Fairchild Events


Dr. Hong Liu is Invited to Deliver Presentation at Peking University

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Dr. Hong Liu (FIU-Fairchild Faculty) was invited on Oct 30, 2013 to give a presentation titled "Assisted Colonization: why is this new biodiversity conservation measure so controversial and can it work for Chinese endangered species?" in the College of Life Sciences, Peking University. Peking University is the most prestigious university in China. Her presentation was taped and archived by the Library of Peking University for future viewing by students and faculty members of Peking ...

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Carnivorous Plants Invade The Ramble

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Carnivorous plants are a fascinating lot. I remember as a very young kid wanting my mother to buy me the plants I saw with her at the grocery store. I don't know why, but I just wanted them. When I saw my first Venus flytrap, I was enthralled. Of course I killed it quickly. Venus flytraps, Dionaea muscipula, grow naturally in the wetlands of the Carolinas and other eastern coastal states. It's by far the most commonly encountered carnivorous plant in cultivation, and you can find...

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Director of Herbarium of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas Delivers Talk at Fairchild

Monday, November 11, 2013

Amanda Neill Director of the Herbarium of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas visited Fairchild on November 11. Amanda Neill delivered a talk entitled "A Floristic Survey of the Hellshire Hills & Goat Islands, Jamaica". During her visit Amanda was hosted by FIU-Fairchild faculty Javier Francisco-Ortega and Fairchild Herbarium Curator Brett Jestrow. She came with the Director of the Forth Worth Zoo Mike Fouraker. Amanda and Mike are leading a project pertinent to iguana conservation in ...

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Keeping Things in Check

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Last Sunday, during our 73rd Annual Ramble Festival, a great egret (Ardea alba) was seen walking around the plant sales area, probably looking for plants to purchase. It was, as the British birders say, "confiding," and allowed photographers to get close before flapping away. I saw it again yesterday (Monday). I'm not sure it is the same individual, but it is still the same species. It was walking among our plantings with those wide black feet so carefully stepping like they do. Its neck ...

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What's in a Name?? DNA has the answer

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Vanda orchids have been put under the DNA microscope and new names continue to appear while old names disappear. Here are some changes that may be adopted when volume 6 of Genera Orchidacearum is published next year. The changes were approved by the Royal Horticulture Society's Orchid Hybrid Registration Group. If you Google "Orchid Review Supplement," you will find the RHS listing of new hybrids as well as the latest list of recent taxonomic changes. Another Web source for...

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The latest fall (orchid) fashion on display

Friday, November 15, 2013

Have I been sleepwalking through recent orchid shows or have I just overlooked what is happening to Phalaenopsis orchids these days? At the Fall Orchid Festival now underway, I reignited my appreciation for these orchids. The show is in the Lakeside Marquee Tent, and tabletop displays are fashioned into islands of glorious flowers. A Phalaenopsis hybrid that shows off thelatest breeding trends. Phalaenopsis orchids have become America's favorite pot plant. Maybe because they are sold ...

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Overlooked and forgotten palms that deserve a second look

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Palm enthusiasts and collectors choose their favorite palm with an array of criteria. Some pick it based on looks alone; the red lipstick palm (Cyrtostachys renda) is coveted because of its stately red trunk.

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Brazilian Designer Hugo França

Sunday, November 24, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Brooke LeMaireFairchild Tropical Botanic Gardenblemaire@fairchildgarden.org305-667-1651, ext. 3392 "Babitonga" settee in pequi wood by Hugo Fran a BRAZILIAN DESIGNER HUGO FRANCA FEATURED IN FAIRCHILD GARDEN'S 2013-2014ART AT FAIRCHILD SEASON Coral Gables, FL, November 2013 - Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is pleased to announce Hugo Fran a as the featured designer for the 2013-2014 season of Design at Fairchild,...

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Beware the invasive pongam tree

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Once upon a time, a seed sprouted in the corner of a suburban yard. The seedling grew and grew. Soon it overtook all of its neighboring plants and trees as they reached for the sun, competing for its life-giving light.

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Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega Attends International Seminar and Delivers Talk in the Canary Islands

Saturday, November 30, 2013

FIU-Fairchild Faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega has been invited by the Museum of Natural Sciences of Tenerife (Canary Islands) to deliver an oral presentation to the "Seminario Internacional Historia Natural de la Macaronesia" (21 - 22 November, 2013. His talk was entitled "Plant Hunting in the Canary Islands by British Botanists during the 17th and 19th Centuries". During this visit to the Canary Islands Dr. Francisco-Ortega also was invited by the Catedra UNESCO para la Conservacion de ...

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