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Deceit is the name of the pollination game

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tom Mirenda is the orchid collection specialist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He was a speaker for the annual orchid symposium put on by the Coalition for Orchid Species last Sunday in the Garden House. He brought humor and fun to his talk about orchid pollination that capped a day of terrific presentations to the 70 or so people who attended. Orchids are sly creatures when it comes to attracting pollinators, and they employ all kinds of tricks, from mimicking other ...

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Check out Free Summer Sundays in August

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Check out Free Summer Sundays in August At Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden! Coral Gables, FL, July 15, 2010-Just in time for summer's last hurrah, Fairchild is offering free admission to all visitors on Sundays during the month of August. It's the perfect opportunity to walk Fairchild's grounds, have a family picnic or simply sit on a bench and read your favorite book while overlooking 83 acres of lush tropical paradise. Some of Fairchild's highlights include the...

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In the butterfly garden

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Atala butterfly. The atala butterflies are back, showing off their exquisite colors. Not only are the butterflies themselves lovely, the caterpillars also are vivid red with yellow dots. The butterfly garden is full of life now and worth a visit. Just sit on a bench for a few minutes and watch. You will feel yourself relax. Larvae munch on a cyad. Atala butterfly larvae are readily spotted on the little Florida cycad, Zamia integrifolia from which they acquire a toxin. Their brilliant ...

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A "New" Plant for South Florida Bird Lovers

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I am so excited that we will be offering a plant which has proven to be a wonderful source of food for migrating songbirds. Colubrina elliptica, soldierwood, is native to the Florida Keys, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and Venezuela. It is a shrub to small tree, from 10 feet up to 30 feet tall with an open branching habit. The trunks have flaking orange to brown bark which adds to its character. We are offering this plant because it has proven to be a bird magnet! During last ...

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Snail season

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Snail damage on a bromeliad. All the rain has been wonderful for plant growth and for providing a measure of relief from the heat, but it also brings out the snails. Take a walk through your garden early in the early morning and look for them. They will eat away the soft tissue of bromeliads, amaryllis, crinum lilies, and aroids. Snails also may infest your orchid collection, so examine your potted orchids and even those in wooden baskets. Baskets may appear to have tiny bumps on them, but ...

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August 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Visiting Dr. Hong Liu this week and next (August 10-18) are two researchers, Drs. Zhenhai Liang and Lei Wang, both from the Jiangsu Academy of Forestry, Nanjing, China. Drs. Liangand Wang are collaborating with Dr. Liu on the GIS habitat analysis of wild orchids at the Yachang Orchid Nature Reserve (China). While in Miami, they are also interested in learning about the Florida coastal ecosystems and the Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program as they are involving in the...

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