The following courses are offered at Fairchild Farm, located at 14885 SW 248th Street in the beautiful Redlands. The Fairchild Farm provides a tranquil and natural setting to nurture the creative spirit and inspire the artist and horticulturalist in all of us.  

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 To register call 305.258.0464 ext 309 or email

All classes take place at the Fairchild Farm, 14885 SW 248 St,  Homestead, FL 33032.  

Class Schedule 2014



Here is your chance to learn from Richard Campbell, an expert who was born in South Florida. While focusing on using fruit, vegetables and ornamentals for every taste, he will teach you the secrets to personalize your own garden. Students will learn how to plan, propagate and care for South Florida favorites and eclectic accents in their own home garden. Each student will also take home a tree of their own. This class takes place at the Fairchild Farm, located in Homestead. Directions will be included with registration.

Saturday, February 1 (one session)
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Registration deadline: Monday, January 27
Fee: Member, $35; Non-member, $50

BEEKEEPING with Noris Ledesma

This is a class with hands-on workshop on how to keep bees and harvest honey. The topics covered are basic to beekeeping with a focus on the horticultural relationship between bees and tropical fruit trees. This is a special complete beekeeping package. The course will give you an overview of the conventional hive structure, honeybee colony, the cycles and functions of worker bees, drones and queen bees, and management techniques. We will show the contrast with conventional systems and how the improvements manifest stronger honeybee colonies. Books, Bee Hives and bees are available for purchase during the class.

Saturday  March 22, 2014
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Fee: Members $40.00,  Non-members $45.00
1 section   



Join us and learn how to propagate your own tree! The art of grafting is fascinating to many gardeners and this one day course aims to show participants the process from rootstocks, nursery beds, to established orchards both young and old. The class will be spent in a practical session of whip and tongue grafting.  Please bring your grafting knife, or buy one at class. We will graft avocados.

Saturday , April 5, 2014
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Fee: Members $35.00,  Non-members $40.00
1 section   

To register call 305.258.0464 ext 309 or email

Directions to the Fairchild Farm

Class Policies

Cancellations and Refunds
Every attempt will be made to notify you regarding the status of your class. If it is necessary for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden to cancel a class due to insufficient registration, you will receive a full refund by check.

Should you choose to cancel your registration, refunds are made only at the Fairchild Farm. Please call in advance. We will notify you at least 14 days prior to a tour and 7 days prior to all other activities. A $10 service charge per class is applied to all refunds. A check will be issued within three weeks of cancellation and refund request.

Classes are NOT interchangeable. Classes may be canceled if minimum enrollment is not reached.

We hope you will be able to attend every session in a multi-session class. If you need to miss a session of class you may ask another registered student to take notes for you and collect handout material. Substitutions or transfers are not permitted. Registration fees are not prorated. If you do not attend any portion of class, your registration fee is forfeited. Refunds will not be issued to students who have attended classes, or if class has already begun.

Space is limited and we do not have child care facilities. Please be considerate of fellow students and leave babies and children at home. Guests may enjoy visiting the Fairchild Farm while you're in class. Please do not bring guests to class.

Cell Phones
Please be considerate of others and turn off cell phones and beepers during class.

Please park in the back of the house in front of the gazebo.


Richard J. Campbell

Dr. Campbell is the Director of Horticulture at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. A native of South Florida with deep experience in tropical fruits. he draws on his years of travel and experience collecting and researching tropical fruit in Asia and the Americas to provide the latest information, quality trees and tropical fruit tastes to an enthusiastic public. He has authored over a hundred scientific and popular articles on fruit culture in the last decade, as well as, three books, "Mangos: A Guide to Mangos in Florida (1992) and "Tropical Mangos: How to Grow the World's Most Delicious Fruit (2002).

Noris Ledesma

Noris Ledesma is the Curator of Tropical Fruit and Outreach Specialist for the Tropical Fruit Program at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Noris brings a tropical fruit passion and flare to her programs derived from years of first-hand experience in her native country of Colombia.  She captures the horticultural spirit in her photographs of the people, their culture and fruit, revealing their intimate ties to the land. Traveling around the world and working with growers and indigenous people, she has gained a knowledge and appreciation for tropical fruit.  She is a plant collector and coauthor of three books, and numerous scientific publications and popular articles,  For the Love of Mangos-India, (2008), A Quick Guide of Mangos (2005), The Exotic Jackfruit: Growing the Word’s Largest Fruit (2003); and Mangos: A Guide to Mangos in Florida (1992).

Leila Werner

Leila originally from Hawaii, came to South Florida in 1979. Through the years she developed an expertise in preparing many creative dishes using tropical fruits for friends and many notable guests in special events. Her reputation has grown with the publication of several of her articles in various cooking periodicals such as "Fine Cooking Magazine." Leila also has a talent for adapting traditional recipes using tropical fruits.