Fairchild Events

RSS

Proper Planting

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The right plant in the right location The right plant in the wrong location Planting There are many questions when it comes to planting a new tree or shrub. How large should the hole be? Is it necessary to amend the soil or to add fertilizer? The answers to these questions are simple and can generally be applied to most new plantings. Your first step is to dig a hole for your plant. The hole should be dug slightly larger than the container of the tree or shrub being planted. If the soil is ...

Learn More

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Soils, but Were Afraid to Ask

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

South Florida soil consists of rock, sand, marl and muck. The rock is known as Miami limestone, which is an alkaline calcium carbonate. It is not coral rock as some believe. Miami limestone is high in pH (7.8-8.1), does not retain water or nutrients well and makes growing many plants a challenge. Our type of limestone is very young geologically and is found only one other place in the world (Bahamas). It was formed when the shallow seas covering much of South Florida receded exposing the ...

Learn More

You can almost hear the plants growing.....

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Our summer rainy season has begun. Our winter and spring at Fairchild was sunny and dry; extremely dry. Now that we've received more than 10 inches of rain since mid-May, the plants in the garden are bursting with new growth and lots of flowers. You can almost hear the plants growing! Our lawns are carpets of green, creating enticing pathways to investigate, off-road, other inner portions of Fairchild. I believe that Fairchild is at it's absolutely most beautiful during the summer! Come ...

Learn More

Fairchild Partners in Third Annual “Go Green” Festival at the Belafonte TACOLCY Centeral

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fairchild Partners in Third Annual "Go Green" Festival at the Belafonte TACOLCY Center Coral Gables, FL, June 11, 2009- On Saturday June 13, 2009, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will partner in the third annual "Planting the Seeds, Growing the Future" event will be held at the Belafonte TACOLCY Center, 6161 NW 9th Ave, in Liberty City. This one-day, community event is free and open to the public. It will include activities for all ages with a "Go...

Learn More

We are getting ready for the Members' Day Plant Sale

Friday, June 12, 2009

I propagate plants for Members' Day Plant Sale, the Ramble and the Spring Plant Sale all year long. In fact, nearly every Monday and Tuesday morning my volunteers and I collect seeds and cuttings from Fairchild then clean and plant them at our nursery. This time of year, when many plants have new growth, is the best time for taking cuttings. Most plants root well from either young tip growth or semi-woody stems. We take the cuttings early in the morning, wetting them immediately to keep ...

Learn More

The Mango High Five

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Noris checking out Southeast Asian mangos Noris Ledesma, curator of tropical fruit at Williams Grove, has spent years tasting different kinds mangos, often 20 different fruit a day during the season, to school her taste buds in the flavors that range from sweet to tart. Here's her take (developed with senior curator Richard Campbell) on the five basic flavor types, each named for a region, a mango most representative of the flavor or the strongest tasting. Myanmar type These, such as...

Learn More

A Gem from Jamaica

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Portlandia grandiflora Pure white bell-shaped flowers are gracing the shrub Portlandia grandiflora near the vine pergola. This gardenia relative is commonly called bell flower and it is from the limestone or karst hills of Jamaica. Wonderfully fragrant at night, it most likely is pollinated by night-flying moths that typically are attracted to white flowers that emit perfume after dark. The tall shrub (it grows to about six or eight feet) is initially rather spindly but fills out to become ...

Learn More

This week in Fairchild

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

We are truly in the midst of our rainy season. So far during this month we have received 6.34 inches of rain. The total for the year is 19.11 inches, most of that occuring the last two weeks of May and this month. As many of you know, we have our own weather station. It is located on the roof of the Garden House and the data is sent to a computer station in the plant records office. Check out the current conditions online via our Web site. This week three of our horticulture staff are in ...

Learn More

Tropical Garden Spring 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Learn More

Tropical Garden Summer 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Learn More

Back yard plants that really are medicinal

Friday, June 26, 2009

David McLean There's a drugstore in your back yard and Broward County nurseryman David McLean mixed humor and home remedied for the Tropical Fern and Exotic Plant Society's last meeting of the season. Plants throughout time have been the source of medicines and remedies for people everywhere. For scratches or wounds: "McLean's three mix" is a combination of aloe, avocado and tea tree oil, stirred together in equal parts with a little water. Cut a slice of the succulent leaf in...

Learn More

Bold flowers yes, but borne gingerly

Friday, June 26, 2009

A baby inflorescence Pineapple or Indonesian Wax Gingers Putting on a spectacular show in the back of the Conservatory is the pineapple or Indonesian wax ginger, Tapeinochilos ananassae, a member of the costus family. Some two dozen brilliant red pinecone-like inflorescences are standing proudly in a group, having arisen on their own leafless stems or scapes. They're almost shockingly bold, composed of bracts that house golden yellow flowers. The plant's real stems, meanwhile, tower...

Learn More

Naturally South Florida -- According to Roger Hammer

Monday, June 29, 2009

Distinctly Hammeresque humor peppered Roger's recent talk for the Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society as he recounted early history of South Florida to a standing-room-only crowd: The Florida Keys: "A drinking community with a fishing problem.'' The now-extinct American lion, the largest mammal predator ever, once roamed Miami-Dade County: "As a naturalist, I live for American lions to make a comeback.'' But seriously, folks. An...

Learn More