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Members' Day Plant Sale

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Distribution of rare, unusual plants to Fairchild members has had a long, rich tradition in South Florida. In 1939, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden had the first Members Plant Distribution. On Saturday, October 6, Fairchild will continue that tradition with hundreds of plants available for sale to its members! Fairchild's Member's Day Plant Sale is a wonderful opportunity for members to purchase plants that are carefully selected and chosen for their color, rarity, beauty and...

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Fairchild's Magazine Wins Big

Monday, September 3, 2012

Fairchild's quarterly magazine, The Tropical Garden, was recently awarded six Charlie Awards by the FMA (Florida Magazine Association), which recognizes industry publications that have had noteworthy impact for readers. This year the judges looked through more than 700 entries to find the best of the best. On Friday, August 17, members of the editorial and production team from The Tropical Garden received the various awards at the Annual Publishing Conference & Exposition that took place...

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A Garden Wedding Experience

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fairchild will soon be in full bloom with brides-to-be this Fall when it hosts its premier Bridal Event and Fashion Show on Thursday, October 11. Unlike any other bridal event in South Florida, Fairchild's event presents guests with a true "Garden Wedding Experience," as well as providing them with local resources to help make their special day truly unique. The Bridal Event will feature a cocktail hour on the Garden House lawn where guests can enjoy drinks and sample light...

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FIU-Fairchild Faculty Attends FloraMac2012 International Symposium at Madeira Island

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Between September 5th and 8th 2012 the Madeiran Botanical Group (University of Madeira at Funchal) organized the FloraMac2012 International Symposium. The event focused on plant biodiversity issues pertinent to the Macaronesian Islands (Azores, Canaries, Cape Verde, Madeira, and Selvagens archipelagos). Our FIU-Fairchild faculty Dr. Javier Francisco Ortega delivered a talk on "Pre-Linnean references to the Macaronesian Flora." Dr. Francisco-Ortega thanks the FloraMac2012 Organizing Committee ...

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Reception to FIU-Fairchild and UM-Fairchild Graduate Students

Sunday, September 9, 2012

On Saturday September 8th, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosted a reception for graduate students from Florida International University and University of Miami who are performing their research in close association with Fairchild. These students have office and lab facilities at Fairchild and access to all of the resources of the Garden. Prof. Suzanna Rose (Founding Director and Current Director of the School of Integrated Science and Humanity of FIU) delivered the keynote address ...

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FIU-Fairchild Faculty Delivers Talk at Bahamas National Trust

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sponsored by past President of the Bahamas National Trust (Mr. Pericles Maillis), FIU-Fairchild faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega delivered a talk entitled "David Fairchild's Plant Hunting Expeditions to the Bahamas Islands" at The Retreat Gardens, Bahamas National Trust on September 12. During this visit Dr. Francisco-Ortega also met with colleagues from the College of the Bahamasand the Bahamas National Trust to discuss the logistics of the coming symposium "Celebrating 30 Years of ...

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Fall flowers

Friday, September 14, 2012

This Dendrobium has the funnycultivar name 'Mung'. Dendrobium phalaenopsis plants have matured their leaves and now are blooming in my garden. These are the dendrobiums with flowers that resemble flowers in the genus Phalaenopsis, but they are not related. These dendrobiums have tall canes, and predominant color is purple, but they can be any color. We have purple, striped, deep maroon with yellow undersides to the flowers and white dendrobiums in bloom now. Shorter days are a signal for ...

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Aroid show: a feast for plant-lovers' eyes

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Denis Rotolante's Anthurium plowmanii Grande' greeted you at the entrance of the International Aroid Prize-winner Anth. plowmanii'Grande'. Society's 35th show and sale this weekend in the Garden House, and it was a whopper of a greeting. The enormous, crystal trophy-winning plant had leaves at least six feet long rising like a green Old Faithful, spouting plant exuberance for all to see. Nearby Don Bittel's exquisite, long-leafed Philodendron Spiritus-sancti won a...

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Picking a peck

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sweet Heat. For the Edible Garden festival last April, I have a little stand-up talk about what vegetables to plant during the summer. As a prop, I bought a little pepper plant at Publix for $3.95 because hot peppers can really take our heat. It was called Sweet Heat and it was a sweet-to-spicy pepper that was developed by Burpee. After the talk, I took it home and planted it. It has produced peppers all summer long, as many as 25 at a time, and it still is loaded. It got whitefly at one ...

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Sooty Mold Takes Hold on South Florida

Thursday, September 20, 2012

As Published in the Miami Herald There is a black plague spreading across South Florida. Plant leaves, automobiles, pool decks, sidewalks and anything else that has the unfortunate lot to be under infected trees are all turning sticky and black. The cause of this black mess is a fungus called sooty mold. Sooty mold can't be controlled through simple fungicide spraying, because its real cause is insects. When insects such as aphids, scale or whitefly feed on plants, they drip a sweet...

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Don't Fret Much Over Pests Living Off Your Palm Trees

Thursday, September 20, 2012

As published in the Miami Herald After two consecutive chilly winters, a mild winter was essential this year to the health of our more cold-sensitive palms. But a warm winter coupled with our South Florida summers almost always leads to increased pest populations. Just as palms suffer with a cold winter and flourish with a warmer one, so do insects. Our palm collections are rebounding after the mild winter, but so are the pests. This season is bound to be pest-infested. A few usual ...

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Fairchild biologists make entomological find

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fairchild biologists Devon Powell and Jennifer Possley are now published entomologists. While conducting a plant survey in one of Miami's Environmentally Endangered Lands Preserves in 2009, Devon noted an unfamiliar insect feeding on native poisonwood trees. Jennifer contacted University of Florida Entomologist James Cuda and his colleagues about the species, and a research collaboration was born. A paper entitled "NEW HOST PLANT RECORD FOR THE POISON IVY SAWFLY, ARGE HUMERALIS ...

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Graduate Student from the University of Washington Visits Fairchild

Friday, September 21, 2012

Patricia Lu-Irving, graduate student working with Prof. Dick Olmstead in the Department of Biology at The University of Washington visited Fairchild to collect Lantana depressa from our collection and from wild populations for a phylogenetic reconstruction and systematics of the Lantaneae. Thanks to Wyatt Sharber and Dr. Joyce Maschinski for helping Pat locate plants....

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Design at Fairchild: Sitting Naturally

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Presents Design at Fairchild: Sitting Naturally Seven Internationally Renowned Artists Re-envision Seating into Extraordinary Works of Art at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden On View at FairchildDecember 1, 2012 - May 31, 2013During Art Basel Miami Beach Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is pleased to present the inaugural exhibition of Design at Fairchild: Sitting Naturally. Sitting Naturally will showcase a diverse collection of entirely new works by...

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Museum and Library Services Grant

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fairchild Receives Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant for Their Fairchild Challenge Program Coral Gables, FL, October 1, 2012- The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced that Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is one of nine organizations to receive 21st Century Museum Professionals grants totaling $1,968,346. "By receiving this grants award, The Fairchild Challenge is being recognized for its innovation in STEM Education and as a model that...

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