Tuesday, March 24, 2015



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

Jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) in the Vine Pergola at Fairchild




Coral Gables, FL, March 31, 2015 – Spring has ushered in lovely weather and new blooms at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Events like the Spring Garden Festival & Plant Sale, which features delicious foods and the gardens they grow in, will welcome the new season.


Visit the Vine Pergola to see the shower of orchids (Congea tomentosa) blooming in a burst of pale pink and the magnificently colored jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys). Next to it is the Desert Rose (Adenium arabicum) with clusters of electric pink flowers. The Tropical Plant Conservatory houses the regal Rose of Siam (Etlingera corneri) torch ginger, which resembles a bouquet of roses growing out of the ground. The Rainforest has the magnificent fireworks-like red Brownea coccinea. The well-known Lignum vitae tree (Guaiacum sanctum) is in bloom with purple-blue flowers bordering Pandanus Lake. And, in several areas is the boldly red and yellow Flame of Jamaica (Euphorbia punicea).


For a complete list, please see the What’s Blooming webpage.


Spring Events


Art at Fairchild Featuring Dale Chihuly

When: December 6, 2014 – May 31, 2015

Cost: Included with garden admission

View magnificent works of art by Dale Chihuly in his most comprehensive garden exhibition to date. Discover glass art throughout many of the Garden exhibits, including the lush Rainforest, picturesque Bailey Palm Glade Vista, and the new Wings of the Tropics exhibit, where they are surrounded by hundreds of colorful and exotic butterflies.


Tropical Chihuly Nights

When: Every Thursday and Sunday (excluding festival weekends) through May 31 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Cost: Members - $25 for adults and $12 for children 6-17. Non-members - $35 for adults, $25 for seniors, $16 for children 6-17. Free for kids 5 and under.

Tropical Chihuly Nights invite visitors to view illuminated glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly under the stars of the South Florida sky while strolling the Garden in the moonlight. Guests can dine in the Glasshouse Café or have a picnic while watching the moon rise.


Early-Bird Walks

When: Every Saturday & Sunday through April 26 from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Cost: Included with garden admission

Join birding experts for the seasonal Early-Bird Walks and discover the diverse array of birds and wildlife found at Fairchild. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your binoculars.


Plant ID Workshop

When: Friday, April 3 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Friday, May 1 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Is there a plant in your garden, but you’re not sure what it is? Bring a specimen to Fairchild’s Herbarium and let our scientists uncover its origin. Plant ID Workshops are held the first Friday of every month. Space is limited to the first 12 people who RSVP. Note: The Herbarium is located at Fairchild’s Center for Tropical Plant Conservation at 11935 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156.


Easter Brunch

When: Sunday, April 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $49 for adults, $24.50 for children 5-12, free for children 5 and under

Enjoy a delicious Easter Brunch buffet complete with breakfast favorites, crepes, savory meats, innovative salads, and desserts. Please call Creative Tastes at 305-256-8399 to make reservations.


Sunday Sounds

When: Sunday, April 5 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Cost:  Included with garden admission

Enjoy live music at the Glasshouse Café performed by students of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.


Fairchild Lecture Series: How Fairchild’s Conservation Efforts are Restoring Urban Areas

When: Wednesday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. 

Cost: Included with garden admission

Devon Powell, Field Botanist at Fairchild, will present what can be done to preserve Florida’s natural pine rockland and how to create these natural habitats in your own yard.


Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale

When: Saturday, April 11 – Sunday, April 12 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Included with garden admission

Celebrate spring with local foods and the gardens they grow in. Browse vegetables, herbs, and handmade products from local vendors, take a stroll through the Edible Garden, relax at the Spring Tea Garden, sample brews at the Beer Tasting Garden, and take home native and exotic plants on sale from Fairchild’s nursery and local plant vendors.


Fairchild Lecture Series: Botanical Reliefs of Artist Naomi Fisher

When: Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. 

Cost: Included with garden admission

Join Miami-based artist Naomi Fisher as she gives insight into the significance of the botanical reliefs on the exterior walls of the new Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center. Fisher is an award-winning artist whose paintings, photographs, and videos have been exhibited internationally.


9th Annual Fairchild Artists in Bloom

When: April 23-26, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.   

Cost: Included with garden admission

View more than 150 beautiful works made by more than 45 students and instructors of Fairchild’s art classes as the Garden House transforms into an art gallery. Featured media include watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings as well as pastel and botanical illustrations.


Mother’s Day Brunch

When: Sunday, May 10 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $55 for adults, $27.50 for children 5-11, free for children under 5      

Treat your favorite lady to a delicious brunch of sweets and savories made by the award-winning Creative Tastes Catering Company. Surrounded by the luscious 83 acres of Fairchild's tropical flora, this is a brunch Mom won't forget. For reservations or more info, please call 305-256-8399.



Regular garden 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 information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org, the Fairchild Events webpage, or call 305-667-1651.


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. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. For more info, call 305-667-1651 or visit www.fairchildgarden.org



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