Fairchild Events


Plant ID Workshop

Friday, January 1, 2016 1:00 PM to
Friday, January 1, 2016 3:00 PM


Do you have a plant in your garden that you aren't familiar with? Or, perhaps are looking to find out its origins and how it came to South Florida? If so, bring your specimen to Fairchild’s Herbarium and let our scientists uncover its secrets! Bring a cutting from your plant to Fairchild’s Herbarium team on the first Friday of every month at 1:00 p.m. and participate in our Plant Identification Workshop.

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Sunday Sounds

Sunday, January 3, 2016 1:00 PM to
Sunday, January 3, 2016 2:30 PM


Enjoy live music performed by students of University of Miami's Frost School of Music on select Sundays, in the Glasshouse Café.  

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Coral Gables, FL, January 5, 2016 – Satisfy your taste buds and delight in a weekend of sweet treats at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 10th Annual International Chocolate Festival. Discover a world of chocolate throughout 83 acres of tropical paradise with artisan chocolatiers, interactive chocolate making displays, sweet samples, and cooking demos. The three-day festival runs from Friday, January 22 – Sunday, January 24, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Of Interest in the Garden: Glimpsing a Gem in the Garden

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

What is more gentle than a wind in summer?
What is more soothing than the pretty hummer
That stays one moment in an open flower,
And buzzes cheerily from bower to bower? –John Keats

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Farms with a difference

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Every year we import many thousands of butterfly pupae which emerge in our laboratory prior to release into Wings of the Tropics, but how many of our guests know where all these beautiful creatures come from, and how they are produced?  Our suppliers are farmers, butterfly farmers!

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Volunteer Information Days

Saturday, January 9, 2016 10:00 AM to
Saturday, January 9, 2016 1:00 PM


Volunteer Information Days 

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Let’s Explore at Fairchild (LEAF)

Saturday, January 9, 2016 10:30 AM to
Sunday, January 10, 2016 2:30 PM


Let’s Explore at Fairchild (LEAF), a program for children and families, and consists of themed activities ensuring that kids receive as broad a botanical learning experience as possible.

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The Basics of Drawing

Monday, January 11, 2016 10:00 AM to
Monday, January 11, 2016 12:30 PM


Our talented Helen Burgos is back for another year teaching this popular beginner class on Monday mornings. Mastering basic drawing techniques can be a goal in itself or a tool for use in other art mediums, e.g., watercolor or acrylic. Learn the technical skills needed to translate three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional drawings.

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Intermediate Drawing with Graphite, Charcoal, Ink or Colored Pencils

Monday, January 11, 2016 1:30 PM to
Monday, January 11, 2016 3:30 PM


This class is intended for students who already have some drawing experience and wish to work with their own themes and concepts – taking their drawing beyond an assigned class exercise. You may work in the drawing medium of your choice; graphite, charcoal, ink, colored pencils or a combination of media.

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Watercolor II – Washes, Glazes, Textures and Details

Monday, January 11, 2016 1:30 PM to
Monday, January 11, 2016 4:30 PM


Whether you have taken Watercolor Basics with Hillary Parker or have pervious watercolor experience of your own, this class is a great way to practice your watercolors skills and develop successful habits with washes, glazes, textures and details. Students gain confidence and ease as they have fun creating studies and small paintings inspired by the natural beauty of Fairchild.

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Colorful Conservation

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Fairchild’s Million Orchid Project volunteers are kicking off the New Year by producing over 1,000 containers worth of orchids for the upcoming Fairchild Challenge.

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Soft Pastels in the Garden

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 1:00 PM to
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 4:00 PM


Students at all levels are welcome to learn the fascinating art of pastels. Discover how to paint in Soft Pastel, considered by many as the purest of painting mediums. Soft pastel is bright, colorful and easy to learn. Award winning Miami artist, Dan Bondroff will teach students how to create tropical landscape paintings in Soft Pastel from concept to completion.

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Plants provide chocolate for all the senses

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Here in South Florida, even outdoors, it is possible to grow the tropical tree from which chocolate derives. But you’ll need an awful lot of cacao trees to harvest enough fruit to actually make chocolate. Don’t despair, though, as there are other botanical opportunities for bringing chocolate into your life.

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Botanical Art for Everyone – All Levels Welcome!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 1:30 PM to
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 4:00 PM


This class, for the beginner and advanced student, will focus on the representation of tropical plants in watercolor and graphite. Students will draw and paint fresh plant material collected at Fairchild (provided).  Using traditional botanical illustration techniques and contemporary interpretations of flora, this class will encourage expressive freedom while still honoring the beauty inherent in its plant subjects.  Beginners will learn the basics of botanical art, while advanced students will be encouraged to explore new combinations of media and techniques. A materials list will be provided upon registration.

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Fairchild Challenge Art Show (Elementary School)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 2:30 PM to
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 5:30 PM


Join us as we celebrate the culmination of The 2014-2015 Fairchild Challenge 
and recognize the achievements of participating students and schools throughout South Florida.

