Coral Gables, FL, September 20, 2010—
Distribution of rare, unusual plants to Fairchild members has had a long, rich tradition in South Florida. In 1939, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden had the first Members Plant Distribution. Today, much like 72 years ago, Fairchild’s Member’s Day Plant Sale is a wonderful opportunity for its members to purchase plants that are carefully selected and chosen for their color, rarity, beauty and interest by Fairchild’s horticulture staff. This year’s Member’s Day Plant Sale is on October 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
In recent years, most of the plants offered for sale are propagated from plants growing in Fairchild or in the gardens of staff or volunteers. In fact, many of the plants Fairchild offers are not available in local nurseries. The selection of plants for sale has an emphasis on rare native species in addition to introducing more common native plants to members who want to establish their own backyard habitats to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife.
Not a Fairchild member? Don’t worry! Fairchild Membership Associates will be on hand to assist guests to become members both at the entrance to Fairchild’s Visitors Center and on-site at the entrance to the plant sale area so that they may immediately enjoy the Member’s Day Plant Sale. Plant valets will be available to aid guests with their purchases. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to get some wonderful plants you won’t find anywhere else!
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. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses palm and cycad collections that are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world’s greatest living collection of palms and cycads; an education program reaching more than 70,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Chocolate Festival, International Mango Festival and International 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 45,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild hosts major art events such as Les Lalanne at Fairchild this year, Yayoi Kusama at Fairchild last year, Mark di Suvero, Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly and Kris Martin at Fairchild in 2008, Botero, Lichtenstein and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2007 and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156, just a thirty minute drive from South Beach. 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 us at www.fairchildgarden.org and on Facebook and Twitter.