Friday, December 19, 2014



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Media contact: Brooke LeMaire
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392

Exterior of Fairchild’s Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center





Coral Gables, FL, December 6, 2014Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation, opened the Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center on Saturday, December 6 as a facility to enrich Miami’s cultural renaissance with programs celebrating the fine arts. The new venue will exhibit art, music and Fairchild’s rich cultural and botanical exploration history and is open every day from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


“Fairchild Garden now has a spacious indoor venue to showcase both the fine arts and the performing arts,” said Nannette Zapata, Chief Operating Officer at Fairchild. “People of all ages will enjoy cultural programs in this beautiful facility, an important new venue for the southern part of Miami-Dade County.”


The Arts Center is named in honor of New York philanthropists Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan, who are bringing their longstanding tradition of philanthropy and nurturing communities to Miami. Rose is co-president of Rose Associates, a New York family real estate development and management firm, whose parents underwrote the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. McQuillan, a retired New York City Police Department sergeant and avid gardener, is on the board of the Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, an advocate for the nation’s cultural heritage.


Interior of Arts Center

The opening of the Arts Center coincides with the opening of this year’s Art at Fairchild featuring Chihuly at Fairchild, a new, comprehensive garden exhibition by renowned American artist Dale Chihuly, who returns to Miami with new works for the first time since the 2006-2007 Art at Fairchild season. During Art at Fairchild 2014-15, the Arts Center will be home to the Chihuly Gallery, where art, prints, and books will be available for purchase.


Detail of botanical frieze by Naomi Fisher


Walking into the Arts Center, visitors will see six botanical friezes that were created by Miami-based artist Naomi Fisher, who has a special connection to the Garden. Her father, scientist Jack Fisher, worked at Fairchild for 35 years.


In December 2012, Fairchild Garden opened a state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar science complex, the DiMare Science Village, consisting of Tropical Research Labs, the Clinton Family Conservatory, Wings of the Tropics butterfly exhibit, and the Glasshouse Café. The Science Village, now in combination with the Arts Center, is a vivid example of the cross-pollination of art, science and music in South Florida.


About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, and Orchid Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. For more info, call 305-667-1651 or visit