We Are in This Together

These unprecedented times are, understandably, bringing about uncertainty and concern. Even perhaps a new normal. They are also bringing a greater appreciation for the importance of outdoor living and a connection to our gardens. Many of you have written to let us know how much you miss visiting the Garden. It is with this in mind that we present #MyFairchild.

Leftover egg cartons or toilet paper rolls? Working from home with your kids and need to keep them busy? Looking for some downtime to just breathe?  We've got you covered!

#MyFairchild is an online resource for those seeking home horticulture knowledge, kids crafts and DIY educational videos, wellness tips, and activities, and so much more. Let’s Learn, Reconnect, and Grow Together!

Not Just Another Pretty Flower

Not just another pretty flower, check out the science behind Fairchild's fragrant Plumerias.  Our PHD Candidate Nichole Tiernan shares her studies and travels with us in this week's edition of "I am a Scientist".

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Sunday Story Time: The Seed is Sleepy

Pull up a pillow and enjoy a botanical adventure read by our very own Director of Education Amy Padoff. Who knew seeds could be so awesome!  Hope you enjoy!

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Have You Ever Heard of Botanical Art? 

Embrace your inner artist and spend your Saturday creating beautiful botanical art by learning how to leaf press!

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FUN FACT FRIDAY: Turning a Problem into an Opportunity!

For centuries, man has walked through fields of weeds and arrived home with burrs stuck to his clothing.

George de Mestral, a Swiss engineer, was on a hiking trip through the woods. He found burrs clinging to his pants and also to his dog's fur. 'What makes burrs so difficult to remove?' de Mestral wondered. When he returned home, de Mestral examined one under his microscope and ultimately invented a hook-and-loop fastener of his own.

It took eight years to experiment, develop, and perfect the invention, which consists of two strips of nylon fabric. One strip contains thousands of small hooks. The other strip contains small loops. When the two strips are pressed together, they form a strong bond…And that my friends is how our wonderful world of plants led to the invention of VELCRO, a clever combination of the French words velour ("velvet") and crochet ("hook")!!!

"I am a Scientist" with Martin Feather: Wings of the Tropics 

Meet the man who keeps our 2,500 butterflies happy and healthy each day at our amazing Wings of the Tropic exhibition. Follow a day in the life of Martin Feather in this week's edition of "I am a Scientist".  

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Want to learn how to grow tomatoes at home? 

Let’s use everyday products including egg cartons, plastic soda bottles or even all those toilet paper rolls to grow tomatoes! Watch and learn from our scientists and teachers. And then... ...show us how you Fairchild from Home! #MyFairchild

HERE'S HOW