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Now for something corny

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Today I am blogging about corn.

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Children's Day in Huaping

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

 Fairchild Living Collection Manager Karst HillIt has been raining since the middle of last night (monsoon might be the right word) and our sampling sites are too slick to access, so today is a day for data entry.

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Author Annie Cohen-Solal at Fairchild to Discuss the Life of Leo Castelli

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Author Annie Cohen-Solal at Fairchild to Discuss the Life of Leo Castelli in Her New Book, Leo and His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli Coral Gables, FL, May 25, 2010- Join us on June 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Fairchild for a lecture by author Annie Cohen-Solal on the life of Leo Castelli, one of the most influential art dealers of the twentieth century. Copies of her book, Leo and His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli, are available for sale at all Books & Books locations and will be available at...

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Beauties, Oddities and Other Delights

Friday, June 4, 2010

One of the best things about the show and sale of the Tropical Fern and Exotic Plant Society is just how exotic the plants really are. This year's show includes ferns, lycopodiums, begonias, crotons, orchids and aroids. All of them are wonderfully grown - a remarkable feat after our coldest winter and then hottest May on record. The show is in the Garden House, and not only fills a display in the center of the room, but it runs across the stage as well. Here are some of the...

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Huangjing Cave

Friday, June 4, 2010

We are one woman short for a few days, as Hillary takes it easy,  recovering from a bout of stomach problems.  This blog is for you, Hillary, to show you what you missed today!

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Briefs from the home front

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Fronds show cold damage. Cold damage is showing up on the blue latan palms. But it looks as if Ummm, a beeautiful catch. they will be able to grow beyond it. Cold took out the back of one lychee and continued down the fence line. A Latania closest to the lychee was protected, but those farther down the line were hit. I treated with copper and a fungicide, but the scars are just now showing up. Meanwhile, on a tour of the garden this morning, I saw that a small crab spider caught a sweet...

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Looking at our scientific work in the Caribbean

Thursday, June 17, 2010

At work in Jamaica's treacherous hills of the Cockpit Country, Melissa Abdo,front left, Fairchild's Marlon Rumble and Howard Beckford, with the ForestryDepartment of Jamaica. Melissa Abdo, the garden's international conservation projects officer, offered a wonderful overview of our scientific work being done in the Caribbean at the last members' lecture of the season Wednesday night. Historically, she said, the natural habitats and forests of the West Indies have been plundered to...

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Mango Culinary Conference Kicks Off Fairchild’s International Mango Festival This Year!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mango Culinary Conference Will Kick Off Fairchild's International Mango Festival This Year! Coral Gables, FL, June 18, 2010- As the mangos grow in our grove, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is gearing up for the 18th Annual International Mango Festival, one of South Florida's favorite summer events. This year the festival celebrates the Mangos of India. The weekend will showcase the world's largest display of mango cultivars, a mango tasting, a marketplace of mango products,...

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It’s a Celebration of the Mouthwatering Mangos of India at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s International Mango Festival 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

It's a Celebration of the Mouthwatering Mangos of India at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's International Mango Festival 2010 Coral Gables, FL, June 16, 2010- Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is excited to announce its 18th annual International Mango Festival this year celebrating the Mangos of India. Just in time for the mango harvest, the Festival will take place Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Festival will feature everything for the...

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Chefs Set to Whip up Some Magic at Fairchild’s Mango Brunch

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Chefs Set to Whip up Some Magic at Fairchild's Mango Brunch Coral Gables, FL, June 15, 2010- Fairchild's Mango Brunch is a tasty tribute to the most delicious of tropical fruits-the mango! This year's Mango Brunch held on Sunday, July 11, at 11:00 a.m. is bringing together some of the best chefs in town! Chefs for the brunch include Allen Susser of Chef Allens, Kris Wessel of Red Light, Crystal Cullison of Alta Mare, Gonzalo Rivera of La Marea at the Tides and Sean Bernal of...

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Summer's rewards

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Yes, it is very hot, but come anyway. Heliconias are lovely now. You'll find yourself rewarded with an abundance of flowering plants. Flowering in the semi-shade of the Vine Pergola now are small heliconias, which are emblematic of summer in the tropics. The gorgeous tree bougainvillea is in flower as are many of the Madagascar plants and the big baobab. Semi-dwarf hybrid heliconias are less likely to have their banana-like leaves shredded by wind, and when they travel, do so in baby ...

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Tropical Garden Summer 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

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June 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The laboratory of Dr. Joyce Maschinski has just received funding support for their SouthFlorida Conservation work from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry. This will help the team with their work with Jacquemontia reclinata, rare ferns and the Connect to Protect program. Dr. Lisa Krueger has accepted a position as an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Although Lisa is leaving us, she will continue her...

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White is Cool

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Butterfly ginger. Vita Sackville-West's famous white garden at Sissinghurst Castle isn't something I aspire to, but in the summer heat, white flowers are deliciously cool looking. Two of summer's tropical whites are not only lovely but each emits a perfume that makes me want to pull up a chair sit a spell. They are Hedychium coronarium and Brunfelsia nitida. The hedychium is the famous butterfly ginger, or mariposa blanca, the national flower of Cuba, though it originated a...

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