Sunday, January 24, 2016



Media contact: Brooke LeMaire
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392


Shell Key by Clyde Butcher



Coral Gables, FL, January 27, 2016Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is pleased to announce the opening of an installation featuring works by celebrated photographer Clyde Butcher. The traveling exhibition, titled “Preserving Eden,” consists of 32 black and white photos featuring Florida’s natural landscapes and Butcher’s personal bond with the environment. The exhibition will be on view in Fairchild’s Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center from Saturday, February 13 to Saturday, April 30, 2016.


Each photo highlights the unmatched character and allure of natural Florida, from swamplands to pristine waters to sturdy mangroves. Areas featured include Big Cypress National Preserve, the Everglades, Apalachicola River, and Fakahatchee Strand. Butcher believes being close to nature and seeing the beauty in it is restorative. He also understands the importance of protecting it. He hopes his exhibition will instill in viewers a connection to the environment.


“You have to find a way to get through to people and let them understand the importance of nature,” Butcher says. “I feel my images create an emotion that reaches out to people and helps them see their natural surroundings in a different way that encourages them to save those wild places where peace can fill the soul.”


To achieve the distinctive look of his photographs, Butcher uses large format cameras and techniques that highlight the elaborate details and textures of the unique natural areas he explores throughout Florida. The photographic prints are handmade and darkroom developed.


Photos will be arranged in the Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center, a 3,000-square foot facility opened at Fairchild in December 2014 to enrich Miami’s cultural renaissance with programs celebrating the fine arts. Butcher will be the featured speaker for the Fairchild Lecture Series on Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m., where he will discuss his photography and connection to nature.


Butcher’s career spans many decades and many media. In addition to photography, he has completed numerous books and award-winning PBS documentaries about Florida’s environment. His work led him to receive the Artist Hall of Fame Award from the State of Florida, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association, the Ansel Adams Conservation Award from the Sierra Club, and the Distinguished Artist Award from the Florida House in Washington, D.C.


“I’ve been pursuing the concept of wilderness preservation through photography since 1961,” Butcher says. “I think it’s important for an artist to have a passion – you need to find a source of inspiration. You have to follow a path and develop a sense of character in what you’re doing.”


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. The exhibition will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and is included in regular garden admission. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under.


For more info, please call 305-667-1651 or visit


About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, and Orchid Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more. 


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