|Just a sampling of the amazing Chapungu stone sculptures in the lowlands|
I must admit that this is my favorite time of year, both here at Fairchild and South Florida in general. Days are cooler, the garden is gorgeous and the days of heat and humidity are in the past. This summer has been a whirlwind of activity in the horticulture department. All the planting inside and outside of the Clinton Family Conservatory (Wings of the Tropics) has been finished and now butterflies from Costa Rica and Asia are being released into the conservatory.
I've been a lover of insects all my life and the Wings of the Tropics exhibit is becoming so incredibly wonderful with exotic butterflies fluttering among the beautiful flowering nectar plants. The blue Morpho butterflies are one of my favorites.
As a member of the hort staff, I've been fortunate to be able to watch the release into the Wings of the Tropics Conservatory of some of the amazing butterflies from Costa Rica and Asia. Butterflies of many different colors, shapes and sizes are now calling 'Wings of the Tropics' their home.
Last week I witnessed the release of three pairs of hummingbirds into 'Wings'. So amazing! The birds immediately flew to flowers and began sipping nectar. They were raised in captivity in Arizona, so they are quite tame and hovered quite close to people. We hope that the hummingbirds will begin nesting in 'Wings' this January to produce a new generation of birds for the conservatory.
The grand opening of the Science Village complex will be on December 1. See www.fairchildgarden.org for further details.