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We have another cannonball tree blooming in Fairchild.

Friday, July 18, 2008

In May, 1992 we received seeds of Couroupita guianensis from Venezuela. The seeds were in our greenhouse when Hurricane Andrew hit just a few months later. It survived Andrew's wrath and was planted in plot 18 in June 1994. The young tree had to be moved to plot 45 due to the Visitors' Center construction in 1999. In late October, 2005, Hurricane Wilma blew it down. It was quickly propped up and voila, is now in bloom for the first time! It's first 16 years have not been easy, but now that ...

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Major Botanical Sites in the Tropics Awarded World Heritage Status

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

      Major Botanical Sites in the Tropics Awarded World Heritage Status   Coral Gables, FL, July 24, 2008—The World Heritage Committee, meeting for its 32nd session in Canada this week, finished inscribing new sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List on July 8 with the addition of 19 cultural sites and eight natural sites to the List. This year some of the world's most important botanical sites were given World Heritage status. This status places them in an elite...

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