Antiques & Books Galore at Ramble 2007

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


 Amazing Antiques and Rare Books Galore at Fairchild‘s Ramble This Weekend!

Coral Gables, FL, November 15, 2007-The Ramble, scheduled for this weekend, November 17 & 18, is one of the oldest festivals in Miami was started 67 years ago, in hopes of raising money for a much needed truck for Fairchild.  Since then, the Ramble has come a long way. The festival attracts over 40 vendors each year who sell everything from garden accessories and art to food and furniture.  Perhaps the most special, however, is the amazing collection of items at the Antiques & Collectibles area as well as the Old and Rare Books-not only for what they offer visitors, but for the rich tradition that is kept sacred by the volunteers who work behind the scenes to propare them each year.

While the entire staff at Fairchild has a role in producing the Ramble festival, the numerous Fairchild volunteers are the key to Rambles success. Volunteers Dorothy Errera, head of Antiques and Collectibles and Stuart Debenham, head of the Old and Rare Books are a testament to that fact.

 Each year, Ms. Errera, who has been a volunteer at the garden for over 50 years, begins collecting items from generous donors as early as 10 months before the Festival. Contributions vary from year to year, but they almost always include a wonderful silver collection, fine linens, antique lamps, furniture, glassware and china. This year, Ms. Errera has exquisite colored etchings of birds fro, the 18th century, Balinese shadow puppets, a 19th century English coal burning parlor stove and a variety of fine lace cloths, among other things.

 The Old & Rare Books booth has been a long time favorite in finding out-of-print botanical books, non-fiction books as well as current best sellers.  This year, Mr. Debenham has a collection of interesting books about orchids, gardening, botany art, literature and sailing as well as cookbooks and children‘s books.

 About Ramble

The Ramble Festival is celebrating its 67th year! It continues to be fall‘s most anticipated event in South Florida blending old traditions and new introductions. The Ramble offers visitors over twelve acres of plants, garden accessories, antiques, food, music and activities for adults and children alike. Ramble will take place Saturday and Sunday November 17 and 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, 33156. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit

 About Fairchild

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier research and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in conservation. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses the National Palm Collection as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world‘s greatest living collection of palms; an education program reaching more than 26,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Chocolate Festival, International Mango Festival and Orchid Festival, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 39,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for Children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit