farther than the vine pergola to know that spring has arrived in South Florida. The shower-of-orchids and queen's wreath are happily announcing the season, as the cardinals are busy looking for nesting sites within them. Shower-of-orchids is Congea tomentosa and it is tumbling over the Shower-of-orchids. pergola like cotton candy. Light pink bracts surround the small white flowers of this Southeast Asian vine. If you look closely, the little flowers ...

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Ten Days in China

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Ten Days in China: The 9th International Mango Symposium, Sanya, Hainan, China. For the Love of Mangos - China Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit Richard J. Campbell travels to China for the 9thInternational Mango Symposium in the tropical paradise of Hainan Island, China. Follow his adventures as he searches for the latest information on growing mangos I find myself in China for the 9th International Mango Symposium in the tropical paradise of Hainan Island, China. I revisit China after a ...

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A glorious time of year!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I did go hiking in the Everglades last weekend and saw lots of wildflowers in bloom. I drove down to Flamingo and walked to the shoreline of Florida Bay. The soft breezes and warm sunshine was a welcome relief to the long "cold" winter we had. I then drove north and stopped at Mahogany Hammock. I parked my car along the road and enjoyed the vista of a "sea of grass" with cypress domes in the distance. My next stop was Long Pine Key, one of the largest remaining pine rocklands in South ...

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The path to health

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

At the opening of the re-done medicinal healing garden last weekend at Nova Southeastern University in Broward County, people started taking off their shoes. Talk about a relaxed university event. Elizabeth Marazita demonstratedhow to use the reflexology path. The reason: the reflexology path in the heart of the garden. You walk over stones of various sizes and shapes (there's a handrail for safety) and it's best done without shoes. The path is the first one in Florida and the first on the ...

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Food and Garden Festival at Fairchild Celebrates Fresh, Local Food

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Food and Garden Festival at Fairchild Celebrates Fresh, Local Food Coral Gables, FL, April 14, 2010-Come see what's cooking at Fairchild during our celebration of fresh foods and the gorgeous gardens they grow in on Saturday and Sunday, April 24 & 25. Gather new tips and recipes from our popular culinary demonstrations taught by local chefs using local products. Go green at our farmers' market where local growers showcase the best fruits, vegetables and herbs available in South Florida....

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Help catalog biodiversity in Biscayne National Park

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Help count everything from manatees to mangroves, snappers to snails, butterflies to birds when you participate as a citizen scientist in National Geographic's BioBlitz April 30 and May 1. You can join 125 scientists and help inventory all the living organisms in Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW 328 St. in Homestead. Superstar oceanographer Sylvia Earle, National Geographic's Explorer-in-Residence, will be there, as will Kenny Broad, director of the University of Miami's Leonard and Jayne ...

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Chasing caterpillars

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Gulf fritillary drink from a butterfly bush Butterflies are coming back and as part of my research on butterfly gardening, I've been closely watching butterfly life cycles. The phenomenon of metamorphosis still fascinates me, and I've been trying to witness the changes. Fritillary caterpillars on Maypop,Passiflora incarnata I've never seen old skin on a caterpillar split and be shed, nor have I seen a caterpillar change into a pupa. I haven't seen a butterfly emerge from...

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Tropical Garden Spring 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010

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It is time to start planting my meadow garden

Monday, April 26, 2010

As some of you may remember, if you read my article that appeared in the Miami Herald, I said that my next gardening project will be a meadow garden. Well, I purchased some meadow plants at last weekend's Spring Plant Sale, the ground is nice and wet from 3 1/2 inches of rain today, and I plan to start planting soon. Here are some of the plants I will be using: Scutellaria havanensis (Havana scullcap) - 1 (may divide this) Heliotropium polyphyllum (pineland heliotrope) - 2 Croton linearis...

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Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Dave Barry at Fairchild to Discuss His New Book May 8

Monday, April 26, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Dave Barry at Fairchild to Discuss His New Book: I'll Mature When I'm Dead: Dave Barry's Amazing Tales of Adulthood Coral Gables, FL, April 27, 2010- Join us on May 8 at 3:00 p.m. at Fairchild for a conversation with Pulitzer prize-winning columnist and bestselling author Dave Barry, discussing his new book, I'll Mature When I'm Dead: Dave Barry's Amazing Tales of Adulthood. This event is part of the Books &...

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