Behind the seemingly natural beauty of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden lies a carefully orchestrated blend of science and art. Documented botanical specimens provide valuable resources in science and education, while horticultural displays and the classic landscape design by William Lyman Phillips offer visitors an unforgettable aesthetic experience.
Since 1938 Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has assembled an outstanding collection of taxonomically arranged and well-documented tropical plants, emphasizing palms, cycads, flowering trees and shrubs, vines and fruit trees. Except for certain cultivated plants and critically endangered species, many of these plants are collected from the wild. These collections are now a resource of world significance. They also are an important local resource, providing the beauty which makes Fairchild a major cultural and visitor attraction, as well as offering a basis for education, research and conservation.
Some special events and areas focus on our collections: they include the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden International Mango Festival held annually in July; the 2-acre Richard H. Simons Rainforest opened in October 2000; the William F. Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion opened in November 2003; and work continues on the exhibit in the lowlands area of Fairchild - the Jewels of the Caribbean. Our newest exhibit which opened December, 2012, is the amazing Wings of the Tropics, a conservatory with thousands of beautiful, tropical butterflies flying among a wonderful array of flowering nectar plants. Our annual Members' Day Plant Sale in October is a popular event for plant lovers.
The Fairchild Wish List is a valuable tool in making dreams come true. Please contact us if you can fully fund a wish, donate a portion of the cost or donate the actual item. Please see the wish list for items needed for the Living Collections and Garden Landscapes department.
The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Living Collections and Garden Landscapes Hotline is a free telephone plant information service available to the public. Phone 305.667.1651 ext. 3317 or email: Horticulture@fairchildgarden.org. To facilitate answering your question, please indicate your city and state in your message. Digital photographs may be attached to help with identification or pest problems.