Fairchild Events


Creative iPhoneography

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 10:00 AM to
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 1:00 PM


In this class you will explore various ways to capture and process images with your iPhone, and you’ll learn to create stunning results using a variety of apps. There are over 10,000 photography apps available and you will be introduced to some of the more popular ones.

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Become Vanda Savvy with Dr. Motes

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 7:00 PM to
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 9:00 PM


This is perfect timing for Vanda fans to learn about these gorgeous orchids.  South Florida will have numerous orchid shows and sales during the upcoming months and here is your chance to hone your knowledge.

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Plant ID Workshop

Friday, February 5, 2016 1:00 PM to
Friday, February 5, 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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Butterfly and Hummingbird Early Morning Photography

Saturday, February 6, 2016 8:00 AM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016 10:00 AM


Photograph the beauties in Wings of the Tropics, Fairchild’s butterfly conservatory. Pedro Lastra will introduce you to the world of tropical butterflies and will teach you how to use your equipment to capture these beauties of the Garden.

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Historic Missile Walk

Saturday, February 6, 2016 10:00 AM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016 12:00 PM


Step into the Cold War past during this guided walk of the historic Nike Missile Base, located in Everglades National Park. Alpha Battery 59 is a place where U.S. Army soldiers defended the Nation from the threat of Soviet as well as Cuban attack. The Park’s entrance fee will be waived with registration and a map will be provided.

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Watercolors I: The Basics

Saturday, February 6, 2016 10:00 AM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016 1:00 PM


Enjoy your Saturday mornings with this fun and informative course that will cover the basics of painting with watercolors. Join us as we explore the range of the four tools used in this medium: paper, pigments, brushes, and water. 

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Using Snapseed: Editing Photos with Ease

Saturday, February 6, 2016 1:30 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016 4:30 PM


One of the most powerful editing APPS is Snapseed. By using your iPhone or iPad students will learn to edit, apply filters, crop, spot repair and how to use “stacks” to create wonderful expressions in your photos by using Snapseed. Time will be spent taking pictures with your iPhone, editing them in Snapseed and learning about other recommended apps that will add to your iPhone photography camera bag.

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Gala in the Garden

Saturday, February 6, 2016 6:30 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016 11:30 PM


Our annual Gala in the Garden celebrates the advancements made throughout the year and those individuals who, through their generosity, support our efforts. The event attracts the "who's who" of Miami who enjoy an evening of unmatched beauty, great food and dancing, mingling and philanthropy. The Gala in the Garden, our annual black-tie event, supports our programs in science education, conservation science, horticulture and community outreach.

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Sunday Sounds

Sunday, February 7, 2016 1:00 PM to
Sunday, February 7, 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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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Coral Gables, FL, February 9, 2016 – More than 400 guests attended the 23rd Annual Gala in the Garden at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on the evening of Saturday, February 6. The event was co-chaired by Swanee DiMare and Frances Sevilla-Sacasa with Joyce Burns serving as Philanthropic Chair. Proceeds supported Fairchild’s programs in conservation science, education, and horticulture.

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Orchids: A Workshop in Botanical Illustration and Pencil Drawing

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 1:30 PM to
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 4:00 PM


This class in botanical illustration will focus on the accurate representation of orchids. Learn the basics of botanical illustration while painting from the interesting orchids that Fairchild will provide as your subject matter. The introduction of the American Orchid Society to Fairchild has provided a unique opportunity to learn about this interesting and extensive plant family. 

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Inspired By Genghis Khan: A Spring Mongolian Barbeque

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 6:00 PM to
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 9:00 PM


Asians love to barbecue but it is totally different than its American counterpart. It's indoor grilling at the table with friends. Learn how to put together your own indoor barbecue with the flavors of the upcoming spring season. Chef Johnson will feature lamb, asparagus, spring onions, and other seasonal vegetables in this new cuisine offering.

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The Top 40 Plants for South Florida

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 6:30 PM to
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 8:30 PM


Newcomers to the area, new gardeners and those looking for new ideas will enjoy this informative class. You will learn about the Top 40, tried and true plants for the South Florida home garden. View photos and listen to descriptions of South Florida's Top 40 plants and take home a informative packet containing a description of each plant, information on its availability and advice for the homeowner on specific plant selection, planting and care. 

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Exotic Plants Attract Exotic Birds

Thursday, February 11, 2016

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Art at Fairchild: Preserving Eden by Clyde Butcher

Saturday, February 13, 2016 7:30 AM to
Saturday, April 30, 2016 5:30 PM


Art at Fairchild is back with the stunning photography exhibition, Preserving Eden, by world-renowned landscape photographer Clyde Butcher. Butcher’s powerful black and white photographs explore his personal bond with the environment, and the exquisite beauty and depth of his work draw the viewer into a relationship with nature.

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Let’s Explore at Fairchild (LEAF)

Saturday, February 13, 2016 10:30 AM to
Sunday, February 14, 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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Sunday in Naples

Monday, February 15, 2016

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Corporate Photography with Mr. Bermingham

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 10:00 AM to
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 3:00 PM


Washington based portrait photographer Philip Bermingham will share with you his techniques for bringing out the best in corporate figures whose time is often limited. He will demonstrate the art of relaxing the subject and how he gets beyond the mask that so many people present when faced with a camera. 

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Photographing the Sunset and Magical Hour at Fairchild

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 5:30 PM to
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 8:00 PM


Here is your chance to photograph Fairchild’s vistas during that magic hour of sunset as the evening sky is being highlighted.

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Making Photographic Portraits in Nature

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 2:00 PM to
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 6:00 PM


Fairchild is thrilled to be able to offer this special photography workshop with one of America’s leading portrait photographers, Philip Bermingham. Born in Great Britain and based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Bermingham has well-known clients throughout the world, and has photographed numerous U.S. presidents and ambassadors, as well as members of the British royal family and other world leaders.

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Building a Subtropical Garden

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 6:30 PM to
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 9:00 PM


The key to building beautiful gardens in South Florida relies heavily on choosing the right building materials for your application and applying common sense construction techniques to your garden design.

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

Thursday, February 18, 2016 10:00 AM to
Thursday, February 18, 2016 1:00 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.

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Creative iPhoneography at Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park

Friday, February 19, 2016 2:00 PM to
Friday, February 19, 2016 5:00 PM


In this exciting new class, students will explore several ways to capture and process high quality images onsite in the Everglades. Using your iPhone 5/5s or later, along with an active iTunes account, you’ll learn how to create stunning results.

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Morning Bird Photography at Shark Valley (Everglades National Park)

Saturday, February 20, 2016 8:30 AM to
Saturday, February 20, 2016 11:00 AM


Experienced photographers will not want to miss the opportunity to photograph the Everglades in the morning.

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Ever get the feeling....

Sunday, February 21, 2016

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Photographing the Garden at Sunset and Moonrise

Monday, February 22, 2016 5:30 PM to
Monday, February 22, 2016 8:00 PM


Here is your chance to photograph Fairchild during that magic hour of sunset as it highlights the winter evening sky. This class affords you the opportunity to benefit from Pedro Lastra’s expert instruction in photographing the Garden just as the moon is rising.

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Easy Orchids

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 10:30 AM to
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 12:30 PM


Betty has been teaching this quick and informative class on growing orchids the easy way.  Enjoy the beauty of orchids without spending hours caring for them. With our expert’s carefully garnered secrets, you’ll soon be fielding compliments.

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Help an endangered species

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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