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Celebrate The Mangos of Fairchild at This Weekend's International Mango Festival at Fairchild’s

Monday, July 6, 2009

Celebrate The Mangos of Fairchild at This Weekend's International Mango Festival at Fairchild Coral Gables, FL, July 7, 2009-Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will hold its 17th annual Mango Festival this year celebrating The Mangos of Fairchild. Just in time for the mango harvest, the Festival will take place Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Festival will feature everything for the mango lover-mango tree sales, mango tastings, displays of...

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Savoring summer's best fruit

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A perfect mango morning: hot and sunny with flavors ranging from spicy to sweet. At the 17th International Mango Festival, Saturday's crowds found what they've waited all year for: mangos to sample, to taste and trees to buy. Lines of taste-testers were busy sipping sugar and spice on toothpicks as they ranked their favorite mango flavors. Ann Parsons, director of The Kampong, found her favorite among the samples: Keitt. After that, she liked the Fairchild Emerald, then Osteen....

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A Fabulous Weekend at Fairchild’s International Mango Festival!

Monday, July 13, 2009

A Fabulous Weekend at Fairchild's International Mango Festival! Coral Gables, FL, July 13, 2009-A record-breaking 9,200 visitors were in mango heaven this past weekend, July 11 & 12, as they celebrated the "king of fruit" at Fairchild's 17th annual International Mango Festival. "It just goes to show that mangos are truly South Florida's favorite fruit," comments Dr. Richard Campbell, Senior Curator of Fairchild's Tropical Fruit Program. The...

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Leader in Tropical Conservation and Climate Change to Join Fairchild’s Research Team

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Leader in Tropical Conservation and Climate Change to Join Fairchild's Research Team Coral Gables, FL, July 15, 2009-Dr. Kenneth Feeley, a world expert in climate change, joins Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Florida International University as an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences in August, 2009. At Fairchild and FIU, Dr. Feeley will teach undergraduate and graduate courses, serve as a mentor to research students, and lead expeditions to the tropics. In addition, he...

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Happy Campers at Fairchild's Farm

Monday, July 20, 2009

Summer camp at the Fairchild Farm is underway, and on the day I stopped in, the kids were studying worms. Worms! Noris Ledesma had collected earthworms so that each child could have his or her own worm and learn how to tell the head from the tail. Once they got over the shivers just looking at the worms, the children found they could handle them, dangle them in the air and even use them as face decoration. Elizabeth Garcia, 7, knew why it's important to have worms in the garden: "So...

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90 Miles south of Florida: Orchids of Cuba

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Betty Eber Betty Eber, a long-time Coral Gables orchid grower and teacher of orchid culture, spoke about Cuban orchids Monday night at the Coalition for Orchid Species meeting at Fairchild. Betty's map of Cuba also featured a purple star near the town of Cienfuegos, with the notation: Betty's Birthplace. Orchids of Cuba are generally small and many tend to grow in coastal scrub. Some, however, are high mountain denizens. Some also have wonderful color, such as the intense yellow...

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Stamp of Approval

Monday, July 27, 2009

Fort Jefferson's light will shine on your letters. Our very own Fort Jefferson Lighthouse in Dry Tortugas National Park has its very own stamp now, with the first day issue ceremony held last week at the Key West Post Office in Key West. The lighthouse also is called the Garden Key Harbor Light. The original was built in 1825. The existing light is a hexagonal wrought iron tower, although the light no longer is an active aid to navigation. The first day of issue postmark is a pen and ink ...

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Saving a Cycad Isn't Easy

Monday, July 27, 2009

Microcycas calocoma is the handsome dark green cycad in the center of this photo. It is complimented with bromeliads. Surrounded by a bevy of big bromeliads, this beautiful Microcycas calocoma is just south of the Visitors Center. A native of the province Pinar del Rio in western Cuba, this genus has only one species, and is extremely limited in its natural range, according to Loran Whitelock's The Cycads. As late as 1998, there were believed to be about 1,000 left, with reproductive...

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