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How To Use and Master Your Digital Interchangeable Lens DSLR (Single Lens Reflex) Camera

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 6:00 PM to
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 9:00 PM


You purchased a full-featured advanced DSLR camera. How do you take advantage of its many features? The class will cover which lenses are best suited to your particular needs and how to use your camera settings to take full advantage of the lenses. Basic flash and lighting techniques, different focal length lenses, basic camera functions and the unique features of your particular camera will be explained. (Please bring your camera and manual.) Resolution, exposure modes and auto focus will be covered, as well as custom functions and when to use them. The class will discuss cameras made by Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Leica. 

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Volunteer Information Days

Thursday, January 14, 2016 10:00 AM to
Thursday, January 14, 2016 1:00 PM


Volunteer Information Days 

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No Pressure Soups: Chef Billo Style

Friday, January 15, 2016 9:30 AM to
Friday, January 15, 2016 1:00 PM


Learn how easy it is to make tasty soups by watching Chef Billo, the master of culinary delights, using a pressure cooker. She’ll take the mystery out of using this tried but true kitchen appliance that locks in nutrients and flavor but decreases your time in cooking them.  See how easy it is to make soups using chicken, beef and fish along with our seasonal vegetables. Soup lovers and Chef Billo fans will not want to miss this delicious and fun class

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New Beginnings: Watercolor Basics

Friday, January 15, 2016 10:00 AM to
Friday, January 15, 2016 1:00 PM


Fairchild welcomes Kathryn (Kay) Ford to its team of art instructors. If you have always wanted to try watercolor painting but thought it looked too difficult, this is the class for you. This class will explore the many facets of watercolor in a fun and relaxing way. While focusing on the principles and elements of design and learning the various techniques, each student will be encouraged to develop their own creative style. Optional critiques and group interaction will allow students to learn from one another. The majority of the class will be spent painting and receiving one-on-one guidance by the instructor.

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Photographing the Winter Sunrise at Fairchild

Saturday, January 16, 2016 7:00 AM to
Saturday, January 16, 2016 10:00 AM


Come along with us and sharpen your photography skills as we venture into a wonderfully crisp Florida morning to photograph Fairchild’s spectacular garden setting. This early morning class will offer you the opportunity to photograph the Garden’s environment dramatically lit by the rising sun.

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Nature’s Sketchbook: Drawing and Painting

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 10:00 AM to
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 2:00 PM


This class is a great opportunity for everybody who is inspired by the Garden and enjoys being outdoors to capture the beauty of nature and create first sketches of the marvelous surroundings. This class is open to novice and experienced artists alike who are interested in joining us as we explore, sketch and paint the various gardens and picturesque vistas at Fairchild. 

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Growing Herbs in South Florida – Lecture and Sale

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 6:30 PM to
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 8:30 PM


You still can plant and grow a crop of herbs and vegetables if you get planted now. Mrs. Coppolo, owner of Redland Herb Farm, will introduce students to growing herbs in South Florida, cover the seven deadly sins of herb growing and talk about the medicinal and culinary uses of herbs.

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Phantastic Philodendrons

Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Beginner’s Flower Painting with Water-Mixable Oils

Thursday, January 21, 2016 9:30 AM to
Thursday, January 21, 2016 12:30 PM


This class provides basic instruction in using water-mixable oils, which are friendly to the environment and to you. They are genuine oil colors that can be thinned with water and cleaned with soap and water, thus avoiding the use of turpentine or harmful solvents. During this course, you will learn how to capture all the colorful beauty of flowers on canvas. Students already knowledgeable in regular oils are welcome to join too.

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Yupo: Creating Abstracts in Watercolors

Thursday, January 21, 2016 10:00 AM to
Thursday, January 21, 2016 1:00 PM


Calling all watercolor artists! Do you want to loosen up and put your traditional watercolor paper aside? Come and join Lynda as she lets you s-t-r-e-t-c-h your creativity using both a process and surface that may be unfamiliar to you. Unlike paper, YUPO allows paint removal after drying – unwanted images are gone with a swipe. Expand your horizons and paint in a whole new manner.

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The Art of Painting Using Palette Knives

Thursday, January 21, 2016 1:00 PM to
Thursday, January 21, 2016 4:00 PM


Creating an image with a palette knife is like sculpting with paints. In this class you will be mesmerized by the texture, movement and flow that can only be achieved using a palette knife.

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Thursday Nights at Fairchild

Thursday, January 21, 2016 6:30 PM to
Thursday, January 21, 2016 9:30 PM


Enjoy Fairchild after dark on select Thursday Nights for informative lectures, art exhibitions, tram tours highlighting night blooming plants and delicious cocktails. It's a tropical, toxic blend of moonlight magic, music and lectures.

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Learning to love insects

Friday, January 22, 2016

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