Earth Friendly Halloween Decorations Adorn Fairchild

Sunday, October 9, 2011


For Immediate Release


Earth Friendly Halloween Decorations Adorn

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden


Coral Gables, FL, October 10, 2011 Longtime Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden volunteer Bev Murphy is bringing her spooky and playful hand-made Halloween decorations to Fairchild beginning Saturday, October 15 where they’ll stay through October 31, 2011.

 Mrs. Murphy has been creating works of Halloween art for Fairchild for five years and has been making decorative display art for over 20 years. Luckily, her Halloween decorations have found a home at Fairchild because are they whimsical, wonderful and best of all, each is made of found plant materials like coconut palm inflorescences, royal palm leaf bases and anything else Bev can gather that looks as though it could have a second life as a ghost, goblin or witch.

 Mrs. Murphy searches for her plant/decoration material throughout the year and is always looking at things with a thought for what they could become and not necessarily what they are. She has created over 300 Halloween decorations and logged thousands of volunteer hours for Fairchild. Bev is a true boo-tanical artist!

 View a video of her creations here.

 About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries throughout the tropical world including the Indonesia, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Southeast Asia. Fairchild’s palm and cycad collections are considered the greatest collections in the world and are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association. Fairchild has the largest education program in a metropolitan area reaching more than 100,000 schoolchildren in 2011. Fairchild hosts popular events like the Chocolate, Mango, Orchid, Food and Garden, Ramble and Edible Garden Festivals, as well as an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant shows and sales, evening events and more. Fairchild is a not-for-profit organization with 45,000 members. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida, 33156. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. Information at and on Facebook and Twitter.