Fairchild Events


Fun for the Whole Family at Fairchild’s Butterfly Days!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

For Immediate Release Fun for the Whole Family at Fairchild's Butterfly Days! Coral Gables, FL, September 9, 2011-Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association will once again host Butterfly Days at Fairchild, a weekend of events celebrating butterfly appreciation, conservation and education, taking place from 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Explore...

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First flowering of a small baobab

Monday, September 12, 2011

With pink curlicues and orange stamens, this Adansonia rubrostipa is a knockout. An exquisite flower opened on a young baobab that Roger Hammer bought about 15 years ago from Fairchild. Then it was called Adansonia fony. Over the weekend, Roger sent an email: ''The tree has grown to about 18 feet tall now, and is considered the smallest member of the genus. Yesterday it flowered for the very first time..." The tree has a new name today -- of course -- and is Adansonia rubrostipa. The flower ...

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Tropical conifers

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I've been working on a story about tropical and subtropical conifers, and just to pique your interest, I want to show you a bouquet of different conifer leaves. These samples come from the Montgomery Botanical Center, where botanist Chad Husby is building one of the largest collections of warm-growing conifers in the world. Clockwise from top: Calocedrus rupestris; Nageia wallichiana; Podocarpus elongatus 'Blue Chip'; Araucaria muelleri; Dacrydium nausoriense and the blue form of ...

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Dr. Eric Von Wettberg Attends Meeting on Chickpea Genomics at Patancheru (India)

Friday, September 23, 2011

From September 4-7 Dr. Eric von Wettberg was at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Patancheru India to participate in a project meeting on an NSF-Gates Foundation Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) project on chickpea. This collaborative research with the groups of Dr. Doug Cook (PI) at University of California Davis and Dr. Rajeev Varshney (Co-PI) of ICRISAT's Center of Excellence in Genomics aims to use an understanding ...

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Tropical Garden Fall 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

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A Plant for Everyone Who Loves Wine, Pudding, Cakes, Ice Cream, Rum.....

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

One of our 2011 distribution plants: Hibiscus sabdariffa is one of the most useful flowering shrubs in the Caribbean. Commonly known as sorrel or roselle, the fibers found in the stems are used to make jute, while the fleshy, red calyx are utilized in the West Indies and elsewhere in the tropics fresh for making roselle wine, jelly, syrup, gelatin, refreshing beverages, pudding, and cakes, and dried roselle is used for tea, jelly, marmalade, ices, ice-cream, sherbets, butter, pies, ...

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