We are getting ready for the Members' Day Plant Sale

Friday, June 12, 2009

I propagate plants for Members' Day Plant Sale, the Ramble and the Spring Plant Sale all year long. In fact, nearly every Monday and Tuesday morning my volunteers and I collect seeds and cuttings from Fairchild then clean and plant them at our nursery. This time of year, when many plants have new growth, is the best time for taking cuttings. Most plants root well from either young tip growth or semi-woody stems. We take the cuttings early in the morning, wetting them immediately to keep ...

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You can almost hear the plants growing.....

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Our summer rainy season has begun. Our winter and spring at Fairchild was sunny and dry; extremely dry. Now that we've received more than 10 inches of rain since mid-May, the plants in the garden are bursting with new growth and lots of flowers. You can almost hear the plants growing! Our lawns are carpets of green, creating enticing pathways to investigate, off-road, other inner portions of Fairchild. I believe that Fairchild is at it's absolutely most beautiful during the summer! Come ...

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For The Love of Mangos-Philippines, Thailand and Japan, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Curator Noris Ledesma delves once again into the world of the mango with an ambitious agenda of adventures to capture the true spirit of the Asian mango and her people. In the Philippines she will take in the celebration of the mango in Guimaras to capture the 'Carabao' in her full glory. It is then on to Thailand for a photographic tour of the Bangkok floating market, Talad Thai and the orchards of South Thailand - her lens recording the subtle shapes and expressions of the mango and her...

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Attracting birds to your yard

Monday, April 13, 2009

A pair of painted buntings visiting my feeder which is hanging in an Alvaradoa amorphoides. I have planted many native trees, shrubs and palms to re-create natural habitats in my own yard. I created a hardwood hammock, palm and grass savannah, and a pineland area all in a less than 1/2 acre size lot. One of the main reasons I planted native species was to attract wildlife. Birds require food, shelter, and water. I am especially pleased with the many birds who visit my yard, especially ...

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Spring has arrived in Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Brownea capitella in our rainforest Spring at Fairchild means lots of amazing flowers are here for you to enjoy. Some flowers are only fragrant at night. Tonight and every Thursday night in April, there will be special walking tours in the Arboretum to visit flowers which are fragrant during the evening hours to attract insects, mostly moths, which only fly at night. There may be fewer moths than there are of daytime insects, but there are also fewer nighttime flowers, so less competition. ...

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Our Jade Vine is Blooming!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Once again, the time has come for our beautiful jade vine, Strongylodon macrobotrys, to begin flowering. This marvelous vine is native to the Philippines. The amazing jade hue, blue-green flowers are produced in pendant clusters up to 3 feet long! It is growing on Fairchild's vine pergola. The jade vine should be blooming for the next few weeks....

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A little history lesson about Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden - Part 2

Monday, December 15, 2008

Foundations The first 15 years saw the construction of its primary buildings and landscape features, including the Montgomery Palmetum, Bailey Palm Glade, Allee and Overlook, Vine Pergola, Amphitheatre, Gate House, Montgomery Library and Museum, 11 lakes, stone terracing walls, irrigation systems, Moos Sunken Garden, and Nell Montgomery Garden House auditorium. Later buildings included the Davis House (1953), Hawkes Laboratory (1960), Robbins Plant Science Building (1967), Rare Plant ...

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Come see our lowlands and enjoy the wonderful sculptures by Mark di Suvero

Monday, December 8, 2008

I have to go to the nursery in a few minutes to work with one of my volunteers. We propagate plants all year long for our three annual plant sales. Before I leave, I want to urge everyone to visit Fairchild during the next six months. This time of the year is cool, sunny and a great time to explore the habitat areas found in FTBG's lowlands. Our pine rockland area is full of plants native to this critically imperiled habitat. Our pines, palmettos, wildflowers, wild basil, American ...

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A little history lesson about Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden - Part 1

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

David Fairchild David Fairchild (1869-1954) was one of the greatest plant explorers of all time. At the age of 22, he created the Section of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction of the United States Department of Agriculture, and for the next 37 years, he traveled the world in search of plants of potential use to the American people. His far-reaching travels brought into cultivation in the U.S. many important plants, including mangos, alfalfa, nectarines, dates, horseradish, bamboos and ...

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We are getting ready to Ramble!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Tomorrow is the first day of Fairchild's very special Ramble. We are getting ready. Our plants are up from the nursery and plant societies are filling their spaces with beautiful, interesting plants that need a good home! The Ramble is full of festivities: good food, music, art, special tours, gardening furniture, fun activities for children, antiques, old books, and plants, plants, plants. Check out the photo of the bougainvillea area. If you look carefully, you can see a pirate's flag ...

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